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    Paco de la Cruz

    Paco de la Cruz
    Microsoft Azure MVP and Senior Development Consultant who since 2001 has been working with different technologies and platforms architecting, designing, and implementing a range of different software solutions, including Cloud Integration, Application Integration, and Collaboration. He is currently certified as MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure by Microsoft.
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    Monitoring Logic Apps Standard with Application Insights – Querying & Analysing Traces

    Posted by Paco de la Cruz on 16 December 2021

    Logic Apps, Monitoring, Application Insights, Microsoft Azure, Azure Integration Services

    Overview

    In the previous post of the series, we covered how to implement the different observability features that are available in Logic Apps Standard to send traces to Application Insights. In this post, we’ll discuss how to query and analyse these traces, and how to share these queries and publish query results....

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    Monitoring Logic Apps Standard with Application Insights – Implementation

    Posted by Paco de la Cruz on 10 December 2021

    Logic Apps, Monitoring, Application Insights, Microsoft Azure, Azure Integration Services

    Overview

    In the previous post of the series, we’ve covered the different built-in observability features that are available in Logic Apps Standard and how many of them are part of the traces sent to Application Insights. In this post, we’ll discuss how these features can be implemented in a sample scenario. The...

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    Monitoring Logic Apps Standard with Application Insights – Introduction

    Posted by Paco de la Cruz on 07 December 2021

    Logic Apps, Monitoring, Application Insights, Microsoft Azure, Azure Integration Services

    Overview

    As I previously discussed, it’s very common that developers tend to focus their efforts on building and shipping applications and services to production but forget to consider what happens after go-live. It’s easy to dismiss that the solutions being built are going to be supported by someone else. Once the...

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    Logic Apps Standard vs Durable Functions: How to Choose? (2021 Update)

    Posted by Paco de la Cruz on 09 November 2021

    Azure Functions, Logic Apps, Azure Durable Functions, Microsoft Azure

    Introduction

    Three years ago, after the release of Azure Durable Functions, I wrote a post comparing the capabilities of Logic Apps and Durable Functions. Both service offerings provide orchestration capabilities on Azure. At that time, Azure Durable Functions had just been released as generally available. As you’d...

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    Custom Distributed Tracing and Observability Practices with Azure Functions – Part 3: Implementation

    Posted by Paco de la Cruz on 10 March 2021

    Azure Functions, Integration, Microsoft, Application Insights, Technology, Microsoft Azure

    Introduction

    In the previous post of the series, we described the design of an approach to meet common observability requirements of distributed services using Azure Functions. Now, in this post, we are going to cover how this can be implemented and how we can query and analyse the produced tracing logs.

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    Custom Distributed Tracing and Observability Practices in Azure Functions – Part 2: Solution Design

    Posted by Paco de la Cruz on 24 February 2021

    Azure, Azure Functions, Microsoft, Application Insights, Microsoft Azure

    Introduction

    In my previous post, I discussed why it is important to consider traceability and observability practices when we are designing distributed services, particularly when these are executed in the background with no user interaction. I also covered common requirements from an operations team supporting...

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    Custom Distributed Tracing and Observability Practices in Azure Functions – Part 1: Introduction

    Posted by Paco de la Cruz on 19 February 2021

    Azure Functions, Microsoft, Application Insights, Microsoft Azure

    Introduction

    As developers, we tend to focus our efforts on building and shipping our services and apps to production, but it’s quite common that we forget to think about what happens after go-live. Once we reach production, the solution becomes someone else’s problem. But, even if we could build bug-free services,...

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    Platform Management: Enterprise Integration Patterns on Azure Integration Services

    Posted by Paco de la Cruz on 10 December 2020

    Azure, Azure Functions, Enterprise Integration Patterns, Service Bus, Azure Event Grid, Logic App

    When implementing modern application integration solutions, we rely on platforms that abstract many of the challenges inherent to these types of solutions. While the Enterprise Integration Patterns previously covered in this series describe architectural and implementation patterns, the Platform Management patterns...

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    Message Transformation: Enterprise Integration Patterns on Azure Integration Services

    Posted by Paco de la Cruz on 07 October 2020

    Azure Functions, Enterprise Integration Patterns, Logic Apps, Service Bus, Azure Event Grid

    It is quite common that integration solutions interact with diverse applications, each with disparate data models and heterogeneous formats. In this post, we will discuss the Message Transformation patterns and how these can be implemented on Azure to overcome the challenges derived from working with different...

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    Message Routing: Enterprise Integration Patterns on Azure Integration Services

    Posted by Paco de la Cruz on 09 September 2020

    Azure Functions, Enterprise Integration Patterns, Logic Apps, Service Bus, Azure Event Grid

    In the previous post of the series on the Enterprise Integration Patterns on Azure, I explored the Messaging Endpoint patterns, which abstract integration interfaces from the application internals when building messaging-based integration solutions. In this post, I will cover the Message Routing patterns on Azure,...

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