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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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    Your Own Serverless Request Bin with Durable Entities and Azure Durable Functions 2.0

    Posted by Paco de la Cruz on 22 October 2019

    Azure Functions, Serverless, Technology, Azure Durable Functions, Microsoft Azure, Durable Entities

    This post is part of a series

    1. Your Own Serverless Request Bin with Azure Functions
    2. Your Own Serverless Request Bin with Azure Durable Functions (this)

    In a previous post, I shared how you can deploy a Serverless Request Bin using Azure Functions. I also shared how I built it using a memory cache as a persistence...

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    Your Own Serverless Request Bin with Azure Functions

    Posted by Paco de la Cruz on 26 September 2019

    Azure Functions, Serverless, Technology, Dependency Injection, Microsoft Azure

    This post is part of a series

    1. Your Own Serverless Request Bin with Azure Functions (this)
    2. Your Own Serverless Request Bin with Durable Entities and Azure Durable Functions 2.0

     

    If you have developed or consumed HTTP APIs or webhooks, chances are that you have had the need of troubleshooting and inspecting HTTP...

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    OAuth 2.0 Authorisation with the Client Credentials Flow on Azure API Management

    Posted by Paco de la Cruz on 12 July 2019

    Azure API Management, Microsoft Azure, OAuth 2.0

    A well-adopted way of protecting APIs is by using the OAuth 2.0 authorisation standard. OAuth 2.0 offers different grant types, also known as flows, to cover multiple authorisation scenarios. As an end-user, you most probably have used, in one way or another, the authorisation code flow, in which you, as a resource...

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    Messaging Endpoints: Enterprise Integration Patterns on Azure Integration Services

    Posted by Paco de la Cruz on 05 June 2019

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

    In the previous post of the series, I described how messages can be transmitted from a sender application to intended receiver applications through Messaging Channels, and how the Azure Integration Services can be leveraged to implement these Enterprise Integration Patterns. Messaging Endpoints are the application...

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    Messaging Channels: Enterprise Integration Patterns on Azure Integration Services

    Posted by Paco de la Cruz on 09 May 2019

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

    In the previous post of the series, I covered how application data are to be serialised and packaged into messages so they can be transmitted between applications. In this post, I’ll describe the Messaging Channels patterns, which focus on solving the challenges of transmitting messages from a sender application to...

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    Message Construction: Enterprise Integration Patterns on Azure Integration Services

    Posted by Paco de la Cruz on 10 April 2019

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

    When we are designing a message-based integration solution, one of the first things we need to define is how the application data are going to be serialised into messages, so they can be transmitted to other applications. The Message Construction Enterprise Integration Patterns provide documented knowledge that can...

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    Enterprise Integration Patterns on Azure Integration Services - Introduction

    Posted by Paco de la Cruz on 08 March 2019

    Architecture, Enterprise Integration Patterns, Azure Integration Services, Azure iPaaS

    In the past, architecting and building integration solutions was a task that only specialised developers and architects were able to do. The tools and skills were considered niche and not every developer was able to build a manageable integration solution. Now, with the available new low-code integration platforms,...

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    Correlated Structured Logging on Azure Functions

    Posted by Paco de la Cruz on 06 September 2018

    Azure Functions, Serverless, Application Insights, Blog, Technology, Logging, Structured Logging

    Introduction

    If you are reading this post, chances are that you know that things can go wrong and thus logging can be very useful when a solution is in production to monitor or troubleshoot it. But, not all logs are equal. While you can have enough information available, unstructured logging can be hard to read,...

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    Async Http APIs with Azure Durable Functions (and Polling Client)

    Posted by Paco de la Cruz on 10 July 2018

    Architecture, Azure Functions, Development, Blog, Technology, Azure Durable Functions, APIs

     

    Introduction

    Azure Durable Functions have support for different patterns, which enable us to build serverless and stateful applications without worrying about the state management implementation details. One of these useful patterns is the Asynchronous Http APIs. This pattern comes in handy when client applications...

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    Azure Durable Functions vs Logic Apps: How to choose?

    Posted by Paco de la Cruz on 10 May 2018

    Architecture, Azure Functions, Logic Apps, Serverless, Article, Technology, Azure Durable Functions, Latest Post

    Introduction

    Azure currently has two service offerings of serverless compute: Azure Logic Apps and Azure Functions. Until recently, one could argue that Azure Functions were code triggered by events while Logic Apps were event-triggered workflows. However, that changed after the release of Azure Durable Functions...

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