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Writing ARM Templates in YAML

Posted by Justin Yoo on 07 August 2018

YAML, JSON, ARM Templates, Pester, Testing, CICD, VSTS, Blog, Technology

In my previous post, ARM Template Lifecycle Management: DOs and DON’Ts, I recommend to consider YAML for ARM template authoring. In the post, I also suggest using yarm to convert YAML to JSON and/or vice-versa. However, yarm is not that easy to use because it has to be deployed to Azure or, at least, it has to be run...

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Separation of Concerns: Logic App from ARM Template

Posted by Justin Yoo on 13 June 2018

Logic Apps, ARM Templates, Separation of Concerns, Blog, Technology, Architecture, Latest Post

Introduction

Azure Logic App is a set of workflow definitions, which is written in JSON format. The nature of JSON object results in this being tightly bound with ARM template. In other words, the Logic App has a dependency on an ARM template. Due to these characteristics, when any update is made on the workflow, the...

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Azure Durable Functions Pattern: Approval Workflow with Slack

Posted by Paco de la Cruz on 25 April 2018

Azure Durable Functions, Serverless, Slack, Azure Functions, Enterprise Integration Patterns, Technology, Blog

Introduction

This is a post part of a series of implementing serverless approval workflows on Azure:

  1. Approval Workflow on Logic Apps with Twilio
  2. Approval Workflow on Azure Durable Functions and SendGrid
  3. Approval Workflow on Azure Durable Functions and Slack (this)

Recently, I published a post about implementing an

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Azure Durable Functions Pattern: Approval Workflow with SendGrid

Posted by Paco de la Cruz on 17 April 2018

Azure Functions, Azure Durable Functions, Enterprise Integration Patterns, SendGrid, Serverless, Technology, Blog

Introduction

This post is part of a series about implementing serverless approval workflows on Azure:

  1. Approval Workflow on Logic Apps with Twilio
  2. Approval Workflow on Azure Durable Functions and SendGrid (this)
  3. Approval Workflow on Azure Durable Functions and Slack

Durable Functions is a new (in preview at the time...

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Dependency Injections on Azure Functions V2

Posted by Justin Yoo on 06 April 2018

Azure Functions, V2, Dependency Injection, ASP.NET Core, Technology, Blog

Dependency Injections on Azure Functions are not very intuitive. I’ve written many blog posts about dependency management on Azure Functions to improve testability and this was my latest one. However, they are mostly about V1, which supports .NET Framework. Azure Functions V2 is now on public preview and I’m going to...

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Cosmos DB in Azure Functions V1 and V2

Posted by Justin Yoo on 19 February 2018

Azure Functions, Cosmos DB, Technology, Blog

As one of serverless families in Azure, Cosms DB is becoming very popular. In many development scenarios, Cosmos DB actually replaces existing RDBMS because it requires relatively lower cost for maintenance, and is easy to use. Another serverless family, Azure Functions, also provides triggers and bindings for Cosmos...

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Converting UTC to Local Time via Azure Functions and Logic Apps

Posted by Justin Yoo on 05 February 2018

UTC, Time Zone, Azure Functions, Logic Apps, Technology, Blog

In many information system development scenarios, including integration scenarios, handling date/time value is always problematic. If your information systems reside in your office or data centre located in your area, that won’t bring about too much trouble. However, if your organisation runs applications in several...

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5 Reasons Why Great Integrations are like Great Relationships

Posted by Admin on 05 February 2018

Integration, Blog, Delivery

 As an Analyst we live and breathe the value integration brings to organisations, yet we still find that it is often an after thought. Here are my top 5 reasons you should prioritise integration in your organisation.

 

1. Communication is king

We value communication highly in all aspects of our life, it is how we...

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Externalising Business Rules on Azure Logic Apps using Liquid Templates

Posted by Paco de la Cruz on 17 January 2018

Logic Apps, Liquid Templates, Business Rules Engine, Technology, Blog

Introduction

In Azure Logic Apps workflows, you can implement conditions and switch cases to control the flow based on runtime inputs and outputs. This functionality is quite useful, and in many cases, can be used to implement the business rules required. However, those business rules are inherent to the workflow, and...

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List of Access Keys from Output Values after ARM Template Deployment

Posted by Justin Yoo on 05 January 2018

ARM Templates, Application Insights, Cosmos DB, Service Bus, Storage Account, Azure Functions, Logic Apps, Technology, Blog

There are many cases that we need to retrieve access keys and/or endpoints of Azure resources, as soon as they are deployed through ARM templates. Typical uses cases are:

  1. To display those values in the outputs section of ARM templates,
  2. To get a reference to the outputs section of nested ARM templates from their...
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