Platform Engineering

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Swift Service Fabric Deployments with PowerShell

Posted by Dan Toomey on 05 March 2019

Azure, Azure Service Fabric, Development, Azure PowerShell, DevOps, Microsoft Azure

A few weeks ago I had the great privilege of presenting a 60 minute breakout session at Microsoft Ignite | The Tour in Sydney. It was thrilling to have over 200 people registered to see my topic “Seamless Deployments with Azure Service Fabric”, especially in the massive Convention Centre. 

In the session I...

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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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Delivering Successful Outcomes on Multi-Vendor Systems Integration Projects

Posted by Joern Staby on 05 April 2018

Agile, Development, Article, Delivery, Technology

Introduction

No two systems integration projects are the same, given the large number of applications, platforms and component subsystems that can be brought together to function as an integrated system, and the wide range of business requirements and business outcomes that are typically pursued.

This article...

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The Logic Apps Webhook Action and the Correlation Identifier Pattern

Posted by Paco de la Cruz on 17 July 2017

Development, Enterprise Integration Patterns, Twilio, Logic Apps, Webhook, Blog, Technology

Introduction

In many business scenarios, there is the need to implement long-running processes which first send a message to a second process and then pause and wait for an asynchronous response before they continue. Being this an asynchronous communication, the challenge is to correlate the response to the original...

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Triggering an Azure Logic App by SMS messages with Twilio

Posted by Paco de la Cruz on 05 July 2017

Development, Twilio, Logic Apps, Blog, Technology

Introduction

SMS messaging has been a widely adopted way of communication over the last decades, not only for people but for organisations as well. Even though nowadays there are many messaging apps that are more popular and flexible than plain SMS, there are still scenarios in which businesses find SMS messaging a...

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The New Azure Hybrid Connections

Posted by Dan Toomey on 19 June 2017

Azure, Azure Relay, Development, Hybrid Connectivity, Service Bus

Microsoft recently announced that Azure BizTalk Services (MABS) is officially being retired. This was no great surprise, as those who actually used this service and its VETER pipelines to build integrations were well aware that the tooling was cumbersome, the DevOps story was terrible, scalability was severely...

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Transforming JSON Objects in Logic Apps

Posted by Paco de la Cruz on 18 May 2017

Azure, Development, Enterprise Integration Patterns, iPaaS, JSON, Logic Apps, Blog, Technology

Introduction

Many integration scenarios require translating messages from one data model to another. This is described in the Message Translator Enterprise Integration Pattern. Some of these might be:

  • Translation between two different proprietary data models
  • Translation between a proprietary data model and an...
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Implementing the Polling Consumer Pattern using Azure Logic Apps

Posted by Paco de la Cruz on 11 May 2017

Azure, Development, Enterprise Integration Patterns, iPaaS, Logic Apps, Polling, Blog, Technology

Introduction

When implementing integration projects, it's quite common that upstream systems don't have the capabilities to push messages to downstream systems, or that due to different constraints or non-functional requirements, the receivers are required to pull for messages from those systems. Gregor Hohpe...

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