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Enterprise Integration Patterns on Azure Integration Services - Message Construction

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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Separation of Concerns: Logic App from ARM Template

Posted by Justin Yoo on 13 June 2018

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

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 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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Converting UTC to Local Time via Azure Functions and Logic Apps

Posted by Justin Yoo on 05 February 2018

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

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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Azure Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) – Logic Apps and the Azure Integration Services

Posted by Paco de la Cruz on 01 February 2018

Azure API Management, Azure Functions, iPaaS, Logic Apps, Service Bus, Blog, Vision & Digital Transformation, Technology

Introduction

A year ago, I wrote a post about this very same topic, the Microsoft Azure Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS). At that time, the core iPaaS product offering, Azure Logic Apps, was roughly 6 months old, since it’s generally available launch. Since the launch date, we’ve seen an impressive release...

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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, Blog, Technology

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

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

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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SOAP over Azure API Management, Logic Apps and Functions

Posted by Justin Yoo on 11 December 2017

Azure API Management, Azure Functions, Logic Apps, WSDL, SOAP, WCF, Blog, Technology

When we work for a service integration project for a customer’s information systems, not all systems use cutting-edge technologies. Rather, still many information systems use legacy ways to get integration works done. For example, some legacy applications still drop files to a designated folder so that other...

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Logic Apps: Correlation and Message Dependency Management on Logic Apps with Service Bus

Posted by Prasoon Madnawat on 09 December 2017

Azure, Logic Apps, Service Bus, Dependency Management, Correlation

 

While working on an integration project, we came across a very interesting requirement of sequencing file fed to a system based on pre-defined dependencies. This problem was complex because the target system did not want to see a file in S3 bucket (or blob container) unless the system has already processed and...

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Publishing Custom Queries of Logic Apps Execution Logs

Posted by Paco de la Cruz on 07 December 2017

Logic Apps, Monitoring, Azure Log Analytics, Blog, Technology

In a previous post, I showed how to implement Business Activity Monitoring for Logic Apps. However, sometimes developers, ops, or business users want to query execution logs to get information about the processing of business messages. Whether for troubleshooting or auditing, there are some questions these personas...

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