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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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ARM Template Lifecycle Management: DOs and DON'Ts

Posted by Justin Yoo on 18 June 2018

Article, ARM Templates, DevOps, Best Practice, Technology, Architecture

Introduction

Are you an experienced DevOps engineer or managing cloud resources on Azure, or about to jump into Azure resource management?

While you are creating, updating or deleting resources on Azure, you must have worked with Azure Resource Manager that keeps all resource definitions known as ARM templates. In...

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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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Azure API Management CI/CD Best Practices

Posted by Grant Samuels on 13 April 2018

Azure API Management, Continuous Integration, Microsoft, VSTS, ARM Templates, Article, Technology

Introduction

Azure API Management is a great product that we often use on customer solutions. It is an extremely effective way to provide a layer of abstraction between your callers and back-end APIs, and provides centralised governance across your API surface.

 

 

However, one of the most common questions from our...

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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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Delivering Successful Outcomes on Multi-Vendor Systems Integration Projects

Posted by Joern Staby on 05 April 2018

Technology, Article, Development, Delivery, Agile

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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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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