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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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6 Key Pillars of a Successful DevOps Strategy

Posted by Dylan Lerch on 07 August 2018

DevOps, Article, Technology, automation, collaboration

Introduction

If you have been involved in any sort of software delivery over the past few years, you have probably heard about DevOps. It's a common term that means many different things to many different people. This article covers 6 key aspects of a successful DevOps strategy and is written to shed some light on...

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Writing ARM Templates in YAML

Posted by Justin Yoo on 07 August 2018

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

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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Testing ARM Templates with Pester #2 – Azure CLI

Posted by Justin Yoo on 11 July 2018

Architecture, VSTS, ARM Templates, Azure PowerShell, Testing, Pester, Blog, Technology, Azure CLI

In my previous post, Testing ARM Templates with Pester #1 – PowerShell, I showed how to test behaviours ARM template deployment without actual deployment. At the end of the post, I also briefly mentioned how we can integrate this testing into our CI/CD pipeline. However, I was actually asked many times how I did it on

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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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A Pace-Layered Integration Architecture

Posted by Dan Toomey on 05 July 2018

Architecture, Azure, BizTalk Server, Integration, iPaaS, Microsoft, Microsoft iPaaS, Article, Technology, Learning & Development, Integrate2018, Systems of Differentiation, Systems of Innovation, Message Bus, MSBTS, Systems of Record

Integration at Pace Within the Adaptive Enterprise

In the modern enterprise, it is rare to see a single monolith application that rules the entire landscape. While there still may be a large mainframe or another system which holds the principal data and source of truth (SoT) for an organisation, most landscapes today...

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ARM Template Lifecycle Management: DOs and DON'Ts

Posted by Justin Yoo on 18 June 2018

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

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

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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Azure Durable Functions Pattern: Approval Workflow with Slack

Posted by Paco de la Cruz on 25 April 2018

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

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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