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    Your Own Serverless Request Bin with Durable Entities and Azure Durable Functions 2.0

    Posted by Paco de la Cruz on 22 October 2019

    Azure Functions, Serverless, Technology, Azure Durable Functions, Microsoft Azure, Durable Entities

    This post is part of a series

    1. Your Own Serverless Request Bin with Azure Functions
    2. Your Own Serverless Request Bin with Azure Durable Functions (this)

    In a previous post, I shared how you can deploy a Serverless Request Bin using Azure Functions. I also shared how I built it using a memory cache as a persistence...

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    Your Own Serverless Request Bin with Azure Functions

    Posted by Paco de la Cruz on 26 September 2019

    Azure Functions, Serverless, Technology, Dependency Injection, Microsoft Azure

    This post is part of a series

    1. Your Own Serverless Request Bin with Azure Functions (this)
    2. Your Own Serverless Request Bin with Durable Entities and Azure Durable Functions 2.0

     

    If you have developed or consumed HTTP APIs or webhooks, chances are that you have had the need of troubleshooting and inspecting HTTP...

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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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