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Learning Azure Functions

By : Mitesh Soni, Manisha Yadav
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Learning Azure Functions

By: Mitesh Soni, Manisha Yadav

Overview of this book

Functions help you easily run small pieces of code in cloud with Azure functions without worrying about a whole application or the infrastructure to run it. With Azure functions, you can use triggers to execute your code and bindings to simplify the input and output of your code. This book will start with the basics of Azure Functions. You will learn the steps to set up the environment and the tools that we will be using in the further chapters. Once you have a better understanding of this, we will be creating our first hello world function app. Later you will be introduced to triggers, how they are used to activate a function, and how binding can be used to output results of a function.You will also explore the steps to create an assembly with complex functionality that can be used by functions. Next, this book will teach you to scale your functions and use them to process data, integrate systems, and build simple APIs and microservices. Finally, this book will cover some diagnostic techniques with Azure App services and best practices of working with Azure Functions. By the end of this book, you will be well-versed with the techniques of scaling your Azure functions and making the most of serverless architecture.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Title Page
About the Authors
About the Reviewers
Customer Feedback

Anatomy of Azure Functions

Let's understand the different components or resources that are used while creating Azure Functions.

The following image describes the Functions in Azure in different pricing plans:

Azure Function App

A function app is a collection of one or more functions that are managed together. All the functions in a Function App share the same pricing plan and it can be a consumption plan or an App Service plan. When we utilize Visual Studio Team Services for Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery using build and release definitions, then the Function app is also shared. The way we manage different resources in Azure with the Azure Resource Group is similar to how we can manage multiple functions with the Function App.

Function code

In this chapter, we will consider a scenario where a photography competition is held and photographers need to upload photographs to the portal. The moment a photograph is uploaded, a thumbnail should be created immediately.

A function code...