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Azure Serverless Computing Cookbook, - Second Edition

By : Praveen Kumar Sreeram, Jason Marston
Book Image

Azure Serverless Computing Cookbook, - Second Edition

By: Praveen Kumar Sreeram, Jason Marston

Overview of this book

Microsoft provides a solution for easily running small segments of code in the cloud with Azure Functions. The second edition of Azure Serverless Computing Cookbook starts with intermediate-level recipes on serverless computing along with some use cases demonstrating the benefits and key features of Azure Functions. You’ll explore the core aspects of Azure Functions, such as the services it provides, how you can develop and write Azure Functions, and how to monitor and troubleshoot them. As you make your way through the chapters, you’ll get practical recipes on integrating DevOps with Azure Functions, and providing continuous integration and continuous deployment with Azure DevOps. This book also provides hands-on, step-by-step tutorials based on real-world serverless use cases to guide you through configuring and setting up your serverless environments with ease. You will also learn how to build solutions for complex, real-world, workflow-based scenarios quickly and with minimal code using Durable Functions. In the concluding chapters, you will ensure enterprise-level security within your serverless environment. The most common tips and tricks that you need to be aware of when working with Azure Functions on production environments will also be covered in this book. By the end of this book, you will have all the skills required for working with serverless code architecture, providing continuous delivery to your users.
Table of Contents (13 chapters)


In this chapter, we will develop a mini-project by taking a very common use case that solves the business problem of sharing data across different applications using Excel. We will use Durable Functions, which is an extension to Azure Functions that lets you write workflows by writing the minimum lines of code.

Here are the two core features of Durable Functions that we will be using in the recipes of this chapter:

  • Orchestrator: Orchestrator is a function that is responsible for managing all activity triggers. It can be treated as a workflow manager that has multiple steps. Orchestrator is responsible for initiating the activity trigger, passing inputs to the activity trigger, getting the output, maintaining the state, and then passing the output of one activity trigger to another if required.
  • Activity trigger: Each activity trigger can be treated as a workflow step...