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Mastering Azure Serverless Computing

By : Lorenzo Barbieri, Massimo Bonanni
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Mastering Azure Serverless Computing

By: Lorenzo Barbieri, Massimo Bonanni

Overview of this book

Application development has evolved from traditional monolithic app development to using serverless options and microservices. This book is designed to guide you through using Microsoft's Azure Functions to process data, integrate systems, and build simple APIs and microservices. You will discover how to apply serverless computing to speed up deployment and reduce downtime. You'll also explore Azure Functions, including its core functionalities and essential tools, along with understanding how to debug and even customize Azure Functions. In addition to this, the book will take you through how you can effectively implement DevOps and automation in your working environment. Toward the concluding chapters, you'll cover some quick tips, troubleshooting techniques, and real-world serverless use cases that will help you make the most of serverless computing. By the end of this book, you will have gained the skills you need to develop and deliver cost-effective Azure serverless solutions.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
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Section 1: Azure Functions 2.0 Fundamentals
Section 2: Azure Functions 2.0 Deployment and Automation
Section 3: Serverless Orchestration, API Management, and Event Processing
Section 4: Real-World Serverless Use Cases

Discovering Azure Functions extensions

As you may have read in the previous chapter, all triggers and bindings (except for TimerTrigger and HttpTrigger) supported by Azure Functions are available as external packages that must be added in order to be used.

The Azure Functions SDK is based on the Azure WebJobs SDK, so it inherits all the features contained in it and, in particular, it exploits the WebJobs SDK's primitives for the management of extensions.

You can find more information about the Azure WebJobs SDK in the official GitHub repository located at

When the Azure Function host job starts, it needs to discover all the extensions Azure Functions want to use: to achieve this, you must create a class (CustomWebJobsStartup in the next code snippet) and decorated it with the WebJobsStartup attribute to tell the web...