Category: Azure

 

Just a quick article about how you can let your Azure Function runtime know there was a problem during the execution. This is important when you are for example working with queue triggered functions. The default method to let your Azure Function know it has finished is the context.done() method. When you use the method like this: context.

 

Probably one of the great things about App Service is that you can easily secure your applications via Azure Active Directory. Securing a Web API or API App can easily be achieved by enabling the app service authentication option and selecting Azure Active Directory. The express configuration only requires a few clicks until you have it all up and running.

 

I am currently busy with preparations for my next course about development on Azure. One of the things that is covered in the course is Logic Apps. Today I was exploring the development options and what you could achieve by creating / integrating custom APIs. Custom APIs enable you to extend your logic app flow and there are two ways how you can do this:

 

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a simple Office add-in which just added a custom add-in command. An add-in command only requires that you specify an URL to a page / HTML file to make it work. As it would be overkill to create a website for just that one file, I thought about using an HTTPTrigger Azure Function to return me the necessary HTML for my command.

 

These days I use Azure Functions quite a lot for automating things. Since the general availability of Azure Functions which was announcement back in November 2016, they are becoming even more popular and are being used for various kinds of things. Even the local development process of Azure Functions got a lot better.

 

Azure functions are available for a while now. Their purpose is to have an event-driven compute without maintaining any server or applications. On my Azure environment, I have various of these small functions running. They all do different things like keeping my Azure search index up to date, sending notifications about my NPM packages, etc.