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Setting up Function Apps via Powershell

This post is really a note to self and if its useful to anyone else then great!  If your wanting to script setting up many Azure Function Apps then you may find this useful. I had a task to create a bunch of function apps in different resource groups and…

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Visualize CRM Solution Deployments across Environments

One of the things I love about Azure functions is that they are great for scenarios where you need to use a bit of code to do something useful but its not a real world production component, for example if it’s a utility to help the team work better. In…

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Azure Functions and SpecFlow

Anyone who follows my blog will know I am a big fan of Specflow for testing components. We usually use SpecFlow to compliment normal unit testing with some automated integration tests which combine the idea of “Does the component behave like we expect it to” with the opportunity to have…

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When data in CRM is updated I want to send it to another application

Having worked a lot with Dynamics CRM/365 over the last few years I thought it would be interesting to discuss a common use case and some of the architecture patterns you may consider to implement the solution. Lets imagine a scenario where the business requirement is as follows: The user…

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Considerations for Hardening API’s Built with Azure API Management + Azure Functions

In the current feature set available on Azure one of the most common patterns for implementing an API is to use a combination of Azure Functions to act as the back end of the API where the bulk of the work is done and then to use Azure API Management…

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Logic Apps Integration for Small Business

When Logic Apps was first announced at the Integrate summit in Seattle a few years ago one of my first comments was that I felt that this could be an integration game changer for small business in due course. The reason I said this was if you look across the…

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BizTalk Map as an Azure Function

Every now and then as an architect you would get a request to be able to expose a mapping service for another application to consume and the requirement was preferred if the map was exposed over HTTP so it could be called in real time without the message box over…

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BizTalk + Azure Functions – Upload to AWS S3

Recently I had a requirement to extend one of our BizTalk solutions, this solution was around user synchronisation. We have 2 interfaces for user synchronisation, one supporting applications which require a batch interface and one which supports messaging. In this case the requirement was to send a daily batch file…

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