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Previously we’ve written about how to get started with Azure Functions using JetBrains Rider – but that’s now an outdated article, as the Azure plugin now offers seamless integration with the Microsoft Functions tooling. Gone are the days of manually updating project configuration files.What you’ll needIn order to follow along, you’ll need to make sure you:Install JetBrains Rider (free 30-day trial available here) 2019.1 or laterGetting startedFirst you’ll want to install the Azure Toolkit for…

Many people now use Rider as their integrated development environment editor for .NET. However, when it comes to using it for developing Azure Functions, the out-of-the-box experience is (currently) less than ideal.I say currently, because in the next update to the Azure Toolkit plugin for Rider Functions support has been added. This’ll make running and debugging function apps a breeze.Until then though, here’s how you can run a functions app from Rider.How to run Azure…

For a long time now, App Settings have been the way to configure your app’s settings such as environment variables and connection strings for Azure App Services. In February 2019, Microsoft announced a new service called App Configuration – which, currently in preview – allows you to easily centralise your app settings across multiple resources. Want to secure your Azure DevOps application secrets in Key Vault? Find out how in  our short e-book guide on…

Microsoft currently support two versions of the Azure Functions runtime – version 1 and version 2. This post will look at the main changes between the two versions, and show you how you can check which runtime you’re using.What are the key differences between versions?Version 1 of the runtime was introduced back in 2016, when functions were first announced. At launch it supported JavaScript, C#, Python and PHP.In late September 2018 Microsoft made the Functions…

A common question asked by newcomers to the world of Azure Functions, is what’s the difference between an Azure functions app vs a function? Are they the same thing?In short, there is a difference. You can think of the functions app as if it refers to a workspace that contains one or more functions. It’s essentially a wrapper (or in .NET terms, project), holding all your Azure functions in one place and allowing for easy…

Today we’re going to look at how easy it is to add Azure Application Insights (part of Azure Monitor) to an Azure Function.What is Application Insights?In short, Application Insights is a performance and monitoring tool that forms part of the Azure Monitor suite. It allows you to access detailed telemetry on requests made to your function, while observing real-time performance and failures. It works across App Service apps, Azure Functions and more – practically anywhere…

In this post, we’ll take a look at how you can quickly create an Azure Function when using a Mac. In particular, we’ll be using the Azure Functions command line tools to create our functions app.Getting startedBefore you can create a function, you’ll need to install the Azure Function command line tools. But before you can continue, you need to make sure that you have installed Brew. If you’re not familiar with it, Brew is…