Azure Enterprise Integration Series - Part 3#

Part 3: Visual Studio and Project Types

As an enterprise integration developer, Azure gives you some new choices. Foremost amongst those is the ability to develop code *outside of Visual Studio*. Whilst that is the norm for most open-source and non-Microsoft technologies (e.g. Python, Ruby, anything developed on a non-Windows PC), for most Microsoft integration developers, developing outside of Visual Studio may take you outside of your comfort zone.

Wednesday, 08 March 2017 19:59:26 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00) #    Comments [0]  |  Trackback


Azure Enterprise Integration Series - Part 2#

Part 2: Azure Resource Manager Overview

The Azure Resource Manager (ARM for short) is the deployment engine behind Azure. It's actually a whole lot more than that, but let's just start with that. In a nutshell, we can supply it a description of what we want to create (in a JSON file known as an ARM Template) and it will go away and provision all the required resources.

Wednesday, 08 March 2017 19:57:38 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00) #    Comments [0]  |  Trackback


Azure Enterprise Integration Series - Part 1#

Part 1: Challenges in Enterprise Integration Development in Azure

It's been nearly 9 months now since Logic Apps went GA, and there's starting to be real growth in adoption and usage. We're also seeing a lot more community content, as developers and companies start to see the real benefits of cloud integration and, specifically, the use of Logic Apps.

Tuesday, 07 March 2017 06:37:03 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00) #    Comments [0]  |  Trackback


Logic Apps Pricing: Consumption Model vs Hourly Model#

In case you missed it, Logic Apps moved to General Availability last week.
At the same time, pricing for Logic Apps gained a new option: Consumption charging i.e. pay by use.
I’ve been talking to a number of clients about this new pricing model, and every single one has expressed concerns: it’s these concerns that I wanted to touch upon in this post...

Wednesday, 03 August 2016 13:27:04 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00) #    Comments [0]  |  Trackback


New LogicApps and BizTalk features announced#

At the BizTalk360 Integrate2016 ( conference today, Microsoft announced a whole slew of new features and functionality for both BizTalk 2016 and Logic Apps.

Some of these include:

Wednesday, 11 May 2016 21:41:11 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00) #    Comments [0]  |  Trackback


Understanding the BizTalk Mapper - BizTalk 2013R2 Version#

I've decided to update my article on Understanding the BizTalk Mapper for BizTalk 2013R2. You can download the article here (in .docx and .pdf formats)

I originally wrote this article in 2008, and it was aimed at BizTalk 2006 R2. Since then, we’ve had 3 more versions of BizTalk: 2010, 2013, and 2013R2. With BizTalk 2016 entering CTP in the next few days, I thought it was time to revisit this article and update it for the latest (public) version of BizTalk.

Friday, 01 April 2016 10:12:15 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00) #    Comments [0]  |  Trackback


BizTalk 2016 CTP released#
The 1st CTP (Community Technical Preview) for BizTalk 2016 has been released today. Whilst you have to sign up to Microsoft Connect to access the CTP, Microsoft have published the release notes for the CTP here...
Thursday, 31 March 2016 17:22:36 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00) #    Comments [0]  |  Trackback


Latest Logic Apps Community Webcast Recap - Feb 25th 2016#

In the latest installment of the logicappsio webcast, Jeff Hollan and Kevin Lam covered off new features released this month, and also talked about what is coming up - you can watch it here:

Of note in this webcast:

Thursday, 25 February 2016 19:46:34 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00) #    Comments [0]  |  Trackback


How to switch from the new to the old Logic Apps Designer (or vice versa)#

Switching to the old Logic Apps designer from a new Logic App is relatively easy... if you don’t have anything in your logic app! You just need to change the $schema value at the top of your logic app definition.

Thursday, 25 February 2016 18:56:28 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00) #    Comments [0]  |  Trackback


Microsoft release new Logic Apps Designer - but how do you use BizTalk Connectors or v1 API Apps?#

Microsoft today released the Logic Apps preview refresh – which means a new designer and new connectors.

However, those BizTalky people amongst you might notice that there’s no mention of the BizTalk connectors in the list of actions you see in the new designer...

Wednesday, 24 February 2016 00:12:56 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00) #    Comments [0]  |  Trackback


How to create a marketplace API App from code: Hacking the Azure Portal#

So a few months ago, I was trying to work out how to create an instance of a marketplace API App via code. There was no API or samples for this at the time. API Apps (like Logic/Mobile/Web apps) can be deployed using ARM templates, so it was just a matter of working out what to put in the template.

Since then, the AAS team have released a guide on what needs to go in the template, what the contract looks like, and supplied a sample on GitHub

Thursday, 21 January 2016 22:09:05 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00) #    Comments [0]  |  Trackback


App Service Environments: How to deploy API Apps to a Virtual Network#

Recently I was asked by a client: how do I deploy an API App or a Logic App to a Virtual Network (VNet)?

If you've ever used BizTalk Services (MABS) then you'll know one of the biggest limitations with MABS was that it didn’t support VNets: a lot of companies create VNets, and hook them up to their on-premises network, so that their Azure environment becomes a secure extension of their on-premises network.

Thursday, 07 January 2016 18:51:17 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00) #    Comments [0]  |  Trackback


Logic Apps Roadmap for 2015-2016#
If you missed the @logicappsio LogicAppsLive community webcast (with Kevin Lam and Jon Fancey) last night, they gave us the current road map for Logic Apps for the next 9 months...
Friday, 04 December 2015 14:40:38 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00) #    Comments [0]  |  Trackback


Microsoft announce new Logic App Features and new Designer#

At connect(); 2015 this year, Microsoft announced some new Azure App Service features relating to Logic Apps and API Apps (watch the video here:

Stephen Siciliano (@iscsus) gave a ten-minute session on current and new features for AAS (Azure App Service)...

Wednesday, 18 November 2015 19:18:56 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00) #    Comments [0]  |  Trackback


Listing Subscriptions and Logic Apps from .NET#
For most people, using PowerShell scripts/cmdlets to access Azure and get information about subscriptions and resources (e.g. Logic Apps) will be enough.

But what if you want to do it yourself from .NET?...

Monday, 16 November 2015 15:15:00 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00) #    Comments [0]  |  Trackback


Getting started with the Logic Apps SDK#
The first Logic Apps SDK for .NET (v0.1.0) was released on August 28th.
Stephen Siciliano covered it in the LogicAppsIO Community WebCast on August 27th.
But there haven’t been many blog posts on how to use it, nor many samples.
So here we go: How to use the SDK...
Thursday, 22 October 2015 22:59:31 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00) #    Comments [0]  |  Trackback


Setting up PostMan to call the Azure Management APIs#
If you want to test the deployment of API App or LogicApp templates, one of the easiest ways to do this is using the PostMan REST Client for Chrome. In this post I'll show you how to authenticate against your Azure subscription, and show you how to call the API from PostMan. Although all of this information can be found on other sites, I wanted to bring it all into one post, with steps showing you what to do, and explanation of the various parts e.g. what a JWT is, and why the api-version value is so important...
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 21:37:37 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00) #    Comments [0]  |  Trackback


App Service Product Group - First Community WebCast#

So the App Service product group did a Google Hangout today (basically a live YouTube stream) and gave some updates on Logic Apps, along with some demos on chaining Logic Apps, calling a Logic App from another Logic App etc...

Thursday, 25 June 2015 19:42:10 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00) #    Comments [0]  |  Trackback


Azure App Service: How to implement conditional logic and loops in a Logic App#

One of the questions I saw on Twitter after yesterday's Azure App Service launch was: how do you do an if-then-else in a Logic App? Or even a For loop?

If you're coming from a BizTalk Orchestration or Windows Workflow background, you may be surprised by the lack of shapes in a Logic App for performing these operations.

However, you can still do all those things: you just need to look at the problem differently...

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 10:47:22 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00) #    Comments [0]  |  Trackback


Announcing Azure App Service: a new PaaS offering in Azure#

Azure App Service allows developers to create business logic in the cloud that supports their new or existing web and mobile apps.

Building on the MicroServices announcement from last year's BizTalk Summit (in Redmond), there have been two major new technologies released...

Tuesday, 24 March 2015 09:46:16 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00) #    Comments [0]  |  Trackback


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