Mastering Azure Functions: Building Serverless Applications


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Course Title: Mastering Azure Functions: Building Serverless Applications


Course Overview:

Azure Functions is a powerful serverless computing platform provided by Microsoft Azure. It allows developers to build and deploy event-driven, scalable, and cost-efficient applications without the need to manage infrastructure. This comprehensive course is designed to take you from a beginner to an advanced level in Azure Functions. You will learn how to design, develop, deploy, and monitor serverless applications using Azure Functions and explore various use cases and best practices.


Course Duration: 3 weeks (recommended)


Course Outline:


Module 1: Introduction to Azure Functions

– Understanding serverless computing

– Exploring the benefits and use cases of Azure Functions

– Overview of the Azure Functions service and architecture

– Setting up an Azure Functions development environment


Module 2: Getting Started with Azure Functions

– Creating your first Azure Functions project

– Defining triggers and bindings

– Implementing functions using different programming languages (C#, JavaScript, Python)

– Testing and debugging Azure Functions locally


Module 3: Function Triggers and Bindings

– Exploring different trigger types (HTTP, Timer, Queue, Event Grid, etc.)

– Working with input and output bindings

– Leveraging built-in and custom bindings

– Implementing durable functions for complex workflows


Module 4: Developing Azure Functions

– Implementing function logic and business logic

– Working with input and output data

– Handling function inputs and outputs efficiently

– Incorporating logging and monitoring capabilities


Module 5: Managing and Deploying Azure Functions

– Configuring and managing function app settings

– Scaling and managing function instances

– Deploying functions to Azure using various deployment options

– Setting up CI/CD pipelines for Azure Functions


Module 6: Integration and Interoperability

– Integrating Azure Functions with other Azure services (Azure Storage, Azure Cosmos DB, Azure Service Bus, etc.)

– Leveraging Azure Durable Task Framework for long-running workflows

– Integrating with Azure Logic Apps and Event Grid

– Implementing authentication and authorization in Azure Functions


Module 7: Monitoring, Logging, and Diagnostics

– Implementing logging and tracing in Azure Functions

– Utilizing Application Insights for monitoring and diagnostics

– Analyzing function execution logs and metrics

– Implementing error handling and exception management


Module 8: Advanced Topics and Best Practices

– Optimizing performance and scalability of Azure Functions

– Implementing stateful serverless applications

– Implementing security best practices in Azure Functions

– Exploring real-world use cases and architectural patterns


Note: This course outline provides a general structure for the Azure Functions course. Each module can be divided into multiple lessons and include practical exercises, quizzes, and hands-on projects to reinforce learning. Additionally, the course can be customized based on the specific needs and skill levels of the target audience.


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