Welcome to another Tuesday TNWiki Article Spotlight.
In today’s spotlight, we are going to discuss Azure Functions. They came out one year ago this month and they went into general availability in November. Functions offer users a way to run small pieces of code or “functions” in the cloud. You can create code pieces to solve just the problems you have without needing to set up an entire solution architecture to run it. Use the development language of your choice to create your functions: C#, F#, Node.js, Python or PHP.
There is an Azure Functions Template for Visual Studio now in preview. This template allows you to create and manage Functions within the Visual Studio IDE. To see how, Jeffrey Chilberto has created an article entitled Visual Studio Azure Function Template (preview) for the TechNet Wiki. In the post, Chilberto shows how to install and use the template to create an Azure Function in a project that can post messages to Azure Table Storage. He also demonstrates how to debug the project and deploy it to Azure. Chilberto wraps up the post by sharing the issues he experienced while working with the template.
If you ever wanted to know more about working with Azure Functions inside Visual Studio, start with this article.