What is Azure Functions?

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Azure Functions is a cloud-based service provided by Microsoft Azure that enables developers to build event-driven, serverless applications. With Azure Functions, you can execute your code in response to various events such as a new file being uploaded to Azure Blob storage, a new message arriving in a queue, or a new HTTP request being received.

Azure Functions is a fully managed service, which means that Azure takes care of infrastructure management, scaling, and availability. You only need to focus on writing your code and defining the triggers and bindings that connect your code to other Azure services.

Azure Functions supports a wide range of programming languages, including C#, Java, JavaScript, Python, and TypeScript, among others. You can choose the language that best fits your development skills and requirements.

Azure Functions is a cost-effective solution for building event-driven applications because you only pay for the time your code runs, and you don't need to provision and manage any servers or infrastructure. This makes it an ideal solution for building microservices, data processing pipelines, and other applications that require scalable and responsive event processing.

What are the steps to create an Azure function?

Here are the steps to create an Azure Function using the Azure portal:

  1. Log in to the Azure portal (portal.azure.com) using your credentials.
  2. Click on the "Create a resource" button (green plus sign) in the left-hand menu.
  3. Search for "Function App" in the search bar and select it from the list of results.
  4. Click on the "Create" button to start creating your Function App.
  5. Fill in the required information in the "Basics" tab, such as the subscription, resource group, Function App name, and runtime stack (i.e., the programming language you want to use).
  6. In the "Hosting" tab, choose the hosting plan and the region where you want to deploy your Function App.
  7. In the "Storage" tab, select the storage account you want to use for your Function App.
  8. Click on the "Review + create" button to review your settings and create your Function App.
  9. Once the Function App is created, navigate to it in the Azure portal.
  10. Click on the "+ New Function" button to create a new Function.
  11. Choose a template for your Function, such as HTTP trigger, Blob trigger, or Timer trigger.
  12. Configure the settings for your Function, such as the input and output bindings, the function name, and the access level.
  13. Write the code for your Function in the online code editor.
  14. Click on the "Save" button to save your Function.
  15. Test your Function by clicking on the "Test/Run" button and providing any necessary input data.

That's it! You've now created an Azure Function and tested it. You can repeat these steps to create additional Functions within your Function App.

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