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#ServerlessSeptember 2020 Content Collection - updated 🚨 DAILY 🚨

lulucieva profile image Lucie Šimečková Updated on ・17 min read

Hey there!

You've come here to find fresh serverless content? There you go.

🚨 This article gets updated daily (Mon-Fri) during September 2020. Make sure to come back if you're into serverless. 🚨

"Serverless September is our once in a year opportunity to keep talking about Serverless to our friends without feeling bad about it. To make things more exciting, we get the entire month of September, for 30 days, to tell the community how we are using Serverless."

Throughout September, we're going to add new articles to this collection Monday to Thursday. Are we taking a break on Friday? Not at all. On Fridays @madebygps and @codebeast will live stream hacking the best and the most interesting bits of Serverless. A recording will be available here shortly after the live stream has ended. And we’re closing the month of September with a half day of conversations at Microsoft Create: Serverless where we connect with the experts and community members to discuss all things Serverless - read more and register here.

And here's the content you are looking for. New additions happening every Monday to Thursday throughout September 2020:


Sep 29, 2020:


Sep 28, 2020:

  • Faster Querying with Serverless Materialized Views by Mark Heath
    The materialized view pattern is a great way to make complex, expensive and slow queries return in minimal time. And serverless is a great platform to power the generation and update of your materialized views due to its great support for event-driven programming and the excellent scalability to handle unpredictable workload volumes. Life is even easier if you choose to use the Cosmos DB change feed to drive your materialized view creation as it seamlessly integrates with Azure Functions. In this article we look at the benefits of the materialized view pattern and show a simple example of how it can be implemented with Azure Functions and the Cosmos DB change feed.

  • Azure functions vs firebase functions by Osinachi Chukwujama

    If we compare the serverless function compute services of Azure and Firebase based on execution speed, ease of development and ease of deployment, we come to a conclusion that serverless functions run more efficiently on Azure than on Google Cloud Platform.

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Sep 16, 2020:

  • Building Serverless APIs using Azure Function and Azure SQL by Ashirwad Satapathi
    In this article, we discuss about Serverless Computing, Azure Function and Azure SQL in a concise manner. Then. We discuss how to make one using Visual Studio 2019 using C#. In this article, We create an HTTP Trigger Azure Function to Insert a value into our Table in Azure SQL Database every time we make a request to it by passing a name in the query string or the request body. We'll be using ADO.NET for the database interaction and see how easy it is to make a Serverless Application to perform Insert operations to our database.

  • The Microsoft Create: series is back again, now with Microsoft Create: Serverless!
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Join us for a half-day of conversations and connect with the experts and community members to discuss how you can run code for any application, with no need or reliance on servers. In this 4 hour session, hear from our keynote speakers Chris Coyier and Chris Nwamba on the Serverless landscape in 2020 and the trends you should look out for. More details here on aka.ms/createserverless.


Sep 15, 2020:

  • Crazy Web Performance with Azure Static Web Apps and Azure Functions by Kevin Griffin
    Azure Static Web Apps has been a game changer for Kevin in terms of how he builds and deploys static web applications. In this post, Kevin talks about why he made the switch to Azure Static Web Apps and also answer some of the common questions he's received about the platform!

  • Can we make GraphQL type safe in code? by Aaron Powell
    Deploying GraphQL in Azure Functions gives us a serverless model for GraphQL and type safety in the way that we can define the schema contract for a client to use, but when it comes to implementing the resolvers for the schema we lose that type information. This can result in accidental errors that an end-to-end type checking system would help us overcome. Let’s take a look at how we can overcome this to give us full type confidence in our applications, all the way through to our data model.

  • Go Full-Stack for the First Time by Microsoft Technologies by Peter Karakas
    There was a time when Microsoft hated opensource. In the last decade, they realized that opensource is the future and decided to start heavily investing in it. They went from zero to hero. Today, Microsoft has the most opensource contributors and they are the third most active opensource organization. A lot of key elements of the opensource world belong to Microsoft. They have reached the point where you can be a full-stack developer without leaving the Microsoft ecosystem, and I'll tell you why it is a game-changer.


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Sep 10, 2020:

  • Creating a baby boy chatbot name finder with no servers to worry about by Mohammed Brueckner Serverless services are your great ally when dealing with an evolving architecture. Mo will show you how a strategic, tactically motivated evolution journey could look like. To build nothing less and utterly grand such as a baby boy name generator for puzzled parents. We'll talk about SAAS vs serverless as well, which is a fine but distinct line.
  • Medical Image Classification using Azure Functions and Cognitive Services by Parag Ghorpade Learn how to serve all those models which you trained, using Azure Functions, a serverless framework designed to run your code on the cloud without worrying about resource allocation. The article goes through the following steps:
    • Training a classification model using Azure cognitive services
    • Initialize a local environment for developing Azure Functions in Python.
    • Build a serverless HTTP API for classifying an x-ray image into two classes: Pneumonia and Normal.
    • Consume the API from a web app.

Sep 9, 2020:

  • How I Built a Resume API w/ JavaScript and Azure Functions by Rishab Kumar
    Been inspired by the Cloud Resume Challenge by Forest Brazeal to build more stuff in the cloud. Rishab wanted to build something simple to continue his Cloud journey. He decided to build an open-source REST API for his JSON-based standard format resume. He's using JavaScript and Azure Functions. Also, this would be a great challenge for newbies getting into Azure functions, a hands-on micro project to get started with Azure Functions.

  • RFM NAV Customer Classification with Python and Azure Functions by Antonio Soto
    The main goal of this article is to show you how you could modernize your old fashion NAV on-premises ERP, giving some of the Cloud power out there, using the Serverless Azure Functions Architecture. We will create an Azure Function that would act as an API Rest endpoint to classify customer based on their RFM score so we can integrate this information into the customer e-commerce. We will use SQL to add the RFM classification login and Python to create the Azure Function.


Sep 8, 2020:

  • Notify about YouTube comments with Azure Functions by Facundo Giuliani
    If our organization has a YouTube channel with videos, users may comment on them with questions or doubts. If only one person checks the channel, regular notifications may be enough. But what would happen If we want to notify other people whenever a user posts a comment in one of our videos?
    In this article, we'll use Azure Functions and a couple of third-party APIs to create a JavaScript serverless application to send notification emails when new comments are added in any video from a YouTube channel.

  • Azure Functions with PowerShell: Swiss army knife for Ops by Victor Silva
    Nowadays, infrastructure tasks have reached a new level with the help of devs tools (like control version system) but, operations teams take all of the advantages of 'new world'? Serverless computing enables ways to build and create applications without concern about managing the infrastructure.


Sep 7, 2020:

  • Using Logic Apps to build simple APIs by Jan Hájek
    Logic Apps are Microsoft’s solution for integrations and also a codeless development platform (declarative). If you heard of Microsoft Power Automate (formerly known as Microsoft Flow) - which is a citizen developer’s tool to build workflows in a nice visual designer - it runs on top of Logic Apps backend as well.
    Thanks to Logic Apps you can easily create event-based (HTTP, Storage, Queue, Microsoft Graph, …) triggered workflows which then perform some actions. In this article, we will focus on those HTTP triggered ones and how-to build a nice and simple API with those.

  • Manipulating GitHub Wiki Data With Azure Functions by Korede Bashir
    Writing a backend to connect with a webhook can prove to be daunting, but not anymore, this article is a mini crash course around working on GitHub Wiki Data using GitHub Webhooks with an Azure Function API, the author takes you through setting up a webhook on GitHub, and connecting the webhook with a newly-created API (using Azure Functions).

  • The Microsoft Create: series is back again, now with Microsoft Create: Serverless!
    Alt Text

Join us for a half-day of conversations and connect with the experts and community members to discuss how you can run code for any application, with no need or reliance on servers. In this 4 hour session, hear from our keynote speakers Chris Coyier and Chris Nwamba on the Serverless landscape in 2020 and the trends you should look out for. More details here on aka.ms/createserverless.


Sep 4, 2020:
Live Stream on Chris Nwamba's Twitch Channel
Watch the recording

  • PDT: 7am
  • EDT: 10am
  • GMT: 2pm (UTC)
  • CET: 4pm
  • SGT: 10pm

Sep 3, 2020:

  • Automating with GitHub and Azure Function apps by Barbara Forbes
    GitHub and Azure Function apps can be a great combination when it comes to Serverless automation. How about automating the management of your GitHub repository, files and issues? Or the other way around: use GitHub Gists or a repository as a data source for your function app. In this post, we will walk through some connections between GitHub and Azure Function Apps, how you can securely implement them and why it will make you happy.

  • Create an Angular todo list with Azure Static Web Apps by Haitham Shaddad
    What about deploying your app and reach millions of people? Do you want to just one service to make all this possible instead of going through multiple services to manage your frontend and backend? In this series, Haitham explains how to accelerate development of modern web apps with a static frontend and dynamic backend (powered by serverless APIs & Serverless CosmosDB) using Azure Static Web Apps.


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@codebeast briefly described the initiative and started the call for contributions in August here:


What if you want to get started with serverless right away?

Here's some great starting point on Azure:
· Azure Functions Documentation (Product Page)
· Create Serverless Applications (Learning Path)
· Video: A Deep Dive into POWERful Serverless Applications (July 2020)

Kudos to @nitya for creating the Serverless September 2020 artwork (used as the cover image here). Feel free to use the image for any content (article, tweet, post or similar) you create.

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Super excited that one of our own, Peter Karakas is featured in this lineup with his latest article!