What is Azure Functions?
Azure Functions is an event driven, compute-on-demand experience that extends the existing Azure application platform with capabilities to implement code triggered by events occurring in virtually any Azure or 3rd party service as well as on-premises systems.
Azure Functions is a tool in the Serverless / Task Processing category of a tech stack.
Who uses Azure Functions?
90 companies reportedly use Azure Functions in their tech stacks, including accuRx, Platform Development Team, and Core Banking.
300 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Azure Functions.
Azure Functions Integrations
Pros of Azure Functions
Pay only when invoked
Great developer experience for C#
Multiple languages supported
Great debugging support
Poor developer experience for C#
Can be used as lightweight https service
Azure component events for Storage, services etc
Azure Functions's Features
- Easily schedule event-driven tasks across services
- Expose Functions as HTTP API endpoints
- Scale Functions based on customer demand
- Develop how you want, using a browser-based UI or existing tools
- Get continuous deployment, remote debugging, and authentication out of the box
Azure Functions Alternatives & Comparisons
What are some alternatives to Azure Functions?
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AWS Lambda is a compute service that runs your code in response to events and automatically manages the underlying compute resources for you. You can use AWS Lambda to extend other AWS services with custom logic, or create your own back-end services that operate at AWS scale, performance, and security.
Kubernetes is an open source orchestration system for Docker containers. It handles scheduling onto nodes in a compute cluster and actively manages workloads to ensure that their state matches the users declared intentions.
Build applications comprised of microservices that run in response to events, auto-scale for you, and only charge you when they run. This lowers the total cost of maintaining your apps, enabling you to build more logic, faster. The Framework uses new event-driven compute services, like AWS Lambda, Google CloudFunctions, and more.
Cloud Functions for Firebase
Cloud Functions for Firebase lets you create functions that are triggered by Firebase products, such as changes to data in the Realtime Database, uploads to Cloud Storage, new user sign ups via Authentication, and conversion events in Analytics.
Google Cloud Functions
Construct applications from bite-sized business logic billed to the nearest 100 milliseconds, only while your code is running