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May112016

Inspecting HTTP headers in an Azure Logic App

 

At the time this was written, Azure Logic Apps were still in Preview. I was on a project where we needed to use an HTTP trigger for a logic app, but we didn’t want this endpoint to be exposed to the world. However, there was no way to lock down the endpoint.

So, I needed to come up with a workaround. The workaround consisted of inspecting the HTTP request headers for a specific header, and making sure it was the correct value. This was a little tricky to implement so I thought I’d do a blog post about it… and here we are!

The resulting POC logic app looked like this:

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And here’s the code behind:

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What the logic app does is first inspect the specific header (the “expression” line), and if the header value matches the key as shown, then it posts all of the request HTTP headers to a Requestb.in. If it fails validation, then the string “No way!” is posted to the Requestb.in.

I love the power of Logic Apps!

Friday
Feb262016

Logic Apps: Where did my Connectors go?

This week we got an exciting refresh to the Logic Apps preview, including a totally new designer. However, missing is the pane on the right from the old designer that showed API Apps in the resource group, and the Marketplace.

Instead, you pick a connector from a dropdown in the design surface itself, for example:

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However, what you’ll see there is (for now at least) a subset of the available connectors, the ones which are now Managed APIs (V2 API Apps). Are the others all gone now? Nope. Here’s a blog post on how you can still invoke them:

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/logicapps/archive/2016/02/25/accessing-v1-apis-and-biztalk-apis-from-logic-apps.aspx

Works like a charm, and I really like the HTTP+Swagger shape which I used to call a custom API app I had written.

Lastly, if you want to watch a 30 minute webcast about the new designer I would strongly recommend this: https://youtu.be/7iZc1i9d7y0?list=PLfyqq4V4zxGGkBHcts3vpPohtyKYZ7UiQ

Enjoy!

Tuesday
Feb232016

Logic Apps Refresh is now Live!

The Logic Apps changes have now been deployed and should be available globally for all new Logic Apps in the public portal.  This brings a brand new designer, managed API connection for fast build and easy deployment, new connectors (like Dynamics CRM), and much more. 

You can find out more about it this Thursday at http://aka.ms/logicappslive.

Wednesday
Dec022015

Logic App Service Bus connector caveat

I’m working on a project where we are building an ESB on the Microsoft Azure platform.

We ran into a little “quirk” that ended up costing us some time, so I thought I’d put a post together for the benefit of anyone else that may run into it. Granted you need to be doing things in a very specific manner in order to experience it, but we managed!

We have an on-ramp service that does a variety of things. When it is done, it posts the incoming message to a Service Bus topic (determined by the Rules service). The idea is that there would be subscriber(s) that would pick up the message. The problem was that although the message in the on-ramp was valid XML, the message as received by a Service Bus connector in my Logic App was receiving invalid XML. Why?? What’s up with this?

It turned out that our wonderful valid XML message was being inexplicably prefixed with the string @\u0006string\b3http://schemas.microsoft.com/2003/10/Serialization/?\u000b”, and suffixed with some extraneous characters too.

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After much digging and looking around, I came across a post that explained it. Our core issue was the way were creating a brokered message (seems like a perfectly valid thing to do), and once we switched to the stream approach to message creation listed in the blog post, everything started working as expected.

You can find details here in this post by Bruno Câmara:

http://www.bfcamara.com/post/84113031238/send-a-message-to-an-azure-service-bus-queue-with

Thanks Bruno!

Tuesday
Jul212015

Azure SDK for .NET updated

Version 2.7 of the Azure SDK for .NET just released yesterday.

http://azure.microsoft.com/blog/2015/07/20/announcing-the-azure-sdk-2-7-for-net/

Enjoy!

Friday
Jun262015

New webcasts from Azure Logic Apps team

(if you don’t know what Azure Logic Apps are, you can read about them here)

The Microsoft Azure Logic Apps team has started doing monthly webcasts, the first of which was yesterday. In that webcast they talk about what’s new, and what’s coming. If you’re an “Azure person” or an “integration person”, you want to be aware of this exciting new capability.

You can watch the webcast at http://aka.ms/logicappslive.

Thursday
Nov062014

Integrate 2014! The Global BizTalk Summit, Microsoft Campus, WA. Dec 3 - 5, 2014

 

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This is a conference focused on integration, both on-prem with BizTalk Server but also in the cloud with Microsoft Azure BizTalk Services. There is a stellar lineup of speakers, including ScottGu.

Content-wise this event is primarily Microsoft driven,  the first 2 days of sessions will come from the product group.  There will be some important product announcements, vision and road map keynotes from top Microsoft executives.

This event is one of the key milestones for the Microsoft product group and all the partners and ISV’s who work in BizTalk/Integration space. This is the message from product group for the attendees

This is our event, and our collective energy and ownership will make “INTEGRATE” our best summit ever.  Thank you for your support and participation!  All the best!  Mark and Guru

High Level Agenda

 

  • Executive keynotes outlining Microsoft vision and roadmap
  • Technical deep-dives with product group and industry experts
  • Product announcements
  • Real-world demonstrations from lighthouse customers
  • Round-table discussions + Q&A
  • Partner Showcase Sessions
  • We are also planning hands-on labs us to roll up our sleeves and experience new capabilities
  • Networking and social activities

They are expecting around 350-400 people to attend this event from across the globe.

Event Details

  • 3-Day Event – Wednesday – Friday, December 3-5, 2014
  • Event Location –  Microsoft Campus, Redmond WA

You can get full details and register at http://integrate2014.com/

See you there?