This course is the most comprehensive guide for building enterprise web application with Azure. It is designed for software engineers, IT admins and enterprise application developers.
In the first section, we have learned what the course is about, what’s an enterprise app, how to take advantage of Azure free service offering so we can sign up for an account.
In the second section, we introduced Azure Active Directory and Microsoft Identity platform; We showed how to register an app with Azure Active Directory single sign-on; How to use Enterprise App to set up groups, roles and permissions. How to authorize a user and how to validate a token. There is so much information and features with Azure Active Directory, and it could be very confusing. Even though we only scratch the surface, what you have learned is important enough to get your project going.
In the third section, we explored the datastore options. We can choose Cosmos DB as our NoSQL database option, or use Azure SQL as your relational database. Of course, We can bring our own choice of databases, such as MongoDB, MySQL or PostgreSQL. For MongoDB, Azure has Azure Cosmos DB's API for MongoDB. For MySQL or PostgreSQL, Azure provides fully managed, enterprise-ready community MySQL or PostgreSQL database as a service. Do check the pricing before you make a decision.
In the fourth section, we got to know Azure storages options. We introduced how to work with Azure blob storages for uploading, reading, deleting files. How to secure our file by setting right access controls. How to use event and queue feature in blob storage to monitor new files added or deleted from a blob container, and how we can poll messages from queue so we can do something with the files. And how to use Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer tool to explore our files.
In the fifth section, we introduced the message and event services in Azure: service bus, event hubs and event grid, the similarity, the difference and the best use cases. We also use live codes to demonstrate how to get it started.
In the sixth section, we discussed Azure DevOps for devOps. Azure DevOps has five main services. Azure board is for project management; Azure repos is for our code repositories; Azure Artifacts is for our private package; Azure Pipeline for continuous integration and delivery. Azure Testplans is for testing. All services are under one project, quite convenient in my opinion.
In the seventh section, we went over how to publish our app with Azure App Services. We talked about dockerifying our app, hosting docker images with Azure Container Registries, deploying and scale our app with App Services.
We didn’t forget logging and monitoring. In the eighth section, we integrated Application Insights in our frontend and backend app, which will telemetry logs, exceptions, request & response, crashes to Azure Logs. We can query logs and continuously export them to Azure Blob Container.