Microsoft Azure Essentials: Azure Web Apps for Developers

Azure Web Apps is a fully managed platform that you can use to build mission-critical web applications that are highly available, secure, and scalable to global proportions. Combined with firstclasstooling from Visual Studio and the Microsoft Azure Tools, the Azure Web Apps service is the fastest way to get your web application to production. Azure Web Apps is part of the Azure App Service that is designed to empower developers to build web and mobile applications for any device.Developing web applications to host on Azure Web Apps is a familiar experience for developers accustomed to hosting web applications on Internet Information Services (IIS). Developers can use ASP.NET, Java, Node.js, PHP, and Python for their application development locally and easily deploy to Azure Web Apps. The environment supports continuous deployment to multiple staging environments, enabling development teams to deploy application updates rapidly and reliably. Azure Web Apps is more than a host for web front-end applications. It also supports development of robust background processes using the Azure WebJobs feature. WebJobs can be invoked on demand, scheduled, or automatically invoked using a feature-rich WebJobs SDK.The monitoring and diagnostics built into Azure Web Apps are exceptional. The Azure portaldelivers a professional UI experience that you can use to interact with your monitoring and diagnostics data. Site extensions are available to further enhance this experience, and services such as Application Insights can be used to gain deeper insight into your application code running in Azure.This ebook will guide you through these topics, point you to some best practices along the way, and provide detailed walkthroughs for you to gain hands-on experience.

Author: Rick Rainey

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