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Azure Mobile Apps Node SDK v3.0.0; Azure GA Available from Cloud Germany

The next iteration of the Azure Mobile Apps Node.js Server SDK with new features, improvements and bug fixes is released on Tuesday September 20.

With this release, “We’ve further refined the extensibility points to allow you to manipulate incoming queries and items, and trigger functionality after each data operation,” writes Adrian Hall.

Among others, one of the great features within the new Server SDK is the ability to provide security filtering and record transformation at the server level. “It allow developer to refine the request-response pipeline for the server by writing JavaScript code,” added Hall.

According to Microsoft, “this enables you to build and run mobile backends using Node.js on App Service, as well as add push notifications, mobile auth, offline sync and other mobile features and backend APIs to any Node.js app running on App Services.”

Among some under the hood tweaks and optimizations, here’s fixes and features of v3.0.0:

  • Data Transforms
  • Filters and Hooks
  • Per-User tables
  • Web Hooks
  • Record Expiry
  • Data Query Improvements
  • Soft Deleted Records
  • Retrieving Records by ID
  • Object Queries
  • Handling Callbacks in Table Functions
  • Breaking Changes, notes azure team.

To explore the full list of fixes as well as example and test code, download and install the SKD from its GitHub repository, or a document explaining how to build a mobile backend here.

In other Azure news, Microsoft Azure as on today generally available from the new Microsoft Cloud Germany.

Cloud Germany is a response to the growing demand for Microsoft cloud services in Germany and across Europe. And it’s built on Microsoft’s Trusted Cloud principles of security, privacy, compliance and transparency. It “offers a comprehensive set of cloud computing solutions providing customers with the ability to transition to the cloud on their terms through services available today,” stated Microsoft.

With Azure in Germany, Microsoft now has 34 Azure regions around the world, and Azure is available in 30 regions.

Customers in “the EU and EFTA can continue to use Microsoft cloud options as they do today,” added Redmond.

Also, customers can leverage a built-in activity, namely “Azure ML Batch Execution” activity for orchestrating workloads on Azure ML (Machine Learning) batch execution web services.

“Customers have been looking to leverage this capability through Azure Data Factory. Data Factory now supports configuring the ML Batch Execution Activity to pass multiple Web Service Inputs to the ML web service,” azure team writes.

For more on Azure ML Batch Execution activity in Azure Data Factory, refer to this documentation page.

azure ml (machine learning)

In additon, Microsoft Azure team also announced today the availability of the “Bletchley v1” as well as the next level of detail regarding the roadmap of features for Cryptlets.

If you are not awares, “Bletchley v1 is a consortium blockchain template that allows customers and partners to spin up a private consortium Ethereum network from a handfull of nodes to 100s of nodes in the network,” explains Microsoft, adding, “it reduces estimated 3 week process of setting up a globally distributed multi-node consortium Ethereum network down to 8 questions and 5-8 minutes.”

Additionally, more information about the roadmap for Bletchley with details about Cryptlets is available here.

On the otherhand, “Cryptlets provide a common and approachable way for developers to use cross cutting capabilities like integration into existing systems, secure execution and data, privacy, scalability in programming languages enterprise developers use most.” “They will be discoverable within developer, architect, and business process modeling tools for easy use and can be created with an SDK to expose your own logic for reuse and sale,” added team azure.

By leveraging capabilities of Microsoft Azure Resource Manager (ARM), a Azure Quickstart Template for quicker deploy and configuration of a consortium Ethereum network with minimal Azure and Ethereum knowledge is available here.

For additional detailed information and a walkthrough of the template, visit here.

deployed network topology with bletchley v1

Check out to view more on Bletchley and Cryptlets roadmap here.

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