The World of Cloud Functions

What are they?

Cloud functions are a great way to run small programmatic services in the cloud. They are easy to create and use, are very secure, and need little maintenance. They even scale on-demand in a way that is very difficult to achieve using regular servers.

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Super-duper-happy Nancy-based API... as a Windows Service

Nancy is a lightweight framework for building HTTP-based services on .NET and Mono. The goal of the framework is to stay out of the way as much as possible and provide a 'super-duper-happy-path' to all interactions. This approach to sensible defaults and conventions means that it is very easy to write a stand-alone self-hosted web site or API that runs as a desktop application. In this post, I'm going to discuss the equivalent happy-path for deploying such an application as a Windows Service.

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Consuming Web Services with WSDL2JAVA

If you've come across the task of consuming a web service via a WSDL you were given, there's a chance you may have cringed a bit. All that XML involved and then determining your approach is a challenge as well! Do you want to use a SOAPConnectionFactory or create an XML message by hand and parse the response? These approaches will work but it will likely take time away from what you really want to do and that is develop the application you're working on. Along comes WSDL2JAVA, a tool which will build Java proxies and skeletons for services with WSDL descriptions. In this article I'll highlight the steps needed to consume a web service with WSDL2JAVA.

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