The Azure Functions team have been consistently delivering the monthly update webcasts to showcase the improvements in the Azure portal. A huge shout out to the team for maintaining this consistency and at the same time delivering the improvements to the portal. This month’s webcast was spearheaded by Alex Karcher and Christopher Anderson from the Azure Functions team. The updates from this edition are as follows.
Azure Functions Proxies
Alex started off talking about the Functions Proxies that is basically an API toolkit in Azure Functions. He showed a demo on some of the local tooling scenarios for a couple of different API development scenarios in Visual Studio.
Azure Functions Pack
- Watch option for the pack – This option helps you to watch your output when you are running Functions Pack
- copyToOutput – Copy files to output directory to publish from Function Pack directory instead of touching the source code
- editConfig – Customize webpack config by applying function in this file
Language Support for Functions
A tentative plan to roll out the new languages was disclosed by Chris, this plan is likely to change based on feedback.
- (alpha)Python worker, once ready for user testing will be deployed via container based deployment (Linux only)
- (beta)Once the quality is set, python will be available form portal/CLI
- GA will be quality driven based on the broader user feedbacks and support costs
The long-term visions include more specialized environments for a given framework/scenario and official support for community-driven languages.
If you ever wanted to get in touch with the Azure Functions team on Python-related work and Language extensibility, here’s how you do it!