I really like the way Azure Logic Apps team is taking a community-driven approach in building new features and maintaining the transparency on what’s happening inside the team. It’s really important given the current market conditions, for any problem you are trying to solve, there is at least a dozen competing products in the market. It’s important you listen to the real users, get the feedback and put your efforts in the features that are more relevant.
Last month Jeff Hollan a PM from Logic Apps team contacted us about their plans to run a monthly Google Hangout session with the product group and engage with the community, we helped our part by promoting the event on our Integration Monday events and I can see the momentum picking up. For activities like this, the key is persistence and consistency, I hope Jeff and his team can keep up.
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You can watch the live Azure Logic Apps – Monthly Update July 2015 webcast here.
Ability To Have Simple Code Expressions In Logic Apps
Deploy Directly From GitHub
One of the nice features they demonstrated today is the ability to click a button and deploy the API app directly into your Azure subscription. As shown in the picture, you click the “Deploy to Azure” button, it will take you to the login page and give a bunch of options to deploy this app into your subscription.
This is the new API app which allows you to communicate with Slack, either reading messages or sending messages to Slack
They also announced a bunch of usability improvements in the designer
- The ability to search for API apps (Connectors) from the gallery in the designer
- Enhanced tooltips across the board to give you much better information
- Much richer information on the Run blade like trigger, trigger output, correlation Id and Logic app output.
You can watch the full video here