Stateful Programming Models in Serverless Functions

29 July, 2020
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM BST
Steef-Jan Wiggers
Steef-Jan Wiggers is all in on Microsoft Azure, Integration, and Data Science. He has almost 20 years’ experience in a wide variety of scenarios such as custom .NET solution development, overseeing large enterprise integrations, designing and building API’s and cloud solutions, managing projects, experimenting with data, SQL Server database administration, teaching and consulting. He is very active in the community as a blogger, book author, InfoQ editor, and global public speaker. For these efforts, Microsoft has recognized him as a Microsoft MVP for the past nine years. Read More

Serverless is the future of cloud computing – yet when most people think of Serverless, they think of Functions as a Service (FaaS), and when they think of this as a Service, they think of functions that are temporary, stateless, and short-lived. However, does this always need to be the case? Is it possible to write functions that are stateful and long-running on top of Serverless compute platform such as Azure?

In this session, I will explore two stateful programming models: workflows and actors. And, I will discuss how these models can simplify development and how they enable stateful and long-running application patterns within Azure’s compute environments. Lastly, I will also explain why Microsoft is making a bit bet on these programming models in the Azure Functions service.


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