Azure Functions in F# (For Real)

If you’ve ever glanced at Azure Functions and F#, you might think they were made for each other. And yet if you want to create a new Azure Function project in Visual Studio, C# is apparently your only option.

Maybe someday, Visual Studio will include support for Azure Functions in F#, but for now it’s possible to get there by adapting the C# Azure Function template. After all, F# is a first-class language on the .NET CLR, and it’s all the same once it’s compiled anyway. Read more on Azure Functions in F# (For Real)…

Extending the Heroku Timeout in Node.js

Heroku will terminate a request connection if no data is sent back to the client within 30 seconds. From Heroku’s Router – HTTP timeouts documentation:

HTTP requests have an initial 30-second window in which the web process must return response data (either the completed response or some amount of response data to indicate that the process is active). Processes that do not send response data within the initial 30-second window will see an H12 error in their logs.

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Type-Safe Object Merging (TypeScript 2.8 Edition)

There are times when you want to merge two generic types in TypeScript, and type inference just isn’t doing it for you. Object.assign’s typing isn’t as precise as it could be, and spreading generics still doesn’t work. I’ve found a way to implement typing when merging objects using some of the new features in TypeScript 2.8.

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Avoid Careless Production Mistakes with Custom Scripts

In the wise words of @stahnma,

“Everybody has a testing environment. Some people are lucky enough to have a totally separate environment to run production in.”

Thankfully, the project I’m working on has multiple environments: production (the most recently-released version), staging (for pre-release testing), dev (for dev team use and testing), and multiple review apps (for feature validation). Read more on Avoid Careless Production Mistakes with Custom Scripts…

Building a Family Tree with GraphQL – Part 2: Adding New Resolvers

In my last post, I described how you can build flexible APIs with GraphQL, using a family tree API as my demonstration. The implementation of the API was fairly simple, and I was able to traverse the graph of relationships between different people in the data set.

In this post, I’ll demonstrate how we can extend the same API to solve a problem with the first version. We can create new resolvers to fix a particular problem, but due to the nature of GraphQL, the same resolver can be used across many different queries. This unlocks more potential for the API without any extra development effort. Read more on Building a Family Tree with GraphQL – Part 2: Adding New Resolvers…

Forcing SSL in Phoenix Framework

Using SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) in Phoenix Framework is simple. HTTPS encryption is an important step in securing transport-level data, but it also provides a streamlined experience to users in the browser. More browsers are discouraging the use of HTTP, which is good for users and the open web.

Here are a few steps I’ve found to get SSL in Phoenix, redirecting on unencrypted requests, and putting it all together to understand how it works.
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