In the last post we set up a document database for our application using Azure Cosmos DB. In this post we'll continue setting up our application using Azure Functions for hosting our API endpoints and Azure App Service for hosting our static HTML interface. When we're done with this stage, we'll be ready to start implementing our API and interface in the next part.
It seems like it's impossible to stay away from the hype surrounding cloud services recently. All the major providers are shipping updates at what seems like an insane pace and buzzwords like serverless and NoSQL are everywhere. It's been a while since I've done any major work on a public cloud with the last time being four or five years ago on AWS. While I've done a little hosting here and there on Azure, I figured I was overdue for a real deep-dive. Since I was starting from scratch with everything else, both implementation and knowledge-wise, it also seemed like a good opportunity to learn Vue.js, which I've had my eye on for a while. This blog series is my experience setting up a completely cloud-based web application using nothing but Azure services and open source libraries. In this first part, I'll introduce the project and we'll get the database set up. In the next post we'll set up the Azure services for the API and front-end, and then in following posts we'll build out the UI.