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Serverless computing in Azure: How to build a petition site
The other day, I found myself watching a ticker on a petition site slowly roll over at a million signatures. It was clear that the site was struggling, with authentication emails taking anything up to 24 hours to send, resulting in queues full of unapproved signatures waiting to be written to a database. Watching that ticker count up, I started to wonder how a service like this could be built using some of the more modern cloud-first design options available with Azure, putting together many of the tools and services I’ve written about in this column.The architecture for a service like this is relatively simple. You need a web front end to collect signatures, a messaging framework to deliver them to a scalable back end, using microservices to write them into a database and to verify sender identities. You can then use other messaging tools to keep track of signatures, and you can use analytic tools and machine learning to identify invalid entries.
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