.NET 7 on Cloud Run

.NET 7 was released a few days ago with new features and performance improvements and it’s already supported on Cloud Run on Google Cloud! In this short blog post, I show you how to deploy a .NET 7 web app to Cloud Run. Create a .NET 7 web app First, make sure you’re on .NET 7: dotnet --version 7.0.100 Create a simple web app: dotnet new web -o helloworld-dotnet7 This creates the helloworld-dotnet7 folder with a project file. [Read More]

Executing commands (gcloud, kubectl) from Workflows

In a previous post, I showed how to manage the lifecycle of a virtual machine using Workflows and the Compute Engine connector. This works well when there’s a connector for the resource you’re trying to manage. When there is no connector, you can try to use the API of the resource from Workflows, if there’s one. Alternatively, you can also use my favorite command line tool to manage the resource: gcloud. [Read More]

Workflows that pause and wait for human approvals from Google Sheets

I’ve been writing a series of posts to showcase Google Workspace and Google Cloud Workflows integration. In my first post, I showed an IT automation use case in which a Google Sheets spreadsheet triggers a workflow to create virtual machines in Google Cloud. In the second post, I showed how to feed a Google Sheets spreadsheet with data from BigQuery using a workflow. In this third and final post of the series, I show how to design a workflow that pauses and waits for human approvals from Google Sheets. [Read More]

.NET 6 on Cloud Functions (2nd gen)

Back in August, we announced the 2nd generation of Cloud Functions with longer request processing times, larger instances, new event sources with Eventarc, and more. A few weeks ago, .NET 6 support (public preview) was silently added to Cloud Functions. Let’s see how to deploy some .NET 6 functions to Cloud Functions 2nd gen. Functions Framework for .NET Functions Framework for .NET is the easiest way to create .NET functions for consuming HTTP or CloudEvent requests. [Read More]

Writing to Google Sheets from Workflows

In my previous post, I showed how to trigger a workflow in Google Cloud from a Google Sheets spreadsheet using Apps Script. In this post, I show how to do the reverse: write to Google Sheets from a workflow in Google Cloud. Use case Imagine you have some dataset in BigQuery. Periodically, you want to query and extract a subset of the dataset and save it to a Google Sheets spreadsheet. [Read More]

Triggering Workflows from Google Sheets

Is it possible to integrate Google Workspace tools such as Calendar, Sheets, and Forms with Workflows? For example, can you trigger a workflow from a Google Form or a Sheet? Turns out, this is not only possible but also easier than you might think. Let me show you how with a sample use case. Use case Imagine you are an administrator in charge of allocating virtual machines (VM) in your cloud infrastructure to users. [Read More]

Route Datadog monitoring alerts to Google Cloud with Eventarc

Note: This is a repost of my original article on Google Cloud blog A few weeks ago, we announced third-party event sources for Eventarc, with the first cohort of third-party providers by our ecosystem partners. This blog post describes how to listen for events from one of those third-party providers, Datadog, and route them to a service in Google Cloud via Eventarc. Datadog is a monitoring platform for cloud applications. [Read More]

Creating Workflows that pause and wait for events

In Workflows, it’s easy to chain various services together into an automated workflow. For some use cases, you might need to pause workflow execution and wait for some input. This input could be a human approval or an external service calling back with data needed to complete the workflow. ​​With Workflows callbacks, a workflow can create an HTTP endpoint and pause execution until it receives an HTTP callback to that endpoint. [Read More]

Trip report - Eight in-person conferences in eight weeks

Careful what you wish for My last in-person conference before the pandemic was NDC London back in January 2020. I distinctly remember being quite tired at the beginning of 2020. For me, 2019 had been a long year with 50+ speaking engagements at a variety of conferences all around the world. I just wanted to take a short break in early 2020. Little did I know that the short break would turn into a 2. [Read More]

Worklows state management with Firestore

In Workflows, sometimes, you need to store some state, a key/value pair, in a step in one execution and later read that state in another step in another execution. There’s no intrinsic key/value store in Workflows. However, you can use Firestore as a key/value store and that’s what I want to show you here. If you want to skip to see some samples, check out workflow.yaml. If you want to learn more about it, keep reading. [Read More]