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Thursday, February 3, 2022

Build .NET apps on Google Cloud Functions

It's now possible to build serverless .NET apps on Google Cloud Functions

Source: Google Cloud Blog

Among the many benefits of  using .NET in Google Cloud is the ability to build and run .NET apps on a serverless platform like Google Cloud Functions. Since it's now possible to run .NET apps on Cloud Functions, let's understand how all of that works.

What is Cloud Functions?

Cloud Functions is Google Cloud’s Function-as-a-Service platform that allows developers to build serverless apps. Since serverless apps do not require a server to run, cloud functions are a great fit for serverless applications, mobile or IoT backends, real-time data processing systems, video, image and sentiment analysis and even things like chatbots, or virtual assistants.


To develop your .NET apps so they're compatible with Cloud Functions, Google has made available this GitHub repo.  The Functions Framework lets you write lightweight functions that run in many different environments, including:

Building your C# App

Assuming you're using .NET Core, the first thing you'll need is to build and run a deployable container on your local machine. For that, make sure that you have either Docker and the pack tool installed.

Next, build a container from your function using the Functions buildpacks:

pack build \
  --builder \
  --env GOOGLE_FUNCTION_TARGET=HelloFunctions.Function \   my-first-function

Start the built container:

docker run --rm -p 8080:8080 my-first-function
# Output: Serving function...

Send a request to this function by navigating to localhost:8080. You should see Hello, Functions Framework.

Cloud Event Functions

After installing the same template package described above, use the gcf-event template:
mkdir HelloEvents cd HelloEvents dotnet new gcf-event

VB and F# support

The templates package also supports VB and F# projects. Just use -lang vb or -lang f# in the dotnet new command. For example, the HTTP function example above can be used with VB like this:
mkdir HelloFunctions
cd HelloFunctions
dotnet new gcf-http -lang vb

Running your function on serverless platforms

After you finished your project. you can use the Google Cloud SDK to deploy to Google Cloud Functions from the command line with the gcloud tool.

Once you have created and configured a Google Cloud project (as described in the Google Cloud Functions Quickstarts and installed the Google Cloud SDK, open a command line and navigate to the function directory. Use the gcloud functions deploy command to deploy the function.

For the quickstart HTTP function described above, you could run:

gcloud functions deploy hello-functions --runtime dotnet3 --trigger-http --entry-point HelloFunctions.Function

Note that other function types require different command line options. See the deployment documentation for more details.

Trying Cloud Functions for .NET

To get started with Cloud Functions for .NET, read the quickstart guide and learn how to write your first functions. You can even try it out with a Google Cloud Platform free trial.


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Bruno Hildenbrand