Edge computing is the technology of the present and future of the hyperconnected economy. However, the edge still poses challenges for development teams that may not be completely familiar with this approach. As a result, developers need the right set of development tools and resources to be successful and leverage the limitless computing potential that an edge infrastructure provides.
Having the right tools makes a huge difference in the process of migrating and maintaining your systems on an edge computing platform so developers can quickly create, test and implement applications that take full advantage of the particularities of a highly distributed network of edge locations. That’s why, when choosing a platform, it’s essential to make sure that it offers robust tools, architectures, and frameworks that deliver the highest performance without compromising security with an impeccable user experience.
In this blog, you will learn about the development tools supported by Azion’s Edge Computing Platform and how they allow you to build and run modern applications for any device at the edge with the best developer experience.
Azion Edge Runtime
WebAssembly (WASM) is a binary instruction format for virtual machines intended for use on the web. It’s a low-level language that provides compilers for a variety of languages, allowing developers to write code in their language of choice and compile it into a binary format that can be executed directly in the browser.
Finally, using WebAssembly simplifies and speeds up your migration process to the edge, as you can convert the original code of your legacy applications and, in a few steps, implement them directly on the Azion Edge Computing Platform, reducing drastically the time it would have taken otherwise.
Frameworks and Architectures
Next.js significantly improves the speed and simplicity of creating complex pages and applications. Using this framework, different versions of websites and services can be quickly tested using A/B tests to optimize results. Next.js also takes content customization even further, allowing you to offer an increasingly engaging user experience. Associated with the highly distributed architecture of Azion’s edge locations, Next.js makes it possible to further enhance business results.
And that’s not all: This framework also stands out for using two tools that can considerably improve your page’s user experience and SEO: SSG (Static Site Generation) and SSR (Server-Side Rendering).
In addition to the Azion Edge Runtime, our platform has several other tools to enhance your applications and solutions.
The Azion CLI, for example, is an interface that allows you to perform complex tasks on our platform via command lines. Thus, it is possible to perform the entire process of creating, managing, deploying, updating, and deleting your edge functions with a few commands; besides that, you can use this interface to provision applications developed with Next.js in the simplest way. Finally, the CLI also allows managing all edge services created in Edge Orchestrator with simple commands.
In other words: through the Azion CLI, Azion provides better control of your systems, streamlining development cycles and the launching of solutions, automating processes through scripts, and simplifying scalability.
To develop powerful applications with high communicability potential, cutting-edge APIs are indispensable. For this reason, Azion has APIs that raise the level of your applications and enable the creation and analysis of the most complete solutions.
Below are some examples of APIs available on the Azion platform and how they contribute to a more complete and secure development experience.
The Azion API is a RESTful API based on HTTPS requests that allows you to integrate your systems with our platform simply, quickly, and securely.
Graphic Query Language (GraphQL) is a language developed especially for use with APIs. Being an important alternative to REST APIs, GraphQL allows you to receive both raw and aggregated data from real-time events according to your most specific needs. Adopting this API, you gain autonomy to request the data you want and receive exactly what was requested through a JSON response, which increases the efficiency and quality of the insights it can offer.
This happens because GraphQL fetches data differently from traditional APIs, allowing you to perform filters without fetching unnecessary amounts of information. The precise answers it provides make its use simple and bring significant performance gains in your observability practices. Also, unlike other traditional APIs, GraphQL has only one endpoint.
Some important use cases made possible by GraphQL are identifying irregular spikes in user activity, understanding common attributes associated with requests, and drilling down to granular detail to solve application performance issues.
The Azion Marketplace is a digital catalog that lets you find, test, and implement edge-enabled software with just a few clicks. In it, you’ll find several solutions that can be used to improve, compose, or customize your applications on the Azion platform.
Thus, in addition to our robust range of development tools, the Azion Marketplace enables use cases such as the development and modernization of applications, protection against fraud, credential stuffing, authentication and access authorization, artificial intelligence, and data analysis, all of which can be scaled from prototype to enterprise scale in just a few moments.
The Azion Edge Computing Platform’s main objective is to enable and power the hyperconnected economy without compromising security and an optimal developer experience. Therefore, we are constantly developing and in direct contact with our customers to provide and improve tools that allow them to take their applications to the next level.
If you want to discover in practice all the development potential of an edge computing platform, create a free account and use a bonus of US$300.00 in credits to carry out your first tests. And if you have any questions or suggestions, talk directly to our experts and find out what else Azion can offer you regarding the building, security, delivery, and observability of modern applications that run anywhere.