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Welcome to the March 2023 edition of This Month in SWA ๐ŸŽ‰


The roundup is traditionally published on the fourth Monday of each month - just ahead of the Azure Static Web Apps Community Standup held on the fourth Thursday of each month. Catch up on all the news and announcements in one friendly blog post, then join the livestream for interactive discussions, demos and more.

And don't forget to contribute your updates for inclusion in the next issue!

Product Newsโ€‹

This section covers recent news or announcements from the product team. Read on to learn the latest news from the world of Azure Static Web Apps!

๐ŸŒŸ Database Connections now available! ๐ŸŒŸ
Find all the resources in our Database Connections: Content Collection

Dev Resourcesโ€‹

This section covers content, events and code samples from Microsoft authors. Check them out for relevant learning resources and best practices.

  • March 07 | - Azure function app doesn't work after unlinking to Azure static web app by Tony Ju. Linking an existing Azure function app to an Azure static web app will map the function to the /api route of your static web app, but when then accessing the function app outside your static web app, you get an error. Follow this walk through on how to update your function's authentication settings to get working for both scenarios.
  • March 16 | - Connect to a Database directly from Static Web Apps by Thomas Gauvin. Discover how to connect your Azure SQL Database to your Static Web Apps, and access it through a secure data endpoint generated for you. This video shows how to setup the connection, and use the REST API to perform Create, Read, Update and Delete (CRUD) operation on your data.
  • March 16 | - Query a Database using GraphQL from your Static Web Apps by Craig Shoemaker. Learn how to query your Database directly through your Static Web Apps using GraphQL, without having to write any backend code with Azure Static Web Apps database connections feature. This video shows how to setup and use the database connection feature to use GraphQL queries in your apps.
  • March 16 | - GraphQL on Azure: Part 13 - Using Data API builder with SWA and React by Aaron Powell. Follow along in this walkthrough on how you can create your own React application that uses GraphQL to fetch data from a Cosmos DB database using Database Connections!

Community Buzzโ€‹


This section highlights content from our amazing developer community - submitted directly, or discovered via the Azure Static Web Apps tag in sites like Tech Community and

  • March 13 | - Astro and Azure Static Web Apps by Florian Rappl In this article what Astro is, and why it is ideal for an information driven static website. Then dive into Azure SWA as a hosting candidate, and what you might want to consider when going there, and how to deploy your Astro site.
  • March 10 | - How to use Azure Static Web Apps to Deploy an Angular App by Manikandan Shanmugam Follow this step by step guide on how you can create and deploy your own Angular app to Azure Static Web Apps with having just a GitHub and an Azure account.
  • March 20 | - Playwright, GitHub Actions and Azure Static Web Apps staging environments by John Reilly Azure Static Web Apps staging environments allow you to test changes before they go live. This post shows how to use Playwright against staging environments with GitHub Actions.

Upcoming Eventsโ€‹

This section highlights in-person or online events that are likely to feature Azure Static Web Apps content or developer conversations - links to CFPs or registration links are welcome!

  • March 23 | โœจ Join LIVE for Azure Static Web Apps Community Standups โœจ Meet members of the Azure Static Web Apps team as they cover the latest news, demos and announcements in a livestreamed event (12pm EST).
  • March 20-24 | Microsoft Student Summit Register for free for this 90 min career focused event! Watch live or on-demand after event, and stay tuned for post-Summit skilling activities in your region.
  • April 5 | Azure Developers - .NET Day Join us to discover the latest services and features in Azure designed specifically for .NET developers. You'll learn cutting-edge cloud development techniques that can save you time and money, while providing your customers with the best experience possible.
  • April 26 | VS Code Day 2023 Our annual event where you'll learn how to elevate your development workflow using the latest and greatest features of VS Code.
  • May 23-24 | Microsoft Build Advance your knowledge and skills with deep interactive sessions focused on cloud and AI, .NET, data and analytics, dev tools, DevSecOps and SRE, low-code, and more. Register now to attend the event live in Seattle or remote from anywhere in the world.

Did You Know?โ€‹

Each month, we hope to turn the spotlight on one key resource or person that is worth knowing about, in the context of Azure Static Web Apps.


Last week we annonced the release of Database Connections for Azure Static Web Apps ๐Ÿฅณ

This new feature allows you to access Azure databases using REST and GraphQL, without writing backend code! Once you create a connection between your web application and database, you can manipulate data with full support for CRUD operations, built-in authorization, and relationships.

SWA Database Connections

Ready to learn more? We've got you covered! The site is now updated with Collections where you can find links to recoures for lots of topics. Check out our Database Connections: Content Collection with all you'll need on database connections.

Or, here's some links for you to get your database connection going now:

As you have feedback and ideas, we'd love to hear it! Join the GitHub Database Connection Discussion to share with us.

๐Ÿšจ | Call For Contentโ€‹

Next Roundup: April 24, 2023

Submissions welcome till April 19, 2023.

  • Did you author an article, create a SWA application or sample?
  • Are you organizing an event with a SWA-related session?
  • Are you a student who just created your first SWA app or blog post?

Submit the details using this custom issue as soon as possible. We can't wait to share your contributions!