Azure WebJobs provide an easy way to run scripts or programs as background processes on App Service Web Apps.

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WebJobs are awesome and they give you some really neat options around the composition of your app. Stuff like this makes it dead easy to, say, immediately return a response to the user in the browser and tell them “Hey, it’s underway” while the WebJob goes off and processes the order you just put in the queue or does other magic. Of course queues themselves are nothing new, but this does make things particularly easy.

While you can easily add a new WebJob using the Windows Azure portal, you may want to deploy your WebJob in other ways (ftp / web deploy / git).