Windows Azure Development

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3 days practical workshop for up to 12 people.

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Windows Azure is Microsoft's cloud computing technology. This course explores various techniques for developing applications and storing data in Windows Azure, and helps you understand when each approach is best. The course is deep and broad, and assumes a good working knowledge of .NET and experience in enterprise development.


This course is a mixture of lectures and hands on exercises designed to reinforce the topics learnt

Training Course Objectives

  • Understanding key Azure concepts
  • Creating Cloud Services
  • Creating Web applications for Azure
  • Using SQL Database
  • Working with Azure Storage
  • Working with Azure Service Bus
  • Implementing security
  • Deploying to Azure

Training Course Prerequisites

  • Solid C# experience


Chapter 1 Getting Started with Windows Azure

  • Platform as a Service (PaaS)
  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
  • Software as a Service (SaaS)
  • Creating a Windows Azure account
  • Using the Windows Azure Management Portal
  • Installing Windows Azure tools in Visual Studio

Chapter 2 Creating Cloud Services

  • Overview of cloud services
  • Creating web roles and worker roles
  • Communicating between web roles and worker roles
  • Using caching effectively

Chapter 3 WCF Service Techniques

  • Using WCF to create SOAP and RESTful services
  • Creating WCF Data Services
  • Azure considerations

Chapter 4 Additional Application Development Techniques

  • Creating ASP.NET MVC web applications
  • Creating Web API RESTful services
  • Azure considerations

Chapter 5 Using SQL Database

  • SQL Database architecture
  • Features and limitations
  • Data access techniques
  • Creating and connecting to SQL Database
  • Developing Windows Azure services that use SQL Database

Chapter 6 Getting Started with Windows Azure Storage

  • Storage service architecture
  • Windows Azure storage accounts
  • Understanding connection strings
  • Using the Windows Azure Storage Emulator
  • Overview of blobs, queues, and tables

Chapter 7 Going Further with Windows Azure Storage

  • Blob containers, block blobs, and page blobs
  • Blob directories
  • Creating a table for table storage
  • Defining entity types
  • Using the table APIs
  • Querying entities
  • Creating a queue for queue storage
  • Sending and receiving messages
  • Using asynchronous APIs
  • Using REST APIs

Chapter 8 Windows Azure Service Bus

  • Overview of Service Bus
  • Creating and using Service Bus queues
  • Creating and using Service Bus topics

Chapter 9 Windows Azure Access Control Service

  • Overview of claims-based authentication
  • Introduction to Access Control Service (ACS)
  • Creating and configuring an ACS namespace
  • Using the Identity and Access Tool in Visual Studio
  • Creating and configuring Relying Party applications to use ACS

Chapter 10 Deploying Services

  • Using Web Deploy in Visual Studio
  • Web deployment packages
  • Command-line tools for Web Deploy
  • Deploying to Windows Azure