Is Azure the New Silver Lining?, Page 6
Windows Azure is an interesting new player in the world of cloud computing. Microsoft's new platform will surely generate interest in the developer audience, but only time will tell how well it will stand against the competition. But, in these turbulent economic times, Microsoft will surely hope that Azure is one of the company's silver-lined clouds.
Developing applications for the Azure platform is quite easy, but the problem is that finding the right trail in the jungle of different solution types, their web portals, invitation codes, and passwords is still difficult. But, given the preview nature of Azure, this is to be expected. In time, Microsoft will without doubt improve these matters, which is key to wider adoption of the platform.
In this article, you learned about the basics of the Azure platform, why it is important, and what services it offers. You also saw how you can develop applications this new platform, for example, by writing ASP.NET web applications. Similarly, you saw how the SQL Data Services (SDS) can be utilized through the SOAP interface.
With this information, you are ready to start your own testing of the platform. First, apply for the mandatory invitation codes, and then begin experimenting. There is already lots of information about Azure development on MSDN; the Links section of this article will point you to the right direction.
Good luck with your cloud computing efforts!
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- Windows Azure Main Page: http://www.azure.com/
- Windows Azure Services Platform Developer Portal: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/
- Windows Azure SDK Download: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=BB893FB0-AD04-4FE8-BB04-0C5E4278D3E9&displaylang=en
- Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=63D0D248-1B08-4F7D-ABDE-62EB75CB1E69&displaylang=en
About the Author
Jani Järvinen is a software development trainer and consultant in Finland. He is a Microsoft C# MVP and a frequent author who has published three books about software development. He is the group leader of a Finnish software development expert group at ITpro.fi. His blog can be found at http://www.saunalahti.fi/janij/. You can send him mail by clicking on his name at the top of the article.