My colleague, Mike Benkovich, is hosting a series of webcasts that provide a great on-ramp for getting started with Windows Azure. In this latest “Soup to Nuts” series, Mike will walk you through putting Windows Azure through its paces. The webcasts are an opportunity to learn “live” from Mike and get your questions answered when you think of them.
The first three webcasts in the series have already occurred and are available for viewing on demand. There are four more live ones coming up every Tuesday between now and March 13th, 2012.
The Line Up
2/7 – Get Started with Cloud Computing and Windows Azure
You’ve heard the buzz, your boss might even have talked about it. In this first webcast of the Soup to Nuts series we’ll get started with Windows Azure and Cloud Computing. In it we will explore what Azure is and isn’t and get started by building our first Cloud application. Fasten your seatbelts, we’re ready to get started with Cloud Computing and Windows Azure.
2/14 – Working with Windows Azure Roles
The Cloud provides us with a number of services including storage, compute, networking and more. In this second session we take a look at how roles define what a service is. Beyond the different flavors of roles we show the RoleEntryPoint interface, and how we can plug code in the startup operations to make it easy to scale up instances. We will show how the Service Definition defines the role and provides hooks for customizing it to run the way we need it to.
2/21 – Windows Azure Storage Options
The Cloud provides a scalable environment for compute but it needs somewhere common to store data. In this webcast we look at Windows Azure Storage and explore how to use the various types available to us including Blobs, Tables and Queues. We look at how it is durable, highly available and secured so that we can build applications that are able to leverage its strengths.
2/28 – Intro to SQL Azure
While Windows Azure Storage provides basic storage often we need to work with Relational Data. In this weeks webcast we dive into SQL Azure and see how it is similar and different from on-premise SQL Server. From connecting from rich client as well as web apps to the management tools available for creating schema and moving data between instances in the cloud and on site we show you how it’s done.
3/6 – Access Control Services and Cloud Identity
Who are you? How do we know? Can you prove it? Identity in the cloud presents us with the same and different challenges from identity in person. Access Control Services is a modern identity selector service that makes it easy to work with existing islands of identity such as Facebook, Yahoo and Google. It is based on standards and works with claims to provide your application with the information it needs to make informed authorization decisions. Join this webcast to see ACS in action and learn how to put it to work in your application today.
3/13 – Diagnostics & Troubleshooting
So you’ve built your Cloud application and now something goes wrong. What now? This weeks webcast is focused on looking at the options available for gaining insight to be able to find and solve problems. From working with Intellitrace to capture a run history to profiling options to configuring the diagnostics agent we will show you how to diagnose and troubleshoot your application.
Soup To Nuts Series
If you enjoy this series by Mike, be sure to check out the other Soup To Nuts Series put together by Mike and our other colleagues in the central part of the US:
- WPF Soup To Nuts
- ASP.NET Soup To Nuts
- C# Soup To Nuts
- VB.NET Soup To Nuts
- SQL Server 2005 Soup To Nuts
- Business Intelligence Soup To Nuts