Azure Basics - Say 'Hello' to the Cloud
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Published: 08 May 2009
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Abstract
Shaun shows how to start developing a Windows Azure-based website and shows the steps to deploy that website to the cloud. This is a pretty basic example to help get someone past the basic hurdles of developing for Azure.
by Shaun Eutsey
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Introduction

Every once in a while something happens in the technology industry that is pretty cool.  OK, let's face it, cool stuff is released all of the time, that's why we do what we do, right?  I find it fascinating to be on the bleeding edge of things.  Unfortunately, like most of you, I work at a place that doesn't adopt new technologies until they are proven being the only reasonable thing to do in an enterprise.  With that I have to pick and choose the technologies to which I will devote my after hours time.  The latest one that I have decided to devote time to is Windows Azure.  In this article I am not going to go over any of the more complicated features of Azure.  I will walk through how to download the SDK's and Toolkits you will need and the hoops that you need to jump through to get some actual cloud space in which to host your project.  I will then show a quick and simple application that can be used to show how to upload an application to the cloud.

Disclaimer

The important thing to remember before you start developing in Azure is that this is still pre-beta.  There are some issues you may run into.  There is a "big" one that needs to be mentioned.

I run Windows 7 as my main OS on my Laptop.  I am a Windows 7 fanboy, sue me.  However, the risk of using a beta OS and a pre-beta framework is the potential that the two are not compatible.  Well, risk assessed and confirmed.  The two are not compatible on the beta of Windows 7.  When Windows 7 RC 1 is released, I have it on good authority (Thank you Steve Marx); the compatibility issues will be resolved.  To overcome this issue, I set up a Windows Server 2008 Virtual Machine (Thank you Heroes Happen Here!).

Prerequisites

Before you can start developing a project in Azure, there are a few steps you must take first.  Fortunately, most of the things can be grabbed by going to www.Azure.com and clicking on the Try It now button.

The first thing that the site lists is to register for the Azure services.  I don't think this should be your first step, but it is something that we'll get to a little later.  However, there are a couple of downloads that you'll need to grab.  You'll need the Windows Azure SDK, Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio and Microsoft .NET Services SDK.  If you want to include the Live Framework in your application you'll need to grab the Live Framework Documentation and Resources.

Install these bits and breath a sigh of relief, you are about to start your journey into Azure!


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User Comments

Title: cannot see the log in Fabric UI   
Name: Euo
Date: 2009-09-08 1:38:08 AM
Comment:
Hi,
I can't see the log in Fabric UI created through 'RoleManager.WriteToLog()' ? What would I need to check?
Thanks.
Title: Azure Basics - Say 'Hello' to the Cloud   
Name: Jow Long
Date: 2009-05-14 4:29:17 AM
Comment:
Great article

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