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Website developers, here's your chance to learn how you can use Windows Azure to develop, deploy, and scale your large-scale web apps in a matter of minutes. If you're new to Windows Azure, this is a good starting point for finding out how it can help you save on time and resources, integrate with Office 365 and Elastic Search, and broaden your audience. Experienced users, this is an opportunity to deepen your knowledge of the product and to find out about new features, such as the website capability model and the storage object distribution pattern. You'll find out what you need to know from the people who developed the features.
Instructor | James Chambers - Microsoft ASP.NET/IIS MVP; Tejaswi Redkar - Microsoft Director, Business Programs
Gain an understanding of the concepts of Windows Azure Web Sites (WAWS), its architecture, and its inner workings. You'll see how WAWS fits in the overall Windows Azure stack, and you'll learn about its benefits and limitations. This module gives you the information you need to decide whether WAWS is the right platform for your website.
Find out about the development tools that you can use to deploy websites to WAWS. Learn the essential techniques for rapidly building and deploying websites from Visual Studio and WebMatrix. Discover how Visual Studio supports remote debugging for websites.
WAWS provides built-in support for several of the popular source control management (SCM) systems required for all development projects, such as Visual Studio Online and GitHub. In agile development environments, you'll want to continuously integrate the features you develop in dev, test, and production environments. In this module, you will learn to set up source control for your website and dynamically link it to WAWS for continuous integration and deployment.
As a developer working in the cloud, you don’t have to worry about the hardware required to scale your website. WAWS offers both scale-up and scale-out options that you can implement in minutes. You'll also hear recommended best practices for scaling your websites.
Learn about the most valuable skills you'll need to prepare your site for production. We will cover topics such as security, performance, high availability, search engine optimization, caching, and domain name assignments.
Gain the essential skills you'll need to migrate any website to WAWS. Learn how to use the Web Site Capability model, which will help you visualize the current and future state of your website. Through case studies, we will demonstrate the real effort required in migrating a large website to WAWS.
The lightning round addresses solutions at a rapid pace. Through this exercise, you will hear real-world scenarios about building websites. We will cover topics such as building Node.js websites that retrieve data from MongoDB, hybrid connectivity, and integration with Microsoft Office 365 domain accounts.
The information in this module provides you with an opportunity to dive deeper into Windows Azure web sites, at your own pace.