Windows Azure Developer Webcast Series

Starting next month, I will be holding a series of monthly webcasts focusing on the Windows Azure developer experience.  This will be a four-part series starting on Wednesday, December 7th and running to Wednesday, March 7th.  Each session will run from 1pm – 2pm ET.  Click the link in the session titles below to sign up.

Windows Azure Storage – Wednesday, December 7, 2011
There are three core tenants of Windows Azure storage – queues, tables, and blobs. One of the great features of Windows Azure is that we can consume the storage services from a platform that communicates via a REST interface. Libraries are available which make working with the native REST interface a more natural experience, but all features are not available in many libraries. In this webcast we will take a look Windows Azure storage from a developer’s point of view. We’ll look at using the native REST interface, as well as the .NET storage client library, for working with Windows Azure storage.

Windows Azure Service Management – Wednesday, January 11, 2012
With the Windows Azure Service Management API we can control nearly all aspects of a Windows Azure service. This allows us to easily manage areas such as deployments, service upgrades, and subscription management. Additionally, with the PowerShell cmdlets we gain even greater power over the management of a Windows Azure service. In this webcast, we will take a look at managing a Windows Azure service from a developer’s point of view. We’ll look at using both the Windows Azure Service Management API and PowerShell cmdlets to exercise control over our Windows Azure services.

Windows Azure Role Communication – Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Understanding how Windows Azure roles can communicate with each other is a key aspect to developing enterprise caliber applications on the Windows Azure platform. A Windows Azure role communicates with the outside world via input endpoints, and with other roles via internal endpoints. In this webcast, we will take a look at Windows Azure role communication from a developer’s point of view. We’ll see how configure input endpoints for exposing a service to the outside world, as well as using internal endpoints for role-to-role communication.

Windows Azure AppFabric – Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Windows Azure AppFabric is next generation building block services for creating connected services. With services such as Caching, Service Bus (relay, queues, and topics), and Access Control Services (ACS) developers can focus more on building great solutions and less on plumbing services necessary to do so. In this webcast, we will take a look at the many features offered as part of Windows Azure AppFabric. We’ll see just how easy it can be to add scalable caching with AppFabric Caching, create robust connected solutions with the Service Bus, and secure applications with ACS.