Course Code: 980

20487 Developing Windows Azure and Web Services

Class Dates:
5 Days
Class Time:


  • Course Overview
  • In this course, students will learn how to design and develop services that access local and remote data from various data sources. Students will also learn how to develop and deploy services to hybrid environments, including on-premises servers and Windows Azure.

  • Audience
  • This course is intended for both novice and experienced .NET developers who have a minimum of six months programming experience, and want to learn how to develop services and deploy them to hybrid environments.


  • Before attending this course, students must have:
    • Experience with C# programming, and concepts such as Lambda expressions, LINQ, and anonymous types.
    • Understanding the concepts of n-tier applications.
    • Experience with querying and manipulating data with ADO.NET.
    • Knowledge of XML data structures.
  • Recommended Courses:

  • 20486 Developing ASP.NET MVC 4 Web Applications

Course Details

  • Module 1: Overview of service and cloud technologies
  • Key Components of Distributed Applications
  • Data and Data Access Technologies
  • Service Technologies
  • Cloud Computing
  • Exploring the Blue Yonder Airlines’ Travel Companion Application
  • Lab : Exploring the work environment
  • Module 2: Querying and Manipulating Data Using Entity Framework
  • ADO.NET Overview
  • Creating an Entity Data Model
  • Querying Data
  • Manipulating Data
  • Lab : Creating a Data Access Layer by Using Entity Framework
  • Module 3: Creating and Consuming ASP.NET Web API Services
  • HTTP Services
  • Creating an ASP.NET Web API Service
  • Handling HTTP Requests and Responses
  • Hosting and Consuming ASP.NET Web API Services
  • Lab : Creating the Travel Reservation ASP.NET Web API Service
  • Module 4: Extending and Securing ASP.NET Web API Services
  • The ASP.NET Web API Pipeline
  • Creating OData Services
  • Implementing Security in ASP.NET Web API Services
  • Injecting Dependencies into Controllers
  • Lab : Extending Travel Companion’s ASP.NET Web API Services
  • Module 5: Creating WCF Services
  • Advantages of Creating Services with WCF
  • Creating and Implementing a Contract
  • Configuring and Hosting WCF Services
  • Consuming WCF Services
  • Lab : Creating and Consuming the WCF Booking Service
  • Module 6: Hosting Services
  • Hosting Services On-Premises
  • Hosting Services in Windows Azure
  • Lab : Hosting Services
  • Module 7: Windows Azure Service Bus
  • What Are Windows Azure Service Bus Relays?
  • Windows Azure Service Bus Queues
  • Windows Azure Service Bus Topics
  • Lab : Windows Azure Service Bus
  • Module 8: Deploying Services
  • Web Deployment with Visual Studio 2012
  • Creating and Deploying Web Application Packages
  • Command-Line Tools for Web Deploy
  • Deploying Web and Service Applications to Windows Azure
  • Continuous Delivery with TFS and Git
  • Best Practices for Production Deployment
  • Lab : Deploying Services
  • Module 9: Windows Azure Storage
  • Introduction to Windows Azure Storage
  • Windows Azure Blob Storage
  • Windows Azure Table Storage
  • Windows Azure Queue Storage
  • Restricting Access to Windows Azure Storage
  • Lab : Windows Azure Storage
  • Module 10: Monitoring and Diagnostics
  • Performing Diagnostics by Using Tracing
  • Configuring Service Diagnostics
  • Monitoring Services Using Windows Azure Diagnostics
  • Collecting Windows Azure Metrics
  • Lab : Monitoring and Diagnostics
  • Module 11: Identity Management and Access Control
  • Claims-based Identity Concepts
  • Using the Windows Azure Access Control Service
  • Configuring Services to Use Federated Identities
  • Lab : Identity Management and Access Control
  • Module 12: Scaling Services
  • Introduction to Scalability
  • Load Balancing
  • Scaling On-Premises Services with Distributed Cache
  • Windows Azure Caching
  • Scaling Globally
  • Lab : Scalability
  • Module 13: Appendix A: Designing and Extending WCF Services
  • Applying Design Principles to Service Contracts
  • Handling Distributed Transactions
  • Extending the WCF Pipeline
  • Lab : Designing and Extending WCF Services
  • Module 14: Appendix B: Implementing Security in WCF Services
  • Introduction to Web Services Security
  • Transport Security
  • Message Security
  • Configuring Service Authentication and Authorization
  • Lab : Securing a WCF Service
  • Module 14: Using LINQ to Query Data
  • Using the LINQ Extension Methods and Query Operators
  • Building Dynamic LINQ Queries and Expressions
  • Lab : Using LINQ to Query Data
  • Using the LINQ Query Operators
  • Building Dynamic LINQ Queries
  • Module 15: Integrating Visual Basic Code with Dynamic Languages and COM Components
  • Integrating Visual Basic Code with Ruby and Python
  • Accessing COM Components from Visual Basic
  • Lab : Integrating Visual Basic Code with Dynamic Languages and COM Components
  • Integrating Code Written by Using a Dynamic Language into a Visual Basic Application
  • Using a COM Component from a Visual Basic Application