MOC 20487 - Developing Windows Azure and Web Services

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In this Windows Azure and Web Services training class, 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.

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.

  1. Learn to query and manipulate data with Entity Framework.
  2. Learn to use ASP.NET Web API to create HTTP-based services and consume them from .NET and non-.NET clients.
  3. Learn to extend ASP.NET Web API services using message handlers, model binders, action filters, and media type formatters.
  4. Learn to create SOAP-based services with the Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and consume them from .NET clients.
  5. Learn to apply design principles to service contracts and extend WCF services using custom runtime components and behaviors.
  6. Learn to secure WCF services using transport and message security.
  7. Learn to use Windows Azure Service Bus for relayed messaging and brokered messaging using queues and topics.
  8. Learn to host services on on-premises servers, and on various Windows Azure environments, such as Web Roles, Worker Roles, and Web Sites.
  9. Learn to deploy services to both on-premises servers and Windows Azure.
  10. Learn to store and access data in Windows Azure Storage, and configure storage access rights.
  11. Learn to monitor and log services, both on-premises and in Windows Azure.
  12. Learn to implement federated authentication by using ACS with ASP.NET Web API services.
  13. Learn to create scalable, load-balanced services.
  1. Overview of service and cloud technologies
    1. Key Components of Distributed Applications
    2. Data and Data Access Technologies
    3. Service Technologies
    4. Cloud Computing
    5. Exploring Blue Yonder Airlines' Travel Companion Application
    6. Lab: Exploring the work environment
      1. Create a Windows Azure SQL Database
      2. Create an Entity Data Model
      3. Create an ASP.NET Web API service
      4. Deploy a web application to Windows Azure
  2. Querying and manipulating data using Entity Framework
    1. ADO.NET overview
    2. Creating an entity data model
    3. Querying data
    4. Manipulating data
    5. Lab: Creating a data access layer using Entity Framework
      1. Explore the data model and integration test projects
      2. Create a data model
      3. Query and manipulate data
  3. Creating and consuming ASP.NET Web API services
    1. What are HTTP services?
    2. Creating an ASP.NET Web API service
    3. Handling HTTP requests and responses
    4. Hosting and consuming ASP.NET Web API services
    5. Lab: Creating the travel reservation ASP.NET Web API service
      1. Create an ASP.NET Web API service
      2. Consume an ASP.NET Web API service
  4. Extending and securing ASP.NET Web API services
    1. The ASP.NET Web API request pipeline
    2. The ASP.NET Web API response pipeline
    3. Creating OData services
    4. Implementing Security in ASP.NET Web API services
    5. Injecting dependencies into controllers
    6. Lab: Extending Travel Companion's ASP.NET Web API services
      1. Create a dependency resolver for repositories
      2. Add a new media type for RSS requests
      3. Add OData capabilities to the flight schedule service
      4. Apply validation rules in the booking service
      5. Secure the communication between client and server
  5. Creating WCF services
    1. Advantages of creating services with WCF
    2. Creating and implementing a contract
    3. Configuring and hosting WCF services
    4. Consuming WCF services
    5. Lab: Creating and consuming the WCF booking service
      1. Create the WCF booking service
      2. Configure and host the WCF service
      3. Consume the WCF service from the ASP.NET Web API booking service
  6. Designing and extending WCF services
    1. Applying design principles to service contracts
    2. Handling distributed transactions
    3. WCF pipeline architecture
    4. Extending the WCF pipeline
    5. Lab: Designing and extending WCF services
      1. Create a custom error handler runtime component
      2. Add support for distributed transactions to the WCF booking service
      3. Use asynchronous WCF client calls
  7. Implementing Security in WCF services
    1. Transport security
    2. Message security
    3. Configuring service authentication and authorization
    4. Lab: Securing a WCF service
      1. Secure the WCF service
      2. Configure the ASP.NET Web API booking service for secured communication
  8. Windows Azure Service Bus
    1. Windows Azure Service Bus Relays
    2. Windows Azure Service Bus Queues
    3. Windows Azure Service Bus Topics
    4. Lab: Windows Azure Service Bus
      1. Use a service bus relay for the WCF booking service
      2. Publish booking updates to clients using Windows Azure Service Bus Topics
  9. Hosting services
    1. Hosting services on-premises
    2. Hosting services in Windows Azure
    3. Lab: Hosting Services
      1. Host the WCF booking service in IIS
      2. Host the ASP.NET Web API services in a Windows Azure Web role
      3. Host the booking management service in a Windows Azure Web Site
  10. Deploying Services
    1. Web Deployment with Visual Studio
    2. Creating and deploying Web Application packages
    3. Command-line tools for web deployment packages
    4. Deploying to Windows Azure
    5. Continuous delivery with TFS and GIT
    6. Best practices for production deployment
    7. Lab: Deploying services
      1. Deploying an updated service to Windows Azure
      2. Updating a Windows Azure Web Site with Web Deploy
      3. Exporting and importing an IIS deployment package
  11. Windows Azure Storage
    1. Introduction to Windows Azure storage
    2. Windows Azure Blob Storage
    3. Windows Azure Table Storage
    4. Windows Azure Queue Storage
    5. Restricting access to Windows Azure Storage
    6. Lab: Windows Azure Storage
      1. Storing content in Windows Azure storage
      2. Accessing Windows Azure storage
      3. Creating shared access signatures for blobs
  12. Monitoring and diagnostics
    1. Performing diagnostics using tracing
    2. Configuring service diagnostics
    3. Monitoring IIS
    4. Monitoring services using Windows Azure diagnostics
    5. Debugging using IntelliTrace
    6. Collecting Windows Azure metrics
    7. Lab: Monitoring and Diagnostics
      1. Configuring WCF tracing and message logging
      2. Configuring Windows Azure diagnostics
  13. Identity management and access control
    1. Claim-based identity concepts
    2. Access Control Service
    3. Configuring services to use federated identities
    4. Handling federated identities in the client side
    5. Lab: Identity management and access control
      1. Configure Windows Azure ACS
      2. Integrate ACS with the ASP.NET Web API
      3. Examine the authentication procedure in the client application
  14. Scaling Services
    1. Introduction to scalability
    2. Load balancing
    3. Scaling on-premises services with distributed cache
    4. Windows Azure caching
    5. Caveats of scaling services
    6. Scaling globally
    7. Lab: Scalability
      1. Use Windows Azure Caching
      2. Support federated security in a scaled environment
Class Materials

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Class Prerequisites

Experience in the following is required for this Azure class:

  • 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.
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