It was a pleasure to get back out on the road with Chris and Jim and see all the folks who took time out of their work schedule to spend it with us to learn developer and SQL Server best practices, XNA, and debugging tips and tricks. I presented a session called Windows Azure for Architects. The goal of my session was to give you an understanding of the cloud computing landscape and the features and capabilities that Microsoft is delivering as part of our Azure Services Platform. The PPT and demo code can be found here. The key take away's from my presentation are:
I've listed additional resources below for your future Azure Discovery Adventures. Enjoy! -bob
Cloud Computing refers to both the applications delivered as services over the Internet and the hardware and systems software in the datacenters that provide those services. The services themselves have long been referred to as Software as a Service (SaaS). The datacenter hardware and software is what we will call a Cloud. When a Cloud is made available in a pay-as-you-go manner to the general public, we call it a Public Cloud; the service being sold is Utility Computing. We use the term Private Cloud to refer to internal datacenters of a business or other organization, not made available to the general public. Thus, Cloud Computing is the sum of SaaS and Utility Computing, but does not include Private Clouds. People can be users or providers of SaaS, or users or providers of Utility Computing. We focus on SaaS Providers (Cloud Users) and Cloud Providers, which have received less attention than SaaS Users.
The Microsoft Azure Services Platform is an Internet-scale cloud services platform hosted in Microsoft data centers. The Azure Services Platform includes an operating system, Windows Azure, and a set of developer services to be used individually or together: .NET Services, Live Services, and SQL Data Services.
REST in Windows Communication Foundation (WCF)
REST support within WCF was enhanced with the release of .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 to add make REST development easier and to support the ADO.NET Entity Framework entities in WCF contracts. Improvements were made around UriTemplate flexibility and the Visual Studio tooling to increase developer productivity.
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