How do we, developers, learn cool new things? Do we read some materials, take some notes, and then we’re good to go? Maybe take a class or two and that’s it? No. We read, maybe take some classes, but most importantly, we learn by building apps! With on-premise solutions, that’s relatively easy. Build out a virtual machine, install the required software, and off we go. How do we do that with Cloud solutions? Just as easy. You use this great 4 letter acronym – MSDN.
With the benefits that come with your MSDN Professional, Ultimate, or BizSpark subscriptions, you can do a whole lot with Windows Azure for free. Let’s look at the benefits chart:
Let’s do some comparisons:
Good stuff, right?
So what’s next? 5 easy steps to get you started:
Don’t wait. Activate your benefits and start building Cloud applications today.
Don’t have MSDN but want to learn about Windows Azure? Have an app that you’d like to test with Windows Azure? Not a problem! Send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or a DM on Twitter (@jrozenblit) and I’ll you setup with a trial subscription where you will get the same benefits for 30 days.
With all these great benefits and programmes, all you need to do is find the time to use them! As much as I’d love to, that’s one area where I wouldn’t be able to help.
This post also appears in Dev Pulse.