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Yesterday, I had the pleasure of being in Calgary and presenting at Prairie Dev Con West. After my sessions, a developer approached me wanting to know how to secure applications in Windows Azure.
There are a ton of resources out there that provide information and guidance on doing so; however, because there’s a ton, it’s painful to go through it all. A fellow developer advisor, Bruce Kyle, has put together a six-part blog series that describes threats, how you can respond, what process you can put into place for the lifecycle of your application, and prescribes a way for you to implement best practices around the requirements of your application (sound familiar? Joël Hébert talked about this in his D³ talk on Building an ASP.NET Security Skeleton). He’s gone through hundreds of pages of books and white papers to come up with his how-to guide-like posts. Go through them to learn how to develop applications in a secure way on Windows Azure.
I hope these posts have put to bed some worries you may have had about security in the public cloud – Windows Azure. More importantly, though, I hope that they provide a context for you to learn more and ultimately encourage you to write great applications for Windows Azure.
Windows Azure Developer Movement
As you go ahead and start writing applications for Windows Azure, or you need a good excuse to get going, join the Developer Movement. When you’re part of the movement, as you build for Windows Azure, you get rewards. The more Windows Azure you use, the more the movement rewards you! Simple as that. If you’re writing an application that leverages Windows Azure as well as Windows Phone, you can join the Windows Phone Developer Movement as well.
Questions? Comments? Share them with myself, the team, and the larger Canadian developer community – start a conversation in the Canadian Developer Connection group on LinkedIn.