By Jen Stirrup

How do you develop applications for Windows Azure, without incurring cost?

Developing applications for Windows Azure is a growing business. Application design for Azure is a vital consideration, since developers need to create applications that take into account predictions that, within 10 years, 80% of computing will be done in the cloud. (1)

Developers can run into a cost issue when they are developing applications for Azure, however. If Azure is ‘pay as you go’, how can you reduce your costs for developing Azure-based applications, whilst giving yourself plenty of development time whilst you create quality software?

Microsoft have provided – for free – an offline development tool that will help you to develop your Azure-based application before you deploy it to Windows Azure. This saves you network cost, as well as ensuring that you are not paying for development which is completed during the initial phases of your development, as part of the learning process.

The Tool is called the Windows Azure Software Development Kit, which comprises a number of development technologies. The SDK is aimed at developers, and allows you to write your code locally. As a learning exercise, the SDK also offers some samples to get you started.

If you want to teach yourself more about developing on Windows Azure, then you should take a look at the Windows Azure Training Kit. It is full of training material, examples, and even PowerShell scripts to take you to the next level.

To summarise, there are plenty of great facilities that will help you to develop on Windows Azure. Thanks to Buck Woody for the newsflash, and I recommend you also keep up-to-date with his blog for further nuggets.

Author Bio

Jen Stirrup

Copper Blue Consulting

Jen Stirrup is a SQL Server MVP, with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and two Masters in Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science. Jen is joint owner of Copper Blue Consulting, delivering data and Business Intelligence solutions to global clients. Jen is a veteran SQL Server Developer with over 12 years SQL experience in delivering end-to-end Business Intelligence solution. Jen blogs for SQLServerPedia as well as her own blog. She is very active in many SQL Server User Groups in the UK, helping to run the SQLHerts group in England. Jen's focus is on the Microsoft BI stack, with a specific passion for Data Visualisation.