Developing Windows Azure and Web Services (20487C)

In this course, students will learn how to design and develop services that access local and remote data from various sources. Students will also learn how to develop and deploy services to hybrid environments, including on-premises servers and Microsoft Azure.

Target Audience

Primary: .NET developers who want to learn how to develop services and deploy them to hybrid environments.
Secondary: .NET developers with Web application development experience who are exploring developing new applications or porting existing applications to Microsoft Azure.

Objectives

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the basic concepts of service development and data access strategies using the .NET platform.
  • Describe the Microsoft Azure cloud platform and its compute, data, and application hosting offerings.
  • Design and develop a data-centric application using Visual Studio 2017 and Entity Framework Core.
  • Design, implement, and consume HTTP services using ASP.NET Core.
  • Extend HTTP services using ASP.NET Core.
  • Host services on-premises and in Microsoft Azure.
  • Deploy services to both on-premises and cloud environments and manage the interface and policy for their services.
  • Choose a data storage solution, cache, distribute, and synchronize data.
  • Monitor, log, and troubleshoot services.
  • Describe claim-based identity concepts and standards, and implement authentication and authorization with Azure Active Directory.
  • Create scalable service applications.


 
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Course Outline

Module 1: Overview of service and cloud technologies

This module provides an overview of service and cloud technologies using the Microsoft .NET Framework and the Windows Azure cloud.
Lessons
  • Key Components of Distributed Applications
  • Data and Data Access Technologies
  • Service Technologies
  • Cloud Computing
  • Exploring the Blue Yonder Airlines’ Travel Companion Application

Module 2: Querying and Manipulating Data Using Entity Framework
This module Describes the Entity Framework data model, and how to create, read, update, and delete data.
Lessons
  • ADO.NET Overview
  • Creating an Entity Data Model
  • Querying Data
  • Manipulating Data

Module 3: Creating and Consuming ASP.NET Web API Services
This module describes HTTP-based services that are developed, hosted, and consumed by using ASP.NET Web API.
Lessons
  • HTTP Services
  • Creating an ASP.NET Web API Service
  • Handling HTTP Requests and Responses
  • Hosting and Consuming ASP.NET Web API Services


Module 4: Extending and Securing ASP.NET Web API Services
This module describes in detail the ASP.NET Web API architecture and how you can extend and secure ASP.NET Web API services.
Lessons
  • The ASP.NET Web API Pipeline
  • Creating OData Services
  • Implementing Security in ASP.NET Web API Services
  • Injecting Dependencies into Controllers

Module 5: Creating WCF Services
This module introduces Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and describes how to create, host, and consume a WCF service.
Lessons
  • Advantages of Creating Services with WCF
  • Creating and Implementing a Contract
  • Configuring and Hosting WCF Services
  • Consuming WCF Services

Module 6: Hosting Services
This module describes how to host web services both on-premises and in Windows Azure. It explains various components of Windows Azure Cloud Services: Web Role, Worker Role, and Windows Azure Web Sites.
Lessons
  • Hosting Services On-Premises
  • Hosting Services in Windows Azure

Module 7: Windows Azure Service Bus
This module describes web-scale messaging patterns, and the infrastructures provided by Windows Azure Service Bus.
Lessons
  • Windows Azure Service Bus Relays
  • Windows Azure Service Bus Queues
  • Windows Azure Service Bus Topics

Module 8: Deploying Services
This module describes different techniques for deploying web applications.
Lessons
  • Web Deployment with Visual Studio 2012
  • Creating and Deploying Web Application Packages
  • Command-Line Tools for Web Deploy
  • Deploying Web and Service Applications to Windows Azure
  • Continuous Delivery with TFS and Git
  • Best Practices for Production Deployment

Module 9: Windows Azure Storage
This module Describes Windows Azure Storage, the services it provides, and the best way to use these services.
Lessons
  • Introduction to Windows Azure Storage
  • Windows Azure Blob Storage
  • Windows Azure Table Storage
  • Windows Azure Queue Storage
  • Restricting Access to Windows Azure Storage

Module 10: Monitoring and Diagnostics
This module describes how to perform monitoring and diagnostics in Windows Azure services.
Lessons
  • Performing Diagnostics by Using Tracing
  • Configuring Service Diagnostics
  • Monitoring Services Using Windows Azure Diagnostics
  • Collecting Windows Azure Metrics

Module 11: Identity Management and Access Control
This module describes the basic principles of modern identity handling and demonstrates how to use infrastructures such as Windows Azure Access Control Service (ACS) to implement authentication and authorization with claims-based identity in Windows Communication Foundation (WCF).
Lessons
  • Claims-based Identity Concepts
  • Using the Windows Azure Access Control Service
  • Configuring Services to Use Federated Identities


Module 12: Scaling Services
This module describes the ways in which you can ensure services can handle increasing workloads and user demand.
Lessons
  • Introduction to Scalability
  • Load Balancing
  • Scaling On-Premises Services with Distributed Cache
  • Windows Azure Caching
  • Scaling Globally


Module 13: Appendix A: Designing and Extending WCF Services
This module covers designing Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) service contracts, creating services that support distributed transactions, and extending the WCF pipeline with custom runtime components and custom behaviors.
Lessons
  • Applying Design Principles to Service Contracts
  • Handling Distributed Transactions
  • Extending the WCF Pipeline

Module 14: Appendix B: Implementing Security in WCF Services
This module deals with the various considerations you have to take into account when designing a secure web service, such as encryption, input validation, authentication, and authorization, and the techniques to use while applying these considerations to services developed with WCF.
Lessons
  • Introduction to Web Services Security
  • Transport Security
  • Message Security
  • Configuring Service Authentication and Authorization