Course 20487B: Developing Windows Azure and Web Services

About this Course

In this course, students will learn how to design and develop services that access local and remote data from various data sources. Students will also learn how to develop and deploy services to hybrid environments, including on-premises servers and Windows Azure. This course helps people prepare for exam 70-487.

Audience Profile

This course is intended for both novice and experienced .NET developers who have a minimum of six months programming experience, and want to learn how to develop services and deploy them to hybrid environments.

At Course Completion

After completing this course, students will be able to:
  • 1. Query and manipulate data with Entity Framework
  • 2. Use ASP.NET Web API to create HTTP-based services and consume them from .NET and non-.NET clients
  • 3. Extend ASP.NET Web API services using message handlers, model binders, action filters, and media type formatters
  • 4. Create SOAP-based services with the Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and consume them from .NET clients
  • 5. Apply design principles to service contracts and extend WCF services using custom runtime components and behaviors
  • 6. Secure WCF services using transport and message security
  • 7. Use Windows Azure Service Bus for relayed messaging and brokered messaging using queues and topics
  • 8. Host services on on-premises servers, and on various Windows Azure environments, such as 9. Web Roles, Worker Roles, and Web Sites
  • 9. Deploy services to both on-premises servers and Windows Azure
  • 10. Store and access data in Windows Azure Storage, and configure storage access rights
  • 11. Monitor and log services, both on-premises and in Windows Azure
  • 12. Implement federated authentication by using ACS with ASP.NET Web API services
  • 13. Create scalable, load-balanced services

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.


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.


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.


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.


Module 5: Creating WCF Services

This module introduces Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and describes how to create, host, and consume a WCF service.


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.


Module 7: Windows Azure Service Bus

This module describes web-scale messaging patterns, and the infrastructures provided by Windows Azure Service Bus.


Module 8: Deploying Services

This module describes different techniques for deploying web applications.


Module 9: Windows Azure Storage

This module Describes Windows Azure Storage, the services it provides, and the best way to use these services.


Module 10: Monitoring and Diagnostics

This module describes how to perform monitoring and diagnostics in Windows Azure services.


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).


Module 12: Scaling Services

This module describes the ways in which you can ensure services can handle increasing workloads and user demand.


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.


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.

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