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Hello Azure, Goodbye Pain!

, 23 Apr 2013 CPOL
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Examples of Azure in action

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This article is an entry in our Windows Azure Developer Challenge. Articles in this sub-section are not required to be full articles so care should be taken when voting. Create your free Azure Trial Account to Enter the Challenge.


This article is a part of the Windows Azure Developer Challenge, which is a competition with five challenges (or rounds). The challenges involve different Azure technologies that are relevant for very broad audience, from the hobbyist to the enterprise. 

The challenges are: 

  1. Getting Started - Not much is required here, just signing up for Azure and writing and article (the one you are reading now.). 
  2. Build a website - Get a website running on Azure. 
  3. Using SQL on Azure -  Use the SQL Azure database in a project.  
  4. Virtual Machines - Use Azure VM(s) in a project (both Linux and Windows VMs are available in Azure). 
  5. Mobile access - Use Azures Mobile Services to make a project rule on mobile platforms. 

What can Azure do for me? 

The greatest benefit of Azure as opposed to classic webhosting is that I don't have to buy/rent what I (might) need on beforehand. I can just spin up, spin down, add service, remove service as I go and deployment is just really easy. 

The Next Steps 

  • For the "Build a Website" challenge I will not actually build a new web site. In stead I will show you how easy it is to move an existing WordPress blog from a classical host setup to an Azure website.
  • For the "using SQL on Azure" challenge I will build a data driven application in LightSwitch. I will use Azure websites (also used in the "Build a Website" challenge) for the hosting the client part of the application. 
  • For the "Virtual Machines" challenge I will a VM to bring spatial data (geo-data) into an application.
  • For the "Mobile access" challenge I will spatial data with push notification in Azure mobile services. 


2013 April 23rd - Created article with content for the first challenge. 


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)


About the Author

Steen Hulthin
Denmark Denmark
Software developer since 2008, freelancer since 2011.

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