As a private teacher with a lot of free time, it can be tough finding students to fill the gaps in your timetable. I will discuss the ongoing development of a service that lets students find and book your free slots.
Windows Azure is my platform of choice for this project.
It will allow me to bring a service online, complete with database, without any fuss of managing my own server or networking. This removes past headaches of managing server capacity and bandwidth.
I plan to publish a web site directly in Azure, together with an SQL database thanks to Azure Data Services.
In the future, I will be using a client-side MVC framework so will require a REST service. I plan to investigate the best method of hosting a REST service and integrating it with the hosted database.