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Well, there are three ways I know of to host websites in Windows Azure:
The first one is the cheap/easy way to do websites. The second is the one I have experience with, and I even have a website running on it that uses an SSL certificate. It's kind of a pain to setup the SSL certificate, but it does work. I've not tried the virtual machine option, but you should be able to do everything under the sun with that. The nice thing about option #2 is that it's much cheaper than a virtual machine (though there is no free option, as there is with option #1).
There is nothing wrong in programming in VB.NET. It's a tool for developing apps with, and there's a lot of elitist claptrap surrounding people's opinions on it. One of the best developers I know wrote a lot of great apps with it. He ended up as a PM at Microsoft.
*pre-emptive celebratory nipple tassle jiggle* - Sean Ewington
Thanks Pete, I think some people need to hear that coming from someone of your level of expertise. VB is my bread and butter language and they pay me a decent wage for for doing so. I'm also the GoTo guy for converting legacy VB 6 apps to C# or VB.NET.
I still have a spot in my heart for VB 6, but I haven't forgotten thr frusrations of debuggung applications with undeclared or loosely declared variables.
I worked as a developer back in the 80s (dBaseII, Lotus 123 macros, Wang Glossaries and MS Basic). But my toy at home was a TI-994a. I still have the old manual for TI Basic as a keepsake. When I left the depravity of office environments behind I didn't lose my love for coding, and I just sort of stuck with Basic. It's more intuitive (for me) than any other language I've ever tried.
If you want to try something truly bizarre, download Presentation Wizard[^] and try AM's A.N.I.M.A.L. programming language. It's not overly complicated but the syntax is backasswards from anything else I've ever tried.