Getting Started on Windows Azure

Slalom Consultant Joel Forman

Slalom Consultant Joel Forman specializes in cloud computing and the Windows Azure Platform.

As a developer, how do you get started with Windows Azure?

The Windows Azure Getting Started page is the first place to go.  Here you will find information, white papers, and downloads.  After any desired reading, download the latest release of the Windows Azure SDK (note the system requirements) and the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit.  The training kit will have some good labs and tutorials.

In order to deploy an application to the cloud, you will need to sign up for an account and receive a token to be redeemded at http://windows.azure.com, the Windows Azure Portal.  You DO NOT need an account or token to develop locally, so do not worry about this step if you are just looking to get started on your local machine.  The SDK comes with the Development Fabric, a cloud simulation environment that allows you to run applications locally.

Managing accounts, tokens and cloud environments is a topic for a future post.  As you get your local machine set up, don’t worry about that just yet.

– Joel

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About Joel Forman
Joel Forman is a Solution Architect at Slalom Consulting and specializes in cloud computing and the Windows Azure Platform.

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