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This course is one of three courses required to pass the MCSD: Web Application exam.


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Developing Windows Azure and Web Services (MS 20487)

Course Length: 5 Days

This course is one of three courses required to pass the MCSD: Web Application exam.

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.

Course Objectives

After completing this course, students will be able to:

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


Before attending this course, students must have:

  • Experience with C# programming, and concepts such as Lambda expressions, LINQ, and anonymous types
  • Understanding the concepts of n-tier applications
  • Experience with querying and manipulating data with ADO.NET
  • Knowledge of XML data structures

Developing Windows Azure and Web Services (MS 20487)

Module 1: Overview of service and cloud technologies

  • Key Components of Distributed Applications
  • Data and Data Access Technologies
  • Service Technologies
  • Cloud Computing
  • Exploring Blue Yonder Airlines’ Travel Companion Application
    Lab: Exploring the work environment
  • Create a Windows Azure SQL Database
  • Create an Entity Data Model
  • Create an ASP.NET Web API service
  • Deploy a web application to Windows Azure

Module 2: Querying and manipulating data using Entity Framework

  • ADO.NET overview
  • Creating an entity data model
  • Querying data
  • Manipulating data
    Lab: Creating a data access layer using Entity Framework
  • Explore the data model and integration test projects
  • Create a data model
  • Query and manipulate data

Module 3: Creating and consuming ASP.NET Web API services

  • What are HTTP services?
  • Creating an ASP.NET Web API service
  • Handling HTTP requests and responses
  • Hosting and consuming ASP.NET Web API services
    Lab: Creating the travel reservation ASP.NET Web API service
  • Create an ASP.NET Web API service
  • Consume an ASP.NET Web API service

Module 4: Extending and securing ASP.NET Web API services

  • The ASP.NET Web API request pipeline
  • The ASP.NET Web API response pipeline
  • Creating OData services
  • Implementing Security in ASP.NET Web API services
  • Injecting dependencies into controllers
    Lab: Extending Travel Companion’s ASP.NET Web API services
  • Create a dependency resolver for repositories
  • Add a new media type for RSS requests
  • Add OData capabilities to the flight schedule service
  • Apply validation rules in the booking service
  • Secure the communication between client and server

Module 5: Creating WCF services

  • Advantages of creating services with WCF
  • Creating and implementing a contract
  • Configuring and hosting WCF services
  • Consuming WCF services
    Lab: Creating and consuming the WCF booking service
  • Create the WCF booking service
  • Configure and host the WCF service
  • Consume the WCF service from the ASP.NET Web API booking service

Module 6: Designing and extending WCF services

  • Applying design principles to service contracts
  • Handling distributed transactions
  • WCF pipeline architecture
  • Extending the WCF pipeline
    Lab: Designing and extending WCF services
  • Create a custom error handler runtime component
  • Add support for distributed transactions to the WCF booking service
  • Use asynchronous WCF client calls

Module 7: Implementing Security in WCF services

  • Transport security
  • Message security
  • Configuring service authentication and authorization
    Lab: Securing a WCF service
  • Secure the WCF service
  • Configure the ASP.NET Web API booking service for secured communication

Module 8: Windows Azure Service Bus

  • Windows Azure Service Bus Relays
  • Windows Azure Service Bus Queues
  • Windows Azure Service Bus Topics
    Lab: Windows Azure Service Bus
  • Use a service bus relay for the WCF booking service
  • Publish booking updates to clients using Windows Azure Service Bus Topics

Module 9: Hosting services

  • Hosting services on-premises
  • Hosting services in Windows Azure
    Lab: Hosting Services
  • Host the WCF booking service in IIS
  • Host the ASP.NET Web API services in a Windows Azure Web role
  • Host the booking management service in a Windows Azure Web Site

Module 10: Deploying Services

  • Web Deployment with Visual Studio
  • Creating and deploying Web Application packages
  • Command-line tools for web deployment packages
  • Deploying to Windows Azure
  • Continuous delivery with TFS and GIT
  • Best practices for production deployment
    Lab: Deploying services
  • Deploying an updated service to Windows Azure
  • Updating a Windows Azure Web Site with Web Deploy
  • Exporting and importing an IIS deployment package

Module 11: Windows Azure Storage

  • Introduction to Windows Azure storage
  • Windows Azure Blob Storage
  • Windows Azure Table Storage
  • Windows Azure Queue Storage
  • Restricting access to Windows Azure Storage
    Lab: Windows Azure Storage
  • Storing content in Windows Azure storage
  • Accessing Windows Azure storage
  • Creating shared access signatures for blobs

Module 12: Monitoring and diagnostics

  • Performing diagnostics using tracing
  • Configuring service diagnostics
  • Monitoring IIS
  • Monitoring services using Windows Azure diagnostics
  • Debugging using IntelliTrace
  • Collecting Windows Azure metrics
    Lab: Monitoring and Diagnostics
  • Configuring WCF tracing and message logging
  • Configuring Windows Azure diagnostics

Module 13: Identity management and access control

  • Claim-based identity concepts
  • Access Control Service
  • Configuring services to use federated identities
  • Handling federated identities in the client side
    Lab: Identity management and access control
  • Configure Windows Azure ACS
  • Integrate ACS with the ASP.NET Web API
  • Examine the authentication procedure in the client application

Module 14: Scaling Services

  • Introduction to scalability
  • Load balancing
  • Scaling on-premises services with distributed cache
  • Windows Azure caching
  • Caveats of scaling services
  • Scaling globally
    Lab: Scalability
  • Use Windows Azure Caching
  • Support federated security in a scaled environment

MCSD: Web Application

MCSD: Web Application

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Get recognized for your expertise in creating and deploying modern web applications and services.

Earning an MCSD: Web Applications certification will qualify you for a position as a web developer or web administrator.


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Developing ASP.NET MVC 4 Web Applications



Developing Windows Azure and Web Services



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