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20487 Developing Windows Azure and Web Services

Course Objectives

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

Course Outline

Module 1: Overview of service and cloud technologies

a. Key Components of Distributed Applications

b. Data and Data Access Technologies

c. Service Technologies

d. Cloud Computing

e. Exploring Blue Yonder Airlines’ Travel Companion Application

f. Lab : Exploring the work environment

Module 2: Querying and manipulating data using Entity Framework

a. ADO.NET overview

b. Creating an entity data model

c. Querying data

d. Manipulating data

e. Lab : Creating a data access layer using Entity Framework

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

a. What are HTTP services?

b. Creating an ASP.NET Web API service

c. Handling HTTP requests and responses

d. Hosting and consuming ASP.NET Web API services

e. Lab : Creating the travel reservation ASP.NET Web API service

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

a. The ASP.NET Web API request pipeline

b. The ASP.NET Web API response pipeline

c. Creating OData services

d. Implementing Security in ASP.NET Web API services

e. Injecting dependencies into controllers

f. Lab : Extending Travel Companion’s ASP.NET Web API services

Module 5: Creating WCF services

a. Advantages of creating services with WCF

b. Creating and implementing a contract

c. Configuring and hosting WCF services

d. Consuming WCF services

e. Lab : Creating and consuming the WCF booking service

Module 6: Designing and extending WCF services

a. Applying design principles to service contracts

b. Handling distributed transactions

c. WCF pipeline architecture

d. Extending the WCF pipeline

e. Lab : Designing and extending WCF services

Module 7: Implementing Security in WCF services

a. Transport security

b. Message security

c. Configuring service authentication and authorization

d. Lab : Securing a WCF service

Module 8: Windows Azure Service Bus

a. Windows Azure Service Bus Relays

b. Windows Azure Service Bus Queues

c. Windows Azure Service Bus Topics

d. Lab : Windows Azure Service Bus

Module 9: Hosting services

a. Hosting services on-premises

b. Hosting services in Windows Azure

c. Lab : Hosting Services

Module 10: Deploying Services

a. Creating and deploying Web Application packages

b. Command-line tools for web deployment packages

c. Deploying to Windows Azure

d. Continuous delivery with TFS and GIT

e. Best practices for production deployment

f. Lab : Deploying services

Module 11: Windows Azure Storage

a. Introduction to Windows Azure storage

b. Windows Azure Blob Storage

c. Windows Azure Table Storage

d. Windows Azure Queue Storage

e. Restricting access to Windows Azure Storage

f. Lab : Windows Azure Storage

Module 12: Monitoring and diagnostics

a. Performing diagnostics using tracing

b. Configuring service diagnostics

c. Monitoring IIS

d. Monitoring services using Windows Azure diagnostics

e. Debugging using IntelliTrace

f. Collecting Windows Azure metrics

g. Lab : Monitoring and Diagnostics

Module 13: Identity management and access control

a. Claim-based identity concepts

b. Access Control Service

c. Configuring services to use federated identities

d. Handling federated identities in the client side

e. Lab : Identity management and access control

Module 14: Scaling Services

a. Introduction to scalability

b. Load balancing

c. Scaling on-premises services with distributed cache

d. Windows Azure caching

e. Caveats of scaling services

f. Scaling globally

g. Lab : Scalability