DUNS #: 07-985-4198 | Cage Code: 7F5V0 | NAICS Codes: 611310, 611420

Developing Windows Azure & Web Services

5 Days

Price: $2625

Course Schedule


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.


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


This course is intended for both novice and experienced .NET developers who have a minimum of six months programming experience, and want to learn how to develop services and deploy them to hybrid environments.


Before attending this course, students must have:

  • Basic knowledge of the Microsoft Windows operating system and its core functionality.
  • Working knowledge of database administration and maintenance.
  • Working knowledge of Transact-SQL.


Module 1: Overview of service and cloud technologies

This module provides an overview of service and cloud technologies using the Microsoft .NET Framework and the Windows Azure cloud.


• Key Components of Distributed Applications
• Data and Data Access Technologies
• Service Technologies
• Cloud Computing
• Exploring the Blue Yonder Airlines’ Travel Companion Application

Lab : Exploring the work environment

• Creating a Windows Azure SQL Database
• Creating an Entity Data model
• Managing the Entity Framework Model with an ASP.NET Web API Project
• Deploying a web application to Windows Azure

After completing this module, students will be able to:

• Describe the key components of distributed applications.
• Describe data and data access technologies.
• Explain service technologies.
• Describe the features and functionalities of cloud computing.
• Describe the architecture and working of the Blue Yonder Airlines Travel Companion application.

Module 2: Querying and Manipulating Data Using Entity Framework

This module Describes the Entity Framework data model, and how to create, read, update, and delete data.


• ADO.NET Overview
• Creating an Entity Data Model
• Querying Data
• Manipulating Data

Lab : Creating a Data Access Layer by Using Entity Framework

• Creating a Data Model
• Querying and Manipulating Data

After completing this module, students will be able to:

• Explain basic objects in ADO.NET and asynchronous operations.
• Create an Entity Framework data model.
• Query data by using Entity Framework.
• Insert, delete, and update entities by using Entity Framework.

Module 3: Creating and Consuming ASP.NET Web API Services

This module describes HTTP-based services that are developed, hosted, and consumed by using ASP.NET Web API.


• 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

• Creating an ASP.NET Web API Service
• Consuming an ASP.NET Web API Service

After completing this module, students will be able to:

• Design services by using the HTTP protocol.
• Create services by using ASP.NET Web API.
• Use the HttpRequestMessage/HttpResponseMessage classes to control HTTP messages.
• Host and consume ASP.NET Web API services.

Module 4: Extending and Securing ASP.NET Web API Services

This module describes in detail the ASP.NET Web API architecture and how you can extend and secure ASP.NET Web API services.


• The ASP.NET Web API 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

• Creating a Dependency Resolver for Repositories
• Adding a New Media Type for RSS Requests
• Adding OData Capabilities to the Flight Schedule Service
• Applying Validation Rules in the Booking Service
• Secure the communication between client and server

After completing this module, students will be able to:

• Extend the ASP.NET Web API request and response pipeline.
• Create OData services using ASP.NET Web API.
• Secure ASP.NET Web API.
• Inject dependencies into ASP.NET Web API controllers.

Module 5: Creating WCF Services

This module introduces Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and describes how to create, host, and consume a WCF service.


• 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

• Creating the WCF Booking Service
• Configuring and Hosting the WCF Service
• Consuming the WCF Service from the ASP.NET Web API Booking Service

After completing this module, students will be able to:

• Describe why and when to use WCF to create services.
• Define a service contract and implement it.
• Host and configure a WCF service.
• Consume a WCF service from a client application.

Module 6: Hosting Services

This module describes how to host web services both on-premises and in Windows Azure. It explains various components of Windows Azure Cloud Services: Web Role, Worker Role, and Windows Azure Web Sites.


• Hosting Services On-Premises
• Hosting Services in Windows Azure

Lab : Hosting Services

• Hosting the WCF Services in IIS
• Host the ASP.NET Web API Services in a Windows Azure Web Role
• Host the Flights Management Web Application in a Windows Azure Web Site

After completing this module, students will be able to:

• Host services on-premises by using Windows services and IIS
• Host services in the Windows Azure cloud environment by using Windows Azure Cloud Services and Web Sites

Module 7: Windows Azure Service Bus

This module describes web-scale messaging patterns, and the infrastructures provided by Windows Azure Service Bus.


• What Are Windows Azure Service Bus Relays?
• Windows Azure Service Bus Queues
• Windows Azure Service Bus Topics

Lab : Windows Azure Service Bus