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Microsoft Silverlight 5 and Windows Azure Enterprise Integration

By : David Burela
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Microsoft Silverlight 5 and Windows Azure Enterprise Integration

By: David Burela

Overview of this book

Microsoft Silverlight is a powerful development platform for creating rich media applications and line of business applications for the web and desktop. Microsoft Windows Azure is a cloud services operating system that serves as the development, service hosting, and service management environment for the Windows Azure platform. Silverlight allows you to integrate with Windows Azure and create and run Silverlight Enterprise Applications on Windows Azure This book shows you how to create and run Silverlight Enterprise Applications on Windows Azure. Integrating Silverlight and Windows Azure can be difficult without guidance. This book will take you through all the steps to create and run Silverlight Enterprise Applications on the Windows Azure platform. The book starts by providing the steps required to set up the development environment, providing an overview of Azure. The book then dives deep into topics such as hosting Silverlight applications in Azure, using Azure Queues in Silverlight, storing data in Azure table storage from Silverlight, accessing Azure blob storage from Silverlight, relational data with SQL Azure and RIA, and manipulating data with RIA services amongst others.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Microsoft Silverlight 5 and Windows Azure Enterprise Integration
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Creating a Windows Azure account

Signing up for a Windows Azure account is a relatively easy process. Go to and click on Sign up to begin the sign up process.

Windows Azure is a consumption-based hosting service that requires you to pay for the resources that you consume. Microsoft charges for the usage of each distinct service that they offer, based on the consumption of that individual resource or service, for example, CPU hours, Internet bandwidth, storage, AppFabric, or SQL Azure. The various components of Windows Azure will be explored further in Chapter 2,Introduction to Windows Azure.

Microsoft has many promotional offers that give you a certain amount of resources free each month to assist with the adoption and development of your Azure application. If you have any sort of agreement or subscription with Microsoft (such as a MSDN, BizSpark, DreamSpark subscription, or are part of the Microsoft Partner Network), it may be worth checking whether you are eligible for any free trials.

You will be shown a number of different account types. They all differ by cost and what base resources you will get each month. Anything exceeding those quotas will be charged, based on consumption.

Once an account has been created and billing has been sorted out, then you are past the difficult stage and can move onto deploying an application onto your new service.


Watch your consumption carefully during development

During development, it is easy to deploy your application onto the servers to see it running in the cloud. It is also easy to forget that you deployed your application and had it configured for a high number of computer instances. If you go over your monthly allocation of the free usage, Microsoft will charge you. This has happened to me on more than one occasion, and finding the bill on your credit card is never a good feeling. Set a calendar reminder for Friday afternoons to check that your deployments have been pulled down, before you go home for the weekend, to avoid this.