Preparation guide: (70-583) designing and developing windows azure applications

Thursday, November 11, 2010


This is my preparation guide to the Windows Azure exam 70-583. It was right for me, but it might be too little (or too much) for you, dear reader. With my current experience I felt that this was enough for me (I’ve been experimenting with the Windows Azure platform since the CTP, back in 2008); For more information about the exam, take a loot at Microsoft’s overview.


I recommend pluralsight’s on-demand course called "Windows Azure Fundamentals".
As a MSDN subscriber you can get free access to this course and many others for 1 month.


I have read 2 books about Windows Azure so far:
Both are worth reading, but if you have to choose, Azure in Action is the one: It’s a concise introduction to the platform from a developer perspective.


In addition to the books, the following articles are a must:
For even more reading, take a look at J.D Meier's Guidance Map, it’s a giant index of Windows Azure content collections for developers. (Code Samples, How to, Videos, Training etc.…).

Learning by doing

I cannot emphasis enough the importance of experiencing the platform by yourself. You’re a MSDN subscriber so create a Windows Azure Platform MSDN Premium Account (and yes you'll need to assign a valid credit card, but you won't be charged unless you overrun your quota). Now go ahead, download Windows Azure Platform Training Kit and start programming.

Good luck!

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