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Are you a developer?

“No.”

Well, perhaps you’re not.. but someone reading this blog is.  And they may have seen my articles about Windows Azure or the Windows Azure Appliance and may be wondering how exactly they’re going to get started building applications for it. 

“Okay.. for the sake of argument, let’s say I am a developer.  How do I get started in learning about and developing for Windows Azure?  (..you’re going to tell me anyway…)"

I’m glad you asked.  The easiest way is:

What’s really nice about the tools is that, to get started, you don’t need to buy anything.  The Web Platform Installer installs everything you’ll need for developing, testing (locally) and then packaging your Windows Azure applications: Internet Information Services (IIS), SQL Server Express, .NET Framework and even the Visual Web Developer 2010 Express Edition

Will you run your apps in the cloud?Once you’ve got the tools installed, you’ll want some samples and some labs and free training resources.  Fortunately for you, there are these great options:

And finally, to get plugged-in to the experts and be involved with the community, you should check out these community resources:

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Are you developing for Windows Azure?  Have you tried the tools?  What did you think about the training kit?  Share your thoughts in the comments.

Tomorrow in Part 25 I’m going to give you some ideas on how to manage Windows Azure.

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** Just a little developer humor.  Okay… it also proves that I was a developer a LONG TIME AGO.