We recently announced several new instructor-led training courses focused on the Azure Services Platform and cloud computing. We already have a few scheduled for May and June and we'll be scheduling more at various locations around the world over the next several months – check out our course schedule grid for more details. All of these courses will also become part of our Pluralsight On-Demand! library by mid-year.

Azure Services Fundamentals

A new platform is emerging that promises to usher in a wave of new opportunities by dramatically changing the way companies deal with IT and the software built on it. This platform ultimately makes it easier for the little guy to take innovative ideas to market through a "pay as you go" business model, avoiding many of the upfront costs and complexities of typical IT investments. This platform is what we commonly referred to as "the cloud" today.

This intense three-day course introduces you to the new world of cloud computing and how to build on the Azure Services Platform. We'll cover Windows Azure, .NET Services, SQL Services, and Live Services and you'll learn how to start building applications using each one through a series of hands-on labs. Along the way we'll discuss cloud computing tradeoffs and help you understand the constraints and limitations imposed by the cloud computing model offered by the Azure Services Platform today. [more…]

Azure Services Workshop (1-day)

This fast-paced workshop introduces you to the new world of cloud computing and how to build on the Azure Services Platform in a single day. We'll cover Windows Azure, .NET Services, SQL Services, and Live Services. During this workshop, you'll learn about the overall platform architecture, the purpose of each service offering, and most importantly, how to begin building Azure-based applications today. [more…]

SOA and Cloud Computing Fundamentals

Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) is a set of principles and methodologies for building distributed systems. Cloud Computing is an emerging trend wherein processing power, data storage, and other resources are accessed as utilities over the Internet. This course provides an introduction to SOA and Cloud Computing for technology decision makers who want to learn what these symbiotic notions are, what they can do for their technology and business solutions, and how to successfully implement them. If you are currently employing or considering employing SOA or Cloud Computing in your solutions, this course is for you. [more…]

RESTful .NET Fundamentals

Representational State Transfer (REST) is an architectural style for building services on the tried and true architecture of the World Wide Web. REST defines a set of useful constraints that if followed lead to loosely-coupled, extensible, and scalable services callable from the widest set of service clients. You'll learn how to build services that embrace HTTP, URIs, and standard formats like XML, RSS/ATOM, and JSON. This course will quickly immerse you in RESTful thinking and teach you how to apply it using several Microsoft technologies including WCF, ASP.NET MVC, and ADO.NET Data Services. [more…]

Azure Services Fundamentals is for developers & architects who want a deep-dive into the Azure Services Platform. It covers each area of the platform in detail and provides a series of hands-on labs to cement your understanding. The Azure Services Workshop is the condensed version of the same course, making it possible to get fast-paced exposure to the Azure Services Platform in a single day.

The SOA and Cloud Computing Fundamentals course is primarily designed for architects focused on designing distributed systems using SOA architectures and cloud computing technologies. And finally, RESTful .NET Fundamentals is for developers who need to solidify their understanding of REST principles and programming techniques — a prerequisite for anyone moving towards the Azure Services Platform.