Creating Windows Azure Services

Posted: November 2, 2008  |  Categories: Microsoft Azure Uncategorized

This can be done with October CTP of Windows Azure. You will be needing to install IIS 7.0 and Azure SDK first. Everything in this blog post can be done today as long as you have access to Azure Platform. I will go through developing a service, testing and debugging it locally, deploy it in the cloud and look at analytics. For creating a service you need Visual Studio, .NET, IIS 7 and WCF. When creating one has a ‘cloud on desktop’, which simulates cloud offline. I will use Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition that is installed on my Vista Laptop. To summarize to create Azure Service you need the following system requirements:

  • Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista SP1
  • SQL Server Express 2005 (or above)
  • Visual Studio 2008 SP1 Standard Edition (or above) or Visual Web Developer 2008 Express SP1

On top of that you will need to register to gain access and use possibilities of Azure Services Platform. I start my Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition and create a cloud service (see picture below).

01) MyFirstWebCloudService

I then edit the default.aspx file and hit F5.

<%@ Page Language="C#" AutoEventWireup="true" CodeBehind="Default.aspx.cs" Inherits="MyFirstWebCloudService_WebRole._Default" %>

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "">

<html xmlns="" >
<head runat="server">
    <title>Untitled Page</title>
    <form id="form1" runat="server">
        Get quote !

I get a message from OS like below:


I click yes and a pop-up window shows up with following information:


I finally got this message:


I clicked yes and then I got following result:


Ok this works fine so far. What I just did was something like Hello World example.Now I am going to add a we reference to a existing StockQuote Web Service. I added a button and label on the default.aspx page in design mode and clicked it to implement some code.  Code behind default.aspx looks like this.

using System;
using System.Collections;
using System.Configuration;
using System.Data;
using System.Linq;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.Security;
using System.Web.UI;
using System.Web.UI.HtmlControls;
using System.Web.UI.WebControls;
using System.Web.UI.WebControls.WebParts;
using System.Xml.Linq;
using Microsoft.ServiceHosting.ServiceRuntime;

namespace MyFirstWebCloudService_WebRole
    public partial class _Default : System.Web.UI.Page
        protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)


        protected void Button1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
   quote = new StockQuote();
            Label1.Text = quote.GetQuote("MSF");

When I hit F5 and click button I get stock quote from Microsoft.



I now am going to change this a little bit by adding a textbox and changing one line of code:

Label1.Text = quote.GetQuote(TextBox1.Text);

Again I am going to hit F5 and test it.


It works. There is something like development fabric UI where you can see what is running on your own (local cloud). Everything you run locally is on multiple processes on your OS, in cloud it will be on multiple servers.


To deploy your service to the cloud you need to do a couple of things. Sign in into Azure Services Developer Portal.

Azure Services Developer Portal

Create a project through and fill in details like project name and description.


Then in next screen fill in service name.


Finally you will end up in this screen in everything goes well.


I click deploy and load up service configuration and package. Through publish of project I got a directory publish, where my service configuration and package resides.


I hit deploy and get following screen:


Hit run and it updates:


Hit promote and window pops up:


Click OK and it is in production.


I finally wait until WebRole changes from Initializing to started. I then clicked WebSite URL and tested the cloud service.


See I now have my first service running in the cloud. Through my Azure Services Developer Portal I went to Statistics to have a look.


It did not show me much data yet, so I have to look later. That is it. I have my first service running. To get into more detail of creating and deploying Azure Services look at the following resources:

Have fun trying it out.


Author: Steef-Jan Wiggers

Steef-Jan Wiggers is all in on Microsoft Azure, Integration, and Data Science. He has over 15 years’ experience in a wide variety of scenarios such as custom .NET solution development, overseeing large enterprise integrations, building web services, managing projects, designing web services, experimenting with data, SQL Server database administration, and consulting. Steef-Jan loves challenges in the Microsoft playing field combining it with his domain knowledge in energy, utility, banking, insurance, healthcare, agriculture, (local) government, bio-sciences, retail, travel, and logistics. He is very active in the community as a blogger, TechNet Wiki author, book author, and global public speaker. For these efforts, Microsoft has recognized him a Microsoft MVP for the past 8 years.


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