Today, Yavor Georgiev from the Azure Mobile Services team joined us to walk us through exactly how a Windows application developer would get started building a back-end service for your mobile app.
Yavor walked us through getting started with Azure in your .NET project, and showed how you can use the online quickstart, (first link below), to quickly generate a template solution that includes all the functionality you need to get started with a mobile data storage back end for your universal Windows application.
As we noted in the video, many of the most compelling mobile applications leverage online services in some way, and Azure provides the average client developer the ability to add a wide variety of online functionality in an extremely simple manner. And... there's a 'free' tier level for mobile services which means you can get started for no cost at all.
There are SO many resources online for getting started with Azure, that I don't even know where to start.
Azure .NET Developer Center(many, many quickstarts, tutorials, references, and sample apps here)
Yavor also went deeper on NET implementations with Azure Mobile, including debugging the remote process, in episode 137 of Cloud Cover, one of our two Azure focused weekly shows on Channel 9.
and, bonus, for more information about the nuts and bolts of creating your own APIs on Azure that can be leveraged to radically increase the capabilities of your apps, check out Yavor's session from Build 2014, Powerful mobile apps with Mobile Services and ASP.NET Web API.
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