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Web Services Developer
Build skills equivalent to Microsoft's Developing Windows Azure and Web Services program
  • Credit Hours: 5 Days

  • Format: Virtual Classroom - Instructor-led, Online

  • Professional Certificate: MCSD: Web Applications

  • Recommended for: Novice and experienced .NET developers with a minimum of six months programming experience and want to learn how to develop services and deploy them to hybrid environments.

The Web Services Developer course prepares students for employment in the Informational Technology industry. This course is conducted through a series of theory based lectures and virtual labs, where students will learn to design and develop services that access local and remote data from various data sources. Students will obtain the knowledge necessary to develop and deploy services to hybrid environments. Upon completion of this program, students will be eligible to obtain employment and will be employable by various companies within the industry, as well as the opportunity for career advancement.  

This program prepares students for employment as a Web Developer. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment change between 2010 and 2020 will grow 20% greater than the annual average.

What You'll Learn

  • Query and manipulate data with Entity Framework
  • Use ASP.NET Web API to create HTTP-based services and consume them from .NET and non-.NET clients
  • Extend ASP.NET Web API services using message handlers, model binders, action filters, and media type formatters
  • Create SOAP-based services with the Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and consume them from .NET clients
  • Apply design principles to service contracts and extend WCF services using custom runtime components and behaviors
  • Secure WCF services using transport and message security
  • Use Windows Azure Service Bus for relayed messaging and brokered messaging using queues and topics
  • Host services on-premises servers and on various Windows Azure environments, including web roles, worker roles, and web sites
  • Deploy services to both on-premise servers and Windows Azure
  • Store and access data in Windows Azure storage and configure storage access rights
  • Monitor and log services, both on-premise and in Windows Azure
  • Implement federated authentication using ACS with ASP.NET Web API services
  • Create scalable, load-balanced services

Who Needs to Attend

Novice and experienced .NET developers with a minimum of six months programming experience and want to learn how to develop services and deploy them to hybrid environments.


  • Experience with C# programming, including Lambda expressions, LINQ, and anonymous types
  • Understanding of n-tier applications
  • Experience with querying and manipulating data with ADO.NET
  • Knowledge of XML data structures

Course Outline

1. Service and Cloud Technologies

  • Key components of distributed applications
  • Data and data access technologies
  • Service technologies
  • Cloud computing
  • Exploring Blue Yonder Airlines' travel companion application

2. Querying and Manipulating Data Using Entity Framework

  • Creating an entity data model
  • Querying data
  • Manipulating data

3. Creating and Consuming ASP.NET Web API Services

  • What are HTTP services?
  • Creating an ASP.NET Web API service
  • Handling HTTP requests and responses
  • Hosting and consuming ASP.NET Web API services

4. Extending and Securing ASP.NET Web API Services

  • ASP.NET Web API request pipeline
  • ASP.NET Web API response pipeline
  • Creating OData services
  • Implementing security in ASP.NET Web API services
  • Injecting dependencies into controllers

5. Creating WCF Services

  • Advantages of creating services with WCF
  • Creating and implementing a contract
  • Configuring and hosting WCF services
  • Consuming WCF services

6. Hosting Services

  • Hosting Services On-Premise
  • Hosting Services in Windows Azure

7. Windows Azure Service Bus

  • Windows Azure Service Bus Relays
  • Windows Azure Service Bus Queues and Topics

8. Deploying Services

  • Web Deployment with Visual Studio 2012
  • Creating and Deploying Web Application Packages
  • Command-Line Tools for Web Deploy
  • Deploy Web and Service Applications to Windows Azure
  • Continuous Delivery with TFS and Git
  • Best Practices for Production Deployment

9. Windows Azure Storage

  • Introduction to Windows Azure Storage
  • Windows Azure Blot Storage, Table Storage, and Queue Storage
  • Restricting Access to Windows Azure Storage

10. Monitoring and Diagnostics

  • Performing diagnostics using tracing
  • Configuring service diagnostics
  • Monitoring services using Windows Azure diagnostics
  • Collecting Windows Azure metrics

11. Identity Management and Access Control

  • Claim-based identity concepts
  • Using the Windows Azure Access Control Service
  • Configuring services to use federated identities
  • Handling federated identities in the client side

12. Scaling Services

  • Scalability
  • Load balancing
  • Scaling on-premise services with distributed cache
  • Windows Azure caching
  • Caveats of scaling services
  • Scaling globally


Lab 1: Explore the Work Environment

  • Create a Windows Azure SQL database
  • Create an Entity Data Model
  • Manage the Entity Framework Model with an ASP.NET Web API Project
  • Deploy a web application to Windows Azure

Lab 2: Create a Data Access Layer Using Entity Framework

  • Create a data model
  • Query and manipulate data

Lab 3: Create the Travel Reservation ASP.NET Web API Service

  • Create an ASP.NET Web API service
  • Consume an ASP.NET Web API service

Lab 4: Extend Travel Companion's ASP.NET Web API Services

  • Create a dependency resolver for repositories
  • Add a new media type for RSS requests
  • Add OData capabilities to the flight schedule service
  • Apply validation rules in the booking service
  • Secure the communication between client and server

Lab 5: Create and Consume the WCF Booking Service

  • Create the WCF booking service
  • Configure and host the WCF service
  • Consume the WCF service from the ASP.NET Web API booking service

Lab 6: Hosting Services

  • Host the WCF Services in IIS
  • Host the ASP.NET Web API Services in a Windows Azure Web Role
  • Host the Flights Management Web Application in a Windows Azure Web Site

Lab 7: Windows Azure Service Bus

  • Use a Service Bus Relay for the WCF Booking Service
  • Publish Flight Updates to Clients by using Windows Azure Service Bus Queues

Lab 8: Deploying Services

  • Deploy an Updated Service to Windows Azure
  • Export and import an IIS deployment package

Lab 9: Windows Azure Storage

  • Store Content in Windows Azure Storage
  • Store Content in Windows Azure Table Storage
  • Create Shared Access Signatures for Blobs

Lab 10: Monitoring and Diagnostics

  • Configure WCF Tracing and Message Logging
  • Configure Windows Azure Diagnostics

Lab 11: Identity Management and Access Control

  • Configure Windows Azure ACS
  • Integrate ACS with the ASP.NET Web API Project
  • Deploy the Web Application to Windows Azure and Configure the Client App

Lab 12: Scalability

  • Use Windows Azure Caching

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