So I finally decided to take the plunge and start learning about hosting in the cloud. In the four years that I was out of the programming game, this has to be one of the areas that has seen the most rapid change and development. What was just starting to take off back in 2010 has now become a virtual necessity for most programmers, and is one of the most important things for me to catch up on. Seeing as most of my recent experience was in a .NET environment, I decided to get my feet wet with Azure.
It’s been quite a while since I’ve done any real web development, so it took me a few days to get up to speed with ASP.NET MVC 5, EF 6, and Azure, but after a weekend of tutorials and experimentation, I was up and running. The screenshot below is what I managed to create – a simple recipe website my mom has been wanting for years. Sadly, it’s far from finished, and is more of a quick demo to get me familiar with Azure. I doubt it will see true completion any time in the near future. Sorry mom!
I plan on leaving the site up indefinitely, or until Microsoft decides I can no longer host it for free. The code can be found here, on my bitbucket account. To wrap up this post, I’d like to give you a few of my first impressions of Azure, mostly pertaining to simple website development.