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Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2010 Unleashed by Lars Powers, Mike Snell

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Setting Up Your Development Environment

For the most part, you can create applications for the cloud as you would normally. This holds especially true for Web-related applications such as Silverlight, ASP.NET, WCF, and the like. Azure also allows for hosting more traditional applications using virtualized instances. However, our focus is developing and deploying to this new cloud and that means connected, hosted solutions.

The biggest change for your applications is that they are hosted via the AppFabric in a load-balanced scenario. You also have access to new data storage mechanisms, which can make it challenging to test your applications locally before moving to the cloud. Thankfully, the Azure SDK includes a local version of the AppFabric ...

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