Get Introduced to The Cloud
Read my previous post for a .NET developer’s introduction to the Azure Services Platform, and the detailed steps to get up and running quickly with Azure.
Get Your SQL Azure Token
If you’ve been waiting for a SQL Azure token to test-drive Microsoft’s latest cloud-based incarnation of SQL Server, your wait will soon be over. Just this morning, Microsoft announced the release of SQL Azure CTP1, and over the next several weeks they should be sending invitation tokens to everyone that requested them (if you’ve not yet requested a SQL Azure token, go to http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/sqlserver/dataservices/default.aspx and click Register for the CTP).
Get the Azure Training Kit
Microsoft has also just released the August update to the Azure training kit that has a lot of new SQL Azure content in it. Be sure to download it here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=413E88F8-5966-4A83-B309-53B7B77EDF78.
Read the Documentation
The SQL Azure documentation, which was posted on MSDN on August 4, can be found here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee336279.aspx.