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3 May 2013CPOL1 min read
This will be a lightweight site that helps the user track their weekly comics subscriptions.

This article is an entry in our Windows Azure Developer Challenge. Articles in this sub-section are not required to be full articles so care should be taken when voting. Create your free Azure Trial Account to Enter the Challenge.


This project will be a test case of the Windows Azure system for the Windows Azure Developers Challenge.


I will be developing a website that allows users to enter and track their weekly subscriptions to comics they enjoy. Along the way, I will be testing and making use of the various services that exist in the Windows Azure environment, including using a SQL backend for data storage as well as Virtual Machines for launching additional instances of any OS and/or application I may need along the way. 

Expected steps 

Challenge 1: Completed with this article and registration on Azure.

Challenge 2: A prototype website will be built. It will likely be developed in PHP. This will additionally give me the opportunity to examine what libraries Azure allows for PHP. The site will demonstrate functionality but will not be usable beyond viewing the intended design. 

Challenge 3: The website will be further developed to allow user creation and data entry for storage in the database designed for this site.

Challenge 4: Having used VMs in the desktop environment, this challenge will allow me the opportunity to try launching new VMs in an online, remote environment. I'm considering firing up VMs for development OSs, or perhaps even various OSs to test the site in multiple OS/Browser setups.

Challenge 5: The goal of this site is to be a lightweight, fast solution for mobile access (likely forgoing elements like images to reduce the load). If I have the time, I would like to examine solutions for speeding up access times for specific elements on a page to experiment with web optimization. 


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)


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