I had a similiar experience. I registered for the trial, set up all the stuff and few days later I was at 90% of the limit in the number of transactions. Thing is, I only did one thing: upload a .txt file to a blob and that's it. Never used the storage from code or from anywhere else for that matter. Luckily because of this I could just delete the whole storage before any charge would apply. Still, something at MS is definetely not working as it should be.
If you have an MSDN account (Premium or Ultimate) Azure is free (with certain restrictions like CPU size). You do still need to insert credit card details but you won't get charged unless you exceed your limits.
If this isn't an option I seem to remember there be some dev utility that simulates the cloud locally on your workstation. I can't remember the name but it does sound familiar I'm sure a quick google would get you the name.
Yes, EC2 does support .NET, but not on the free tier. The cost can be very low if you only run the server for occasional tests, but is similar to a conventional hosted VM if you need it running all the time.
If you are developing it for your purpose then better test it on your Emulator.
It has no more difference than local and server hosting.
It is very good for developer testing. It works same on Azure even.
If you are developing it for your client better ask him an account.
Let me introduce my self here, i am new to this cloud community. I am thinking to developing a small Application in cloud, which is related to Bookmarks and it is completely Freeware, can some one please let me know, where i have to start and what Libraries i have to use in C#.Net and how to get the free space in Cloud..
Being a Freelancer, just want to give some utilities as freeware as my passion. Please some one help me with the following
1. How to get free cloud space
2. Libraries for the same in C#
3. Get started with some samples and implement them with visual studio...
I have been developing desktop applications in C# for two years. But, after I read some about cloud computing, I was very interested in pursuing my career so that I can develop apps on the cloud. Currently I am studying my Masters in Computer Science. I have also done two web apps(one in PHP and the other in JSF).. I don't have that much experience in web development.
Do you think it is possible for me to get a job so that I can develop on the cloud without having an experience in web development? Or do you recommend me to develop we apps(get a job in web development) for 2-3 years and then start working on the cloud? Please give me your personal opinion.
Or do you recommend me to develop we apps(get a job in web development) for 2-3 years and then start working on the cloud?
That's essentially the same thing... web apps are working on the cloud (unless its a download/ run locally type of thing).
I'd recommend you get as much experience in whatever it is you want to do before trying to find a job in that field. Most people will not want to hire someone with absolutely no experience. If you need some suggestions for projects, maybe look to the open source community and try to help where you can.
I don't really think that you need experience in web application to start working in cloud. Your 2 years experience in windows application can give you a real kick start. All you have to do is get some personal trainings and hands on experience in cloud computing.
To be honest, I dont think that is true because, I have learned web application 3 months before and now I am starting to develop apps on the cloud and if I haven't had a web knowledge, it will be very difficult to work on cloud computing. You need to have at least the basics.