Application Frameworks Now Part of the Windows Azure Web Sites Gallery

A recent addition to the Windows Azure Web Sites Gallery has me very excited, support for installing Web Application Frameworks. Installing a Web Application Framework from the Windows Azure Web Sites Gallery provides the benefit of speed and simplicity during setup by means of implicit configuration for Windows Azure Web Sites.

Let’s take a look at how we can set up Django, a Web Framework for Python applications, using the Windows Azure Management Portal.

Setting up Django on Windows Azure Web Sites

This article makes the assumption that you already have a Windows Azure Subscription. If this is not the case sign up for the 90 day free trial of Windows Azure.

  1. Log into the Windows Azure Management Portal.
  2. Click on the + New button
    drawer-waws-new
  3. Select Compute > Web Site > From Gallery
    drawer-waws-fromgallery
  4. Select App Frameworks
    gallery-appframeworks
  5. Click Next
    gallery-appframeworks-django
  6. Click Complete
    waws-django
  7. Click Browse
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  8. Start Building!

    Did you know there are Python Tools for Visual Studio?

    waws-django-works

Why is this useful?

Having these packages installable from the Windows Azure Web Site Gallery ensures that you’re receiving a great experience when using the Application Framework of your choice. Once the site is configured, simply download the files using FTP to begin development, or upload your application specific files from your local installation of the same framework.

Released: Windows Azure Training Kit – April 2013

Scott Guthrie announced the General Availability of Windows Azure IaaS features which includes both Windows Azure Virtual Machines and Windows Azure Virtual Network. This was paired nicely by a post by Bill Hilf highlighting some customer experiences using Windows Azure Infrastructure Services.

It is my pleasure to announce the April 2013 release of the Windows Azure Training Kit.

Windows Azure Training Kit Home

In this release

There have been a number of improvements in this release alongside the refresh to the Infrastructure Services content including:

  • New Presentation: Windows Azure Mobile Services and Android
  • New Lab: Windows Azure Mobile Services and Android
  • New Lab: Windows Azure Mobile Services and Windows Phone
  • New Presentation: Introduction to Windows Azure HDInsight Service
  • New Lab: Introduction to Windows Azure HDInsight
  • Updated ITPro Content + Agenda
  • Updated Presentations for new feature support Windows Azure Overview, Windows Azure Web Sites, Windows Azure Virtual Machines & Windows Azure Mobile Services.

Release Notes