The barrier of entry has been lowered significantly and that's because of the amazing work of the Azure teams. I've attached my slide deck here. In trying to come up with some good slides, I didn't want the audience of 30 people sitting there through a bunch of slides. I wanted it to be more interactive and I wanted to really illuminate how amazingly simple the process is.
In part of the talk, I ended up doing 3 demonstrations
1. Deploying to Azure with Git (git push azure master)
- created a static html file
- added azure as a remote
- pushed to azure within seconds
2. Creating a Wordpress site with a MySQL database
- used the express node module to generate a new site
- installed all dependencies using npm install
- changed the listening port to process.env.port so that iisnode can properly manage node (redirecting traffic from IIS and spawning/killing node processes)
- showed how Azure will automatically detect package.json (and automatically pull down your dependencies)
- went over a few of the gotchas
- SSL on shared instances are going to land in the future
- custom domains only work on reserved instances but this will change in the future
Good luck and have fun,
Jaime Bueza is a software engineer in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He has developed web applications for Nintendo, Starbucks, Bacardi, Nike, Electronic Arts, Ritchie Brothers, Kiwi Collections, Cox Communications and Microsoft. When he's not developing useful software that constantly evolves with business requirements, he's writing open source software and helping developers in the Windows Azure NodeJS community.