Microsoft Azure for .NET Developers
Your Step by Step Hands-On Training to Learn Microsoft Azure (It is a LIVE training!)
Salam, I'm Mohammed Osman. I teach .NET Developers like you how to accelerate their journey to Microsoft Azure. I run the Smarter Code blog and create online courses. I am also a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT).
Do you want to multiply your income and employability?
Well, let us face it. We are in the skills age. We are no longer assessed by how many kilos we can carry or how many trees we can cut. We are evaluated by how much VALUE we can generate for our employers and clients.
Can you help your employer save costs on infrastructure? You deserve a raise.
Can you help your client automate processes faster and more accurately? You deserve a higher price tag.
And that is why many organizations are moving to the cloud. They want to save costs on infrastructure. They want to automate manual deployments. They want to test innovative services quickly and cheaply. THERE IS A TANGIBLE value of using the cloud.
Therefore, many companies are HUNGRY for cloud professionals who can help their businesses grow to the next level using technology. Just check the following LinkedIn search result.
More than 310,000 Jobs on LinkedIn ONLY when searching for "Azure," so if you decide to learn Microsoft Azure, you are on a BIG thing.
That massive demand on Microsoft Azure translates directly to the salary prospects of cloud professionals. At the end of the day, it is the law of supply and demand, right? Here is a sample salary statistics from Nigel Frank (the well-known recruitment agency).
Even if you do not want to grow your career as a developer in cloud computing, there are a few things you should be careful about. Let me explain them.
3 Risks to Mind as a Software Developer
There has been an aggressive growth in Low-Code No-Code tools in the last three years. If you are not familiar with Low-Code No-Code, these tools enable non-techy people to quickly create business applications without developers.
Will these tool replaces developers entirely? Of course NOT! However, they'll cut a significant market share of the traditional CRUD-style jobs.
Ampleness of Programming Institutions
Code Institute, Hacker Reactor, and Simplilearn are examples of programming boot camps that graduate thousands of developers every year through accelerated career paths.
Let's be honest with ourselves, programming is NOT medicine or law. THERE IS NO NEED to attend expensive and time-consuming schools. These institutes are doing the right thing. They accelerate learners' journey towards programming.
You must understand that the law of supply and demand will kick in the future as these institutes flood the market with graduates who know the latest tech stacks. This will make it harder for more senior developers to differentiate and compete.
Significant Growth of AI Capabilities
There has been a significant growth in the IDEs tool to help developers write code faster and easier in recent years. One example is GitHub Co-pilot that is powered by OpenAI. GitHub Copilot can automatically write code for you by understanding the code context or code suggestions. Just look at the picture below to understand what I mean.
Can you see to what extent programming is becoming more accessible? Of course, I cannot (yet) claim that this technology will replace developers, but we all know how the very first computer started as a primitive machine that size a room, and now it is just a nail-sized chip. Technology moves very, VERY fast!
Therefore, you need to differentiate your skills as a developer to the next level.
Or, What If You Want To Switch Your Career?
Many of us are looking forward to our new dream roles and opportunities. Whether you are a developer looking to assume a more advanced role as a solution architect, a system admin, customer support specialist who wants to move to a new career step. Azure is your way forward!
Azure Cloud is not only about infrastructure resources. Azure covers compute, storage, machine learning, data science, networking, infrastructure, active directory, and many other resources types.
i.e., regardless of your current IT role, there is a way for you to upgrade your career and skills to Microsoft Azure.
And for DEVELOPERS specifically, by learning Azure, you open the doors to a wide range of high-paying roles such as:
Azure Cloud Developer: Where you'll develop Azure services to deploy, monitor, and debug different application components such as Azure App Service Plans and Application Insights
Azure DevOps Expert: Where you'll develop DevOps processes using Azure and Azure DevOps to deliver continuous value to the business using automation
Azure Solution Architect: Where you'll design and architect Azure solutions for security, scalability, and performance
You are NOT a Senior Developer Until You Can Handle the End to End Life Cycle of Your Application
As software developers, we are pretty used to analyzing the requirements we get, converting them into code, testing them, deploying them locally, and debugging them. But what if you want to deploy your application for production usage? How can you monitor your live application and collect usage information? How to properly secure it and prevent unauthorized traffic?
Your response will vary depending on your situation …
If you work for a corporate … You’ll say, meh, I do not care. It is someone else doing that (and most probably it is the operations teams)
If you work for a small company … well, I manage to deploy it to a local IIS, and whenever issues arise, the customer calls you and yelling “What the hell is going with your system.” You’ll remote to the virtual machine hosting your application and try to figure your way out. It is a very REACTIVE approach.
What is the problem with this approach?
Your software development process is scattered since the responsibilities are spread across multiple teams
You are very limited on what infrastructure you can use. You’ll need to request a new server whenever you want to test something new that requires hosting
You do not have live monitoring. i.e., you CANNOT detect the issues before the client reports them to you
And most importantly, you won’t be CONFIDENT that you can handle a software project end to end. From concept to a fully working live production project since performing deployments and monitoring is a non-trivial issue for you.
But, Aren't There Many Azure Courses On The Internet? Can't I Just Pick Anyone And Jump to Learn Azure?
That is the MILLION dollar question! I'll share with you three challenges I met during my Azure learning Journey
Many Courses Lack Hands-On
I'll be direct and transparent with you. IT is all about hands-on. Of course, you need theory here and there to get a conceptual understanding of what you are doing, but it ALL boils down to getting your hands dirty. If you are attending a course like a movie, I'm sorry you are missing ALOT!
Tell me, and I'll forget. Teach me, and I remember. Involve me, and I learn.
During my Azure learning journey, I've through multiple courses where the instructor shows diagrams after diagrams, animations after animations about all cloud computing concepts. Private Cloud, Public Cloud, and Hybrid Cloud. IaaS, PaaS, SaaS and so on. But, at the end of the course, I felt empty! I've got nothing concrete out of it. I have information, but NOT the hands-on skill (which is what I should be paid for!)
Well, to be fair, there have been multiple courses where I got hands-on learning. However, they were either overly simplified or did not reflect real-world problems where complex application architectures are deployed.
To grasp Microsoft Azure, it is not enough to understand each resource separately. You have to know to build a complex solution from those resources.
Even if a course provides a hands-on example. There is a "recency" challenge. Microsoft Azure SDKs and Azure Portal get changed frequently, making a course to quickly to become outdated. And hence, difficult to follow and repeat.
Many Courses Are Disorganized
Whenever you learn something, you want complex concepts and abstractions to be explained easily. Personally, I do not like the odd feeling when someone is explaining something over my head, and I have no idea what they are talking about. And frankly, at that moment, I do not know. Is it me who is NOT understanding this? Am I missing something essential before studying it? Or is it my instructor messing this up!
It happens in many walks of life. It is a disappointing and confusing feeling!
Unfortunately, that is the case with many courses about Microsoft Azure on the internet. You'll find a course where someone directly jumps to create Azure resources without even explaining how to create your Azure account, or someone explaining an Azure architectural diagram while you do not know basic concepts such as resource and resource groups.
There is NO Learners Community
Let me be honest with you: If I told you that you can master Microsoft Azure in a couple of classes and assignments, I'd be lying to you.
Microsoft Azure is a MASSIVE platform. It covers unlimited technology aspects, including Machine Learning, Architecture, Blockchain, Finance, Infrastructure, etc.
However, that journey can sometimes be long, complicated, or occasionally dull.
To face that, you need a company and community. In a community, you can learn, ask questions, share job opportunities, post resources, and ask the instructor.
But unfortunately, very very few courses provide such support
If you want to go fast, go alone; If you want to go far, go together.
How about learning Microsoft Azure Through Real-world, Hands-on, and Collaborative Environment?
As I told you earlier. I have many reservations about how Microsoft Azure is being taught in the general market. I wanted an approach where teaching is practical, specific, realistic, and, most importantly, collaborative.
Through practical training, you can translate your theoretical knowledge to a skill knowledge that employers desire to pay for generously.
It should also be specific and to the point. You do not want to attend a "knowledge download" course where the instructor recites MSDN documentation to you.
Do you remember how boring it is when your teacher goes through a bullet list of sentences citing them in school years?
There is no problem with the ampleness of information on the internet. There is a lack of practical, specific, and valuable information.
And This Is How I Decided to Address This Gap ...
The Laser-Focused Microsoft Azure Training
In this instructor-led training, you will grow your career to the next step. I'll be taking you through a step-by-step journey to learn about Microsoft Azure in a practical to the point manner. Hands-On, no fluff.
Here is what you can expect during the training.
- 1Hands-on Instructor-Led Training: You'll join live classes where you will learn by both -seeing and doing- you'll be able to interact with the instructor and other students. This approach will make learning faster and retain the knowledge longer.
- 2Real-Life uses cases on the most critical Azure services: You'll learn the most important Azure services and concepts for you as a developer through real-life examples. By doing so, you'll be able to directly translate your training into production projects.
- 3Smarter Code learners community: After you finish your training, you'll join our learners' community, where students and instructors interact and learn. This platform will be an excellent support point for your Azure learning for a lifetime.
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Join this course now to start your journey towards Microsoft Azure mastery!
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What Businesses Say About Microsoft Azure?
Cost saving compared to other cloud providers
“Save up to 54% vs. on-premises and up to 30% vs. AWS by migrating your ASP.NET applications to Azure. "
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Wide adoption at Enterprises
“Microsoft Azure was getting more usage than all other clouds at big companies whose executives responded to a Goldman Sachs survey"
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About the Trainer
Mohammed Osman is a senior software engineer who started coding at the age of 13. Mohammed worked in various industries, including telecommunication, accounting, banking, health, and assurance. Mohammed's core skillset is in Microsoft ecosystem with a strong focus on C#, Azure, and Data Science. Mohammed also enjoys the soft-side of software engineering and leads scrum teams. Mohammed runs a blog with the message "Making your code smart and your career smarter." He shares tips and techniques to improve your code and valuable career pieces of advice in his blog.”
What Skills You'll Get Out Of This Course?
On this day, you'll learn about cloud computing and how it is done in the context of Microsoft Azure. You'll also learn about different Azure services at a high level.
After that, you'll understand the hierarchy of Azure resources, how Azure achieves redundancy through the concepts of regions and zones.
Then, I'll take you through a tour of Azure Portal to understand its different components. And from there, you'll be in an excellent place to understand Azure Resource Manager, the central element for Microsoft Azure to create resources.
Finally, you'll conclude the day with hands-on exercise to get your hands dirty.
On this day, you start diving deeper into key Azure services for developers. You'll begin by installing and configuring your Visual Studio for Azure workloads.
Next, you'll learn about Azure App Service Plans, Azure App Services, and Azure Functions, the key compute resources in Azure you can use to host your applications and APIs.
Then, you'll continue to learn about Application Insights, a valuable Azure service to monitor your applications in the cloud.
Afterward, you finish the day by learning about Azure Key Vault and Azure App Config, the Azure services that will help you get rid of hardcoded configurations and secrets in JSON files.
Finally, you'll conclude the day with hands-on exercise to get your hands dirty.
On this day, you'll learn about a few power Azure services. The first one is Azure SQL, your SQL Server in the cloud! You'll use this service to store and retrieve your data.
Next, You learn about Azure Storage Accounts, a vital service to help you store your files, images, and binaries redundantly in the cloud.
You'll finish the day with the service I love the most. Azure Logic Apps. Azure Logic Apps enables you to run orchestrated automations in the cloud, for example, listen for a file upload in FTP Server to send an SMS to a user.
Finally, you'll conclude the day with hands-on exercise to get your hands dirty.
On this day, you'll start working with Azure like a pro! You'll design and build an Azure Solution.
You'll start by understanding the requirements of the Azure solution you'll build, and you'll estimate the actual monthly cost of that solution.
Then, you'll start building that solution piece by piece, service by service, deploy it, debug it and test it!
Let's face it! Now the solution is complete without security. On this day, you'll learn about how to secure the Azure solution you designed on Day 4.
Firstly, you'll start by understanding the Azure security model for resources and granting the right access level to each team member.
Then, you'll learn about how to secure your Azure solution using virtual networks and network security groups.
Finally, you'll learn how to add an extra protection layer to your solution by using Azure Application Gate, a firewall-similar service that enables you to filter out suspicious requests.
On this day, you'll take your solution to a totally different level!
You'll start by learning about Infrastructure as a Code (IaaC), a DevOps practice that enables you to express your whole Infrastructure as a Code (IaaC)! Yes, a source code that you can check in to your source control. You'll learn about different tools to implement IaaC and choose Terraform to specifically work with that.
Next, you'll learn about Terraform basics and use it to express your Infrastructure as a Code (IaaC).
Finally, you'll learn about Microsoft DevOps Solution, Azure DevOps, and you'll use them to create your Azure Infrastructure using Terraform infrastructure you created!
Why Do Not You Focus On Theory?
As a technology practitioner since I was 13 years old, I know how important it is to learn by doing. This course is NOT about Azure on a high level or some theoretical fluff. This course is about ACTION. I want you to grow and build confidence in working with Microsoft Azure highly practically.
You'll learn just enough level of theory you need to become productive to develop, debug, deploy and monitor your Azure solution. You want to generate value and earn a skill at the end of the day, right?
Why This Training Is NOT 50+ Hours Like Many Others?
Personally, I am not a believer in "knowledge download" style training. Teaching IS NOT about cramming the whole documentation to students in a course. You can find that in Microsoft MSDN.
My training style is particular and priorities-focused. I want to make sure to save both your time and attention by giving you what you'll need for your work and, potentially, interviews.
Why Microsoft Azure and Not AWS?
Of course, I have no reservations on AWS! (Actually, you should question my credibility if I do!)
However, if you are a .NET Developer, there is a significant advantage in learning Microsoft Azure over AWS. The SDKs, tooling, documentation, and integrations are better between Microsoft Azure and the .NET framework.
That being said, Microsoft had changed very significantly since 2016 (when .NET Core 1.0 was introduced) and became very friendly with other programming languages such as Java, Python, and Go.
What if I am NOT a .NET Developer?
The primary target audience of this training is .NET Developers since the code samples and demos will be in .NET (C#).
However, the course is NOT about programming since our primary focus is Microsoft Azure.
So, even if you are a programmer from a different programming language background, there is A LOT for you to learn!
Why This Training and Not Others?
What You'll Get by Joining This Course?
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You are fully protected by our 100% Satisfaction-Guarantee. If you feel that you have not learned enough or what you expected, I am happy to assign you to the next training batch.
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I cannot attend all classes?
All classes will be recorded and available for you for a lifetime.
I do not have an Azure subscription. Can I still join the course?
No worries. We will teach you how to activate your free Azure trial if you have a credit card. Otherwise, you can request access to the Azure environment for a small fee.
Will you share the learning material?
Yes! All presentations, code samples, and repositories will be shared with students.
What if I need help and support after the course?
That is why we have the Smarter Code cloud community! You'll join a community of learners to share your challenges and problems and solve them with the learners and the instructor.
Isn't Azure is only for Windows?
No! Microsoft Azure is a cloud technology that runs any platform. In fact, more than 50% of the workloads that run in Azure are Linux based!
Can I apply for jobs that require Microsoft Azure skills after taking the course?
Yes! You’ll learn the most essential Azure services during the course, and you’ll prove your knowledge via a Capstone project. You can use that project as a showcase for your CV.
P.S.: We will be increasing the prices in the future as the demand for the course and technology grows. Act NOW!
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