If you are a developer who is already exploring the various service offerings on Microsoft Azure or maybe considering one of them for a project you are planning then the official Microsoft Azure blog has some recommendations for you.

These resources will help you learn more about the various services developers can take advantage of from the cloud based offerings and maybe even trigger a new idea or two.

"To be a good developer is to be a perpetual learner; it is essential for survival. The problems you solve are always changing, but the programming languages, platforms, hardware, tools and technologies you use to solve them are all moving targets. Even the foundation of the agile development processes most developers follow has the notion that you must continue to learn to be more effective. After all, if you’re not learning something new, you’re either falling behind or getting left behind."

The first place to start if you are unfamiliar with these services is the Get Started Guide for Azure Developers (Direct Download link). This 13 page PDF file will help you get up to speed on what Azure is all about including infrastructure, regions, accounts, subscriptions, billing, and project management.

The remainder of the Exercise your greatest power as a developer blog post from Nicole Herskowitz, the Senior Director of the Cloud Platform Marketing Team, is broken down with key links in these areas to either get you quick information on the service or more in depth material.

  1. Internet of Things (IoT)
  2. Functions
  3. Cognitive Services
  4. Bot Service
  5. Container Service
  6. Logic Apps
  7. DocumentDB
  8. Mobile Center
  9. Applications Insights

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