Running a Cloud Application

You can run and debug your cloud-bound application from your client machine. That is, you are not required to deploy it into the cloud in order to run it at development time. This experience is very similar to debugging any local project. The primary difference is that the cloud is simulated locally. An application called the development fabric runs on your machine to host your application. The development fabric executes your application as if it were running on the Azure cloud. You can actually view and control this fabric by clicking on its icon in the task bar. Figure 1.21 shows a website running in the development fabric.

Figure 1.21 An application running locally inside the cloud development fabric.

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