Microsoft Azure provides a wide range of cloud services that you can use to build real-world applications. When you are just starting out with Azure, it’s a good idea to take on capstone projects that allow you to gain hands-on experience with the platform. This will help reinforce your learning and prepare you to work on more advanced Azure projects.
Some good capstone project ideas for Azure beginners include:
Create a basic web application – This is a common first project that introduces key Azure services like Azure App Service, Azure SQL Database, Azure Blob Storage, etc. You’ll deploy a simple website that interacts with a database and stores files. Microsoft has tutorials for building websites using ASP.NET, PHP, Node.js, etc.
Build a cloud-hosted REST API – APIs are the foundation of modern applications. You can develop a RESTful web API using Azure Functions, ASP.NET Web API, or another framework and deploy it to App Service. Include features like authentication, data access with Cosmos DB, etc.
Develop a serverless mobile backend – Use Azure Functions and other serverless compute services like Logic Apps as a backend for a simple mobile app. Consume APIs, store data in storage accounts or Cosmos DB, send push notifications with Notification Hubs, etc.
Implement cloud infrastructure automation – Learn to deploy and manage your Azure resources using infrastructure as code tools like Azure Resource Manager templates, Terraform, or Bicep. Automatically deploy virtual machines, web apps, databases and other services.
Build an image or file processing pipeline – Use Azure services like Blob Storage, Data Factory, Functions and Cognitive Services to implement a file upload workflow that processes images/files, extracts metadata, applies AI/ML models, and more.
Create an IoT solution – Build a basic IoT prototype that collects sensor data from simulated or real devices into IoT Hub, analyzes it using Stream Analytics, and visualizes metrics with Power BI.
Configure a highly available web application – Implement load balancing, auto-scaling, failover, and other high availability features for a web app using Azure App Service, Traffic Manager, and monitor it with Azure Monitor.
Here are some detailed tutorials and courses to help you successfully complete Azure capstone projects:
Microsoft Learn Modules – Microsoft’s official self-paced learning platform has excellent beginner modules on topics like “Build your first Azure app”, “Work with Azure Storage”, “Implement web apps on Azure”, etc.
Azure Documentation – The documentation includes dozens of step-by-step tutorials on Azure services, with detailed guidance on everything from account setup to building full solutions.
Cloud Skills Challenge – A beginner-friendly hands-on labs from Microsoft that teach core Azure skills through guided scenarios and projects. The “Azure Developer Fundamentals” pathway is very useful.
A Cloud Guru (a.k.a Linux Academy) – Paid courses from this top cloud training provider that teach Azure fundamentals and then guide learners through implementing solutions using common services.
CognoSphere Azure Tutorials – Free video tutorials that walk through building end-to-end cloud apps using Blazor, React, Python, Java and more on Azure. Great for visual learners.
Udemy – Many affordable and highly-rated project-based courses to learn Azure development, DevOps, AI/ML, serverless computing and more through guided tutorials.
edX Microsoft Azure Courses – Free courses from Microsoft on edX platform that range from introductory to advanced levels, from single services to fully-featured applications. Requires verification for certificates.
YouTube Azure Channels – YouTubers like Cloud Concepts, Kevin Williamson, Scott Hanselman, etc. provide project tutorials, code reviews and other guidance for Azure.
When taking on an Azure capstone project, be sure to thoroughly research documentation, ask questions on forums, and carefully plan each step. Break projects into small, well-defined tasks and celebrate incremental wins. Completing even simple capstone projects will accelerate your learning and give you confidence to tackle larger projects. With practice, it gets much easier to design and deploy solutions on the Azure cloud platform.