Here’s a link to Apple’s own documentation. Exhaustive and dry, but absolutely vital that you put time aside to read through all this if you want to use the Apple Push Notification Service (APNs).
Windows Azure is looking like an excellent choice for hosting web data and services for mobile apps. Much work is being done by Microsoft to support the hosting of services for the iPhone and iPad (as well as Windows Phone and Android). This even includes support for hosting an Apple Push Notification Service provider. Unfortunately, I have yet to find a definitive guide for this – and it is evolving all the time. Anyways, here’s some links to the best resources I’ve been able to find on the web.
April 14, 2011
Video from Mix11: Developing iPhone and iPad Apps that Leverage Windows Azure – Simon Guest.
Demonstrates uploading an image to Blob storage, inserting a row in Azure table storage and (too briefly) using the Apple Push Notification (APN) service.
21 Apr 2011
Simon Guest. Using Apple Push Notifications from Windows Azure. This is the only page I have found, so far, where actual code is shown!
May 9th 2011
May 11 2011
Wade Wegner Video on “Getting Started with the Windows Azure Toolkit for iOS”
Jul 25 2011
Vittorio Bertocci’s Video on “Using the Windows Azure Access Control Service in iOS Applications”
Aug 31 2011
Wade Wegner “Windows Azure Toolkit for Devices“. Demo of v1.2.1 of the iOS Toolkit for Azure.
Finally, here are the links to the associated files in GitHub: