Programming Windows Azure
Programming the Microsoft Cloud
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: May 2010
Pages: 370

Learn the nuts and bolts of cloud computing with Windows Azure, Microsoft's new Internet services platform. Written by a key member of the product development team, this book shows you how to build, deploy, host, and manage applications using Windows Azure's programming model and essential storage services.

Chapters in Programming Windows Azure are organized to reflect the platform's buffet of services. The book's first half focuses on how to write and host application code on Windows Azure, while the second half explains all of the options you have for storing and accessing data on the platform with high scalability and reliability. Lots of code samples and screenshots are available to help you along the way.

  • Learn how to build applications using the Windows Azure toolset
  • Discover how Windows Azure works under the hood, and learn the how and the why behind several features
  • Choose to write application code in .NET or other languages such as C/C++, PHP, or Ruby
  • Understand the various options for managing your service
  • Get up to speed on Azure's storage services, including blobs, queues, and tables
  • Build a secure backup system, and learn about cloud application security, cryptography, and performance
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4.0

Good overview

By Jeroen

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Pros

  • Easy to understand

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Intermediate

    Comments about O'Reilly Media Programming Windows Azure:

    At the design stage of a new application, we wanted to keep the cloud hosting option open. This book gave us a good overview on what Azure offers, and what design choices we need to make to keep our options open. If some day we do make the leap of faith into Azure, we probably need more information, but this book was a good start.

     
    4.0

    Good conceptual introduction

    By Oliver Bock

    from Sydney, NSW

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    Comments about O'Reilly Media Programming Windows Azure:

    An excellent place to start if you know your way around C# but have not used cloud services before. Useful C# code snippets.

    Somewhat dated (no AppFabric, no Azure Connect, screenshots from old admin interface), and little information on Azure diagnostics.

     
    4.0

    Nice Azure Book

    By Steve

    from Tallahassee FL

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    • Concise
    • Easy to understand
    • Well-written

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      Best Uses

      • Intermediate

      Comments about O'Reilly Media Programming Windows Azure:

      This book provides a nice concise introduction to Windows Azure development. The author touches on all the major topics in the platform with enough detail to get you started producing some effective applications.
      The book provides a good base of understanding of the platform with a look at the motivation behind the Azure platform.
      The author manages to maintain a readable style while delivering the technical details.
      I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to get a good understanding of the Windows Azure Platform.

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      No code.

      By Smithers at the Plan

      from NJ

      Comments about O'Reilly Media Programming Windows Azure:

      No code download, and dated.

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