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
Sriram Krishnan works on the Windows Azure program management team. He has been involved with the product since before its public launch andhas worked on several of the features covered in this book. Previously,Sriram has worked on several Microsoft products, ranging from Web 2.0sites to developer tools. Sriram is a frequent speaker at Microsoftevents and blogs at http://www.sriramkrishnan.com.
The animal on the cover of Programming Windows Azure is a dhole (Cuonalpinus). Nicknamed "red dog" by Rudyard Kipling in The Second Jungle Book, this canine species is also known as an Asiatic wild dog or Indian wild dog. Dholes are found in forests in India, southern Asia, Sumatra, and parts of Russia, but are classified as endangered animals. Disease, habitat loss, and the subsequent depletion of prey have all caused the population to decline. Humans also commonly hunt them, as dholes will attack livestock if they cannot find another food source. Presently, it is estimated that only 2,500 adult dholes remain in the wild, primarily in wildlife sanctuaries.The dhole is a medium-size canine with rusty red fur (though regional variations of yellow and gray exist), a white chest and belly, and a bushy black tail. They are known for their extensive range of vocal calls-hisses, high-pitched screams, mews, squeaks, barks, clucks, yelps-and a strange whistle that is distinctive enough to identify the individual dhole making the sound.Like wolves and other canids, dholes are a very social animal, living in packs with a strict hierarchy. There are more males than females within a pack, and usually only one dominant breeding pair. Dhole packs engage in activities like playing, grooming, mock-fighting, and of course, hunting. As a group, dholes can successfully attack and subdue much larger prey. They primarily feed on deer, but will also hunt hare, wild boar, or water buffalo. There is little aggression between adult dholes-they do not fight over a kill, but rather will compete by eating as quickly (and as much) as they can.
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.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend