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Cloud Computing with the Windows Azure Platform 1st Edition

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Leverage the capabilities of Azure

Cloud-based applications make it easier to share data, and the Azure Platform moves processing and storage from individual corporate servers and websites to large Microsoft data centers. With this book, Roger Jennings offers you an overview of cloud computing and shares his approach for hands-on programming of Windows Azure Storage Services (tables, blobs, and queues) and web, worker, and .NET Services applications. You'll learn how to program with Azure components, while online chapters cover new SQL Azure Database and Workflow features.

  • Addresses various issues you may encounter when moving from on-premise to cloud-based applications (such as security, privacy, regulatory compliance, and backup and recovery)

  • Shows how to adapt ASP.NET authentication and role management to Azure web roles

  • Reveals the benefits of offloading computing services to one or more WorkerRoles when moving to Windows Azure

  • Teaches you how to choose the optimum combination of PartitionKey and RowKey values for sharding Azure tables

  • Discusses ways to improve the scalability and performance of Azure tables

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About the Author

Roger Jennings is the principal consultant of OakLeaf Systems and the author of more than 30 books, including Professional ADO.NET 3.5 with LINQ and the Entity Framework and a contributing editor to Visual Studio Magazine.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (October 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470506385
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470506387
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,920,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm the principal consultant of OakLeaf Systems, a Windows Azure MVP and the author of 30+ books on Microsoft operating systems (Windows NT and Windows 2000 Server), Windows Azure, databases (SQL Server, SQL Azure and Access), .NET data access, Web services and InfoPath 2003. The books have more than 1.25 million English copies in print and have been translated into 20+ languages.

My latest books are "Microsoft Access 2010 In Depth" (12th edition) for Que Publishing and "Cloud Computing with the Microsoft Azure Services Platform" for Wiley/Wrox.

I'm also the curator of the OakLeaf Systems (http://oakleafblog.blogspot.com) and Access In Depth (http://acccessindepth.blogspot.com) blogs, a contributing editor of 1105 Media's "Visual Studio Magazine" and a frequent contributor to their "Redmond Developer News" newsletter.

OakLeaf's Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Web service won the charter Microsoft .NET Best award for horizontal XML Web service solutions.

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The author did a great job of introducing the Windows Azure platform and offer enough useful code samples. The first couple of chapters are introductions. Quickly, the chapters started with code samples that developers can use. What I liked the most is the code samples about interacting with Azure Tables and Blobs. For example, adding entities and download files chunks to MemoryStream. The author is evidently an experienced writer. He has done a great job in terms of topic selection, code samples, and presentation. If you are new to Windows Azure and would like to start working on it, this book can be a useful reference.

This book does not offer a comprehensive example of Azure application (from end to end). If you are experienced programmer or if you have someone on your team is, then you should be able to create your Azure application with some information covered in this book and supplemental information with your own research. Overall, I am pleased with this book's depth and coverage.
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I bought Roger Jennings' Cloud Computing with the Azure Services Platform because it was the first book to cover Windows Azure and SQL Azure from a .NET/Visual Studio developer's perspective. (It published on October 5, 2009, more than a month before Microsoft's Professional Developer (PDC) 2009 conference.) I wanted to have a basic knowledge of Azure's architecture, development and cloud operating systems (called "fabrics"), and programming techniques with Visual Studio 2008 so I could better understand the new features and enhancements planned for the November 2009 Community Technical Preview (CTP). Windows Azure and SQL Azure were the subject of many highly technical PDC 2009 sessions. I wasn't disappointed.

The book's Part I starts with cloud-computing definitions and answers the most common question, "What is cloud computing?" Chapter 2 provides an overview of the architecture of Microsoft's new data centers and the details of how the specialized hardware and Azure Production Fabric combine to provide high availability, deliver reliability through replication, and enable automatic scale-up (and scale-down) in response to the load on hosted applications. Roger explains how Windows Azure's data center architecture groups computing and storage hardware into Upgrade and Failure domains so that operating system modifications can be applied and failed hardware substituted without hosted application downtime. Chapter 3 covers Azure's operating system and hypervisor that's based on a modified version of Windows Server 2008, as well as the lifecycle of an Azure application and how Azure implements multi-tenancy, a requirement for economical cloud computing.
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