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About the Author

Alex Homer is a technical writer for Microsoft patterns & practices. Following a career within and outside of the IT world, he spent many years as a software and training specialist before joining Microsoft. Now he spends his days knee-deep in design patterns and architectural literature; writing guidance and sample code. His weekly ramblings on the IT industry, and life in general, can be found at http://blogs.msdn.com/alexhomer/.

John Sharp is a principal technologist at Content Master (www.contentmaster.com). An expert on developing applications with the Microsoft .NET Framework and Windows Azure, John has written several books, including Microsoft Visual C# Step By Step and Microsoft WCF Step By Step. John has produced numerous training courses and other technical material covering a range of diverse topics, including C and C++ programming, SQL Server database administration, and service-oriented architecture. He has a degree in Computer Science from Imperial College, University of London.

Larry Brader is a Senior Tester in the patterns & practices group at Microsoft. He currently works as a test lead on the various p&p projects, focusing on client and server side. In addition he is interested in producing test guidance based on ALM.

Masashi Narumoto is passionate about the idea of the Internet as a knowledgebase. The Internet has significantly changed our lives and there's no doubt that there are still huge changes to come. His goal is to harness the ideas of many individuals into more meaningful collections so people can learn and achieve through the lens of collective intelligence. During his time on the patterns & practices team, he has worked on a series of Windows Azure Guides as a program manager, and is currently focused on Big Data. Previously, he spent 20+ years developing and consulting on a variety of solutions especially in the retail and manufacturing industry. You can find Masashi at http://blogs.msdn.com/masashi_narumoto or on Twitter @dragon119.

Trent Swanson is a software architect and one of the founders working with cloud technologies at Full Scale 180. He has worked with Windows Azure since the very beginning, helping clients around the world build, deploy, and manage cloud solutions on Windows Azure. Whether it’s moving an existing application to the cloud or building new ones, he enjoys the entire lifecycle of delivering scalable, reliable, and manageable cloud solutions.
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Product Details

  • Series: Microsoft patterns & practices
  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft patterns & practices (February 17, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1621140369
  • ISBN-13: 978-1621140368
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #877,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Federico Boerr on March 11, 2014
Format: Paperback
I love the fact that the book has working source code samples that can be ran and tested, it really helps understand what's going on.
I also found useful how the patterns are categorized for easier access.
Most of the patterns are known but explained from a cloud-based focus.
My favourite pattern was the 'Sharding pattern'. It's a must-read if you are an experienced programmer that approaches the cloud, specially if you are going to work with Windows Azure, event though it's not limited to it, but the code samples run on Azure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Stokes on January 28, 2015
Format: Paperback
If you want to read this on your paperwhite kindle at the beach then the $2.49 is a great price. This book is available for no cost from Microsoft at the website: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=42026 The book is available as a pdf and epub at that URL.

It is not a book to read if you are looking to learn about all of the various clouds out there like Rackspace, Google, Amazon. It is a book that you would use if you want to focus on Microsoft's Cloud solutions. I found that there are two architectures that work for me.

Some of the reviewers indicate that this is a downer of a book, but seriously, it is just a recipe book. So if you find that books with recipes for food, electronic circuits or other things depress you, well...

Otherwise, it's considered one of the better books on Microsoft Cloud/Azure
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joao Cortez on April 26, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a great book - very concise and straight to the point. One can read it beginning to end or use it as a reference and get the details on a particular pattern. It covers a comprehensive set of topics: Caching, Partitioning, Instrumentation, Service Metering and even though it's written with the cloud applications in mind, I found it very useful and applicable for traditional IT applications as well. Highly recommended to IT professionals.
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Format: Paperback
An excellent text, plenty of insights for any architect out there. Plain and simple. Next to the Iceweasel’s window, which I’m using to write this review, is a Sublime Text instance running in the background with some 380 lines of notes and ideas, supporting my feeling that I just finished reading something real good.

It is true, this book was meant to provide guidance to cloud architects that host their applications on Windows Azure. The examples that come with each design pattern, indeed, show how to apply those concepts on the Microsoft cloud platform. But, with this being said…

The examples are exquisite. The code is clear and is both well explained by the authors and comes with comments.
The design patterns do apply to any cloud-based application. Actually, they do apply to any highly available application whose components are independent and loosely coupled!

Point 2 explains those almost 400 lines in Sublime Text. The 24 design patterns do indeed apply to any kind of backend system. It doesn’t matter if backed up by the cloud or not.

The authors use a common format to present the patterns: each is introduced by a context. The typical scenario(s) generating the problem comes next, followed by the solution(s). Each chapter is finally closed by some insights on the concepts just explained: not only how to best apply them, but also what pitfalls the architect should be aware of. Oh and yea, and the (Azure) sample application(s) that demonstrate the usage of what has just been explained.

The greatest thing are the schemas. Each pattern comes, in fact, with one or more graphical representation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cristi S. on September 16, 2014
Format: Paperback
Focused, well structured, a great reference for cloud design patterns, not just for Microsoft's Azure.

I also loved the illustrations, the C# code samples and the summary tables. I could use it as a cloud design patterns cheat sheet.
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