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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: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #878,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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This is a very useful introduction to key cloud concepts and how common challenges can be met. It's also a good overview of how Microsoft technologies may fit into these solutions, but avoids becoming so Microsoft-centric that it becomes useless in other contexts. Unfortunately, however, the overall structure means that this is not a book designed for easy end to end reading. It may work better as a reference work, but that reduces what should have been its primary value.

The book starts with a good introduction and list of the patterns and supporting "guidance" sections, and is then followed first by the patterns, and then the guidance sections (useful technology primers). This is where things break down a bit, as the patterns are presented in alphabetical order, which means a somewhat random mix of topics, followed by the same again for the guidance sections. I attempted to read the book cover to cover over about a week and I found the constant jumping about between topics extremely confusing, and the constant repetition of common content very wearing. In addition by presenting the guidance material at the end it is arguably of less value as most of the concepts have already been covered in related patterns. Ultimately the differentiation between the two is very arbitrary and not helpful. For example is "throttling" really a pattern or a core concept? If "throttling" is a pattern why is "autoscaling" not described as a pattern?

The book would be about 10 times better if it were re-organised into half a dozen "topics" (for example data management, compute resource management, integration, security...
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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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The majority of these patterns predate cloud architecture so for the reviewers that associate these patterns with cloud or more specifically Azure would be incorrect. It does have specific solutions and references in the context of Azure. This is a well written book and it gives a great overview on various patterns. I would have liked to see deeper dives on specific patterns, but the book has good references to external sources were you can get more information.
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