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Developing Applications for the Cloud on the Microsoft® Windows Azure™ Platform (Patterns & Practices) Paperback – November 30, 2010

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Eugenio Pace is a Senior Program Manager in the patterns & practices group at Microsoft®. He is responsible for developing guidance for migrating and building application for the Windows Azure® platform and for Windows® Phone 7. Before that he worked on architecture guidance for claims based identity and identity federation. You can find his blog here: and on twitter @eugenio_Pace.

Dominic Betts is a principal technologist at Content Master, part of CM Group Ltd, a technical authoring and consulting company. An expert on developing applications with the Microsoft .NET Framework and Windows Azure™, Dominic has produced numerous training courses, white papers, and other technical material on .NET, Windows Azure, and Microsoft® BizTalk®.

Scott Densmore works as a Software Engineer at Microsoft®. His primary interests are cloud computing and mobile device computing. You can find him at and on Twitter @scottdensmore.

Ryan Dunn is the Windows Azure™ Technical Evangelist and produces the popular Cloud Cover show on Channel 9. Prior to joining Microsoft®, Ryan was an MVP for ASP.NET and Directory Services. You can find him at or on Twitter @dunnry.

Masashi Narumoto works on Microsoft®'s patterns & practices team who delivers applied engineering guidance to Microsoft's customers. His primary interests are in cloud computing and mobile applications. You can find him at or on Twitter @dragon119.

Matias Woloski is a Principal Architect at Southworks who specializes on identity and cloud computing. He has more than 10 years experience designing and developing software and helping companies to take advantage of emergent technologies. He is an advocate for flawless and pragamatic solutions focused on tangible deliverables with high return of investment. Matias works closely with various groups within Microsoft to drive the early adoption of emerging elements of the Microsoft platform. Matias is also a frequent speaker at industry events and academic forums in United States, China, Argentina, Mexico and Chile. During 2009 and 2010, he wrote three books in joint with other industry experts about Claims Based Identity and Access Control and Cloud Computing. His blog located at, focuses on identity, cloud computing and architecture.


Product Details

  • Series: Patterns & Practices
  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (November 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735656061
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735656062
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,728,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When I got this book, I was hoping to learns the ins and outs of developing applications for a cloud environment, hopefully picking up a few good tips along the way. While "Developing Applications for the Cloud" is a good introduction to the Windows Azure model and the book suggests it's good for developers, I wouldn't recommend it. It is good however for software architects and business analysts who are contemplating a move to the cloud and need pointers on how to model their application.

The book begins with an in depth discussion of the Azure costing model and how various deployment scenarios will be affected by the Azure pricing structure. The example used in the book centers on a online subscription based service. Pricing scenarios are discussed in relation to Single-tenant and Multi-tenant models and which are likely to be more practical based on the expected usage detailed in the example. This pricing model extends to the transaction based nature of the example's subscribers and how best to architect the application to take advantage of latency and geographic expansion.

The final parts of the book focus on the actual code used to develop the application and how to test and deploy an application in a cloud environment. The example use Mock libraries and SQL Server as the destination data structures.

As this is the second book in a series about cloud development, it might be useful to read the first book first, which focuses on moving applications to the cloud. This book contains many references to the previous book and it will probably aid comprehension. I did not read the first book.

All in all, this is a useful book if you're looking to determine how to design an application for the cloud and what the best model might be.
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A while back I started reading the Microsoft Patterns and Practices eBook "Developing applications for the cloud, on the Microsoft Windows Azure Platform." Now I finally got around writing down some of my thoughts on this book.

When I started reading the book my first thought was "strange", when I got deeper into the book, my thought was "strange" , when I finished the book, my thought was "strange but informative"

The initial "strange" was from the fact that it is an eBook you can buy but you can also read it completely free online. Since even the pdf can be downloaded for free I don't really see why you would buy the eBook.

The second "strange" was because I could not find a clear audience for the book. It goes from high level functional to low level development to low level infrastructure to business case. Every audience can get value out of the book and gain initial understanding but also every audience will skip parts just because they won't find it interesting,

In the end the missing clear audience and free online content remained but I also gained a lot of knowledge from the book. With a fun writing style that is combined with low level technical detail ( might need some changes since Azure is evolving rapidly) it gave me some new unique insights on how to think and reason about cloud applications.

In the end I highly recommend reading the free online version of this book. With the technical details for which you have to wonder if they still hold true and the parts that you probably want to skip I think it is just not worth the money.

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