Developing Microsoft SharePoint Applications Using Windows Azure (Developer Reference) 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0735656628
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Steve Fox works at Microsoft on a team whose charter is cloud development and evangelism. He’s the author of many SharePoint and Office development books and articles, as well as one of the earliest blogs on Azure and SharePoint. He's a frequent speaker at conferences around the globe.

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Product Details

  • Series: Developer Reference
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (July 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735656622
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735656628
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,380,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Seattle Reader on November 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
It is sad that I must give this book a very negative review because it covers a subject that isn't much covered by other books. I wanted to like it, but I cannot. Moreover, there is reason to believe that other Amazon users that left reviews praising the book did not actually read the book. See below.

Essentially ALL of the code samples in the book are riddled with errors. Don't believe me? Check out the errata page for the book: [...]

You'll find dozens of errors, most of them very serious, such as missing steps in step-by-step instructions and code that won't compile. As of 11/26/2011, all the errors listed were found by the same person who appears to have given up on the book after page 168 and its hard to blame him/her.

Incredibly, there is one 5-page passage, from pp 136-140, in which there are over a dozen errors in code, including MANY missing steps.

What this means is that no one, and that includes the people praising this book in other reviews, could have actually carried out the example projects. Why then the praise? At the risk of being cynical, I'll point out that I recognize the names of most of the other reviewers. They, like the author, are part of the SharePoint developer circuit of speakers that appear at various conferences. In other words, they are people the author knows and may well be friends of, and they are certainly people who need to curry favor with Microsoft employees (which the author is) who are connected to SharePoint development. Apologies if that's too cynical; but really, how else do you explain why they would praise a book whose samples are so riddled with sloppy errors and could not possibly have been tested by anyone?

I should add that Microsoft Press also deserves censure for publishing a book which they obviously did not test or tech review properly.
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You have SharePoint in your enterprise, you are trying to figure out how to take advantage of Azure for the availability and scalability. How do all the pieces fit together? How do you choose what goes where? Steve Fox does a great job not only explaining the landscape, so you can figure out where you fit, but also walks through the options available for the architectural decisions you have to make to design and build your applications.

The integration options for SharePoint can be challenging to learn for the uninitiated. Steve does a great job explaining the process of connecting SharePoint to SQL Azure Data with an External Content Type. The beauty is the use of SharePoint (out of the box) with external content. The end user is none the wiser, they just find that is "works".

The approach taken for each exercises are based on business need, not driven by "cool technology". The security section demonstrates techniques for ensuring that, wherever your data, the connections and information remain secure. From Web Part to Web Service, the examples are educational and relevant. If you are looking to develop for the cloud and you are working with SharePoint, this book is a great jumping off point to get you going in the right direction.
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This is a fantastic book for anyone considering integrating SharePoint with Azure, and I'd highly recommend it. Steve Fox, an industry thought leader who has focused on integrating cutting-edge technologies in the past, has done it again. The book gives great overviews of the various capabilities of both Azure and SharePoint and then dives deep, focusing on the a variety of approaches in getting these two platforms to work well together. Steve covers not just the 'what' and 'how', but also explains why you might build a solution that integrates Azure and SP for a scenario and why you should consider one approach in building a solution over another.

The book goes step-by-step through several interesting code and no-code solutions with a good level of detail and a lot of screenshots. There are a number of different moving parts and Steve does a good job of explaining it all and bringing it together for a complete solution. I also really appreciate that an entire chapter is dedicated to security, which I consider an incredibly important aspect of any solution integrating Azure and SharePoint.
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On premises, SharePoint is one of the most important products in the Microsoft stable because there are tremendous tangible benefits that it too can provide. Both products have a lot of different areas of functionality though, so getting to grips with aspects of both of these can be quite a challenge. Thankfully, I found that this book did just that - it covers a lot of ground on both the SharePoint and Azure stacks and it does so by looking at a lot of practical, real-world type ideas that can be incorporated into your solutions.

Steve does a tremendous job of explaining what each component is and how it works for both the SharePoint and the Azure feature he is covering, then details why it could be worth combining them, and then goes very carefully step by step through how to go about it. Finally, he discusses alternatives, even including SharePoint Online and Windows Phone 7 examples. Because of this approach, irrespective of your familiarity with either SP or Azure, you'll get a lot of value out of this book - I highly recommend it.
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