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Jayaram Krishnaswamy Jayaram Krishnaswamy studied at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore India and Madras University in India and taught at the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras. He went to Japan on a Japanese Ministry of Education Research scholarship to complete his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Nagoya University. He was a Post Doctoral Fellow at Sydney University in Australia; a Government of India Senior Scientific Officer at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore and Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur; a Visiting Scientist at the Eindhoven Institute of Technology in Netherlands; a Visiting Professor of Physics at the Federal University in Brazil; an Associate Research Scientist at a government laboratory in Sao Jose dos Campos in Sao Paulo, Brazil; a visiting scientist at the National Research Council in Ottawa, Canada before coming to USA in 1985. He has also taught and worked at the Colorado State University in Fort Collins and North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. He worked with Northrop Grumman Corporation on a number of projects related to high energy electron accelerators / Free Electron Lasers. These projects were undertaken at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in Long Island and in the Physics Department at Princeton University. He has over 80 publications in refereed and non-refereed publications and 8 issued patents. He is fluent in Japanese and Portuguese and lives in Plainsboro, New Jersey, USA. He has been working in the IT related fields since 1997. He was once a Microsoft Certified Trainer in Networking and a Siebel Certified developer. He has worked with several IT related companies, such as the Butler International in their Siebel practice; with several IBM sub-contractors and smaller companies. Presently he is active in writing technical articles in the IT field to many online sites such as CodeProject,,, DevArti

Product Details

  • Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (December 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849680809
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849680806
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr.GUI, MSDN, retired on February 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
First, I'm likely a tough reviewer having been a professional technical writer for Microsoft since the mid 1990's and still doing that occasionally. Second, I'm a pedagogue (ex-teacher for those that are vocabulary challenged) and tend to read stuff at several levels - including suitability for teaching or mentoring.
The first question is what type of book is this? This book will be a useful book on my bookshelf because it touches enough area in sufficient depth to serve as a cookbook for first recipes. The problem is that it try to span too many target audiences and as a result does not make it in any area well.

The number of items covered and the crispness of the coverage suggests that it is. The problem is that if I compare it to the classic Cookbooks from O'Reilly, it is both too shallow and too sparse. It's more a collection of recipes clipped from `Women's Journal' (or should I say, Microsoft articles and blog posts?). There is a place for that, because it has a linear structure that wandering across lacks.

Definitely not - there was zero coverage of issues that would be of interest to a SQL Azure serious enterprise application. One key example: there is nothing about tuning indexes - and for SQL Azure that can be critical. I will give a simple example, this morning I tuned a single heavy used query that was looked like it should be run well, 4-6 indices on all of the tables involved etc. The Database Engine Tune Advisor did it magic and did a 94% improvement on it. For SQL Azure (because of billing) could mean the difference between a $1000/month billing and a $60/month billing. Wait a minute... would it be in Microsoft's Interest to provide easy tools to do this...
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Format: Paperback
The following chapters are covered in the book.

Chapter 1: Cloud Computing and Microsoft Azure Services Platform
Chapter 2: SQL Azure Services
Chapter 3: Working with SQL Azure Databases from Visual Studio 2008
Chapter 4: SQL Azure Tools
Chapter 5: Populating SQL Azure Databases
Chapter 6: SSIS and SSRS Applications Using SQL Azure 221 Merging sharded data
Chapter 7: Working with Windows Azure Hosting
Chapter 8: Database Applications on Windows Azure Platform Accessing SQL Server Databases
Chapter 9: Synchronizing SQL Azure
Chapter 10: Recent Developments

As you see the contents summary of the book, it covers many facets of the Azure domain - cloud computing with Azure platform, other cloud service provides, tools for SQL Azure, interacting with SQL Azure from Managment studio... I would recommend anyone beginning to learn Azure Platform and want to know more about SQL Azure can certainly read this book. Every chapter has good number of examples to learn and test.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tad Anderson VINE VOICE on March 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book starts out with an introduction to cloud computing and the Azure Services Platform. It cover the current state of the Cloud leaders and does a nice summary comparison to show the strengths of each. It compares Amazon, Google, SalesForce, and Microsoft.

It continues with a nice introduction to the Microsoft Azure platform components. It covers the different types of storage, Azure AppFabric, the hosting service, and SQL Azure.

It then does a good job of walking you through getting a subscription.

The book then goes through a detailed introduction to the SQL Azure Services. It covers accessing SQL Azure Services, setting up the firewall, using SQL Server Management Studio, and a lite introduction to some basic administration and monitoring.

There is then a chapter on Working with SQL Azure Databases from Visual Studio 2008, SQL Azure Tools, Populating SQL Azure Databases, SSIS and SSRS Applications Using SQL Azure, Working with Windows Azure Hosting, Database Applications on Windows Azure Platform Accessing SQL Server Databases, Synchronizing SQL Azure, and Recent Developments.

This book does a great job of covering a ton of topics. Because it goes over so many different topics, it doesn't always go into depth, but I do feel that it goes into depth enough that you leave knowing where to go to find out more.

There is no code available to download at this time.

All in all this is a good book to get introduced to Microsoft SQL Azure.
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