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by Scott Klein, Herve Roggero
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October 28, 2010 1430229616 978-1430229612 1

SQL Azure represents Microsoft’s cloud-based delivery of its enterprise-caliber, SQL Server database management system (formerly under the code name "Oslo"). Pro SQL Azure introduces you to this new platform, showing you how to program and administer it in a variety of cloud computing scenarios. You’ll learn to program SQL Azure from Silverlight, ASP.NET, WinForms, and from SQL Reporting Services. You’ll also understand how to manage the platform by planning for scalability, troubleshooting performance issues, and implementing strong security.

  • Shows how to use SQL Azure from Silverlight, ASP.NET, and more
  • Covers management, scalability, and troubleshooting
  • Addresses the all-important issue of securing your data

What you’ll learn

  • Create and manage SQL Azure databases
  • Access SQL Azure from Silverlight, WinForms, ASP.NET, Reporting Services, and more
  • Optimize your distributed database design for scalability and performance
  • Partition your databases and write multithreaded queries for parallel execution
  • Understand how to take advantage of Microsoft’s S+S strategy to save money and increase agility with hybrid cloud computing
  • Use ADO.NET and LINQ in .NET 4 with Visual Studio 2010
  • Pinpoint where SQL Azure makes things simpler than running on-premise databases
  • Understand when to apply new technologies to optimize performance when running your database in the cloud
  • Pinpoint where SQL Azure makes things simpler than running on-premise databases
  • Understand when to apply new technologies to optimize performance when running your database in the cloud

Who this book is for

Pro SQL Azure is for database administrators and developers who want to use SQL Server in the cloud, and especially for those who want to go deeper and learn important strategies and techniques for effective cloud computing.

Table of Contents

  1. Getting Started with SQL Azure
  2. Design Considerations
  3. Security
  4. Data Migration and Backup Strategies
  5. Programming with SQL Azure
  6. Reporting Services with SQL Azure
  7. SQL Azure Data Sync Services
  8. Windows Azure and ASP.NET
  9. Designing for High Performance
  10. Federations 
  11. Performance Tuning
  12. Other Azure Data Services
  13. Device Connectivity

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About the Author

Scott Klein is a Microsoft SQL Server "Most Valuable Professional" and independent consultant specializing in SQL Server performance and business intelligence. Scott is the author of several books, including Professional SQL Server 2005 XML, Professional LINQ, and Pro ADO.NET 4.0 Entity Framework. He was a contributing author to Pro SQL Server 2008 Relational Database Design and Implementation, as well as to the Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Bible. Scott has written many articles for the SQL Server Standard magazine. He holds the MCDBA, MCSD, and MCSE certifications. He is heavily involved in the south Florida community, running two SQL Server user groups and the South Florida SQL Saturday events. Scott also speaks frequently at user groups across south Florida. Scott has nearly 20 years working with SQL Server and consulting in small to enterprise-size environments.

Herve Roggero, Windows Azure MVP, is founder of Blue Syntax Consulting, a company specialized in cloud computing products and services. Herve's experience includes software development, architecture, database administration, and senior management with both global corporations and startup companies. Herve holds multiple certifications, including an MCDBA, MCSE, and MCSD. He also holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from Indiana University. Herve is co-author of the Apress books PRO SQL Server 2012 Practices and Pro SQL Database for Windows Azure. For more information, visit

Product Details

  • Series: Expert's Voice in .NET
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (October 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430229616
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430229612
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #966,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great coverage of the SQL Azure Platform December 29, 2010
I am a developer of 16 years. Like many of you, I use these types of books to quickly get me up to speed on new technologies. This book delivers on this for the SQL Azure platform.

Pros :
- The book is concise and detailed about the Sql Azure platform.
- It explains and shows how to set up, use, develop to and maintain the Sql Azure databases.
- It details the differences of the Sql 2008 R2 and the Sql Azure platform.
- Explains cloud design patterns for cloud and mixed data including OData producing and consuming.
- Details how to work with other Azure web applications and services and how to securely write the applications.
- The book isn't, but feels a little short. I am used to huge books filled with fluff.

Do not be disappointed because this book is short (about 300 pages) compared to most of the Pro books that are 1200+ pages. Unlike many "Pro" books, this one doesn't spend 400 pages introducing the technology and getting you up to speed in baby steps. It gets to the point of Azure, Microsoft's cloud solution, and explains the current state of SQL Azure and how to use it. The authors expect you to be a professional developer at this point and know how to use .Net and Sql Server. So, if you really are a beginner at .Net development with Sql Server, this book is probably not for you.

The authors compare the cloud SQL Azure server to the current SQL 2008 R2 server and explain the differences in critical detail. This is invaluable to me as I have been looking into cloud applications and have been leery of how to properly architect a cloud and mixed application.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pro SQL Azure - a must read November 11, 2010
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There are a few books available on Windows Azure & cloud computing in general that have references to SQL Azure, but Pro SQL Azure is the first book dedicated solely to SQL Azure. It's clear that the authors are experienced SQL Server Developers & even more importantly SQL Azure developers, because this book is written from a developer's point of view. Pro SQL Azure not only explains the concepts behind SQL Azure, but takes the reader through the steps necessary to develop a SQL Azure solution. They have identified the constraints & the techniques to provide the desired functionality. I especially enjoyed the sections on Programming, OData & Reporting Services. This book will be an easy read for SQL Server developers & a fine tutorial for Web Applications developers & Windows Application developers like myself. They have managed to hit the mark on a rapidly moving target. A must read for startups, small businesses, and anyone tired of maintaining their own servers for database apps.
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4.0 out of 5 stars very good January 10, 2013
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everything was as they said, the time, the book, the payment and everything else.
that's why I gave them 4 stars
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