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Programming Windows Azure [Kindle Edition]

Sriram Krishnan
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Book Description

Learn the nuts and bolts of cloud computing with Windows Azure, Microsoft's new Internet services platform. Written by a key member of the product development team, this book shows you how to build, deploy, host, and manage applications using Windows Azure's programming model and essential storage services.

Chapters in Programming Windows Azure are organized to reflect the platform's buffet of services. The book's first half focuses on how to write and host application code on Windows Azure, while the second half explains all of the options you have for storing and accessing data on the platform with high scalability and reliability. Lots of code samples and screenshots are available to help you along the way.

  • Learn how to build applications using the Windows Azure toolset
  • Discover how Windows Azure works under the hood, and learn the how and the why behind several features
  • Choose to write application code in .NET or other languages such as C/C++, PHP, or Ruby
  • Understand the various options for managing your service
  • Get up to speed on Azure's storage services, including blobs, queues, and tables
  • Build a secure backup system, and learn about cloud application security, cryptography, and performance

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About the Author

Sriram Krishnan works on the Windows Azure program management team. He has been involved with the product since before its public launch and has worked on several of the features covered in this book. Previously, Sriram has worked on several Microsoft products, ranging from Web 2.0 sites to developer tools. Sriram is a frequent speaker at Microsoft events and blogs at

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  • File Size: 3181 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (May 7, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0043M58U8
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50 of 58 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pathetic July 21, 2010
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The author does little more than recap information that is readily available in the SDK documentation, and has added hardly any thought about the practicalities of Azure development. (In fact, I could find NO evidence of such thought, but I've written "hardly any," in case I missed an iota.) For example, if you want to use an Azure Worker Role, you might create one from the template provided by the Azure SDK add-in to Microsoft Visual Studio. You will peruse the automatically-generated code and think to yourself, perhaps, "okay: what are the implications of the different alternatives for sleeping on the thread in the Run() method." You won't find that question or any others answered in Krishnan's book, though. What you will find is text that simply restates what you will read in the generated template. So save yourself $49.99 and just download the SDK and read the templates. Perhaps you want to use SQL Azure in your solution? The author devotes 9 pages to that subject. Here are a couple of things you might want to do if you actually want to use SQL Azure:

(1) Take a definition of an existing database and deploy that into Azure. There is nothing at all on how one might accomplish that ... not so much as a hand-wave in the direction of the Visual Studio Database Edition facilities that would allow you to generate a complete definition of your database for deployment to SQL Azure.

(2) Connect to a SQL Azure database from an Azure Web or Worker role. Krishnan has a code snippet showing how to accomplish that (which one could have found in the Azure SDK documentation easily enough) but not a word about how one might not HARD CODE the connection parameters, but instead get them from configuration, and, in that case, how best to secure the configuration information.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Terribly out-of-date March 9, 2011
I do not envy anyone charged with writing this book---particularly for publication in 2010. Mr. Krishnan is unquestionably comfortable with the subject of Windows Azure, but the truth is that as of March 2011, much of the detailed advice in this book is hopelessly out of date. That says more about the speed and timing of Microsoft's portal design-changes and releases of new SDKs than it does about the author, but the simple fact is that much of the actual advice here leads to confusion and failed efforts.

Just a few examples:
--CSPack command-line tool examples failed with errors having nothing to do with environment paths, etc.
--Names of seminal tools have changed: Development Fabric (DevFabric) is now Compute Emulator; Development Storage is now known as Storage Emulator.
--The MS Azure Development Portal has radically changed both in terms of look and feel and in its usage.

In short, look for Azure books published in 2011 or later. The concepts are difficult enough, without having to create your own glossary to translate obsolete names of important tools.

Hopefully, Mr. Krishnan has a 2nd edition coming out soon.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book to get things done May 21, 2010
By Pavel
It took me 2 days to cover 70% of the book and to understand how things work. Descriptions are concise with lots of examples, you don't want to read copy of the MSDN on every method and possibility product has in 1000 pages biblia. You want read it, try it and start developing your products, that's what this book about. Highly recommend on this subject.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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When a new technology is released (especially something as visible as Microsoft Azure) lots of publishers (and authors) jump on the bandwagon thinking that timing is what really matters and quality is... well, a nice to have.
If you fear that Programming Windows Azure is one of those books, stop worrying. Not only the quality is definitively there but you also get lots of inside information on the genesis of Azure that shows that the author was involved in the project from the very beginning.
Granted, you don't absolutely need to know why some design decisions were made in order to program for Azure but it helps you get the big picture which in turn will make you a better Architect.
So, if you want to learn about Azure and be able to write your first Azure application within a few hours or if you want to know why there is a dog on the book cover or why traffic lights don't work in India, read this book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice book, but a little outdated December 29, 2012
Sriram made an excellent job writing this book. This is a nice introduction to Windows Azure cloud services family. It gives you quite a lot of idea about how do Azure services work and how can you empower your business with them. However this book is written a few years ago therefore a new edition would be great. Some of the stuff you will find in this book is deprecated now (but you can notice this while reading Azure online documentation on MSDN) and there are also lots of new services in Azure now. If you want to learn about them, you should spend some time surfing on Azure website. Overall great book, easy to read and understand. -- Ahmet Alp Balkan.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ongoing Review May 27, 2011
By Mark
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This is an ongoing review. I will update as I make my way through the book, but wanted you to know my impressions along the way.

Chapter 1: Interesting history about cloud computing. I started to read carefully, but became bored and switched to skimming.

Chapter 2: Windows Azure Under the hood. A little more interesting than chapter 1, but still at a very high level. The author seemed to ramble. Perhaps I'm just impatient.

Chapter 3: Your first cloud app. The author has you create a simple web site by hand (notepad). I had to fix a few inevitable typos. When deploying, the book example uses the 'old' developer portal.

Chapter 4: Service Model. Chapter starts by explaining roles.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Outdated, lame
This book is so incredibly outdated, it's borderline unusable. Huge topics are completely skimmed over. I can't stress enough how disappointed I am with this book. Read more
Published on April 22, 2011 by Arash Emami
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for developers new to Azure
Programming Windows Azure is fantastic introductory resource for developers taking a first look at working with Microsoft's cloud computing platform. Read more
Published on September 7, 2010 by Eric Marinko
5.0 out of 5 stars Good information and useful code samples
Programming Windows Azure is a useful book for users who want to know how to program with Microsoft Cloud. Read more
Published on July 25, 2010 by Andy Zhang
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Azure learning book
The book has lots of useful information and examples for Azure beginners.
This is the first Azure book I found useful. Read more
Published on July 22, 2010 by Gizi Ben-Tovim
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful beginners guide to Azure
I'm just starting on programming services in Windows Azure, and this book really helped me make sense of the various options I have in doing so, as well as how they relate to... Read more
Published on July 7, 2010 by Philip Taron
5.0 out of 5 stars Great introductory text
This book covers all of the major topics in Azure programming with enough detail for you to navigate the major API's and create your first real application. Read more
Published on June 28, 2010 by Marshall Rosenstein
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book to Read and to Come Back to
This is an unusual technical book, at least for me. It's unusual because I enjoyed reading it from cover to cover, and I enjoy even more to refer back to it whenever I need to... Read more
Published on June 23, 2010 by Sten Sundblad
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Pretty good book to get a quick flow in Azure. The flow is pretty narrative and get into details without being text bookish. Read more
Published on June 19, 2010 by Anandan Kumaran
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Sriram Krishnan is an entrepreneur currently living in San Francisco. He has run product teams at Yahoo and Microsoft. He has appeared on Bloomberg, the New York Times and has contributed to publications like Forbes and BusinessInsider. He is a prolific speaker and has delivered talks at several conferences.

You can find him online at and on twitter at @sriramk.


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