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ISBN-13: 978-1430235637 ISBN-10: 1430235632 Edition: 2nd

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  • Series: Expert's Voice in .NET
  • Paperback: 602 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 2 edition (December 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430235632
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430235637
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #940,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

Sit back, relax and enjoy the journey to a new world of clouds and skies. Make sure you have the magic mattress to enjoy a "Whole New World". No infrastructure, no scaling bottlenecks, no waiting for hardware; you ask and you get the resources. Remember that fairy tale? Well yes you are right, Windows Azure is a Genie and you are Alladin. That's called on-demand or utility computing. Hope you enjoy the book. Drop a line anyways.

--Tejaswi Redkar
  Author

About the Author

Tejaswi Redkar is a software architect with a passion for writing. He works for
Microsoft and has been working on the Windows Azure platform since 2008. He is
also the Worldwide Community Lead for the Windows Azure platform in
Microsoft Services. He has architected several small- and large-scale systems on
Windows Azure for Enterprises and ISVs. Tejaswi has not only written about
conceptual topics like Threading and MSMQ, but also on broader topics, such as
software ecosystems, businesses, and platforms. Tejaswi has a Master's degree in
Computer Engineering from San Jose State University and an MBA from
University of Wisconsin, Whitewater.
Tejaswi lives in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two kids. When not working on what's next, he is either having fun with his family or bicycling on San Ramon trails.
You can find more details about him on his
LinkedIn profile at linkedin.com/in/tejaswiredkar.
Follow him: Twitter: @tejaswi_redkar

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I'm new to Azure and this book walked me through the steps perfectly.
R. Vignato
I know it's a job with little in the way of rewards so thank you to Mr. Redkar for taking the time to write this book.
Rudy Lacovara
Not only that, the author seems to have copied and pasted chunks of text from one section to another.
Robert M. Downey

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Robert M. Downey on April 28, 2010
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I was hoping this would give me a solid understanding of how to best architect a Windows Azure solution. Instead, it gave me a good understanding of how to pump out a 600 page tech book in as little time as possible.

As another reviewer mentioned, this book consists of tons of screen shots. I'm not against screen shots when they provide something of value, but most of these screen shots consist of simple web pages. It seems as though they were only included as a way to increase page count.

Not only that, the author seems to have copied and pasted chunks of text from one section to another. Indeed, in some places, it looks as if he even forgot to change the heading when he did so.

In general, typos don't bother me, but it seems to be more evidence that this book was rushed out the door.

In summary: don't bother. Use MSDN and other internet resources until a better book comes out.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sylvain on February 28, 2012
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Azure is evolving and so it's important to get an up-to-date book when implementing an Azure solution. This book is in its second edition already and it shows: everything is really clearly explained, with plenty of sample code. It not only explains how things work but also explains the ins and outs of architectural choices that Azure offers. I'd say it's designed for intermediate to advanced users but if you're exploring Azure, that's probably where you are at anyway. I read the Azure in Action book (totally outdated) and the Azure Step by Step book (not enough sample code; too beginnnerish): this one is really a step above.

I think that if you're looking for an Azure book, this one will be your best buy.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Rudy Lacovara on January 22, 2010
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This is a very disappointing book. It may be the worst tech book I've ever seen. A significant part of the book is actually spent showing screenshots of Azure and competing services and then reiterating what the text on the screenshot says. Reading this book feels like when your talking to someone who really does have something of value to tell you, but they drown it in so much useless verbiage that you become frustrated and angry because they just can't get to the point and communicate. I'm not really sure what this book is trying to communicate. I think it might be "Don't buy me."

BTW, despite the harsh review I have tremendous respect to anyone who spends their time writing a tech book these days. I know it's a job with little in the way of rewards so thank you to Mr. Redkar for taking the time to write this book. I think the problems here are almost entirely due to the total lack of editing. Shame on Apress for letting this one get through.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By JustAnotherDeveloper on February 29, 2012
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The content of the book is up to par with the latest role out of the Azure platform. It's a good overview and can be supplemented nicely with MSFT's Azure Labs (WATK) online.

The editing is horrendous! Charts and tables are misaligned, there are a number of mispellings, misuse of words, etc. which makes the book completely ANNOYING to read. After the first 10 mistakes, I started marking them as a game. Had a pretty sizeable score at the end of the book.

Apress, what happened here? Not qualitly work for a second edition...
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