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Azure in Action Paperback – October 25, 2010
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About the Author
Chris Hay is a Microsoft MVP in Client App Dev, an international speaker who specializes in Silverlight, Azure, and ASP.NET development. He has presented Windows Azure at various conferences and usergroups since PDC 2008.
Brian Prince is an Architect Evangelist with Microsoft focused on building and educating the architect community. He has over 13 years IT management and consulting experience in numerous industries including real estate, financial services, healthcare, retail, and state government.
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In summary, this book is best for architects rather than coders.
The code in the book and downloaded source is all in C#. The illustrations are so small that they are absolutely worthless! Why they are included in a book of this size, small, beats me. No way can you read the text on the screen shots. Just pathetic. As stated in my title the source code has problems. When you "UnZip" the archive it errors out stating it cannot retrieve all the files because the path would be too long. Do I have to be in root on Windows 7? The files you do extract sometimes are just empty templates that Visual Studio creates for you. For example WebRole.cs, etc. This book does read well but is completely lacking as a "How To" if you plan on using VB.net which supposedly is an Azure supported language. Also the Hype is a bit much, sounds worse than a sales brochure.
I felt I came away from reading it with a good understanding of how the pieces fit together, and how I could integrate portions of the platform into my work. This book was a well-timed, excellent introduction to the platform for me.
With that in hand, this book adds value as it provides backgrounder info / rationale which is collected together in a single place.
Bottom line: Don't get frustrated as I originally did because some of the examples / screen shots in this book are not accurate. Use the WAPTK for that and use this book as complement.
The book also benefits from the light-hearted style of Prince and Ray, who are as entertaining in print as they are in person.
The only downside is that newer Azure features are not covered in this book and Microsoft is adding new features at a startling rate. As far as I know, no updated edition is in the works to cover these new features.
Still, the book remains relevant because of its focus on the uses of cloud computing and on the still-relevant core features.