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Microsoft Windows Azure Development Cookbook Paperback – August 5, 2011
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The topics that the author has covered are:
Chapter 1, Controlling Access in the Windows Azure Platform.
Chapter 2, Handling Blobs in Windows Azure.
Chapter 3, Going NoSQL with Windows Azure Tables.
Chapter 4, Disconnecting with Windows Azure Queues.
Chapter 5, Developing Hosted Services for Windows Azure.
Chapter 6, Digging into Windows Azure Diagnostics.
Chapter 7, Managing Hosted Services with the Service Management API.
Chapter 8, Using SQL Azure.
Chapter 9, Looking at the Windows Azure AppFabric.
Each chapter then has recipes for specific tasks that one may need. Each recipe starts with a task, a description of the task and how to complete that task. If any preparation needs to be done, the author lists it a "Getting Ready" section. Then, an "How to do it..." section goes into detail explaining how to complete the task with code. Lastly, each recipe ends with an "How it works..." section where the author explains how the code seen in the previous section works.
A warning to the reader: some of the recipes are not task oriented but will help you make architectural decisions, which I found was a pleasant surprise.
In summary, this book is for an intermediate or advanced Azure developer/Architect who is in need of immediate help with a particular issue s/he might be facing in a project.
I appreciated the fact that the book was devoid of a large section of text dedicated to the now-worn-out question of "what is cloud computing". Nor was there any prologue describing Windows Azure to be found. Instead, the assumption (I presume) is that if you've picked up the book, you likely know the answer to both of those questions (within reason) and simply need help getting past some of nuances of the platform. If this describes you, this book is for you.
Light on fluff, heavy on details, this is a solid book that deals with a number of real-world issues using the Azure platform. This book works great as a reference tool: have a problem, look it up in the index or table of contents, read the recipe, put it back on the shelf.
One of the things that impressed me about the book was Neil's work to point the reader to external resources. There were a number of places where there is something along the lines of "for a more detailed explanation of topic X, visit person Y's website at [...]" [and, in case you are wondering, this comment was not influenced by Neil's excellent external references on blob storage interactions...Read more ›
Every recipe clearly states "How to Do It" and "How it Works".
Wish I'd read this last week.
The samples are clear and concise, without sacrificing important concepts. IF I had read his recipe for dealing with the counter intuitive "Append anti-pattern" I could have saved myself a couple of days of experimentation and head scratching.
One more thing I would like to mention is the inclusion of exercises in this book - a great idea in my mind for folks who learn by sample (like myself).
My recommendation: Buy it for yourself. It's worth the price!
I like the format of each recipe - an introduction to the topic, including explanations for why Azure is architected the way it is and what the various elements of each topic (e.g. associated classes and methods) do within the Azure architecture, then a "How to do it..." section with specific coding steps to generate the code that's included in the accompanying set of Visual Studio solutions, followed by a "How it works..." section that summarizes the coding steps and includes additional explanations and "gotchas".
Different recipes build on one another. For example, there is a recipe for using Azure Drives (virtual hard drives mounted as blobs) in the cloud, and the author concludes that recipe by pointing out the differences between using them in the cloud versus in the development environment (locally, before deployment to the cloud). The following recipe then describes simulating Azure Drives in the development environment.
I also appreciate that the author is not at all "chatty". This I've come to expect with "recipe" books, as I refer to them when I need to learn something very specific, usually in the middle of a project. The author holds very true to this format.
I was a bit surprised to find that some of the recipes are not coding exercises at all, but rather advice in making certain solution architecture or pattern choices. For example, there is a recipe on how to choose the best Azure storage type for a hosted service.Read more ›
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waste of money. unreadable for me. there are no pictures except for the cover page. not even a diagram. total BS. just download the code online.Published on May 17, 2012 by read every day
Microsoft Windows Azure Development Cookbook is a book targeted at developers with at least some basic experience of Windows Azure. Read morePublished on October 13, 2011 by Guy Barrette