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The Azure Services Platform is a brand-new cloud-computing technology from Microsoft. It is composed of four core components--Windows Azure, .NET Services, SQL Services, and Live Services--each with a unique role in the functioning of your cloud service. It is the goal of this book to show you how to use these components, both separately and together, to build flawless cloud services.
At its heart Windows Azure Platform is a down-to-earth, code-centric book. This book aims to show you precisely how the components are employed and to demonstrate the techniques and best practices you need to know to use them to best effect. That said, author Tejaswi Redkar regularly takes time out to provide a thorough overview of the architectural concepts that underpin Windows Azure. Without this understanding, you will find it hard to use the platform to its full potential.
By the time you've read this book, you will be comfortable building high-quality end-to-end Azure services of your own.
What you'll learn
Know everything you need to about the Azure Services components--from Access Control to SQL Services, from the Service Bus to Workflow Services
Understand both the architectural thinking behind Azure and the nuts-and-bolts code that binds your service together
Design, build, and deploy an Azure service with the assistance of a fully worked template for end-to-end application design that mimics a real-world scenario and gives you a rock-solid example of the design and development processes that you need to work through
Who is this book for?
This book is intended for professional developers who want to dig into the internals of Azure and start investigating its features in depth and adopting them into their workflow systems. A taster to the subject is provided by the Apress title Introducing Windows Azure due to be published in October 2009.
About the Apress Pro Series
The Apress Pro series books are practical, professional tutorials to keep you on and moving up the professional ladder.
You have gotten the job, now you need to hone your skills in these tough competitive times. The Apress Pro series expands your skills and expertise in exactly the areas you need. Master the content of a Pro book, and you will always be able to get the job done in a professional development project. Written by experts in their field, Pro series books from Apress give you the hard-won solutions to problems you will face in your professional programming career.
About the Author
Tejaswi Redkar is a senior consultant working for Microsoft Consulting Services. He has a master's degree from San Jose State University and is an experienced architect of service-oriented systems for financial services, telemetry, and e-commerce. He is currently transferring his skills to Microsoft's new Azure Services Platform in readiness for its launch in late 2009