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  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (24 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849685606
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849685603
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.7 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,414,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Riccardo Becker

Riccardo Becker works full-time as a Principal IT Architect for Logica, in the Netherlands. He holds several certifications, and his background in computing goes way back to 1998, when he started working with good old' Visual Basic 5.0 (or was it 6.0?). Ever since, he fulfilled several roles, such as Developer, Lead Developer, Architect, Project Leader, Practice Manager, and recently, he decided to accept the role of Principal IT Architect, in which he focuses on innovation, cutting-edge technology, and specifically on Windows Azure and cloud computing in general.

In 2007, he joined the Microsoft LEAP program, where he got a peek at the move Microsoft was about to make on their road to the cloud. Pat Helland gave him that insight, and since the first release of Windows Azure on PDC 2008, he started to focus on it, keeping track of the progress and the maturity of the platform. In the past few years, he has also done a lot of work on incubation with his employer, raising awareness on cloud computing in general and Windows Azure.

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By LDJ TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 17 Dec. 2012
Format: Paperback
The book starts of in a complete tutorial led example of a new startup company guiding the user in some depth from File-> New Project in Visual Studio all the way to getting a very basic MVC app with Bing Maps running in the Azure cloud. This is done exceptionally well, but the book then kind of loses its way - the detail starts to slip and the step-by-step nature of the book turns to discussion and code snippets with no indication on how the code should fit together to make the intended application. If the book had continued with the same level of depth throughout it would definitely have been a five-start product, but despite having good technical depth and covering most areas of concern, this change in approach makes the book much less enjoyable to follow cover-to-cover.
Also, due to the fast changing nature of the Azure portal the screenshots are already outdated and it isn't immediately obvious where one downloads the code from the book. The Packtpub website doesn't seem to offer a download for this book!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The book is out of date 3 May 2013
By John - Published on
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Azure has changed since this book was written, so it was not very helpful. You are probably better off going with online demos and tutorials.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A decent amount of "how-to" examples 5 Jan. 2013
By Igor Papirov - Published on
Format: Paperback
- A good deal of great examples about how various Azure components can be utilized, configured, deployed, etc. Book does a fairly good job at explaining all the pieces of Azure infrastructure and how these components are utilized.
- The book is good for not just startups, but also other experienced professionals who are looking to gets hands-on knowledge of Azure inner-workings

- As with any Azure book, some of the information is outdated as soon as the book hits the shelf. Trust but verify the various examples, prices, code snippets, etc.
- While the book did a good job in explaining the "how" to do a great amount of things in Azure, it did not touch too much on the "why". Each piece of Azure infrastructure got a small explanation of what its role is and then a fair amount of how to configure it. I would have preferred more explanations on what circumstances dictate the usage of various Azure components, how they are interrelated and complement each other and basically more "architectural" information that would help readers to make up their own systems
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Explaining Azure 30 Dec. 2012
By Paul Graham - Published on
Format: Paperback
The book is a great introduction to working with Azure, I would happily recommend it to any person starting to look at Azure either as a developer or in a architectural role. The introduction very neatly and clearly summarizes all the areas of the Azure platform, the billing calculations, linking into TFS and the Microsoft BizSpark programme for start-ups. The rest of the book then goes into detail about each subsystem and includes enough sample code to explain how to use that subsystem.

In summary, I would make this book required reading for any Azure developer as it demystifies the terminology surrounding Azure and gives a great overview of the platform.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Concise, handy guide for Startups 16 Jan. 2013
By Indrajit Chakrabarty - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book provides a concise and very focussed introduction to Azure fundamentals that modern startups need to pay attention to. Being a Microsoft Bizspark member and a mobile solutions consultant, I have read through the book and highly recommend for any startup founder considering Windows Azure as their cloud services platform.

The book has adequate coverage of fundamental Azure features such as Windows Azure Storage, SQL storage, Service Bus, Access Control Service, Caching, etc, one should refer to a publication that discusses the softeare architecture of these features and their practical applications in software design & development. A chapter is devoted towards using the Enterprise Library for Windows Azure, this may or may not interest the reader. Individual chapters on Application Lifecycle Management and Security are very informative and handy. An entire chapter is devoted on billing aspects of Windows Azure, something startups often struggle to comprehend and estimate billing for their services.

As with most modern-day publications, the book does not cover the recently launched Windows Azure Mobile Services, a new offering from Microsoft. Windows Azure Mobile Services provides mobile solution developers with a way to rapidly develop cloud services for their application(s). The book does not use the recent (preview) version of the Windows Azure Management Portal, so, keep this in mind if you consider purchasing the book.

(Disclosure: I was offered a copy of the book for my reference and review)
Windows Azure from A to Z 2 Dec. 2012
By Gudmundur Jon Halldorsson - Published on
Format: Paperback
When I started using Windows Azure 2008 I didn't find a lot of help. But I was able to learn how this platform works by test and either succeed or fail. Since then it has become a lot easier to find good help in solving Windows Azure problems, but at the same time it has been lacking a good overview of the entire platform.

For a startup company it is necessary to realize how Windows Azure works and how to use it. After reading this book I must admit I would have liked to have such a book next to me when I started using Windows Azure, it would have simplified my live considerably and saved me a lot of time [...].

If you are starting a Windows Azure then this is the book you should own and even if you have experience in Windows Azure, this book has help me. What I also found interesting was how Startup Company was used as an example, and the startup was followed through the first steps. After reading this book, you should be have the complete picture of Windows Azure and how best to utilize it.

This is a well written book not only focused on developers but also operations and even management. There is not mentions about Hadoop Azure in this book, and that is a good thing because that topic requires more than just a chapter.
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