Programming the Microsoft Cloud with Windows Azure

Learn the nuts and bolts of cloud computing with Windows Azure, Microsoft’s new Internet services platform. Written by Sriram Krishnan (@sriramk), a key member of the product development team, Programming Windows Azure (O’Reilly Media, $49.99 USD) shows you how to build, deploy, host, and manage applications using Windows Azure’s programming model and essential storage services.

“The industry is seeing a huge shift to the cloud,” says Krishnan. “A lot of people are trying to figure out ‘the cloud’ and in particular Microsoft’s cloud platform-from an architectural, business and a technical standpoint. This book is aimed squarely at helping them.

My hope is that when the reader finishes this book, he or she will have a crystal clear idea of what Windows Azure is, what it can do, how it works and how to make best use of it.”

Chapters in Programming Windows Azure are organized to reflect the platform’s buffet of services. The book’s first half focuses on how to write and host application code on Windows Azure, while the second half explains all of the options you have for storing and accessing data on the platform with high scalability and reliability.

Lots of code samples and screenshots are available to help you along the way.

.    Learn how to build applications using the Windows Azure toolset
.    Discover how Windows Azure works under the hood, and learn the how and the why behind several features
.    Choose to write application code in .NET or other languages such as C/C++, PHP, or Ruby
.    Understand the various options for managing your service
.    Get up to speed on Azure’s storage services, including blobs, queues, and tables
.    Build a secure backup system, and learn about cloud application security, cryptography, and performance

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For more information about the book, including table of contents, author bio, and cover graphic, see: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9780596801977

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