"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.
"Not only does Sriram understand Windows Azure deeply, but he has a knack for explaining the platform in a simple and entertaining way. You'll enjoy his friendly, informal tone as well as his technical expertise."
—Steve Mark, Technical strategist for Windows Azure
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Sriram Krishnan works on the Windows Azure program management team. Though his day job doesn't involve writing code anymore, he is a geek developer at heart and you'll have to pry his text editor away from his cold, dead hands. He is a prolific speaker and blogger in the cloud computing space in general and Windows Azure specifically. Prior to Windows Azure, Sriram worked on Microsoft Popfly where he built among other things, advanced search functionality as well as an distributed network cache system.
For more information about the book, including table of contents, author bio, and cover graphic, see: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9780596801977
For more information on Windows Azure, see Sriram Krishnan's blog at sriramkrishnan.com.
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