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Microsoft Cloud: Book Review

Microsoft SQL Azure Enterprise Application Development

Everything you wanted to know about SQL Azure

I hope my latest book "Microsoft SQL Azure Enterprise Application Development" which should be available in a couple of days appeals to the readers as much as my two other books on Microsoft BI. This book covers most of the changes that took place between the CTP and the updates in October 2010. Even as I am writing this post it must be undergoing more changes,a fact that may take away the shine from what is written in the past. Notwithstanding, the core ideas do not change; what changes perhaps are, a few more modified screens; a new UI; and some additional hooks. The more profound changes will be totally new elements that gets added to product with time and that is the time for yet another book.

Some of the details of what you can learn copied from Packt Site is reproduced here:

  • An easy to understand briefing on Microsoft Windows Azure Platform Services
  • Connect to SQL Azure using Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio
  • Use new portal after 'early 2011' (see note below)
  • Create and manipulate objects on SQL Azure using different tools
  • Master the different types of Cloud offerings
  • Access SQL Azure through best practices using Client and Server API’s in VB and C# and using hosted services with user authentication Windows Azure
  • Learn how to populate the SQL Azure database using various techniques
  • Create Business Intelligence Applications using SSIS and SSRS
  • Synchronize databases on SQL Azure with on-site enterprise and compact SQL Servers
  • Learn how to write an application to access on-site data from a cloud hosted service
  • Get a comprehensive briefing on various updates that have been made to SQL Azure and the projects still in incubation
  • Understand the future and evolving programs such as the Houston Project, OData Services, Sync Services, and more built to support SQL Azure and transform it into a global enterprise data platform

I take this opportunity to record my sincere thanks to Microsoft Corporation and many others.

Note added on 12/07/2010:

Well, Microsoft has announced a new portal for Windows Azure. As I mentioned in the post things rapidly evolve in this area. You need a really good crystal ball to write a book on anything related to Cloud Services.

Here is the gateway to the New Portal announced most recently,

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