Microsoft Azure: Enterprise Application Development

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  • Explore the major features of Azure
  • Examine the differences between Azure development and traditional application development
  • Integrate with an on-premises database using SSIS
  • Utilize blob, table, and queue storage
  • Develop web and worker roles
  • Log application diagnostics and events
  • Create a WCF service in a web role
  • Review considerations for moving an application and data into the cloud
  • Create a Windows Forms application, and integrate it with web services using Visual Studio
  • Monitor your application's performance using Azure Diagnostics

Microsoft's Azure platform has proved itself to be a highly scalable and highly available platform for enterprise applications. Despite a familiar development model, there is a difference between developing for Azure and moving applications and data into the cloud. You need to be aware of how to technically implement large-scale elastic applications. In this book, the authors develop an Azure application and discuss architectural considerations and important decision points for hosting an application on Azure.

This book is a fast-paced introduction to all the major features of Azure, with considerations for enterprise developers. It starts with an overview of cloud computing in general, followed by an overview of Microsoft's Azure platform, and covers Windows Azure, SQL Azure, and AppFabric, discussing them with the help of a case-study.

The book guides you through setting up the tools needed for Azure development, and outlines the sample application that will be built in the later chapters. Each subsequent chapter focuses on one aspect of the Azure platform—web roles, queue storage, SQL Azure, and so on—discussing the feature in greater detail and then providing a programming example by building parts of the sample application. Important architectural and security considerations are discussed with each Azure feature.

The authors cover topics that are important to enterprise development, such as transferring data from an on-premises database to SQL Azure using SSIS, securing an application using AppFabric access control, blob and table storage, and asynchronous messaging using Queue Storage. Readers will learn to leverage the use of queues and worker roles for the separation of responsibilities between web and worker roles, enabling linear scale out of an Azure application through the use of additional instances. A truly "elastic" application is one that can be scaled up or down quickly to match resources to demand as well as control costs; with the practices in this book you will achieve application elasticity.

  • Build scalable enterprise applications using Microsoft Azure
  • The perfect fast-paced case study for developers and architects wanting to enhance core business processes
  • Packed with examples to illustrate concepts
  • Written in the context of building an online portal for the case-study application


Page Count 248
Course Length 7 hours 26 minutes
ISBN 9781849680981
Date Of Publication 9 Dec 2010


Richard J. Dudley

Richard Dudley is a Senior Application Developer for Armada Supply Chain Solutions, a logistics company based in Pittsburgh, PA. Richard has been developing with Microsoft technologies since 1998, and today works with a variety of technologies, including SQL Server, ASP.NET, SharePoint and BizTalk. With his wife Kathy, Richard is also co-owner of The Bloomery Florist in Butler, PA

Nathan A. Duchene

Nathan Duchene is an Application Developer for Armada Supply Chain Solutions, a logistics company based in Pittsburgh, PA. He has worked with a list of Microsoft technologies, including ASP.NET, Silverlight, SharePoint, BizTalk, and SQL Server. Nathan also enjoys playing numerous sports, volunteering in the community, and spending time with his family and closest friends in his spare time.