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Microsoft Azure: Enterprise Application Development

Richard J. Dudley, Nathan A. Duchene

Straight talking advice on how to design and build enterprise applications for the cloud using Microsoft Azure with this book and eBook
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849680981
Paperback248 pages

About This Book

  • 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


Who This Book Is For

If you provide technological leadership to their enterprise—senior developers, architects, CIO/CTO and you want or need to guide your enterprise’s application design to Azure, this is the perfect book for you! Since the examples are in .NET, the book will skew to MS-oriented developers. But a lot of what is discussed will be applicable to anyone wanting to work with Azure. No matter what language you use, you provision the application fabric the same way, and all the underlying concepts will be the same. You will need experience with Visual Studio, and some basic SQL Server knowledge.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to Cloud Computing
What is an enterprise application?
What is cloud computing?
Some benefits of cloud computing
Some downsides of cloud computing
Cloud computing infrastructure
Cloudy skies ahead
Is cloud computing "enterprisey" enough?
Chapter 2: The Nickel Tour of Azure
Explaining Azure to the managers
Windows Azure
SQL Azure
Windows Azure platform: AppFabric
Codename Dallas
Development Fabric
Considerations for the ASP.NET developer
How are Azure costs calculated?
Chapter 3: Setting Up for Development
Downloading the tools
Configuring the local machine for development
Installing Windows Azure tools and SDK
Chapter 4: Designing our Sample Application
Project design
Integrating application with cloud features
Creating an Azure account
Chapter 5: Introduction to SQL Azure
Overview of SQL Azure
Development considerations
Management tools
Managing databases, logins, and roles in SQL Azure
Migrating schema and data
The Jupiter Motor's ERP system database and the Dealer Orders database
Creating our database
Chapter 6: Azure Blob Storage
Blobs in the Azure ecosystem
Creating Blob Storage
Windows Azure Content Delivery Network
Blob Storage Data Model
Blob Storage
Chapter 7: Azure Table Storage
Table Storage versus database tables
Some of the good stuff
Limitations of Table Storage
Adding Table Storage to an Azure account
Accessing Table Storage
Choosing a PartitionKey
Exception handling
Chapter 8: Queue Storage
The ins and outs of queues
Working with queues
Working with messages
Chapter 9: Web Role
The role of the web
Web roles, déjà vu, and ASP.NET
Application diagnostics and logging in the cloud
Jupiter Motors web role
Chapter 10: Web Services and Azure
Web services and WCF
Securing WCF
Jupiter Motors web service
Creating a new WCF service web role
Our WCF web services
DataTable "gotcha"
Web Service Definition Language (WSDL) "gotcha"
Chapter 11: Worker Roles
Worker role internals
Uses of worker roles
Managing worker roles
The Jupiter Motors worker role
Chapter 12: Local Application for Updates
Brief overview of the application
JupiterMotorsERP local application
Testing our application
Chapter 13: Azure AppFabric
Introduction to Azure AppFabric
Access Control
Service Bus
Chapter 14: Azure Monitoring and Diagnostics
Azure Diagnostics­ under the hood
Enabling diagnostic logging
Logging config data in our application
Transferring and persisting diagnostic data
Accessing stored data
Chapter 15: Deploying to Windows Azure
Setting up hosted service in Windows Azure
Preparation application for deployment
Ready for deployment
Changing live configuration
Upgrading the deployment
Running the deployment

What You Will Learn

  • 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

In Detail

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.


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