The content is based on a presentation developed by Scott Guthrie and delivered by him at the Norwegian Developers Conference (NDC) in June of 2013 (part 1, part 2), and at Microsoft Tech Ed Australia in September 2013 (part 1, part 2). Many others updated and augmented the content while transitioning it from video to written form.
Who should read this book
Developers who are curious about developing for the cloud, are considering a move to the cloud, or are new to cloud development will find here a concise overview of the most important concepts and practices they need to know. The concepts are illustrated with concrete examples, and each chapter includes links to other resources that provide more in-depth information. The examples and the links to additional resources are for Microsoft frameworks and services, but the principles illustrated apply to other web development frameworks and cloud environments as well.
Developers who are already developing for the cloud may find ideas here that will help make them more successful. Each chapter in the series can be read independently, so you can pick and choose topics that you're interested in.
Anyone who watched Scott Guthrie's "Building Real World Cloud Apps with Windows Azure" presentation and wants more details and updated information will find that here.
This ebook expects that you have experience developing web applications by using Visual Studio and ASP.NET. Familiarity with C# would be helpful in places.
As executive vice president of the Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise group, Scott Guthrie is responsible for the company's cloud infrastructure, server, database, management, and development tools businesses. His engineering team builds Microsoft Azure, Windows Server, SQL Server, Active Directory, System Center, Visual Studio, and .NET. Prior to leading the Cloud and Enterprise group, Guthrie helped lead Microsoft Azure, Microsoft's public cloud platform. Since joining the company in 1997, he has made critical contributions to many of Microsoft's key cloud, server, and development technologies and was one of the original founders of the .NET project. Guthrie graduated with a bachelor's degree in computer science from Duke University. He lives in Seattle with his wife and two children.
Mark Simms is a principal group program manager on the AzureCAT (Azure Customer Advisory Team), working on large-scale Azure architecture and implementation. He is usually found nerding out on challenging customer problems and is currently focused on architecture and application patterns at scale, making big things work on Azure. Mark's specialties are cloud architecture and implementation, real-time analytics, distributed architecture and applications, hybrid cloud applications, and big data approaches.
Tom Dykstra is a senior programming writer on Microsoft's Web Platform team. Tom has a PhD from the University of Washington. He writes about Azure, ASP.NET, web deployment, Entity Framework, and other topics related to the Microsoft web stack. Tom's blog can be found at http://tomdykstra.wordpress.com, and he is on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/tdykstra.
Rick Anderson is a senior programming writer on Microsoft's Web Platform team. Rick has an MS in applied math from Montana State University. He writes about the Microsoft web stack on Azure, including ASP.NET MVC, security, and ASP.NET Identity. You can follow Rick on Twitter at http://twitter.com/RickAndMSFT.
Mike Wasson is a senior programming writer on Microsoft's Web Platform team. He writes about ASP.NET, Web API, Entity Framework, and other topics related to the Microsoft web stack. Mike has an MS degree in computer science from the University of Washington.
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