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Overview

SQL Azure represents Microsoft’s cloud-based delivery of its enterprise-caliber, SQL Server database management system (formerly under the code name "Oslo"). Pro SQL Azure introduces you to this new platform, showing you how to program and administer it in a variety of cloud computing scenarios. You’ll learn to program SQL Azure from Silverlight, ASP.NET, WinForms, and from SQL Reporting Services. You’ll also understand how to manage the platform by planning for scalability, troubleshooting performance issues, and implementing strong security.

  • Shows how to use SQL Azure from Silverlight, ASP.NET, and more
  • Covers management, scalability, and troubleshooting
  • Addresses the all-important issue of securing your data

What you’ll learn

  • Create and manage SQL Azure databases
  • Access SQL Azure from Silverlight, WinForms, ASP.NET, Reporting Services, and more
  • Optimize your distributed database design for scalability and performance
  • Partition your databases and write multithreaded queries for parallel execution
  • Understand how to take advantage of Microsoft’s S+S strategy to save money and increase agility with hybrid cloud computing
  • Use ADO.NET and LINQ in .NET 4 with Visual Studio 2010
  • Pinpoint where SQL Azure makes things simpler than running on-premise databases
  • Understand when to apply new technologies to optimize performance when running your database in the cloud
  • Pinpoint where SQL Azure makes things simpler than running on-premise databases
  • Understand when to apply new technologies to optimize performance when running your database in the cloud

Who this book is for

Pro SQL Azure is for database administrators and developers who want to use SQL Server in the cloud, and especially for those who want to go deeper and learn important strategies and techniques for effective cloud computing.

Table of Contents

  1. Getting Started with SQL Azure
  2. Design Considerations
  3. Security
  4. Data Migration and Backup Strategies
  5. Programming with SQL Azure
  6. Reporting Services with SQL Azure
  7. SQL Azure Data Sync Services
  8. Windows Azure and ASP.NET
  9. Designing for High Performance
  10. Federations
  11. Performance Tuning
  12. Other Azure Data Services
  13. Device Connectivity

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781430229612
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 10/29/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 1,307,033
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott Klein is a Microsoft SQL Server "Most Valuable Professional" and independent consultant specializing in SQL Server performance and business intelligence. Scott is the author of several books, including Professional SQL Server 2005 XML, Professional LINQ, and Pro ADO.NET 4.0 Entity Framework. He was a contributing author to Pro SQL Server 2008 Relational Database Design and Implementation, as well as to the Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Bible. Scott has written many articles for the SQL Server Standard magazine. He holds the MCDBA, MCSD, and MCSE certifications. He is heavily involved in the south Florida community, running two SQL Server user groups and the South Florida SQL Saturday events. Scott also speaks frequently at user groups across south Florida. Scott has nearly 20 years working with SQL Server and consulting in small to enterprise-size environments.

Herve Roggero, Windows Azure MVP, is founder of Blue Syntax Consulting, a company specialized in cloud computing products and services. Herve's experience includes software development, architecture, database administration, and senior management with both global corporations and startup companies. Herve holds multiple certifications, including an MCDBA, MCSE, and MCSD. He also holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from Indiana University. Herve is co-author of the Apress books PRO SQL Server 2012 Practices and Pro SQL Database for Windows Azure. For more information, visit www.bluesyntax.net.

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  • Posted December 29, 2010

    Great coverage of the SQL Azure Platform

    I am a developer of 16 years. Like many of you, I use these types of books to quickly get me up to speed on new technologies. This book delivers on this for the SQL Azure platform.

    Pros :
    - The book is concise and detailed about the Sql Azure platform.
    - It explains and shows how to set up, use, develop to and maintain the Sql Azure databases.
    - It details the differences of the Sql 2008 R2 and the Sql Azure platform.
    - Explains cloud design patterns for cloud and mixed data including OData producing and consuming.
    - Details how to work with other Azure web applications and services and how to securely write the applications.
    Cons:
    - The book isn't, but feels a little short. I am used to huge books filled with fluff.

    Do not be disappointed because this book is short (about 300 pages) compared to most of the Pro books that are 1200+ pages. Unlike many "Pro" books, this one doesn't spend 400 pages introducing the technology and getting you up to speed in baby steps. It gets to the point of Azure, Microsoft's cloud solution, and explains the current state of SQL Azure and how to use it. The authors expect you to be a professional developer at this point and know how to use .Net and Sql Server. So, if you really are a beginner at .Net development with Sql Server, this book is probably not for you.

    The authors compare the cloud SQL Azure server to the current SQL 2008 R2 server and explain the differences in critical detail. This is invaluable to me as I have been looking into cloud applications and have been leery of how to properly architect a cloud and mixed application. The coverage of the differences of the 2008 R2 server and Sql Azure are detailed in the appendixes so you know what works in each place when you design your apps. Also, the chapter on OData and how it works with SQL Azure was enlightening.

    To conclude,
    I learned a lot from reading this book and it has helped direct me in my cloud development at this point.

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