Here are some recently released resources now available for individuals who enjoy Windows Azure as much as I do:
New Windows Azure Platform Book:
Learn to build flawless cloud services using the four components of the Azure Services Platform. Best practices and techniques for using Windows Azure, .NET Services, SQL Services, and Live Services are supported by a thorough overview of architectural concepts to ensure you make use of the platform to its full potential. Written by Tejaswi Redkar, whom is a both a colleague of mine and a subject matter expert for our enterprise customers adopting Windows Azure.
Windows Azure Platform by Tejaswi Redkar | Apress | ISBN-13: 978-1-4302-2479-2 | 624pp. | $44.99 | eBook available
January 2010 MSDN Magazine Articles:
Cloud Patterns: Designing and Deploying Services for Windows Azure by Thomas Erl; Arman Kurtagic; Herbjörn Wilhelmsen To better understand how SOA patterns can be applied to Windows Azure deployments, the authors walk you through a scenario in which a bank moves its services to the cloud.
Cloud Storage: Fueling Your Application's Engine with Windows Azure Storage by Kevin Hoffman and Nathan Dudek Yes, you can run background processes in the cloud. In this article, the authors use a shopping cart example to demonstrate how to build an application engine as well as implement asynchronous messaging and processing using Azure Storage. Cloud Security: Crypto Services and Data Security in Windows Azure by Jonathan Wiggs Many early adopters cloud platforms have questions about security. The article reviews some of the cryptography services and providers in Windows Azure along with some security implications for applications in the cloud.
Launch of Cerebrata’s Cloud Storage Studio:
After 6 months of beta-testing, and over 10 iterations, Gaurav Mantri announced the commercial launch of Cloud Storage Studio, a cool WPF-based client that assists in managing Windows Azure Hosted and Storage Services. You can download a free 30-day trial version and find out details by visiting their website, at http://www.cerebrata.com/Products/CloudStorageStudio/Default.aspx The application will automatically switch to “Developer” edition after 30 days, and you will only be able to manage development storage. You can purchase a “Professional” edition license for the introductory price of only $49.99 (USD) per desktop, and Cerebrata is also offering volume discounts.
JetBrains ReSharper 5.0 Beta:
While improving its traditional analysis functionality, ReSharper is at the same time targeting a wider audience, thanks to its new, comprehensive approach to web development, and providing new features that are useful at solution/project level (in addition to class level) to benefit not just individual developers but whole teams.
Compared to previous versions, ReSharper 5.0 has evolved in four major directions:
Other enhancements include extended IntelliSense, bookmarking, native NUnit support, and more.
You can download ReSharper 5.0 Beta right now.