Everyone loves a deal:  here's one that should appeal to developers who've been exploring the possibilities of Windows Azure.  A new book, "Windows Azure Platform: Articles from the Trenches Volume 1" is now available as a free PDF download. You can also view the book on slideshare.net. If you prefer a hard copy of the book, you can buy the book from lulu.com here

This book pulls together 20 great articles from 15 developers who have been developing on the Windows Azure Platform, and covers everything from getting started to implementing best practices for elastic applications.  You can read a bit more about the book on Eric Nelson's blog here. Please do share your feedback with the authors; your comments will help them as they pull together the next volume, which should be out later this year.