MS_Patterns&Practices Microft Azure Services [for me they are: Windows Azure, SQL Azure, App Fabric and numerous external add-ons/ins] are becoming increasingly popular. In January 2010 (few days after World Premiere) interesting document: Moving Applications to the Cloud on the Microsoft Windows Azure™ Platform appeared on MSDN.  In eight parts Microsoft showed how we could use Microsoft Azure technologies. Below You can see the article-road map:

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This document (uh, large 125 pages on “my patented technology” copy-paste) with six appendixes it’s very helpful for all of us – The Azure Guys – but especially for the beginners.

Now, after six months of moving Your applications – are someone of you really move just one? – it’s time for the second part of this documentation series: Developing Applications for the Cloud on the Microsoft Windows Azure™ Platform. Appeared on MSDN on August, in six parts and two appendixes. See the article-road map below:

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The second part, called on Born To Learn Blog as second volume (this time on 135 pages is for pre-intermediate users, but of curse still for all of us.

In both volumes You are supporting by “panel of experts” includes: cloud specialist, a software architect, a software developer, and an IT professional:

Jana

Jana is a software architect. She plans the overall structure of an application. Her perspective is both practical and strategic. In other words, she considers the technical approaches that are needed today and the direction a company needs to consider for the future.

Markus

Markus is a senior software developer. He is analytical, detail-oriented, and methodical. He’s focused on the task at hand, which is building a great cloud-based application. He knows that he’s the person who’s ultimately responsible for the code.

Poe

Poe is an IT professional who’s an expert in deploying and running applications in the cloud. Poe has a keen interest in practical solutions; after all, he’s the one who gets paged at 03:00 when there’s a problem.

Bharath

Bharath is a cloud specialist. He checks that a cloud-based solution will work for a company and provide tangible benefits. He is a cautious person, for good reasons.

 

And the last and most important – the links for documents: