This book says it’s purpose is to serve as an introduction to programming
for the Windows Azure Platform. Unfortunately the authors and publishers
have not kept up with the rapid changes to the Azure environment. The book
was published in 2010 and reflects the programming and Azure Management
consoles from then. There are no errata correcting the book to reflect
changes that have occurred since then. One nice thing about Manning
Publishing is that they offer their books in both paper and electronic
formats. If you buy the paper version you also qualify to get the electronic
version. This should have allowed either an appendix to the electronic
version reflecting the many changes or a revised electronic version. It
appears that neither of these was done.
Specifically the book refers to the Azure SDK 1.1
while the latest SDK is version 1.6 released in November 2011. It refers to
a “Windows Azure Cloud Service” while this kind of project is now simple a
“Windows Azure Project”. The Figures for the Windows Azure Website
Management page is nothing like the latest page.
On the plus side many of the explanations of what
Windows Azure is and how it functions are well written and provide good
explanations of how, why, and when to use the Windows Azure Cloud Service.
It presents the cost and other advantages of Windows Azure. The chapters are
presented in a logical order for gaining expertise as the reader progresses.
My overall opinion is that while this book has some
value for someone just starting out with Windows Azure, it is too far behind
the updates etc. to be considered a good value. However, that said I would
expect that the authors will update their work and when they do the book may
regain its usefulness. Until then I would recommend using the information
found on the Windows Azure
website to learn how to develop for Windows Azure.