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Mastering Cloud Development using Microsoft Azure

By : Roberto Freato, Marco Parenzan
Book Image

Mastering Cloud Development using Microsoft Azure

By: Roberto Freato, Marco Parenzan

Overview of this book

Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing platform that supports many different programming languages, tools, and frameworks, including both Microsoft-specific and third-party software and systems. This book starts by helping you set up a professional development environments in the cloud and integrating them with your local environment to achieve improved efficiency. You will move on to create front-end and back-end services, and then build cross-platform applications using Azure. Next you’ll get to grips with advanced techniques used to analyze usage data and automate billing operations. Following on from that, you will gain knowledge of how you can extend your on-premise solution to the cloud and move data in a pipeline. In a nutshell, this book will show you how to build high-quality, end-to-end services using Microsoft Azure. By the end of this book, you will have the skillset needed to successfully set up, develop, and manage a full-stack Azure infrastructure.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
Mastering Cloud Development using Microsoft Azure
About the Authors
About the Reviewer

Chapter 1. Building Basic Services

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is probably the next (or current) big thing in computing that is here to stay in the future of software and services. With PaaS, companies can abstract their services from the underlying IT infrastructure, investing the majority of the effort in the core business instead of managing several building blocks, often with repetitive actions and operations.

However, Azure is not just PaaS, and in this chapter, we are going to use IaaS instead. Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) is a model-provisioning IT low-level infrastructure (such as virtual machines) that works without having to manage the entire stack as it takes place on-premise.

A figure showing what customers manage (blue) in different scenarios.

In this chapter, we present the first scenario of the book, where a fictional company wants to start up, minimizing the initial IT investment as well as the time to market. We learn how several Azure building blocks (such as virtual machines, Visual Studio Online, Azure Resource Manager, RemoteApp, Azure Storage, among others) can be combined in order to provide a set of foundation platforms for a software development company.