Tuesday, January 07, 2014

"Building Real-World Cloud Apps with Windows Azure" code and eBook

Fix It app for Building Real World Cloud Apps e-book [Code]

This is a Visual Studio project that accompanies the e-book Building Real-World Cloud Apps with Windows Azure. The code demonstrates best practices for cloud apps as presented in the e-book, such as:

  • Storing automation scripts with code in source control
  • Using automation scripts for environment creation and deployment
  • Asynchronous programming
  • Dependency injection
  • Data partitioning
  • Blob storage
  • Transient fault handling
  • Instrumentation
  • Queue-centric work pattern

Building the Sample

There are two versions of the app you can run:

  • The base version is designed to run in a Windows Azure Web Site.
  • The queues version has a front-end web site and a back-end service. The front-end communicates with the back-end via Windows Azure Storage Queues. The front-end is designed to run in a Windows Azure Web Site, the back-end is designed to run in a Windows Azure Cloud Service.

The following instructions apply to the base version:



The sample app is a simple work item ticketing system called “Fix It!”  When you need something fixed, you create a ticket and assign it to someone, and others can log in and see the tickets assigned to them and mark tickets as completed when the work is done.

It’s a standard Visual Studio web project. It is built on ASP.NET MVC and  uses a SQL Server database. It can run locally in IIS Express  and can be deployed to a Windows Azure Web Site to run in the cloud. For the queues version, the back-end code that processes the queue messages is deployed to a worker role in a Windows Azure Cloud Service.



Building Real-World Cloud Apps with Windows Azure [ebook]


Tom Dykstra
Rick Anderson
Mike Wasson

Summary: This e-book walks you through a patterns-based approach to building real-world cloud solutions. The patterns apply to the development process as well as to architecture and coding practices. The content is based on a presentation developed by Scott Guthrie and originally delivered at the Norwegian Developers Conference (NDC) in June of 2013. Many others updated and augmented the content while transitioning it from video to written form.

Category: Guide Applies to: Windows Azure Web Sites, ASP.NET, Visual Studio, Visual Studio Online, Windows Azure Active Directory, Windows Azure SQL Database, Source: ASP.NET site (source content)

E-book publication date: January, 2014


I thought this was an old'ish book, but in looking deeper, it's not (really). It's new, fresh and free. Having the code with the eBook is nice too... :)


Related Past Post XRef:
Going beyond demo-ware with "Real World Windows Azure Guidance" from MSDN
"Building Hybrid Applications in the Cloud on Windows Azure" free ebook RTW's
“Windows Azure Architecture Guide, Part 1 – Moving Applications to the Cloud” now available as an interactive guide.
Moving Applications to the Cloud 2nd Edition guide (and Hands on Labs)
"Building Hybrid Applications in the Cloud on Windows Azure" free ebook and code (RC)

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