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And here’re the review…
Having done explaining the concept of each topic, the book includes the “how to do it” section which guide step-by-step how to achieve the goal and “how it works” which explain how it actually works under the hood.
I would believe reader with Visual Studio could easily follow the walkthrough.
This book covers deep enough topics which may not easily found on other book or event web resources. They are such as:
Along the chapters, there’re some warning and tips-and-tricks to provide reader to digest the information better and in more detail. I would say this is very useful approach.
This book straight away jump into the topic of “Controlling Access in the Windows Azure Platform” without any introduction.
I am aware that it is clearly written (on the preface) that this book is for experienced Windows Azure developer or architect. However, I would prefer to always start something with a clear introduction or big picture what’s the topic that we will be covering in the rest of the chapter.
This may includes things such as:
I completely understand that in writing a book, images are supposed to be included only where necessary. Unlike hands-on-lab or training kit like Windows Azure Platform Training Kit, where every steps are followed by very detail of screenshot.
However, I just find that this book really lack of images. The only image that I found in the book is at the cover , please correct me if I am wrong.
I am not saying that it must include bunch of images on each topic or walkthrough-steps. But (Images + explanation) would be a great combination to enable people comprehend more easily on the subject. Something like this may probably bring more sense for the readers.
As stated clearly that this book is meant for experience developer or architect, I would suggest to also include topic such as:
As conclusion, I would say that Neil has done a great job on this book. He’s indeed very knowledgeable on the subject. Thus, I would recommend you to check out the book .
I hope this short review is useful for any relevant parties including writer, publisher, editors, or readers.