A few weeks ago I've got two Windows Azure books from Apress
for review and giveaway on the group meeting.
In the very moment when I opened the first one I knew it will be
difficult to review books about a something I don't really know that much
about. Usually I would need just a few hours to say if I like a book or not but
this time was different. After struggling for a few days the task started to be
even trickier but on one moment I said to myself "hey! You don't know Azure so
try from that perspective" and that is what I'm trying to do here.
Windows Azure Platform
Like I said, I don't know the great deal about the Windows
Azure and I would like to learn not only how to write a code, but also
understand the cloud. For that I found this book perfect indeed. The first part
is focused on the idea behind the cloud, how to use it in the business and when
to do so. It also shows what other competitors have to offer. It's very good
read thought. After that the book goes deeper and deeper in the Azure, showing
in the first place how to start, how Azure is organised and how to make it
working. It's very good if you've never even looked there. Rest of the book is
going deeply in each part of the Azure. The relation of code to text is
definitely in favour of the latter and you can find a lot of explanation on how
things are working that helps to understand both the concept and the code.
Introducing Windows Azure
The title is, in my opinion, a bit misleading. I wouldn't
call this book an introduction and it seems to be more focused on those who
either knows already something about the Azure, or just don't care in details
under the hood. After a very short introduction, that takes just a bit more
than two dozens of pages, the author throws you straight into the code. If one
compare that with over a hundred pages of introduction in the previous book,
the difference will be obvious. Does it mean this book is bad? Hell no! This
book is just soaked in a code; every page is just packed with diagrams,
screenshots and code samples. This is amazing book if you are a hardcore coder
or if you have read the previous book and has an appetite for more.
To conclude this short review, both books are very good,
both are dealing with the same technology and even examples are somehow
similar. From the other angle both are very different and approach the topic
from very different angles. If you know you need the cloud right now, pick up
the second one and sink in the code. If you are just checking, grab the first
and enjoy the whole new world opening in front of you. After that, grab the
second book if you will need more.
02-18-2010 2:06 PM