Programming Windows Azure is a recent book which is published by O’Reilly. So far there are not many books covering Azure specifically so this was seen as a positive move. It is written by Sriram Krishnan who works for Microsoft on the
When I first heard about this book, I searched Amazon for a Kindle edition. Since last December I have been using the Kindle I have more and more. Unfortunately Amazon does not have this format.
However, O’Reilly does have a program whereby you can buy the electronic versions of their books. In this offer, you can get DRM-free copies of the book in formats for all the popular devices (PDF, iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle, Sony Reader).
Knowing that the Kindle would work, I then discovered an excellent discount code. Normally the Azure book costs $39.95 but with the discount code “4cast” the price is cut in half. This obviously is to promote the new digital formats.
Once I purchased the book for $20, I could then download the book to my machine. The next trick was to send the book to the Kindle. This works by just sending from a trusted email account (for the Kindle) to the Kindle email address reserved during initial setup. Typically the name is something like email@example.com . The simple act of sending the book as an attachment to this Kindle email address is enough to start the wireless transfer to your Kindle. The catch is that it needs to be coming from a trusted email address and that the transfer is going to cost money (on whispernet).
The Azure book is about 2.7MB in the Kindle format which happened to be bigger than the default maximum cost for an email transfer. It costs around $1 per MB to download to the Kindle.
The default can be changed if you go to Amazon and select “Manage My Kindle” for the Kindle home page.
Limit section to be updated:
- Virtual books means no shipping costs from US to Australia
- It is so fast it is hard to believe it worked
- The massive computer books are now light and easy to read anywhere (not just for reference)
The charge on the transfer would have been around $3 so the total cost was $23. If I had wanted, I could have just transferred the book using USB. Or, if I had a newer Kindle, I could have used WiFi. Both of those options are supposed to be free.
I’m still reading the book so I cannot given an accurate review. However, the book covers some of the original thinking for Azure (used to be called Project Red Dog) and how some of the features have evolved. The most useful bit so far is running native code from an existing web role to supporting things like PHP.
It looks to be a great summary of Azure and even though it might not be perfectly up to date, it still provides plenty of useful information.