Book Announcement! Windows Azure SQL Database – Step By Step

Just when I thought it was safe to go back in the water…

I’m very happy to announce that I’ll be authoring a new book on Windows Azure SQL Database. The book, part of the Microsoft Press “Step By Step” series, is designed for readers to quickly get productive with Windows Azure SQL Database — the cloud version of SQL Server.

I’m especially lucky and honored to work with my friend and collegue Brian Reynolds, who is co-authoring the book with me. Brian has great knowledge and experience with the Windows Azure platform, which is sure to shine through in his chapters. Plus, I’m once again delighted to work in partnership with Craig Branning and all the wonderful folks at Tallan, Inc.

So who is this book for? Well, anyone interested in quickly getting up and running with SQL Database on Windows Azure. This includes not only those experienced with SQL Server, but readers having general experience with other database technologies, and even those with little to no experience at all. The Step By Step series follows an inviting format that’s chock full of quick rewards — small bits of conceptual information are presented, and that information is then immediately put to practical use by walking through a relatively short procedure, one step at a time.

I’m also happy that the title will once again be published by O’Reilly Media and branded as an MS Press book. Years back, O’Reilly acquired MS Press, but retained the Microsoft logo with the black and red theme, which I think we all agree looks really, really cool.

So (once more!) busy days lie ahead. We’re still in the early stages, so some of this could easily change somewhat, but here’s what we have planned so far to cover:

  • Quick-Start, Setup, and Configuration
  • Security in the cloud
  • Reporting Services in the cloud
  • SQL Data Sync
  • Migration and Backup
  • Using the online management portal, and familiar tools like SSMS and SSDT
  • Programming using such tools as the Entity Framework ORM layer
  • Scalability, Federations, and Performance
  • Differences from on-premise SQL Server

With luck, the book should be out by Q3 2013. I’m looking forward to the work in store, and we hope to produce the best piece of work we can. Along the way, I’ll be blogging more previews of what’s to come. So stay tuned, and thanks for reading.