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Remembering back to when I was in the Audience in the Community, the one thing I always wanted to find out about was Best Practices for the Particular Technology I was listening about. I’m sure a number of people feel the same way.
Best Practices are hard to introduce in a talk as you’re typically only speaking to 10% (if that) of your audience and leaving the other 90% scratching their heads. For this reason, I am providing this blog post as a resource to find allow people interested in Best Practices to proactively seek them out with a little bit of Guidance.
Getting in the Know
Let’s face it, you may want to know the Best Practices from the beginning as you think you’re doing yourself a favour by knowing how to be a smooth operator. STOP, Let’s take a moment to step back and thing about this.
Just because something has been outlined as a best practice doesn’t guarantee that it is for your particular situation. Part of Identifying a Best Practice is knowing your options for a particular situation. Once you know you have the right fit for your particular situation then you can extend your implementation to leverage a Best Practice to Guarantee that you’ve solidified your feature in it’s Best Possible Functioning Implementation.
My First Tip for seeking out best practices is to Know your Platform & Your Options.
There are a number of resources for getting to know Windows Azure on my blog [which I’ve recently installed Microsoft Translator to provide great content for all to read] and the Windows Azure Team Blog.
Further Research is Necessary
As good as the content is that you read online, you will want to turn to a number of printed [or electronic] books. Here are a few books that I would suggest.
The Cloud Developer Tool Belt Reference Guide
This next resource might not be something you will read end to end. I would say that this is definitely an item you should be referring to when designing your Cloud Architecture.
AzureScope: Benchmarking and Guidance for Windows Azure is an all encompassing guide for Best Practices, Benchmarks, Code Samples next to which my Essential Guide for Getting Started with Windows Azure post look like one of those rings you pick up at the cash register of your local dollar store.
Hopefully this post will help those in my audiences that I am unable to reach out to at this point with that Best Practice Deep Dive. I have no doubt that Cloud Computing is the future of Application Deployment and Hosting. I also believe that Microsoft is putting forth a very strong offering with Windows Azure. Regardless your technology, the Best Practices provided in this document will provide you with some thought provoking reading material which after all is most likely one of the main contributing factors in choosing Software Development as a Career.