It’s generally difficult to find a good book on cloud and Microsoft Azure related material to help learn from. This can be extremely frustrating when you’re new to a technology and are looking for a concise source to get up to speed, and good books are the perfect solution to this. After some deliberation, I’ve decided to start a new project for Build Azure. The new project is the Build Azure Book Catalog, and it’s located at http://books.buildazure.com
The Free eBook “Defending the New Perimeter: Modern Security from Microsoft” is a guide to the Microsoft Cybersecurity Stack for IT Decision Makers written by Pete Zerger and Wes Kroesbergen. The book discusses topics such as: Identifying Threats at Scale, Leveraging Identity as a Gateway, and Protecting the Modern Perimeter.
Here’s a description of the book:
“With the explosion of cloud and enterprise mobility, the traditional network perimeter is history. A network breach is now an e-mail away.
Identity protection is now a critical component in securing your organization’s front door to on-premises and cloud resources. With the increasing sophistication and funding of attackers by criminal enterprises and nation-states, tooling for detection and response to compromise has never been more important. Classification, labelling and protection of information is a critical aspect of security as organizations store and share information across services and with partners.
Targeted to the CIO and CISO, “Defending the New Perimeter” discusses these challenges and how to address them with the latest security and identity solutions from Microsoft. Designed to properly brief a busy professional in a couple of hours, “Defending the New Perimeter” provides the pertinent information to help you understand the threats your organization faces… and what you can do to protect your business.”
It’s a new world of Big Data and Data Science. SQL Server 2016 was built for this brand new world to help businesses get ahead. This free ebook helps you learn to install, configure, and use Microsoft SQL Server R Services in data science projects. R has become one of the worlds most popular, powerful data analytics languages and environments by data scientists today!
The “Containerized Docker Application Lifecycle with Microsoft Platform and Tools” free eBook from Microsoft Press, written by Cesar de la Torre, may be the guide you’ve been looking for. If you’re new to Docker, it’s recommended to start reading this book from the beginning as it covers the fundamental Docker terms, including containers, images, registry, clusters, orchestrators, and Docker itself. However, if you’re already familiar with Docker, and just want to know what tools Microsoft has to offer, you can skip on to the “Introduction to the Microsoft platform and tools for Containerized Applications” and continue from there. Read More
Written by Charles Petzold, the “Creating Mobile Apps with Xamarin.Forms” book is a 1200 page deep dive for C# developers who want to write applications that target the 3 most popular mobile platforms: iOS, Android, and Windows! This free eBook has been made available by Microsoft Press and will definitely be a go-to guide on building Mobile Apps with Xamarin.Forms for any developer new to the Xamarin platform, or even for the more experienced looking for a deeper dive to learn more. Read More
It’s important for today’s decision makers to understand how to create a mobile app development strategy. This can be key to opening up new business opportunities. The “Microsoft Platform and Tools for Mobile App Development” Free eBook written by Cesar de la Torre and Simon Calvert provides answers to this problem area. This book covers topics on how Microsoft defines an end-to-end platform for the agile creation of mobile apps tagging any platform from iOS to Android to Windows, as well as providing an easy to consume set of services in both the cloud and on-premises. Microsoft also offers DevOps tooling to help improve application quality and to achieve faster time to market. Read More
Want to get started with Power BI, but don’t know where to start? The “Introducing Microsoft Power BI” free eBook from Microsoft Press may be the guide you’ve been looking for. This book was written by Alberto Ferrari and Marco Russo. It covers the basics of Power BI as well as a practical, scenario-based tour of Power BI. Using this book you can get an overview of PowerBI, or dig deeper and follow along with the many examples throughout the book. Read More
Microsoft Press has made the new “Configuring Microsoft SharePoint Hybrid Capabilities” eBook freely available. This book is written by Jeremy Taylor, Neil Hodgkinson, and Manas Biswas. This book is the second book in a series of SharePoint Hybrid books that cover how to configure, troubleshoot, and manage a SharePoint Hybrid environment. Read More
Blog articles and Technical documentation are nice for learning technologies, but there are times when a good book just can’t be replaced. This is especially true when getting information from blogs that may have a snippet of “found code” that might or might not work as expected. At least properly technically reviewed book will have working code snippets and other directions / information.
So, here’s a bunch of eBooks on Azure topics that are available for the Amazon Kindle. After all, what better to read about the Cloud than with a “Virtual” book! Read More
The “Planning and Preparing for Microsoft SharePoint Hybrid” eBook from Microsoft Press has been made freely available for download. This book is written by Jeremy Taylor. This is part of a series of books covering SharePoint Hybrid solutions from SharePoint on-premises to Microsoft’s cloud services. Topics covered include: foundational topics with Office 365 and Microsoft Azure, architecture planning, platform hygiene and preparation, directory synchronization, as well as how to configure a seamless single sign-on (SSO) experience for users. Read More