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Beginning SharePoint 2013 Development by Donovan Follette, Chris Johnson, Steve Fox

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Chapter 5

Overview of Windows Azure for SharePoint

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THIS CHAPTER:

  • Defining cloud computing
  • Using Windows Azure
  • Understanding how to integrate SharePoint 2013 and Windows Azure

WROX.COM DOWNLOADS FOR THIS CHAPTER

The wrox.com code downloads for this chapter are found at http://www.wrox.com/WileyCDA/WroxTitle/productCd-1118495845.html on the Download Code tab. The code for this chapter is divided into the following major examples:

  • MyFirstAzureApp.zip
  • AzureClientAppWebPart.zip
  • MyFirstAutohostedApp.zip

As you’ve seen thus far, the new SharePoint app model includes a rich cloud integration model (called cloud-hosted applications). Although you can leverage broader web strategies when building and deploying your SharePoint app, Windows Azure is one of Microsoft’s primary cloud-based technologies that you’ll need to be familiar with when building your apps; it is key to the development model in SharePoint 2013.

Windows Azure is Microsoft’s cloud platform technology, and in and of itself, is a very powerful technology. It’s not just a place to deploy your code; a whole set of services exists that you as a developer can use in your SharePoint solution development. This chapter provides a deeper look at Windows Azure so you can leverage more of its underlying platform services.

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