Databases play an important role in almost all the applications that we use. The database has a direct impact on the performance and scalability of the application it supports. That makes choosing the right type of database to use and designing that database correctly a vital part of all development since scalability and performance depend on a well-chosen design. With databases hosted in Azure, the design may also have a direct impact on the costs of the database. The first part of this book teaches you when to use a relational database (Azure SQL Database) and when a NoSQL database (Cosmos DB) is the better option. You will also learn how to design that database and, finally, how to implement the chosen design.

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