The purpose of this appendix is to help you get started and set up your environment so that you have everything you need to get the most out of this book.
You can run all of the code samples in this book on an on-premises installation of Microsoft SQL Server—box flavor—and most of the examples on Windows Azure SQL Database (formerly called SQL Azure)—cloud flavor. For details about the differences between the flavors, see the section The ABC Flavors of SQL Server in Chapter 1.
The first section, Getting Started with SQL Database, provides a link to the website where you can find the information you need to get started with SQL Database.
The second section, Installing an On-Premises Implementation of SQL Server, assumes ...