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Folks in the Know
Blogs and Websites
Applied Architecture Patterns on the Microsoft Platform by Richard Seroter, Ewan Fairweather, Rama Ramani, Mike Sexton, and Stephen W. Thomas (Packt)
Azure in Action by Chris Hay and Brian H. Prince (Manning)
Cloud Computing with the Windows Azure Platform by Roger Jennings (Wrox)
Pro SQL Azure by Scott Klein and Herve Roggero (Apress)
Windows Azure Platform by Tejaswi Redkar (Apress)
Windows Azure Projects by Jim Zimmerman, Scott Densmore, David Makogon, Maarten Balliauw, and Scott Ma (Apress)
Windows Azure Platform: Articles from the Trenches Volume 1 by Eric Nelson, Marcus Tillett, Ricahrd Prodger, Saksham Gautam, Rob Blackwell, Julien Hannsens, Simon Munro, Steve Towler, Sarang Kulkarni, Grace Mollison, Jason Nappi, Josh Tuchoiski, David Gristwood, Neil Mackenzie, Steven Nagy
Projects, Third Party Tools and Other Downloads
Essential Code/Scripts/Virtual Labs
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