December 2011 almost a year ago I wrote a blog post for TechNet Wiki on Windows Azure- and Server AppFabric. Now on the Server part a cookbook has been released written by fellow Microsoft Integration MVP Rick G. Garibay and Microsoft Architect Hammad Rajjoub.  I know both Rick and Hammad (both very active community leaders) have done a great job. Windows Server AppFabric can be viewed as a part of the Microsoft Integration Stack together with BizTalk, SQL Server and Azure ServiceBus. For lightweight integration Windows Server AppFabric together with WF (Windows Workflow) and WCF (Windows Communication Foundation) can be a right fit within your enterprise without using the more scalable, robust BizTalk Server or Windows Azure Service Bus.

The eBook Contest

I have teamed up with Packt Publishing and am organizing a give away especially for you my blog readers. All you need to do is send me an email with your view on Microsoft integration at SteefJan @ msn dot com and you might win a free copy of Microsoft Windows Server AppFabric Cookbook. Three lucky winners stand a chance to win an e-copy of the book. This contest will end at end of this month 31 October. Lucky winners will be announced on 1st of November.

Overview of Microsoft Windows Server AppFabric Cookbook

This book will enable you to:

  • Download, install, configure and get up and running with Windows Server AppFabric quickly
  • Learn how to take advantage of distributed caching for providing high performance and elastic scale on-premise today
  • Take advantage of the enhanced hosting capabilities that Windows Server AppFabric has to offer including Auto-Start and a greatly simplified configuration experience
  • Enable support for long-running composite applications that are resilient and fault-tolerant while maximizing computing resources
  • Gain insight into the health of your composite applications seamlessly, both proactively and when something goes wrong
  • Learn how to scale Windows Server AppFabric by leveraging farm deployments
  • My View on the book

    What I like about Packt cookbooks is that it provides you as professional practical guidance on how to leverage the technology. This book focusses on Windows Server AppFabric or as it is now named AppFabric for Windows Server. This technology is a set of integrated technologies that makes it easier to build, scale, and manage Web and composite applications that run on IIS. I believe this book will tell you the complete story on how to use this technology, how to set it up and how to create robust, and state-of-the-art solutions on it. To conclude I think the content of this book will be very valuable for WF/WCF developer and also for us Microsoft integration guys.