Part 1. Welcome to the cloud

Part 1 is all about dipping your toes into the water and getting ready to dive in headfirst.

We cover what Azure is in chapter 1—what the moving parts are, and why people are so excited about cloud computing.

We throw you in the deep end of the pool in chapter 2, building and deploying—step-by-step—your first cloud application. We’ve all written Hello, World apps; after you’ve read part 1, you’ll begin to see how you can easily scale them to hundreds of servers.