Thank you for purchasing the MEAP for Learn Azure in a Month of Lunches, 2nd edition. Life moves fast in the cloud, especially in Azure, and it’s crazy to me that two years have passed since the MEAP for the 1st edition of this book became available. This 2nd edition incorporates some new features and simplified deployment tasks, and tries to minimize any problems you may run into as the web-based Azure portal changes over time.
The 1st edition of the book included some screenshots in the early chapters that became a little out of date as the platform changed. These UI changes were just enough to give some readers doubts as to whether they were successfully completing the exercises. In the 2nd edition, I’ve tried to step away from explicit point and click instructions in some of the exercises to make sure you better understand the actually theory of what you’re doing. When you understand what’s needed, you can then apply that to however the Azure portal may look on any given day!
To truly “Learn Azure”, you’d need way more than a month of lunches. In fact, you’d need more than a month of working 12-hour days! So, we need to set realistic expectations on what we’re going to cover in the book. The Month of Lunches series is designed to get you up and running in technology, such as Azure, through lots of hands-on exercises in the core areas that allow you to be successful.