This book describes the migration process from an ASP.NET 2.0 application hosted on a stand-alone IIS 6 server to an ASP.NET MVC 4 application hosted on Windows Azure. It should be popular among developers and organizations who want to real an example of how to perform this migration, plus some additional benefits provided by new ASP.NET, ASP.NET MVC and Windows Azure features.
Section I - Migration - Chapter 1 discusses differences between the existing technologies (IIS 6, ASP.NET 2.0, ADO.NET, etc...) and the ones being migrated to (ASP.NET MVC 4, NHibernate, Windows Azure). It discusses design and development concepts such as using TFS for source control and deployment and TDD for testing and validation. Chapter 2 includes steps performed to migrate the website to the new technologies. The reader is walked through many of the most important and/or complicated code snippets found in the existing ASP.NET website.
Section II - Enhancing - Chapter 3 discusses different aspects of performance and scalability like pipeline optimization, process model configuration, caching, minification and bundling. The reader will get instructions for tools and methods to collect and analyze performance data. In Chapter 4 the steps to implement minification, bundling are provided and discussed in detail.
Section III - Deployment - Chapter 5 discusses deployment options and website architecture prior to the existence of the Windows Azure. Then the reader is taken into a brief overview of the Windows Azure Cloud Service and the benefits it has over legacy configurations. An overview of the Windows Azure deployment features is provided, followed by publishing and deployment options. Chapter 6 provides steps for getting access to Windows Azure, creating the components necessary to host and successfully run the test website and the steps required to actually deploy the solution.
Section IV - Monitoring / troubleshooting provides actions required to successfully administer and support the web site, hosted on Windows Azure. A number of built in and 3rd party tools are discussed and implemented.
Part I: Migration
Chapter 1: Migrating from ASP.NET to AS P.NET MVC 4
Chapter 2: Creating the AS P.NET MVC 4 Project
Part II: Enhancing
Chapter 3: Understanding AS P.NET MVC 4 Performance Optimization Techniques
Chapter 4: Fine-tuning the AS P.NET MVC 4 Project for Performance
Part III: Deployment
Chapter 5: Discussing ASP.NET MVC 4 Windows Azure
Chapter 6: Deploying an ASP.NET MVC 4 Project to Windows Azure
Part IV: Monitoring and Troubleshooting
Chapter 7: Maintaining an ASP.NET MVC 4 Deployment on Windows Azure
Chapter 8: Monitoring and Supporting an AS P.NET MVC 4 Project on Windows Azure
Primary audience: technology professional looking to take advantage of the functionality offered by ASP.NET MVC 4 and the Windows Azure Cloud Services.
Benjamin Perkins is a Senior Support Escalation Engineer on the IIS and ASP.NET team at Microsoft Deutschland GmbH in Munich, Germany. He has been working professionally in the IT industry for almost 2 decades. He takes pleasure in the challenges troubleshooting technical issues have to offer and savors in the rewards of a well-written program. He attended Texas A&M University where he received a bachelor's of Business Administration in Management Information Systems. His roles in the IT have spanned the entire spectrum from programmer, system architect, technical support engineer, team leader and first-level management.