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Building Web Services with Microsoft Azure by Nikhil Sachdeva, Stephen Kaufman, Alex Belotserkovskiy

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Chapter 8. Data Services in the Cloud – Microsoft Azure Storage

In the previous chapter, we had an overview of the Entity Framework and Microsoft Azure SQL database as a data source for the Web API application. Despite the fact that a database is a good approach to store and query data, often the more efficient approach is to use something simpler. Microsoft Azure Storage is a REST-based storage-as-a-service, so it can be consumed from every platform that supports HTTP. Microsoft Azure Storage can be both an alternative and a complementary solution to the Microsoft Azure SQL database.

In this chapter we will have an overview of Microsoft Azure Storage and its services: Blobs, Tables, and Queues. We will go through the process of modifying our existing ...

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