Biting The Bullet, Book Writing Commences

I’ve decided to go for it.  I’m going to write a book and today is the day that marks the beginning of this journey.  I’ve read up and asked for advice from writers that have undertaken the technical book effort before.  John Papa, provided some great information in the past, and even wrote a new blog entry related to some of those past efforts More Tips for Writing A Technical Book.  The previous entries are great material too;  10 Things to Consider Before Writing a Book and 6 Great Tools for Writing a Book.  I’ve read through these and am taking heed of the advice John gives.

Another blog entry I’ve come upon recently is by Bart Czernicki titled Technical Book Sales Insight Through Real-Time Amazon Rankings Analytics.

One of the things I’ll be doing, is blogging some of the notes, book sections, and other things to see if ordering, writing, and other bits work according to you the blog readers.  With that in mind, I present my first table of contents.  It’s a rough draft, but what do you think so far?

Title:  Windows Azure Cloud Computing
Subtitle: From Enterprise to Startup, A Clear Path
1. The History & Ideas of Cloud Computing
   a. Literal History of Cloud Computing
      i. Yesterday.
      ii. Today.
      iii. Tomorrow.
   b. Modern Cloud “Services” Focus
      i. SaaS
      ii. PaaS
      iii. IaaS
   c. Why Jump Into The Clouds
      i. First, The Disadvantages
      ii. Now, The Advantages
   d. The 60k Ft. View of Cloud Architecture
      i. Public & Private Clouds
      ii. Enterprise, Startups, and More
      iii. On Premises
2. Starting Windows Azure Development
   a. What you’ll need, what you’ll want.
   b. Other languages; Java, PHP…
   c. Build a Cloud Site & Service with…
      i. C#
      ii. Java
      iii. PHP
3. The Platform Elements of Windows Azure
   a. Web Role
   b. CGI Role
   c. Service Role
   d. Storage
      i. Blob
      ii. Table
      iii. Queue
4. Architectural Patterns for Windows Azure
   a. Queuing Patterns
   b. Storage Patterns
   c. Instance Patterns
   d. Mixed On-Premises or Private and Public Cloud Patterns
   e. Cloud to Cloud Patterns
5. Cloud Security
   a. Physical Security of Facilities
   b. Device & Data Security
   c. Cracker & Social Engineering Security
   d. Strategies for Additional Security
6. Business, Ideas and the Future of Cloud Technology
   a. Super Computing for Anyone
   b. SaaS is Ideal, but PaaS and IaaS are core.
   c. Enterprise, Startups, and the Drivers of Cloud Computing
7. Closing – Summary & Appendixes