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Free Books for Learning and Getting Started with Cloud-Native .NET Apps

August 12, '20 Comments [6] Posted in DotNetCore
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What is Docker? Can I use it with .NET?If you haven't been over to the Architecture section of the .NET site lately, I'd encourage you to go check it out. There is a TON of free learning content, books, code, and more!

Containers for Beginners

We've just put up a new Hello World tutorial for making your first microservice, and there's a video series on Docker and Containers as well. There are step-by-step instructions for installing .NET and building your first microservice using Docker. When you're done, follow how to deploy your microservice easily to Azure and Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS).

Intermediate - Cloud-native microservices

If you have about an hour, you can try out this new Learn Module for free - Create and deploy a cloud-native ASP.NET Core microservice. you can do it ALL in the browser with no software installation!

Imagine you're a software developer for an online retailer named eShopOnContainers. The retailer uses a cloud-native, microservices-based architecture developed using .NET Core for its online storefront. A new project is underway to add support for accepting coupon codes at checkout. Your assignment on the project is to finish writing a containerized ASP.NET Core web API to manage coupon codes—a web API that will be referred to as the coupon service.

This module explores completing the coupon service, adding it to the existing solution, and deploying it to the multi-container Kubernetes cluster.

Learning objectives

  • Examine existing ASP.NET Core microservices running in Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS).
  • Implement a new ASP.NET Core microservice and containerize it.
  • Publish the Docker image to Azure Container Registry (ACR).
  • Deploy the Docker container to the existing AKS cluster.

Free Books

Everyone loves free books. There are a number of free Cloud-Native Free Resources to download.

Cloud-native e-book - Formats: PDF | Online


This free e-book defines cloud native, introduces a sample app built using cloud-native principles, and covers topics common to most cloud-native applications. The audience for this guide is developers, development leads, and architects who are interested in learning how to build applications designed for the cloud. A secondary audience is technical decision-makers who plan to choose whether to build their applications using a cloud-native approach.

gRPC for WCF Developers e-Book - Formats: PDF | Online


This free e-book explains gRPC, relating each concept to the equivalent features of WCF, and offers guidance for migrating an existing WCF app to gRPC. This guide was written for developers working in .NET Framework or .NET Core who have previously used WCF, and who are seeking to migrate their applications to a modern RPC environment for .NET Core 3.0 and later versions. More generally, if you are upgrading, or considering upgrading, to .NET Core 3.0, and you want to use the built-in gRPC tools, this guide is also useful.

Serverless apps e-book - Formats: PDF | Online


Updated to Azure Functions 3.0! This guide focuses on cloud native development of applications that use serverless. The book highlights the benefits and exposes the potential drawbacks of developing serverless apps and provides a survey of serverless architectures. This guide was written for developers and solution architects who want to build enterprise applications with .NET that may use serverless components either on premises or in the cloud. It's useful to developers, architects, and technical decision makers interested in:

  • Understanding the pros and cons of serverless development
  • Learning how to approach serverless architecture
  • Example implementations of serverless apps

.NET Microservices e-book - Formats: PDF | Online


Updated to .NET Core 3.1! This guide is an introduction to developing microservices-based applications and managing them using containers. It discusses architectural design and implementation approaches using .NET Core and Docker containers.

We wrote this guide for developers and solution architects who are new to Docker-based application development and to microservices-based architecture. This guide is for you if you want to learn how to architect, design, and implement proof-of-concept applications with Microsoft development technologies (with special focus on .NET Core) and with Docker containers.

You will also find this guide useful if you are a technical decision maker, such as an enterprise architect, who wants an architecture and technology overview before you decide on what approach to select for new and modern distributed applications.

ASP.NET Core e-book - Formats: PDF | Online


Updated to .NET Core 3.1! This guide provides end-to-end guidance on building web applications using ASP.NET Core and Azure.

The audience for this guide is developers, development leads, and architects who are interested in building modern web applications using Microsoft technologies and services in the cloud.

A secondary audience is technical decision makers who are already familiar ASP.NET or Azure and are looking for information on whether it makes sense to upgrade to ASP.NET Core for new or existing projects.

We have even more free Books and Guides coming , I'll share them very soon! Check out for more.

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About Scott

Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Friday, August 14, 2020 8:51:38 AM UTC
Online with practical knowledge and can be from anywhere around the world. This allows students to be exposed to knowledge that can not be learned in books and see how they apply classroom concepts in real business situations.
Friday, August 14, 2020 9:09:49 AM UTC
The link to the grpc book when clicking the image gives a 404 (extra single quote at the end of the link).
Sunday, August 16, 2020 11:39:10 AM UTC
Those books are really valuable. Big respect for Microsoft for publishing them for free.
Monday, August 17, 2020 10:17:39 AM UTC
Thank you Scott for sharing such valuable resources.
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