Software Documentation is one of the most important documents that any IT company needs to well prepare before launching their product.
It plays the role of a guide to starting with the software and also references any problems you can encounter as a user.
Today, I will introduce you to the set of documents Azure has made to help you as a customer to learn more about the products and also to guide you.
What are Azure documents and how do they work?
Because Azure is offering so many diverse services and tools, many users have been kind of lost whenever they want to know things about these products.
So, Azure has reserved a section on their official website, where they put together a well-organized documentation of them.
It’s quite easy to use, once you access the specific section in Azure documentation | Microsoft Learn, you can see how everything is organized based on topics, and then the tools till you find the specific documentation with other sections like FAQs among others.
This is a great thing to check before starting to use the tool, as they give tips and the requirement, and also a detailed tutorial on how to use it.
What are the different types of Azure documents that are available online?
The best thing about Azure documents is the way it was organized and divided, as they worked hard to organize their documents based on the subject, the technology, and go on.
But, the other thing they focused on is the type of documents being put. Many just need some quick code samples, and others need full in-depth documentation of the product.
So, to make it simple for the reader, they put together the following types of documents to use:
How are Azure documents organized and what can you learn from each Azure document?
Azure has made sure that Azure organized their documents based on the general topic at first, like AI or Security. And when you go on, it started to get more detailed.
If we take the topic “Databases”, and choose Azure SQL among all the other services available for example, it will lead us to all the other services linked to it, like SQL Instance management, this will give us a quick overview of the services, and the different tutorials available, and the options you can choose from like migration.
How To download MS Azure documents from the Azure Website in PDF?
A great option Azure has thought about is making the documentation available to users offline, by adding the download option to it, and it’s pretty easy to do, just follow the steps below:
First, of course, you should open the Azure website and go to the documentation section (https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/)
Once that is done, select the category you are interested in, and go to the specific section you want to save, and then as the example I talked about, once you’re in the specific topic, you will find the documents page of it.
If you look thoroughly at the page, you will find at the bottom left of the page, you will find the link “Download PDF”.
And this will directly download the PDF file for you in your Downloads file on your local computer. You can then read whenever and wherever you are to your liking.
How can you benefit from Azure documents to learn about the basics of Azure?
Azure documentation is a great way to start learning about Azure’s multiple technologies and services.
I always recommend starting with the official documentation of the product to know what to expect, because sometimes we get lost in the big load of information available online, and we forget the main point of the tool:
Best resources to find more information about Azure and its many features and applications
Apart from these documents made by Azure, you can, of course, find a lot of tutorials on Youtube, or blogs on the web giving you a summary of the multiple features available in Azure.
You can also rely on courses, like Udemy or Coursera, where professionals have put together all their knowledge, tips, and resources for you to learn and get better practice. I recommend the following if you want to get started on that:
Udemy | AZ-900 Bootcamp: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals (FEB 2023)
It’s always recommended to get started with the MS Azure Fundamentals before diving into the most specific services.
This course is a great introduction for you if you have no technical IT experience, also no Azure subscription is necessary.
So, you can say that this course is light-hearted, as the main goal behind it is to learn the basic and the technical vocabulary to be well prepared.
Whizlabs | Exam AZ-900: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals
This one is a more specific one, as Azure offers certification on MS Azure Fundamentals. So this course is great as a practice to pass it, while also learning more about Azure’s multiple services.
This course offers +300 unique questions, with more than 7 hours of content based on the topics you will be asked about.
I would highly recommend starting with this certification and this course to get excellent in the fundamentals, and prepare for the specialist certifications.
Tips on how to use Azure documents to maximize your skills in cloud computing
As I said before, Azure documents are the best way to go if you want to learn more about a tool or a service and to get the maximum benefits from it, I will give you some tips to follow:
Azure Documents is a great resource to get in-depth information about a wide range of Azure services, and it’s regularly updated to keep meeting their user's needs.
You can also benefit a lot from it, as individuals and organizations, because you can gain a lot of skills and knowledge you need to take advantage of Azure's full capabilities and implement it into your projects
It’s a powerful platform with so many services to help you build, run, and manage applications across multiple clouds.
It’s a very high-performing and durable block storage, made specially to be used for Azure Virtual Machines.
Azure is a platform offering so many services, among them some use SQL, as it’s a query language to help you work with databases.
There are a lot of other alternatives to Microsoft Azure like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), IBM Cloud, Oracle Cloud, etc.