Microsoft Release Azure SDK 1.5

Anybody who has been working with Azure from its earliest release will appreciate that both the platform and the associated development tools have improved beyond recognition from the early days. Its good to know that the rate of development is being maintained by Microsoft and the recent release of the Windows Azure SDK 1.5 and the associated Azure tools for Visual Studio 2010 have added some great new features.

Considering the SDK firstly, this adds a number of new features including:

  • A new architecture for the emulator which more closely resembles the target Azure cloud
  • Improved performance of emulator
  • Support for uploading service certificates

Performance of the emulator has always been a criticism of the SDK so this is a particularly welcome development. For the Visual Studio 2010 Azure tools improvements include :

  • New project type for ASP.NET MVC 3 roles
  • Profile applications running on Azure
  • Add an Azure deployment project to standard MVC, Web Forms and Web Service projects

The new features provide significant improvements in development productivity, type of applications for Azure and also in management tools for monitoring deployed applications. All combined, these provide an incredibly powerful platform for anybody developing Web applications or Services using .NET technology. The benefits, both technical and commercial to organisations is significant. If you would like to find out more about developing for Azure why not consider attending the four day Learning Tree course developed by Azure authority Doug Rehnstrom. I am sure you will learn a lot.

Chris Czarnecki

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