Microsoft has released an update to the Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio. The big news of course is that it now includes .NET 4.0 support which means we can start to use our .NET 4.0 only application components in the hosted environment. But if you look a bit deeper there are some other enhancements in the package (copied from the Microsoft downloads site).
- Visual Studio 2010 RTM Support: Full support for Visual Studio 2010 RTM.
- .NET 4 support: Choose to build services targeting either the .NET 3.5 or .NET 4 framework.
- Cloud storage explorer: Displays a read-only view of Windows Azure tables and blob containers through Server Explorer.
- Integrated deployment: Deploy services directly from Visual Studio by selecting ‘Publish’ from Solution Explorer.
- Service monitoring: Keep track of the state of your services through the ‘compute’ node in Server Explorer.
- IntelliTrace support for services running in the cloud: Adds support for debugging services in the cloud by using the Visual Studio 2010 IntelliTrace feature. This is enabled by using the deployment feature, and logs are retrieved through Server Explorer.
Its good to see Microsoft continue to invest in the tooling around Azure, especially for .NET developers. The IntelliTrace support is significant since you can’t actually attach a debugger to an Azure compute node directly – so IntelliTrace gives you the visibility into the internal execution of your application without having to do a painful amount of logging (not that logging is a bad thing mind you ;}).