Azure SDK 2.7.1 for .NET Extends Capabilities to Visual Studio 2013

Point release now allows Visual Studio 2013 developers to gain access to Azure management tools, such as Cloud Explorer, HDInsight, and others.

Developers can get access to Azure through a number of subscription methods: Role Based Access Control, DreamSpark, and Cloud Solution Provider, to name a few. That access is granted through the Azure Software Development Kit 2.7 that was released at the same time as Visual Studio 2015 mid-July. At the time, support was only built in for Visual Studio 2015. This week, a point-point update extends that support to Visual Studio 2013.

Azure SDK for 2.7.1 for .NET sports a number of new tools aimed directly at Visual Studio and .NET developers who want to be able to manage and navigate through the variety of Azure services and access methods without leaving the development environment:

  • Cloud Explorer: Similar to Solution Explorer, except it allows searching, viewing, property inspection, and diagnosing of Azure resources from within VS.
  • Azure Resource Manager: Provides native support from within Visual Studio Online for build tasks to create, provision and manage Azure resources.
  • HDInsight: The cloud analytics and performance monitor adds a number of tooling improvements including expanded IntelliSense support for the Hive Data Manipulation Language, more execution graphing options for drilling into Hive jobs running on the Apache Tez framework, and the addition of a number of templates for Apache Storm and Apache Pig platforms.
  • Azure AppService Tools: Tools for Web Apps Remote Profiling, API Apps Swagger generation, and multiple account sign-in are now integrated into the Visual Studio environment via Azure App Service. It also uses Azure Resource Management APIs to manage access and authentication. Azure API Apps is also available from within the VS environment, in preview mode, via this tool.
  • Azure Data Factory: The tool is used for the creation, orchestrtion and management of on-premises and cloud-based data pipelines. ing of on-premises and cloud data sources.

Authentication is also streamlined to resemble single signn-on, now that there's an account picker that allows developers to choose an authentication method that filters access to any needed Azure services throughout a development session. Authentication extends to general Azure subscription methods, as well as those gaining access via DreamSpark, the Cloud Solution Provider program, or Role Based Access Control for those using Visual Studio 2013 with the 2.7.1 update.

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