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Microsoft Revamps Azure SDKs for Java, Python, JavaScript and .NET

Microsoft is previewing a new set of Azure SDKs as part of a revamp undertaken as the cloud development platform has matured, allowing the company to better identify patterns and practices critical to developer productivity.

Productivity is the main keyword in a new set of design principles and guidelines the dev team is adopting. These Azure SDK Design Guidelines state that other qualities, including completeness, extensibility and performance, are secondary to productivity for developers using Azure services. Those services include Azure Storage, Azure Cosmos DB, Azure Key Vault, and Azure Event Hubs.

To that end, the company yesterday (July 9) announced preview SDKs for:

The SDKs are being revamped to meet objectives in part defined by developer feedback, including:

  • Create easy to use APIs with productivity on par with the best libraries of the language ecosystems.
  • Provide APIs that are idiomatic to the language and ecosystem they are used in.
  • Evolve over time in a very compatible fashion.
  • Focus as much on documentation and samples, as on APIs.
  • Change how we create the libraries at their core.

"Much like moving software from the client or on-premises to the cloud is a paradigm shift, we too have been going through a period of rapid innovation in Azure's capabilities and learning about how best to expose it to developers," said Peter Marcu, principal group software engineering manager, in a post.

"Now that some Azure services have matured and been adopted into business-critical enterprise applications, we have been learning what patterns and practices were critical to developer productivity around these services. In addition, we've been listening to your feedback and we've made sure that our new effort has incorporated your suggestions and requests. Finally, we understand that consistency, ease of use, and discoverability are equally important to the identified patterns when it comes to working with the Azure SDKs."

More detailed blog posts are on tap to provide further details, but in the meantime, Marcu encouraged developers to download the new SDKs, put them through their paces and provide further feedback to help shape the final products.

The Azure SDKs are being developed on the company's GitHub repository, which also includes links to the design guidelines, documentation and other resources.

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David Ramel is the editor of Visual Studio Magazine.

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