Open Source 'Infrastructure-as-Code' SDK Adds .NET Core Support for Working with Azure
Pulumi, known for its "Infrastructure-as-Code" cloud development tooling, has added support for .NET Core, letting .NET-centric developers use C#, F# and VB.NET to create, deploy, and manage Azure infrastructure.
Now, .NET developers can use their favorite languages to work with the full gamut of Azure infrastructure, including Kubernetes, Functions, AppService, Virtual Machines, CosmosDB, and so on.
That's done with the open source SDK and assorted libraries, which can be wrangled with an included command-line interface (CLI) tool. In a guest post on the Microsoft development blog site, the company said the benefits of adding .NET Core support include allowing .NET coders to:
- Automatically create, update, or delete cloud resources using Pulumi's infrastructure as code engine, removing manual point-and-clicking in the Azure UI and ad-hoc scripts.
- Use their favorite IDEs and tools, including Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code, taking advantage of features like auto-completion, refactoring, and interactive documentation.
- Catch mistakes early on with standard compiler errors, Roslyn analyzers, and an infrastructure-specific policy engine for enforcing security, compliance, and best practices.
- Reuse any existing NuGet library, or distribute their own, whether that's for infrastructure best practices, productivity, or just general programming patterns.
- Deploy continuously, predictably, and reliably using Azure DevOps Pipelines, GitHub Actions, or one of over a dozen integrations.
- Build scalable cloud applications using classic infrastructure cloud native technologies like Kubernetes, Docker containers, serverless functions, and highly scalable databases such as CosmosDB into their core development experience, bringing them closer to application code.
Read the post for more details, including an example global database with serverless app.
David Ramel is an editor and writer for Converge360.