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Azure Tools Update Includes Profiling

The August release of Windows Azure tools for Visual Studio 2010 is now out, according to this blog entry from the Windows Azure team. Highlights include:

  • Profile applications running in Windows Azure.
  • Create ASP.Net MVC3 Web Roles.
  • Manage multiple service configurations in one cloud project.
  • Improved validation of Windows Azure packages.

The update looks pretty minor, but does include some nice features. My favorite is the first item in that list, profiling. The tool will examine your app while it's running in Azure, and help you find bottlenecks. Given the sluggish performance of many cloud-based apps, this is a welcome feature. The bummer is that it's only available in the Premium and Ultimate versions of VS 2010. No love for those of you who slum with the Professional version.

In a related story, the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit has been updated to reflect the new inclusions. The kit provides a nice, hands-on way to learn about Azure, for those of you looking into it.

By the way, if you haven't downloaded the April update yet, do that first. That ginormous update included support for, among other things, Windows Azure SDK 1.4 and Visual Studio 2010 SP1.

As always, I'm on Twitter at VSM_Keith.

Posted by Keith Ward on 08/04/2011 at 1:15 PM


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