Developers opting to work with Eclipse rather than Visual Studio when creating and deploying applications for Windows Azure, Microsoft’s cloud platform, now have a better tool suite available to them thanks to an update to the Azure Plugin for Eclipse with Java.
The Azure Plugin aims to make it easy for developers to build Java applications and then deploy them to Azure. It includes a project creation wizard; project structuring; Ant-based build process; and shortcuts to simulate the application running in the Azure emulator.
New features in this release include a new UI allowing remote access to configuration on Azure nodes to help with troubleshooting and debugging, and schema validation for configuration files required for Azure projects.
The release of this tool shows that Microsoft are taking non-.NET technologies seriously with Azure. As well as support for deploying Java projects, it is possible to run PHP applications on Azure including popular open-source projects such as Drupal.