This week's toolkit provides the means to simplify the development of Windows Phone 7 and Windows Azure projects.
The Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7 is designed to make it easier for you to build mobile applications that leverage cloud services running in Windows Azure. The toolkit includes Visual Studio project templates for Windows Phone 7 and Windows Azure, class libraries optimized for use on the phone, sample applications, and documentation.
Honestly I could not do the justice in writing this up that Mariano Converti did in his Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7 released! post or Wade Wegner did in his Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7 & Getting Started with the Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7 posts.
The toolkit contains the following pieces:
- Binaries – These are libraries we’ve written that you can use in your Windows Phone 7 applications to make it easier to work with Windows Azure (e.g. a full storage client library for blobs and tables). You can literally add these libraries to your existing Windows Phone 7 applications and immediate start leveraging services such as Windows Azure storage.
- Docs – We’ve provided documentation that covers setup and configuration, a review of the toolkit content, getting started, and some troubleshooting tips.
- Dependency Checker – As you’ve come to expect and love, we provide a full dependency checker to ensure that you have all the bits required in order to successfully use the toolkit.
- Project Templates – We have built VSIX (which is the unit of deployment for a Visual Studio 2010 Extension) files that create project templates that make it easy for you to build brand new applications.
- Samples – We have a sample application that fully leverages the toolkit, both available in C# and VB.NET. The sample application is also built into one of the two project templates created by the toolkit.
This toolkit is not just a one-off either, as a couple weeks ago, v1.1 was released
v126.96.36.199 - 4/12/2011
- Push Notification support (i.e. raw, tile, and toast)
- Push Notification message generation via web application
- Store identity token in isolated storage (also including logout functionality)
- New users automatically have access to blobs and tables
- Bug fixes
Mixing Windows Phone 7 and Windows Azure seems like a pretty logical thing and this toolkit makes that much easier...
Here’s a few more links you might find interesting:
- Cloud Cover Episode 41 - Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7
- Microsoft delivers toolkit for using Windows Azure to build Windows Phone 7 apps