The Community Technology Preview (CTP) of a new plugin Windows Azure Plugin for Eclipse with Java, which provides Java developers with a simple way to build and deploy web applications for Azure is now available for download.
Windows Azure Plugin for Eclipse with Java, is an open source project released under the Apache 2.0 license. This project has been developed by Persistent Systems and Microsoft is providing funding and technical assistance.
The plugin adds to Eclipse a set of wizards and dialogs which guide the Java developer through the configuration of all relevant projects settings. The plugin builds on top of the Windows Azure Starter Kit for Java, which's a simple template project including the typical files that constitute a Java project, as well as the required elements to package and deploy your app for Azure.
Once installed, the plugin adds a "Windows Azure Project" perspective to Eclipse, and lets you create a Azure project from scratch.
Once you've created your project structure, you're just a few steps away from deploying your apps in the cloud. Here's what's next:
- Pick the Java server (Apache Tomcat, Jetty, etc.) and the Java runtime you want to use
- Create or import your Java app
- Test your app against the Azure Compute Emulator (a "local" version of Azure environment running on your machine for development and test purposes - see Getting the Windows Azure Pre-Requisites for more details)