TheCommunity Technology Preview (CTP) of the Windows Azure Starter Kit for Java, was announced last Wednesday on the Interoperability @ Microsoft blog.  This announcement adds yet another language to the list of options that Windows Azure developers have when it comes to which languages (such as .NET, PHP, Ruby or Java) and development tools (such as Visual Studio or Eclipse) to use to build applications on the Windows Azure platform.

An open source project released under the Apache 2.0 license, the starter kit is designed to work as a simple command line build tool or in the Eclipse integrated development environment (IDE).  It is available for download here.