January 2009 CTP of the Windows Azure Tools and SDK released

January 2009 CTP of the Windows Azure Tools and SDK released

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We're excited to announce that we've released an update to the Windows Azure Tools and SDK.

What's new in the Tools?

  • Addressed top customer bugs.
    • Resolved hang and performance issues on run and debug.
    • Fixed issue with "Publish" of large projects.
    • Fixed issue with "Create Test Tables" when both the web and worker role reference the same assembly
  • Added support to debug Silverlight in a Web Role.
  • Better storage services integration
  • Error messages when there are Service Configuration or Service Definition errors

What's new in the SDK?

  • Addressed top customer issues
    • Space in user name
    • Development storage may fail with a fatal error if the user name includes a space character.
    • Concurrent GetMessages requests to the Queue service may return the same message.
    • The DevTableGen utility may fail when passed the same assembly name on the command line more than once.
    • Development storage may fail to update or delete entities that contain special characters like these: '- $ & + , : ; = @'.
  • The Windows Azure SDK offers improved support for the integration of development storage with Visual Studio, including enhanced performance.
  • The StorageClient sample includes the following improvements. For more information, see the StorageClient Sample topic in the Windows Azure SDK help file.
    • The StorageClient sample now offers an optional exponential backoff retry policy.
    • The StorageClient sample now supports production endpoints that include the account name.
  • The ASP.Net Providers sample now supports a search syntax similar to the ASP.Net SQL-based providers. For more information, see the ASPProviders Sample topic in the Windows Azure SDK help file.

I'll be drilling in to some of the details of how we've made things better in this release in future blog posts -- stay tuned!

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  • I never had Jan2009 CTP installed and Nov2009 CTP is the first one on this box. Visual Studio editor becomes unresponsive when debugging any Azure projects (I suppose this was an issue with the old CTPs). I am running Windows 7 64-bit with VS2008SP1 with all the hotfixes installed.

    It seems VS is responsive (other panels like Properties,  Output etc work) it is only the main window and the editor that's not working.

    I have tried everything and can't get rid of this annoying problem.

  • Khash -- we have heard of a few isolated cases of this problem but have not been able to repro the issue.  

    One reason this can happen is if you hit F5 and a modal window comes up just at the wrong time (say because of a time out that raises a TFS or SCC type dialog).  

    Is there any way you might be running into something like that?

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