Developers: Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7 Released

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The Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7 allows developers 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. The released toolkit contains the following,

  • 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 is not a fully featured toolkit yet, while lots more to come in the future. Here are some of those,

  • Notification services for Windows Phone 7 (and other devices) that run in Windows Azure
  • Support for Windows Azure queues
  • More sample applications
  • Multiple NuGet packages
  • SQL Azure support & samples
  • DataMarket support & samples

Head over to the codeplex page to download and fire up your applications.

Source: Wade Wegner

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