Improvements to Azure Functions in Visual Studio

We’re excited to announce several improvements to the Azure Functions experience in Visual Studio as part of the latest update to the Azure Functions tools on top of Visual Studio 2017 v15.5. New Function project dialog, including storage account support .NET Core support Manage Azure app settings Detect mismatching functions runtime versions New Function project… Read more

User accounts made easy with Azure

One of the most common requirements for web applications is for users create accounts for the purpose of access control and personalization. While ASP.NET templates have always made it easy to create an application that uses a database you control to register and track user accounts, that introduces other complications over the long term. As… Read more

Visual Studio 2017 Tools for Azure Functions

Visual Studio 2017 Tools for Azure Functions are now available as part of the Azure development workload starting in the Visual Studio 2017 15.3 release. These tools: Enable creating pre-compiled C# functions that bring better cold start performance than script based functions, and opens the entire eco-system of Visual Studio tools for class libraries including code… Read more

Azure App Service Tools Updates in the Azure SDK for .NET 2.9

In the Azure SDK 2.9 we’ve made it significantly more convenient for developers who use Azure App Service to host their Web, Mobile, API, and background-processing WebJob apps. We’ve heard from customers who use Azure Resource Manager (ARM) templates to create their Azure topologies that they’re rarely creating one web app or one API app. Applications have layers,… Read more

Remote Debug ASP.NET Core RC1 on Azure App Service

ASP.NET developers who deploy their code to Azure App Service have remote debugging features available from the Visual Studio Server and Cloud Explorer windows. ASP.NET 4x projects can be debugged live in App Service by simply right-clicking your Web, Mobile, or API Apps in Cloud Explorer and clicking the “Attach Debugger” action. Under the hood,… Read more

Running ASP.NET 5 applications in Linux Containers with Docker

As a part of our ASP.NET 5 cross-platform efforts, we are actively working on making applications written in ASP.NET 5 easy to deploy and ship on Linux and Mac OS X. A while ago, we have released the first official Docker image by Microsoft: the ASP.NET 5 Preview Docker Image. Docker is an open source project… Read more

New Developer and Debugging Features for Azure WebJobs in Visual Studio

With Visual Studio Update 3, the Web Tools Extensions team added a number of great features to make it easier for ASP.NET developers publishing web applications to Azure Websites to enable background processing using Azure WebJobs. Since the Update 3 release, Azure WebJobs has reached general availability, and to coincide with the release of Azure… Read more

Profile and Time your ASP.NET MVC app all the way to Azure

Successful web app dev teams generally consider performance a requirement from the beginning,  not an afterthought. Performance should be considered in all phases of a project, from design and into production, including updates to the app. That’s not to say you should try to optimize code before you’ve measured it, you really don’t know what… Read more

Announcing ASP.NET Session State Provider for Redis Preview Release

Today, we are pleased to announce a preview release of ASP.NET Session State Provider for Redis. You can use it with your own Redis server or the newly announce Microsoft Azure Redis Cache (Preview). What is Redis Redis is an open source, BSD licensed, advanced key-value store. It is often referred to as a data… Read more

Remote Debugging a Window Azure Web Site with Visual Studio 2013

In the Azure SDK 2.2 we released remote debugging support for Windows Azure Cloud Services. You can read more about that release at Scott Guthrie’s blog post Windows Azure: Announcing release of Windows Azure SDK 2.2 (with lots of goodies). You can find more info on Windows Azure Web Sites diagnostics and debugging at our… Read more