June Update to the Azure Toolkit for Eclipse – Zulu, Java SDK, and more!

Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc. (MS Open Tech), has released a minor June update to the Azure Toolkit for Eclipse. This update includes a few enhancements since our April 2014 release:

  • Support for the Zulu OpenJDK v1.8
  • Updated versions of Zulu v1.6 and 1.7
  • Support extended for the Azure SDK for Java (v. 5.0)
  • A handful of user-requested bug fixes

Have a look at the documentation update for full details

Updates to Zulu v1.6 and 1.7, plus Zulu v1.8 support

Through our continuing partnership with Azul Systems, we’ve updated our packages for Azul Zulu 1.6 and 1.7 to be compatible with the latest releases, and also added availability for Azul Zulu 1.8.

Zulu is listed as one of the 3rd party JDK Deployment Project options that the Azure Toolkit for Eclipse that can be deployed automatically under the hood in Windows Azure, without having to downloaded to a local machine first. Check out the Azul Systems Zulu page for more details about each package.

Updated version of the Azure SDK for Java

The latest SDK distribution of the Azure Libraries for Java (v 5.0) are packaged along with their open-source dependencies as an Eclipse library. and are therefore referred to as the Package for Windows Azure Libraries for Java (by MS Open Tech). If your Java code needs to take advantage of the Windows Azure API, add this library to the build path of your Java project (not the Windows Azure project), all the needed libraries will be automatically referenced and included from within your WAR file.

Getting the Toolkit

Here are the instructions for downloading and installing the Azure Toolkit for Eclipse. As well, you can access updated documentation here.

Ongoing Feedback

As we have mentioned before, we prioritize bug fixes based on user input. We also value your feedback on features! Let us know if you have specific ideas and/or code to improve these tools and make testing and deploying Java applications on Azure easier. The best channels to share feedback or questions is through the MSDN Forums or Stack Overflow.