Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Seeing through Windows into the Cloud at the Eclipse

Microsoft(r) has announced collaboration for interoperability between Eclipse (my favorite Java IDE) and Microsoft Windows(r).

There are a couple of great highlights here and some fluff.

First the fluff (nothing wrong with looking nice while out on the town). Eclipse is going to be made useful for "next generation" user experience development for Windows 7 features.

Now on to the more exciting juicy pieces.

Microsoft has collaborated with Soyatec, a France-based IT solutions provider, to develop three solutions: These will open up the Azure cloud solution to not be 100% Microsoft based as well as give Microsoft a new following for it's Silverlight client framework in a community often with Sun in their eyes. More than anything this will open up the storage arena for MS to play a part.

Along with the SDK there is a Storage Explorer of Windows Azure Tools for Eclipse—it allows developers to browse data contained in the Windows Azure storage component, including blobs, tables, and queues. Storage Explorer was developed in Java (like any Eclipse extension), and they realized during the Windows Azure Tools for Eclipse development with Soyatec that abstracting the RESTful communication aspect between the Storage Explorer user interface and the Azure storage component made a lot of sense. So this led them to package the Windows Azure SDK for Java developers as open source, which is available at

Their interoperability strategy and open source direction is becoming competitive.

Joe Stein

1 comment:

  1. Do they provide a Java interface for Azure hosted solutions/apps?