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Revamped Visual Studio Code Tools for Azure

Microsoft has announced a redesign of its Azure Extensions for Visual Studio Code.

These extensions are included in the nearly five-year-old Azure Tools pack in the VS Code marketplace, which has been installed over 500,000 times. It contains various extensions that help cloud application developers work with Azure services for website hosting, databases, serverless computing, containers, virtual machine management, and more.

The Azure Tools development team revamped the extensions to improve usability and navigation and announced redesign updates last week, including:

  • Updated Resources view: An update to Explorer puts all extensions in a single, unified view where developers can build and manage their Azure apps. “In addition to the updated view, resource grouping is configurable to match your working style,” Microsoft said. “The default will group by resource (or service) type to match how extensions looked before and you can switch to a resource and region view.”
  • New workspace view: This shows workspace and file specific commands, which can be used to create new Azure Functions projects, deploy a current workspace to Azure, etc. More common commands will be added to the view in the future. Microsoft said, “Once you’ve configured clustering the way you want, focus on the parent nodes that are most important to you in your current workspace. This focus will be retained in the workspace ( only on your current computer, not through Settings Sync) so you can always pick up where you left off.”
    New workspace view
    [Click on image for larger view.] New workspace view (source: Microsoft).
  • New Azure Activity Log: This is to respond to developer feedback about long-running tasks getting lost in notifications. “So we’re introducing a new Azure Activity Log in the panel where you can track your activities in extensions and quickly access common commands on any resource you create,” Microsoft said.

Going forward, the development team will work on improving features such as creating and connecting Azure resources to compose applications. “Our goal is to make the resources you need available the way you need them while you’re working on your apps,” Microsoft said. “Keep an eye out and let us know if you have any feedback or just want to talk about Azure in VS Code.”

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