Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Windows Azure Toolkit for iOS

Last week Microsoft announced the release of the Windows Azure Toolkit for iOS. This toolkit contains resources and services designed to make it easier for iOS developers to use Windows Azure.

This iOS toolkit includes the following pieces:

  • A compiled Objective-C library for working with services running in Windows Azure (e.g. push notification, authN/authZ, and storage)
  • Full source code for the objective-C library (along with Xcode project file)
  • Sample iOS application that demonstrates how to use Windows Azure Storage with full source code
  • Documentation

The Windows Azure Toolkit for iOS—along with all the source code—has been released to github:

https://github.com/microsoft-dpe/watoolkitios-lib

https://github.com/microsoft-dpe/watoolkitios-samples

https://github.com/microsoft-dpe/watoolkitios-doc

Some screen casts to get started:

Getting Started with the iOS Toolkit

Deploying the Cloud Ready Package for Devices

During this announcement, they also mentioned that they have started to work on the Windows Azure Toolkit for Android, and expect to have it ready in June. Futhermore, at TechEd North America Microsoft will ship v1.2 of the Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7, which will include:

  • Integration with the Access Control Service (e.g. a wizard, automatic setup, tooling, and code)
  • Full support for Windows Azure Storage Queues
  • Updated UI/UX for the supporting web application

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