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Azure Static Web Apps – VS Code extension

As a follow-up on the presentation I did at CloudBrew about Azure Static Web Apps I want to write a series of blog posts.

In this first post I’ll focus on the Azure Static Web apps extension for VS Code. After installing this extension you can quickly create your Static Web App directly from the VS Code IDE.

  • Open a folder that contains your frontend app in VS Code.
  • Go to the Azure Extension and click on the ‘+’ sign.
  • Choose Create Static Web App from the list of options.
  • Specify a name for the new SWA.
  • Select a region for your staging environments and the Managed Azure Function(if you have one).
  • Now we can choose a preset to configure the default project structure. Azure Static Web Apps will use this information to determine things like the location of our code, build location, etc…
    • In our example we have created a static web site using Astro, a static site generator. As no preset exists for Astro we need to select the Custom option.
  • Now we get some last questions. First we need to specify the location of our application code. We can leave this to the default(the current folder).
  • As a last step we need to specify the location of our build output. For Astro this is the ‘dist’ folder.
  • The Azure extension will create our Azure Static Web App.
  • Also a Github actions workflow is created and this workflow is pushed to Github. After this is done the workflow is executed to deploy our new web app.

Once the workflow completes we can browse to our newly created Static Web App.

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