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Azure Toolkit for IntelliJ now supports Kubernetes and virtual machines

The latest Java to Azure Tooling monthly update adds support for Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) in the IntelliJ toolkit, as well as support for Azure Virtual Machines.

Microsoft’s Java development team on Azure Tooling maintains the Azure Toolkits for Java repository on GitHub, which includes tools for the Eclipse IDEs and IntelliJ IDEA, and it’s the latter that now supports AKS.

“Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) simplifies deploying a managed Kubernetes cluster in Azure by offloading operational overhead to Azure,” Microsoft said in an August 17 announcement. “We constantly hear from our customers that they want better AKS integration to view pod logs, manage clusters and workloads.

“In our latest release, Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) cluster is available on Azure Toolkit for IntelliJ, so developers can manage Azure Kubernetes Service directly in Azure Explorer.

Working with AKS in Anime Action
[Click on image for larger, animated GIF view.] Working with AKS in Anime Action (source: Microsoft).

New virtual machine support, meanwhile, allows developers to directly run or debug applications on an Azure virtual machine in IntelliJ IDEA.

Noting that it can be complex for developers to launch an Azure VM in the JetBrains IDE and then connect to it, the team added an “Azure VM” item to the “Run on » IntelliJ IDEA run/debug configurations. .

“Azure Virtual Machines (VMs) are one of many types of on-demand, scalable computing resources offered by Azure,” Microsoft said. “We know that running or debugging applications in another environment such as Azure Virtual Machine will be essential for Java developers, who want to build applications in the cloud or create development and test environments.”

The development team has also made it easier to find Azure account subscriptions – which will be especially useful for teams or organizations that have many Azure subscriptions – while helping developers find official documents and blogs more easily. by adding more entries to the settings menu in Azure Explorer.

“With this feature, you can not only open the Azure SDK reference book to find more support, but also easily contact us by reporting issues or requesting features, as well as providing feedback. Additionally, dev blogs and documentation also provide more useful resources,” Microsoft said.

IntelliJ IDEA has been getting a lot more attention than its Eclipse counterpart lately, as the team announced an update to Java on Azure Tools in June, highlighted by a new application-centric view for Azure Toolkit. for IntelliJ, designed to make the IDE interface more user-friendly. friendly. And in last month’s update, for another example, the team introduced a new startup experience for the IDE.

All of the above comes as Microsoft is in the midst of a big campaign to tout Java for Azure development, claiming that “we use more Java than you can imagine.”

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