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2012/05/24

A great open source library of plug in’s…

Filed under: Azure — vbmagic @ 2:09 pm

A great open source library of plug-in’s that should hopefully make life easier in Azure to make use of third party software or currently unsupported components like Classic ASP.

Richard Astbury's Blog

tl;dr

An open source library of plugins installed with a command line tool (a package manager). Once a plugin is installed, it can be easily packaged with an Azure deployment to install application dependencies on a Web or Worker role.

http://richorama.github.com/AzurePluginLibrary/

Watch a screen cast demonstration

Background

One of the key strengths of Windows Azure, is the Platform as a Service offering. Why would you want to patch an operating system, manage the deployment of your application, and check the health of your infrastructure? It’s better left to someone else (Microsoft) so you can focus on your application. However, the pitfall is when your application depends on something extra being installed or configured on the machine.

There are a few ways for installing 3rd party components on an Azure instance. This blog post has a good summary of the options.

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