With each release of Visual Studio it’s getting easier to connect your application to Azure services. To access Visual Studio Connected Services, go to your projects Overview which can be accessed by right clicking on your project and select Overview.
Then select the Connected Services tab on the left to show the list of Connected Services available in your Visual Studio instance. More connected services can be installed from either the Visual Studio Marketplace or from within Visual Studio by going to the Tools –> Extensions and Updates… menu item.
To configure a particular Connected Service, just click on it and follow the prompts to wire up the desired Azure service.
With the announcement of what’s new in for Azure Development in Visual Studio on May 30 2018, support for three more Azure services were made available:
For a full list of available Connected Services take a look at the Microsoft Visual Studio Marketplace.
New Updates for Azure Development in Visual Studio
Visual Studio Marketplace
Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer is a cross platform client tool built on Electron that allows you to easily work with Azure Storage data on Windows, macOS and Linux. This tool also provides preview support for Azure Cosmos DB and Azure Data Lake Store.
I find this is a great tool to use when working with Azure Functions locally and you want to work with Azure Storage Accounts, both locally or in Azure.
Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer was updated on April 16 2018 to version 1.0 and is a big update with log of new features, bug fixes, and some breaking changes, so be sure to checkout the release notes on what is new and fixed.
It’s worth pointing out the following breaking changes:
- Storage Explorer has switched to a new authentication library. As part of the switch to the library, you will need to re-login to your accounts and re-set your filtered subscriptions
- The method used to encrypt sensitive data has changed. This may result in some of your Quick Access items needing to be re-added and/or some of you attached resources needing to be reattached.
Azure Storage Explorer release notes
Feedback can be submitted to the Azure Storage Explorer issues page on GitHub