Java on Azure Tooling Update – September 2022

Jialuo Gan

Hi everyone, welcome back to September update of Java on Azure Tooling. In this update, we will introduce the Azure Cosmos DB Support, and Azure Virtual Machine Enhancement. In addition, we have made some improvements for users to create/update the dependencies with Azure SDK Reference Book. Please download and install the Azure Toolkit for IntelliJ. We hope you like these features and enjoy the smooth experience with our Azure toolkit. So let us get started.

Azure Toolkit for IntelliJ Improvements

Azure Cosmos DB Support

Database management support is always one of our key investment areas. Azure Cosmos DB is a fully managed, serverless NoSQL database for high-performance applications of any size or scale. We know a lot of developers have been waiting for the integration of Azure Cosmos DB with our product.

Together with the Azure Cosmos DB team, the Azure Toolkit for IntelliJ IDEA has supported Mongo/Cassandra API/ SQL Management from Azure Explorer directly with the latest release. Besides, we have also supported Mongo API in the ‘Database Tool’ Window (IntelliJ IDEA Ultimate Edition only). For more details about these new features, please see IntelliJ support for Azure Cosmos DB. Here is also a demonstration for you to get started.

Azure Virtual Machine Enhancement

In August’s update, we have added the entry of ‘Azure Virtual Machine’ under ‘Run On’ targets list of run/debug configurations of IntelliJ IDEA. In September, we have further improved the feature for Azure Virtual Machine.

In Azure, there are multiple ways to connect to a Linux virtual machine. The most common practice of connecting to a Linux VM is using the Secure Shell Protocol (SSH). For more details, you can see the documentation about connect to a Linux VM. In addition, we know that SFTP is a very widely used protocol which many organizations use today for transferring files within their organization or across organizations.

To meet the demand of Azure Virtual Machines, we have supported these features within latest release including:

  • Use SSH directly from an Azure Virtual Machine resource node in Azure Explorer.
  • Browse files of an Azure Virtual Machine in Azure Explorer.

After you have created Azure Virtual Machines in Azure Explorer, you can locate the relevant Azure Virtual Machine node and right click with the option “Connect Using SSH” or “Browse Files Using SFTP”. You will be guided to complete the password in SSH configuration panel for the first time. After that, you do not need to configure it every time.

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Here is a quick demonstration.

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Azure SDK Reference Book Enhancement

The Azure SDKs are collections of libraries built to make it easier to use Azure services from your language of choice. We know that for Java developers on Azure, they will always face some challenges including:

  • It’s difficult to find Azure SDKs and add/update relevant dependencies directly in the IDE specifically in Azure services.
  • Many content switches or redirects for Azure services before getting started with libraires.

To enhance the experience for using Azure SDKs with Java Language, we have supported adding/updating dependencies to current local projects directly from Azure SDK Reference Book feature. To use it, you just need to find the relevant Azure Service and right click with the option “View Azure SDK”. And then you can select the relevant SDK to add/update the dependency for your project. Here is a short demo.

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