Windows Azure Must Have Tools

The tooling integrated into Visual Studio with the Azure SDK 1.7 release is pretty slick, however I still find the below are must haves.

Azure Storage Explorer is a useful GUI tool for inspecting and altering the data in your Windows Azure Storage storage projects including the logs of your cloud-hosted applications.  All 3 types of cloud storage can be viewed and edited: blobs, queues, and tables.”  http://azurestorageexplorer.codeplex.com/

Service Bus Explorer allows users to connect to a Service Bus namespace and administer messaging entities in an easy manner. The tool provides advanced features like import/export functionality or the ability to test messaging entities and relay services.”  http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/windowsazure/Service-Bus-Explorer-f2abca5a

Beware that service bus explorer is a bit buggy.  I’m having trouble getting to view my relay services reliably.  I haven’t had time to debug the source code yet.

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