The AppFabric Team posted an updated version of its Announcing the Windows Azure AppFabric June CTP! post on 6/21/2011:
Today we are excited
ingto announce the release of the Windows Azure AppFabric June CTP which includes capabilities that make it easy for developers to build, deploy, manage and monitor multi-tier applications across web, business logic and database tiers as a single logical entity on the Windows Azure Platform.
This CTP release consists:
- AppFabric Developer Tools - Enhancements to Visual Studio that enable to visually design and build end-to-end applications on the Windows Azure platform.
- AppFabric Application Manager – Powerful, yet easy way to host and manage n-tier applications that span web, middle and data-tier through the entire application lifecycle including deployment, configuration, monitoring and troubleshooting. The Application Manager includes a comprehensive application management portal that is powered by a REST API for monitoring the health of your n-tier application and performing management operations on the running applications.
- Composition Model - A set of .NET Framework extensions for composing applications on the Windows Azure platform. This builds on the familiar Azure Service Model concepts and adds new capabilities for describing and integrating the components of an application. The AppFabric Developer Tools leverage the composition model to create an application manifest that is used by the AppFabric Application Manager at deployment time to understand the application structure and metadata.
- Support for running Custom Code, WCF, WF - Formal support for executing Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) on Windows Azure and the composition of Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and WF services, as well as custom code, into a composite application. In addition, it provides enhanced development, deployment, management and monitoring support for WCF and WF services.
The release is already live in our LABS/Previews environment at: http://portal.appfabriclabs.com/.
There is limited space available to try out the AppFabric Application Manager CTP so be sure to sign-up as early as possible for a better chance to get access to the CTP.
The post update added narrative instructions for applying for access to the CTP, which the original version didn’t describe. The following illustrated section replaces that addition.
Sign Up for the Application Manager CTP
1. Log into the AppFabric Labs portal with your AppFabric Labs Windows Live ID:
2. Click the AppFabric Services button to display the Applications button. Click the Applications button to activate the sign-up window and click the Refresh Namespace button to open the first Request Service Namespace dialog:
3. Click Next to open the second Request Service Namespace dialog. Specify a Namespace name, select the Country/Region and AppFabric Labs Subscription, if applicable:
4. Click the Request Namespace button to display the request acknowledgment page:
The AppFabric Team’s post continues:
In order to build applications for the CTP you will need to install the Windows Azure AppFabric CTP SDK and the Windows Azure AppFabric Tools for Visual Studio. Even if you don’t have access to the AppFabric Application Manager CTP you can still install the tools and SDK to build and run applications locally in your development environment.
This CTP is intended for you to check out and provide us with feedback, so please remember to visit the Windows Azure AppFabric CTP Forum to ask questions and provide us with your feedback.
To learn more please use the following resources:
- Composing and Managing Applications with Windows Azure AppFabric video which is part of the Windows Azure AppFabric Learning Series available on CodePlex.
- Watch the relevant TechEd sessions:
- MDSN Documentation
- Visit the Windows Azure AppFabric website
- Visit the Windows Azure AppFabric Developer page
- Read the Windows Azure AppFabric Overview Whitepaper
Don’t forget that we already have several Windows Azure AppFabric services (Service Bus, Access Control, Caching) in production that are supported by a full SLA. If you have not signed up for Windows Azure AppFabric yet be sure to take advantage of our free trial offer. Just click on the image below and get started today!
Here’s what the Windows Azure AppFabric CTP SDK and the Windows Azure AppFabric Tools for Visual Studio installs or updates:
And here’s the Setup dialog for the Windows Azure AppFabric Developer Tools: