Microsoft has released a new Azure Blockchain Development Kit for Ethereum. The new set of tools will enable clients, mostly developers, to built Ethereum-based apps on the Azure cloud computing platform.
According to the company’s blog post, the release is a follow up of Visual Studio Code, a source-code editor for the Azure Blockchain. The Ethereum development kit, while still in preview mode, will enable developers to build apps on the public Ethereum network and use open-source blockchain tools such as Solidity and Truffle.
The extension is supported on both Windows 10 and macOS. It can also run within a Virtual Machine in Azure.
While other Ethereum-specific tools for Visual Studio Code already exist, this is the first official set of such development tools officially released by Microsoft. Chris Pietschmann, the founder of Build Azure, said,
“This proves even further the investment and dedication that Microsoft is putting forth towards the use of Blockchain ledger technologies in the Enterprise, or even on the public blockchain networks.”
Further, United States-based coffee chain Starbucks recently announced that it would be using Microsoft’s Azure Blockchain Service to track coffee production as part of its blockchain-powered “bean-to-cup” pilot.
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