Windows Azure developers have always had options when it comes to which languages (such as .NET, PHP, Ruby or Java) and development tools (such as Visual Studio or Eclipse) to use to build applications on the Windows Azure platform. Today, there's yet another choice with the availability of the Community Technology Preview (CTP) of the Windows Azure Starter Kit for Java, which was announced last Wednesday on the Interoperability @ Microsoft blog.
The goal of this CTP is to get feedback from Java developers, and to nail down the correct experience for Java developers, particularly to make sure that configuring, packaging and deploying to Windows Azure integrates well with common practices.
Designed to work as a simple command line build tool or in the Eclipse integrated development environment (IDE), the starter kit is an open source project released under the Apache 2.0 license and is available for download here.
To learn more about the CTP, please read the full blog post about this announcement on the Interoperability @ Microsoft blog here.