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Azure QuickStarts Projects

A collection of quickstart projects demonstrating core Microsoft Azure services and their APIs.

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Development Environment

In order to contribute to the Azure QuickStarts you will need the following tools install on your machine.

Getting Started

I'm glad that you're interested in providing a sample for the Azure QuickStarts, here are some quick notes to help you along your way.

What is a Sample?

A sample is meant to be the simplest possible example of the use of a service. Essentially the point is to exercise the API/SDK for a particular Service or if needed provide a link to a more advanced sample.

Example

Blob Storage Sample

  • Create Storage Account
  • Create Container
  • Create Blob
  • Modify Blob Properties/Metadata
  • Read Blob
  • Delete Blob
  • Delete Container
  • Delete Storage Account

Where do I put things? (aka Directory Structure)

This provides a general reference as to where a sample should be placed. If in doubt see the Documentation under Documentation by Service section.

App Services

  • Samples for services which provide support an application accomplish a given task.

Compute

  • Samples for services which provide an endpoint for an application.

Data Services

  • Samples for services which provide storage for an application.

Deployment and Management

  • Samples for Automating the creation and management of services using an API/SDK.

Network Services

  • Samples for services which connect Compute Services using Network or DNS.

How do I build a sample?

App Services

  • Console Application which shows service functionality
  • Reference Online Documentation

Compute

  • Reference Online Documentation

Data Services

  • Console Application which shows service functionality
  • Reference Online Documentation

Deployment and Management

Network Services

  • Reference Online Documentation

How to prepare my sample for inclusion

I can write a simple sample

  1. Right click on the sample project, select Add > New Item > SideWaffle Project Template Files
  2. Provide the _Definitions/_project.vstemplate.xml file with an appropriate Name and Description for the project template
    • Be sure to include the <WizardExtension> xml snippet (below) as a child of the <VSTemplate> element.
        <WizardExtension>
          <Assembly>ProjectWizard, Version=1.0.0.0, Culture=Neutral, PublicKeyToken=f30ae472f039a534</Assembly>
          <FullClassName>ProjectWizard.Wizard</FullClassName>
      	</WizardExtension>
        
  3. Update _Preprocess.xml as needed (generally not)
    • Ensure the attribute Path in the TemplateInfo element describes where the Project Template should show in the File > New Project dialog
    • Add a key value pair (replacement token) to the Replacements element if the project contains code.
      • Key value pairs can be removed from the Replacements element if it provides a link to some documentation.
  4. Update sw-file-icon.png with the appropriate azure service logo which will be used for the template.

I need to create a Multi-Project Template!

See How to create a multi-project temlate. If you get stuck you can contact Sayed Ibrahim Hashimi.

I can't prepare a simple sample

If there isn't a public API surface which is easy to explore via a QuickStart, it's still valuable to add a template which provides a redirect to an online sample (maybe from azure.microsoft.com).

This is valuable because the service will still be discover-able by Developers from within Visual Studio.

Follow the steps from above with these additional steps:

  1. Add a WizardData element as a child of the <VSTemplate> element.

     <WizardData>
       <navigation>
         <navigate path="[path-to-tutorial]" generateProject="false" />
       </navigation>
     </WizardData>
     
  2. Delete the AssemblyInfo.cs file from the Properties folder.

  3. Delete the Program.cs file from the project.

  4. Delete the app.config file from the project.

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