by Peter Galli on October 12, 2010 02:35pm

The Microsoft Interoperability Technical Strategy team is shipping a new Community Technology Preview of the Windows Azure Tools for Eclipse for PHP, which gives PHP developers using Eclipse the tools they need to create and deploy web applications targeting Windows Azure

This news follows on the announcement a few weeks ago of a series of new and updated tools/SDK for PHP developers targeting Windows Azure,which included the Windows Azure Tools for Eclipse/PHP.

This CTP update refines the new features we announced in the upcoming version 2, which should be ready next month, and includes the ability for developers to do one-click deployment of PHP Applications from Eclipse directly to Windows Azure; to use Windows Azure Diagnostics; the integration of the Open Source AppFabric SDK for PHP Developers; support for Multiple Web Roles and Worker Roles; and support of Windows Azure Drive for PHP developers.

For more information, you can read the full post on the Interoperability Blog, and take a look at Brian Swan's comprehensive tutorial called Using the Windows Azure Tools For Eclipse with PHP, where he shows developers how to take advantage of Windows Azure using these tools.