Microsoft Adds New Azure SDKs
Written by Kay Ewbank   
Thursday, 25 July 2019

Microsoft has released a new set of SDKs that developers can use to work with Azure Storage,  Azure Cosmos DB, Azure Key Vault, and Azure Event Hubs. The SDKs can be used from Java, Python, JavaScript or TypeScript, and .NET.

Microsoft says the SDKs provide access to new service features. More importantly, the libraries are all the first release of a complete rewrite to ensure consistency, idiomatic design, and excellent developer experience and productivity. The changes form a new set of standards across the Azure SDKs.


The team behind the SDKs says because Azure has been changing so rapidly in terms of its capabilities, working out how best to make those facilities available to developers has been tricky. Now that some Azure services have matured, it's become clearer what developers needed to gain access to. 

Because of this, the development team have put together a set of objectives for SDKs based on developer feedback. Those were:

  • Create easy to use APIs with productivity on par with the best libraries of the language ecosystems.
  • Provide APIs that are idiomatic to the language and ecosystem they are used in.
  • Evolve over time in a very compatible fashion.
  • Focus as much on documentation and samples, as on APIs.
  • Change how Microsoft creates the libraries at their core.

The API design guidelines have been made available in Microsoft's GitHub repository. They consist of general guidelines that fit across SDKs, and language specific guidelines for Java, Python, .NET, and JavaScript. One of the key concepts is to make the APIs feel ergonomic in a language, and follow the patterns of the particular language rather than being too vanilla.

The new SDKs and the guidelines are all available on GitHub



More Information 

Python Release Notes

Java Release Notes

JavaScript Release Notes

.NET Release Notes

SDKs On GitHub


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