Microsoft announces the release of a new Azure Blockchain Development Kit specifically for the Ethereum blockchain, in an official blog from Microsoft Azure blog, Build Azure on May 6.
An extension to Microsoft’s source-code editor Visual Studio Code, the new offering has been reportedly designed to aid app developers using Azure Blockchain Service, Microsoft’s newly-released blockchain-as-a-service (BaaS) platform.
As for the new kit, it will purportedly be used for building apps on the public Ethereum network, enabling developers to employ open source blockchain tools such as Solidity and Truffle. The blog goes on to note that the Visual Studio Code already incorporates community-published Solidity and other blockchain tools, this is the first official set of such development tools officially released by Microsoft. The post stating:
“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.”
Compatible with both Windows and MacOS operating systems, the extension is hosted as an open source on Github.
Just this week, Starbucks, a United States-based coffee chain has announced a collaboration with the Microsoft’s Azure Blockchain Service in order to track coffee production as part of its blockchain-powered “bean-to-cup” pilot. Currently, Azure Blockchain Service supports Quorum, an open source Ethereum-based platform backed by JPMorgan Chase aimed at streamlining the use of consortium blockchain networks, from creation to modification.
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