VMware Releases Tanzu Toolkit for Visual Studio
VMware has announced a new Visual Studio toolkit for working with Kubernetes clusters, containers, microservices, and other cloud-native technologies in its Tanzu product line.
Specifically, the Tanzu Toolkit for Visual Studio helps developers using the company’s Tanzu Application Service (TAS) manage applications directly from Microsoft’s flagship IDE.
According to the company, VMware Tanzu helps organizations create new applications, modernize existing applications, and evolve software development processes around cloud-native technologies, patterns, and architectures. In simplified terms, it helps companies run and manage multiple Kubernetes clusters in public/private clouds or a mix of both.
TAS, on the other hand, is described as a modern application platform that acts as a runtime environment for microservices projects. It ties into the company’s Spring and Spring Boot Java-related development offerings while providing a native Windows and .NET experience, capable of helping users push applications to containers running on Windows Server 2016, for example, or to run new applications built with . NET Core (which became just .NET 5, .NET 6 and so on).
Noting that TAS continues to be a great place to run cloud-native applications, especially those written in .NET, VMware said the new tool borrows some of the same functionality found in the company’s Tanzu Application Manager. business, but separating it into a Visual Studio tool. can reduce context switching (jumping from one app to another), make it easier to navigate directly to the right app instance, and simplify otherwise complicated tasks.
“The extension provides the ability to quickly view, stop, start, and delete applications running on the Tanzu Application Service,” VM ware said in a June 22 announcement. “You will also be able to push new applications to TAS and troubleshoot applications already running in TAS when things go wrong, and even step through their code line by line.”
The tool specifically provides functionality within the popular .NET IDE to help developers:
- Build an application according to certain guidelines (which are implemented in a way to make life easier, such as market offers and service bindings)
- Perform some basic administrative tasks in the context of this application (at least in pre-production environments)
- Step through the code when something goes wrong (ideally regardless of where that code is running)
Once installed, the tool, which works with VS 2022 or VS 2019, allows developers to simply right-click on a project and “Push to Tanzu Application Service”. As can be seen from the graphs above, it also allows remote right-click debugging.
In addition to working with TAS, it also works with other Cloud Foundry distributions.
As of this writing, the new Visual Studio Marketplace VS 2022 Toolkit has only been downloaded 29 times, compared to two downloads for the VS 2019 edition. The tool, like other extensions, can also be installed directly in the IDE or by downloading it from the project’s GitHub repository.
VMware also offers the VMware Tanzu Developer Tools for Visual Studio Code for working with Java applications in the Tanzu Application Platform (TAP). It helps developers:
- Debug workloads directly on your TAP-enabled Kubernetes cluster
- Live update your workloads directly on your TAP-enabled Kubernetes cluster
- Generate extracts to quickly create TAP configuration files
David Ramel is an editor and writer for Converge360.