Welcome to the October update of Java Azure Tools! This is the first blog post for a new monthly update series for all the Azure tooling support we are providing for Java users, covering Maven/Gradle plugins for Azure, Azure Toolkit for IntelliJ/Eclipse and Azure Extensions for VS Code. Follow us and you will get more exciting updates in the future blogs.
In this update, you will see the brand new experience creating/deploying Azure Web Apps and Functions with IntelliJ. We will show you how to diagnose Web Apps with log streams, SSH, remote file explorer and profiling tools. Finally, we'd also like to show you the JBoss EAP support and Gradle project support. On to the update.
New experience in IntelliJ for Web Apps and Functions
The Azure Toolkit for IntelliJ 3.45.0 release brings major improvements on the Azure Web Apps and Azure Functions create and deploy workflow. Check out the example below for Web Apps:
Simple mode, hints and validator in Web App creation
We are aiming at providing a more user friendly getting started experience for new Azure Web Apps Java users. As result when you click Create Web App you will only see 2 settings now: Name and Platform. You can accept default or select More Settings to configure details including resource group , pricing tier and so on. With validators on settings like app name, you no longer need to wait a deployment failed after minutes telling you that the app name is already taken. You can also hover on the question marks to learn more about what those settings mean.
New entries from Azure Explorer
Now you can right click on Web Apps in Azure Explore and select Create Web App to open the app creation wizard, which was hidden in "Deploy to Azure Web Apps" wizard before. You can also right click on a existing Web App in Azure Explorer and select Deploy to open the deployment wizard. You now have the option to select projects or pre-built artifacts as you wish.
Web App Diagnostic
We are glad to announce the full diagnostic experience for Azure Web Apps starting from Azure Toolkit for IntelliJ v3.45.0. You can now easily troubleshoot your Web App on Azure with powerful features added recently:
Right click on the Web App in Azure Explorer and select Start Streaming Logs and you will see real time logs showing up in IntelliJ. You can stop it by select Stop Streaming Logs.
Right click on the Web App in Azure Explorer and select SSH into Web App and you will get a terminal connected to the app instance on Azure in minutes. You are now free to run any command and play around. Note that this preview feature is only for Linux Web App and requires Azure CLI installed.
Remote file explorer
Here is the third option to view logs and explore your app! Click on the Web App in Azure Explorer and you will see two folders under the node. Click on the remote folders and explore any files in your Azure Web App instance. For example, you can double click and directly open log files in the editor, or right click on the file to download.
Profiling on the fly
Flight recorder support was also added in the Azure Toolkit for IntelliJ! You can now start profiling your Java Web Apps in Azure explorer by right clicking on the Web App in Azure Explorer and select Profile Flight Recorder and the report in .jfr format will be downloaded automatically. You can then analyze the report with Zulu Mission Control or directly inside IntelliJ if you are using Ultimate (2020.2 or above).
JBoss EAP support for Web Apps
JBoss EAP is now in Public Preview as a new runtime offering for Azure Web Apps and we are adding tooling support for it. Starting from version 1.12.0, you can chose JBoss EAP as runtime stack running the Maven plugin config goal in your project directory. Following is a sample configuration generated, note that both .war and .ear artifacts are supported.
Besides Maven plugin, JBoss EAP Web Apps is now supported in Azure Toolkit for IntelliJ as well. You can create and deploy a JBoss EAP app with entries mentioned in the above sections.
Gradle project support in IntelliJ
Here to mention that Gradle project is now supported in Azure Toolkit for IntelliJ. Now you can add configurations to deploy Gradle projects to Azure Web Apps and Azure Spring Cloud. The toolkit will then pick up the latest build and push to Azure once you hit Run or Shift+F10.
Try it out
Please don’t hesitate to give it a try! Your feedback and suggestions are very important to us and will help shape our product in future.