Release: AWS Toolkit for Visual Studio 1.1.0

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The AWS Toolkit for Visual Studio (AWS Toolkit) is a plug-in for the Visual Studio IDE that makes it easier for developers to develop, debug, and deploy .NET applications that use Amazon Web Services.


Submitted By: Steve@AWS
Release Date: October 22, 2011 12:07 AM GMT
Created On: October 22, 2011 12:07 AM GMT
Last Updated: October 22, 2011 12:07 AM GMT

Installing the Toolkit

See for information on installing the AWS Toolkit for Visual Studio.

New Features

Feature Description
Standalone Deployment Tool for .NET

The AWS Toolkit includes the Standalone Deployment Tool for .NET. The deployment tool is a command line tool that enables you to deploy your application to AWS CloudFormation from outside of the Microsoft Visual Studio environment. With the deployment tool, you can make deployment an automatic part of your build process or include deployment in other scripting scenarios.

Redeployment to CloudFormation

Both the deployment wizard and the deployment tool can redeploy a new instance of your application over an already-running instance.

GovCloud Support

You can designate AWS accounts as GovCloud users. These users are then able to use the GovCloud region.

Server-Side Encryption

You can specify whether an Amazon S3 object should use server-side encryption. You can specify this feature at the time that you upload the object or afterwards in the object's properties dialog.

Customize Columns in AMI, Instance, and Volume Views

In the AWS Explorer, you can customize which columns are displayed when you are viewing Amazon Machine Images (AMIs), Amazon EC2 Instances, and EBS Volumes.

Tagging of AMIs, Instances, and Volumes

From the AWS Explorer, you can add tags and tag values to AMIs, Amazon EC2 Instances, and EBS Volumes. Tags that you add are automatically added as columns in the AWS Explorer views, and, as with other columns, you can hide these columns if you choose.

Pagination of result set returned by Amazon SimpleDB.

When you execute a query in Amazon SimpleDB, the AWS Toolkit displays only a single "page" of results--either the first 100 results or the number of results specified by the LIMIT parameter if it is included in the query. The AWS Toolkit now enables you to fetch either an additional page of results or an additional ten pages of results.

Time Delayed Message Delivery in SQS

When you send SQS messages from the AWS Toolkit, you can now specify a time delay before the message appears in the SQS queue. You can also specify a default delay for all messages when you create queues.

Export Amazon SimpleDB Results to CSV

You can export the results of your Amazon SimpleDB queries to an CSV file.

Known Issues

Issue Description
Installation Requires Administrator Privileges The AWS Toolkit for Visual Studio is installed within Visual Studio which requires administrator privileges. The default location of the AWS SDK for .NET is under %PROGRAMFILES%, which on most computers is "c:\program files". To install the AWS SDK for .NET without administrator privileges unselect the AWS Toolkit for Visual Studio and change the install location to something like "c:\Documents and Settings\<you>\AWS SDK for .NET".
Deployment can be sensitive to clock skew Deploying a web application or web site to AWS CloudFormation can fail if the clock on the client system is not accurate.
Project templates not removed when uninstalling If you uninstall the AWS Toolkit, the AWS project templates are not uninstalled.
Uploading files to Amazon S3 If you upload files to an Amazon S3 bucket, same-named files already residing in the bucket are overwritten without confirmation.
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