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Recently, Microsoft announced that the Azure Functions tooling for Visual Studio 2017 was available. This makes it really easy to create new function apps, test and debug your functions locally as well as publishing directly from within Visual Studio. This makes use of the “precompiled functions” capability of Azure Functions.

I thought that since this tooling appeared too late to feature in either of my Pluralsight courses on Azure Functions, I’d make a quick video showing off how the tooling works, and also what actually ends up on disk when you create these precompiled functions.

Of course, you don’t have to use Visual Studio if you don’t want to. You’re still free to use a combination of a text editor like Visual Studio Code and the Azure Functions CLI to build and debug your function apps.

Want to learn more about how easy it is to get up and running with Azure Functions? Be sure to check out my Pluralsight course Azure Functions Fundamentals.
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