Do you know that you don't need an IDE to deploy a Windows Azure package in the development fabric? There can be a time when you are on a machine that is not equipped with Visual Studio or any other IDE that supports Windows Azure development and you still need to deploy a package on development fabric. Windows Azure SDK comes with CSPack and CSRun that allows you to create an Azure package and deploy it on the development fabric by using command line interface. Even if you have all the tools you can still give it a try to enjoy the classic raw development feeling :) .


Josh Holmes has written a very good small tutorial on using the command line tools to create a sample Windows Azure package and then deploy it on development fabric. check it out