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Alternative Azure app

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Hello folks, it's a bit politically incorrect to post this, but I've been doing a fair bit of Azure development in previous months and although for a while I was using Azure Storage Explorer to assist me, the project seems to have gone stale and I eventually became tired of the UI thread blocking, the lack of shortcut keys and context menus, windows position forgotten, no drag-and-drop, bad grid column sizing, etc. I could either buy a professional tool (there are a few) or write my own. So over the last few weekends I wrote "Mica", a WPF Framework 4.5 desktop app for managing Azure storage. The Bitbucket repository is public, there is a Wiki page and an MSI on the Downloads page. The app is very new, but I think it's reached a stage where I'd be happy for others to try it and gently give me feedback. Blob and Table support is strong, but the Queue screen is an empty placeholder until I get some more hobby coding time -- Greg

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Niyololz wrote Aug 17, 2015 at 12:59 PM

Thanks, much better than Azure Storage Explorer

wrote Aug 17, 2015 at 12:59 PM

wrote Sep 24, 2015 at 9:14 AM

cybd wrote Sep 24, 2015 at 9:15 AM

Thanx for alternative app, it works for me!

ghelyar wrote Nov 4, 2015 at 1:35 PM

Neither Azure Storage Explorer or Mica work for me. Both test the connection fine but then crash when I try to add a storage account to it, and once it's added, both crash on startup every time.

ASE hangs, while Mica lists the containers correctly but then throws an argument null exception in System.Drawing. To top it off, the Mica source available on bitbucket does not build csproj files reference cs files that don't exist, etc, so I can't do any real debugging myself to get it to work.

Nothing special about the storage account. Just an Azure WebJob with both the dashboard and storage connection strings pointing to the same storage account, after running a couple of jobs through.

gfkeogh wrote Nov 11, 2015 at 9:51 PM

A null exception in Mica is a serious problem that must be fixed. I have just checked-out Mica into a fresh folder on a spare machine to verify it builds and runs. There are 3 missing cs files (as you found), but I was hoping that developers would easily recognise these as being code generated. I have added a small section to the Wiki page with instructions on how to generate the cs files from the resx, xsd and tt files. Mica will then build and run. If you can reproduce the crash in a debugger, please post the results in the Mica Issues page.

OzBobWA wrote Apr 18, 2016 at 7:58 AM

OzBobWA wrote Apr 18, 2016 at 8:21 AM

update: just moved and then died to:
https://bitbucket.org/orthoprog/mica/wiki/Home


newer and free
http://storageexplorer.com/

gfkeogh wrote Apr 18, 2016 at 8:59 AM

Sorry about the 404. I had to rename my Bitbucket repositories to match my team name, which is a large and link-breaking change. In the face of Microsoft developing their Azure Explorer, I am simply unable to provide and enhance the advanced features and authentication integration they are planning, including support for cloud files. So Mica is mostly stagnant and will naturally retire once Explorer matures. It's full of UI irritations at the moment, but I hope they will polish all this up soon -- Greg