What is Azure DevOps?
DevOps is a SaaS platform that promotes collaboration between development and operations, resulting in faster and more reliable software delivery.
- We commonly refer to DevOps as a culture.
- DevOps connects people, processes, and technology to deliver continuous value.
Today, Azure DevOps has been a proficient tool that is being used by several users who found it suitable for their business and productivity needs.
The simple definition of DevOps is a combination of development & operational considerations for developing software. Hence, the demand for this solution is higher in the present decade!
When was Azure DevOps launched?
- Despite being launched in October 2018, Azure DevOps is not the new kid on the DevOps block.
- Its lineage can be traced all the way back to Visual Studio Team System which was launched in 2006. This is a mature product with a rich feature-set that has over 80,000 internal users at Microsoft.
Why is DevOps needed?
- The software development process can be a highly manual process, resulting in a significant number of code errors. Development and operations teams can often be out of sync, which can slow software delivery and disappoint business stakeholders. DevOps creates efficiency across all tasks involved in the development, deployment and maintenance of software.
Connecting development and operations leads to increased visibility, more accurate requirements, improved communication and faster time to market.
What makes DevOps different from other software development practices?
- DevOps bridges the gap between development and operations, creating significant efficiencies across the development and deployment of software. DevOps includes a strong emphasis on automation, helping reduce the overall number of errors.
What can Azure DevOps do?
- Azure DevOps comprises a range of services covering the full development life-cycle
Azure boards is an interface or a service of DevOps through which teams can manage their projects throughout the entire development lifecycle. It allows the team to track their tasks, work status, user stories, backlogs, features, and track bugs and defects that are noticed in the project. The three basic work items are Epics, Issues, and Task.
- Azure Repository is a set of version control tools that we can use to manage our code. In case if we are entirely new to version control, then version control enables us to track changes we make in our code over time. There is so much software that is available in the market to enable version control on our code. We can use the version control system to keep track of each change done by each developer, safely merge them, test the changes, and publish the change into production
- Automation is the future, and this is exactly what Azure DevOps Pipeline is all about. It is a set of automated processes that developers can use to create and deploy codes to computation platforms. The idea is that every time there is human intervention in a process, the probability of mistakes or issues will always exist. Being a continuous delivery tool based on automation processes, its primary goal is to eradicate or minimize human intervention in projects that will automatically reduce the possibility of errors. Not only that, but the tasks achieved through the Azure DevOps pipeline are accurate, seamless, and faster as well.
Continuous Integration (CI):
- Continuous integration is all about finding and fixing bugs as soon as possible. CI helps in finding underlying or overlooked issues and bugs in the code in the initial stages of the development, making bug-fixing faster as they can be fixed easily and quickly in the early stages. Furthermore, developers will always know about the errors, and can even give a glance to code through version-controlled repositories. With continuous testing and compilation of code, the entire integration process becomes faster, enhancing the overall productivity of the team.
Continuous Delivery (CD):
- Continuous delivery is all about boosting the delivery process and making sure that every policy is followed, each test is performed effectively, and code is deployed in the right environment. Moreover, it integrates the code with infrastructure and assists the developers in fixing bugs, making essential changes in the code, and adding new features as well. With all these actions, CD ensures that bug fixes are delivered faster, and the overall risk related to release is reduced to a maximum extent so that software delivery can become faster and more feasible.
- Azure Artifacts enables developers to share their code efficiently and manage all their packages from one place. With Azure Artifacts, developers can publish packages to their feeds and share it within the same team, across organizations, and even publicly. Developers can also consume packages from different feeds and public registries such as NuGet.org or npmjs.com. Azure Artifacts supports multiple package types such as NuGet, npm, Python, Maven, and Universal Packages.
(Associate Software Engineer)