Azure DevOps Tutorial

As of 2020, business organizations are investing a lot and developing the applications required to meet the business deliverables. Azure DevOps helps in making the software process easier for the development teams. It is often that the operations and the development team are out of Sync. Azure DevOps helps in improving the synchronization between the different teams leading to the efficiency of the business and applications. In this blog, you will gain an understanding of what Azure DevOps is, its features, services, pricing, benefits, etc.

What is Azure DevOps? 

Azure DevOps this strategy or a methodology followed by most of the business organizations which helps in collaborating with the development and operations teams. Azure DevOps helps in delivering reliable software in a faster way. Azure DevOps helps in connecting the people, customers, technology, the process, and improves the continuous value. 

The ultimate goal of the business organization is to develop and deploy the software that is reliable and secured in the need of the hour. This is because the software market is changing rapidly and we all need to stay updated with all the updates modifications taking place. The business organizations would like to deliver the best out of the market and improve productivity levels in a short span of time. Azure DevOps is a cloud platform that brings the software development and the operations team under a single roof. 

Azure DevOps formerly called as VSTS, Visual Studio team services, an upgraded version to deliver a better user experience. Azure DevOps is a tool that helps in managing all the software related aspects like planning, developing, testing, and deploying the applications within the given time frame by ensuring the quality is maintained.

Azure DevOps is a platform that helps in tracking the software business progress and allows you to make precise decisions to deliver the software that meets the user expectations. Azure DevOps is a combination of the tools, practices, philosophies that help in the development and deployment of enterprise and customer applications.

What can DevOps do? 

The primary focus for the development and implementation of Azure DevOps in the software field is the collaboration and Association of the different teams like the operations and development teams together. The software development process is a manual process and leads to many errors. Human errors are quite common. In such scenarios, the delivery of the software would not be reliable, faster, and will not be able to meet the Expectations. In order to ensure that the business stakeholders are not disappointed with the development work, Azure DevOps creates efficiency across all the tasks involved in different teams like the development, deployment, and maintenance of software. 

Azure DevOps include a strong focus on automation that helps in reducing the errors. Let us take an example from the operation team perspective. 

This team ensures and looks after the maintenance of the software. As there is an increase in software needs,  the administrators and operators are involved in taking care of many servers at the same time. Many tools help in managing the number of servers, but still cannot manage the growing number as well. The operations team might have to make some minor changes to the code so that it can fit into the production environment equally as it does in the developer environment. Hence Azure DevOps helps in analyzing and performing the following between multiple teams. 

1. Break down the issues and maintain titan frames.

2. Share the responsibilities and on each other with different teams.

3. Start thinking in the same way it has been implemented. 

4. Work as a team together to ensure that there is quality-based productivity.

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Azure DevOps service versus server : 

Azure Devops Services and server are referred to as Visual Studio team services and team Foundation server respectively. They are designed to provide an environment that supports Git, Agile tools, and integration. Let us have a brief review of the differences between DevOps service and DevOps server. 

1. Azure DevOps services give a cloud offering while Azure DevOps server is an on-premise offering.

2. Azure DevOps service will allow you to connect over the public network while the Azure DevOps server will not. You can connect to the intranet server. 

3. Azure DevOps services offer two different options for scaling and scoping the data: organizations and projects while DevOps server offers three different options for scaling and scoping the data: project collections, projects, and development. 

4. For Azure DevOps services, access levels must be assigned to each user while the Azure DevOps server, the access level must be assigned based on the license.

Azure DevOps services: 

Azure DevOps has come up with a set of services that help in managing activities related to software development and delivery efficiently. The following are the services offered by Azure DevOps. 

1. Azure boards 

2. Azure pipelines 

3. Azure test plans 

4. Azure artifacts 

5. Azure Repos 

Let us have a quick review of the services offered by Azure DevOps.

Azure Boards: 

Azure boards and design and developed track with tasks, features, and bugs. There are three different types of work items in Azure Boards. 

1. Epic 

2. Issue 

3. Task 

An epic work item usually is responsible for tracking the requirements or features while the issue tracks the small changes or the bugs. The task is responsible for or tracking even smaller works that have been done in the past time. Azure boards also help you to update the work status or to add the work status easily using a drag and drop feature. It also provides flexibility to prioritize your works.

Azure pipelines: 

An Azure pipeline is defined as a combination of the continuous integration (CI) and continuous delivery (CD) that helps in creating and testing your code automatically, and also provides access to the other users whoever requires it. It helps you in providing a quality code and a consistent code with CI and CD. It is flexible to work with different programming languages like PHP, C#, java, python, ruby, etc. To use as your pipelines, you will need to make sure that the source is stored in a mission control system such as Git.

Azure test plans:

Azure Test plans are designed to improve the quality of your code by performing testing. Azure test plans love you to test your code manually or exploratorily, wherein you can request, provide, and track the feedback as well. It can also allow you to perform functional testing and unit testing, allowing you to run the tests continuously.

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Azure artifacts: 

Azure artifacts define as a Store that includes all the artifacts that were produced during the development and deployment of the software. Artifacts are the executable files that do not contain any code. Azure artifacts allow you to use multiple feeds to control the access and organize your packet accordingly. A feed refers to the container for the packages that help in publishing and consuming. Azure Artifacts provide its extensive support by delivering a fast secure and easy feed of binary packages. Azure artifacts are designed to ensure that pipelines are fully integrated and managed, allowing you to create the packages which include a free usage tier of 2GB.

Azure Repos: 

Azure Repos is defined as the collection of version control tools that help in managing your code efficiently. Version control systems are defined as the software that helps in tracking the changes that are made in the coding section by taking the pictures of snapshots of your files. Azure Repos provide two different version control: 

1. Team Foundation version control 

2. Git 

Git is defined as the version control system that is distributed, which refers to the local copy that you have been a complete repository allowing you to work offline as well. In team Foundation version control the historical data is kept only in the server as it is a centralized version control system.

Azure DevOps pricing: 

Azure DevOps is free for the first 5 users who are working on the project. There is a price associated with the usage of Azure DevOps if the number of users exceeds 5. The price of Azure DevOps usually starts from $30 per month for 10 users. It can be extended to 1000 users with $6150 for a month.

Benefits of Azure DevOps: 

Automation testing: 

Azure DevOps allows you to use the automated tests which help in ensuring that the application is secure and free from compliance. These tests help in identifying the issues, errors, or bugs that can quickly provision the resources and configure the entire production environment in a short span of time.

Any platform any language: 

Azure DevOps is capable and compatible to work with different platforms and run on multiple frameworks efficiently. It has the flexibility to work with different programming languages and their developers like pHP,java,.net, python, etc.

Continuous integration and Continuous delivery: 

Azure DevOps automatically builds and tests the errors, bugs by enabling the but detection in the early stage. This helps the business organizations to achieve fast and identical deployment to the environment at a given time frame.

App insights: 

Azure DevOps  also includes Azure application insights that help in providing insights through application performance management and Analytics. It really helps you in monitoring the infrastructure health with Azure Log Analytics and Azure monitor.

Reliability: 

Azure is a software as a service offering, Azure DevOps is scalable, reliable, and globally available in all parts of the world. It also includes an SLA of 99% uptime along with 24x7 support for its users.

Accessibility  to the new features: 

Azure DevOps users are given access to the new features every three weeks. Microsoft is transparent, published public roadmap, and committed to rapidly iterating on the future set.

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Conclusion:

As we all know that organizations are striving hard to meet the deliverables and provide quality based software, utilization of the reliable tools it's important. Asia DevOps is a service that has immense features along with its abilities that are proven these days. I think it is recommended to get trained and certified in Azure DevOps that would help you have more knowledge about it. The organizations are hiring the individuals who know Azure, hence it is one of the platforms which will help you in developing your career in the right way.

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