Top Stories from the Microsoft DevOps Community – 2019.03.29

Edward Thomson

One of the embarrassing things that can happen to you when you travel a lot is that you start to forget what day of the week it is. When you fly out on a Sunday, spend some time in one place, then hop on another flight and work in a totally different place, you run the risk of not fully internalizing what day of the week it is.

I mention this because regular readers will have noticed that there were no Top Stories last week. It seems that in my travel-addled mind, I woke up on Saturday thinking that it was Friday. So when I was getting ready to write about the week’s top stories, their time had already past. On the plus side, that makes this week’s list of stories all the better. Enjoy!

YAML Build in Azure DevOps
Ricci Gian Maria takes another look at the YAML build functionality in Azure Pipelines; as a long-time user of Azure DevOps, he wasn’t ready to adopt YAML when it was in preview. But after taking another look, he’s ready to recommend it. 🎉

Scripts for Azure Pipelines Agent Deployment
The hosted build agents that we provide do a great job for most use cases, but sometimes you need to run your own private build agent. And if you do, Rasťo Novotný has great step-by-step instructions and helpful scripts for provisioning your build agent.

CI/CD through Azure DevOps
Getting started with continuous integration and continuous delivery of your web application can seem daunting the first time you do it. Never fear, Chinmay Dey has an introduction that takes you soup-to-nuts through the setup, from creating an Azure DevOps organization to deploying your web app to Azure.

Configuring Docker with Env Files Written from Azure DevOps Variables
Sometimes we have the data we need but not in the format that we need it in. Patrick McVeety-Mill came up with a clever method to take Azure Pipelines build variables and transform them into an environment variable file suitable for using with docker.

Did you know? Changing default and comparison branch in Git from Azure DevOps
I’ve been working on Azure DevOps for 15 years(!) and I still learn new things every day. Today, Matteo Emili taught me that you can change your default branch for comparing Git branches independently of the default branch for pull requests. 🤯

As always, if you’ve written an article about Azure DevOps or find some great content about DevOps on Azure then let me know! I’m @ethomson on Twitter.


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