Five things about Azure DevOps with Damian Brady

Burke Holland
Oct 5, 2018 · 2 min read

Five Things is back! Season 2 is here and our first episode has everything that you want in a low-budget video series about tech — awkward interviews, marginal insight, AND miniature ponies.

In our season opener, I sit down with Damian Brady to discuss the new Azure DevOps. DevOps was formally known as Visual Studio Team Services. The new release brings not just a name change, but a new feature called “Azure Pipelines”.

Azure Pipelines is a new product which allows you to deploy your code from any source control repository to any cloud. You can pull, do builds, run tests and deploy your code. Furthermore, it’s free for open-source projects. If you’re using GitHub, you can get Azure Pipelines as an extension from the Github extension gallery and setup a pipeline whenever you create a new repo.

Don’t want to watch the video? That’s fine, I’m not offended. Here’s a summary.

  1. What is Azure DevOps?
    Azure DevOps is a collection of nicely-integrated services to help you plan, build, and ship your software.
  2. What does Azure DevOps actually do?
    There are five services to help you with your DevOps efforts: Azure Pipelines (for build and release), Azure Boards (for planning your work), Azure Artifacts (for your NuGet, NPM, maven, and any other package feeds), Azure Repos (for unlimited public or private git repos), and Azure Test Plans (for managing your planned and exploratory testing).
  3. How much does it cost?
    It’s free for both open source projects and small teams (5 users). In particular, there are generous Azure Pipelines offers for both OSS (unlimited hosted build and release) and small teams (1,800 build minutes per month).
  4. It used to be called “Visual Studio Team Services”. Do I have to start using Visual Studio and .NET?
    No! Azure DevOps is great for any language on any platform, deploying to any cloud or on-prem. There are build and release agents for Windows, Linux and MacOS, and native build tasks for many, many languages.
  5. How do I get started?
    Just go to dev.azure.com!

Check out the interview with Damian, and be sure to visit the link below to get started with Azure DevOps.

Azure DevOps

Microsoft Azure

Any language. Any platform. Our team is focused on making the world more amazing for developers and IT operations communities with the best that Microsoft Azure can provide. If you want to contribute in this journey with us, contact us at medium@microsoft.com

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Any language. Any platform. Our team is focused on making the world more amazing for developers and IT operations communities with the best that Microsoft Azure can provide. If you want to contribute in this journey with us, contact us at medium@microsoft.com

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