In this article, we’ll look at the features of Azure DevOps, usecases, and how to get started. DevOps is a combination of tools, processes, and software development that shortens your systems development life cycle and provide continuous delivery with high software quality. To enable and implement high DevOps practices, you need an automated and fast delivery workflow for your applications.

Azure DevOps is a DevOps platform by Microsoft where you can configure and implement all your DevOps practices from the testing stage to the deployment stage.

Azure DevOps has features and tools that cover and explain every stage in the software development lifecycle.

  • Azure Boards
  • Azure Pipelines
  • Azure Repos
  • Azure Test Plans
  • Azure Artifacts

Azure Boards

Azure Boards lets you define what needs to be developed with the features, bug fixes, and project management. You can define the workflow and how your project team will work on the application in several ways.  On Azure boards, you can create tickets for different teams, split tasks based on lifecycle, create Epic and Impediment, and split use cases among teams depending on the test case.

Azure Repos

Azure Repos is a source control management that lets you manage your code. Azure Repos supports git VCS, where you can push your code changes, review comments and host your code. Azure Repos enable collaboration on code reviews, as it’s now easier to write comments on pull requests and switch between repo branches.

Azure Pipelines

After developing your features and merging your pull requests from your development branch into the main branch on your application, it needs to be released for public usage. Before you can release the new version of your application, you need to test and package it into a template. When the packaging is done, you can deploy it into the production environment. The stages involved in testing and releasing your applications are done using an automated CI called Azure Pipelines.

Azure Test Plans

Azure DevOps test plans let you create a unified view of all your test cases. This lets you specify all the steps required for your deployment and how you can streamline each use case to suit your application needs. When working on a new feature for release, you can use the Test plan to test if every functionality is working before deployment.

Azure Artifacts

Azure Artifacts lets you set up upstream sources and connect feeds from different sources like NPM, Maven, and Python. With Artifacts, you can manage your application code efficiently and all your utilities in one place. Developers can use Artifacts to publish packages to their feed and share it with their team members.

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