Azure DevOps by Microsoft Azure is one of the premier tools that automates continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) process and supports automatic build and code projects to make them readily available for others.
In this blog, we will delve into how to configure an Azure CI/CD pipeline starting from the source stage with existing code.
What is Azure DevOps?
Azure DevOps is a multitude of services offered by Microsoft Azure for a team to support, plan, collaborate, build, and deploy applications.
The integrated features from Azure DevOps include:
- Azure Repos
- Azure Pipelines
- Azure Boards
- Azure Test Plans
- Azure Artifacts
What are Azure Pipelines?
The Azure CI/CD pipeline simplifies continuous integration and delivery in the application development process. Teams can start from the source stage with existing code on GitHub or on-premise containers.
The Azure Repos maintains a central repository and the Azure Pipelines maintain the pipelines for a specific project.
Apart from CI/CD with Azure DevOps, these pipelines are also used to develop build-deploy-test workflows used mainly in continuous testing (CT).
Advantages of Azure Pipelines
In the Azure DevOps CI/CD practice, they provide a multitude of advantages:
1. Version Control Systems
Deploying the code into a version control system is the first step to building an Azure CI/CD Pipeline. The source code can be managed in GitHub, Bitbucket, or any other Git repository.
2. Programming Languages and Application Types
3. Deployment Targets
The Azure pipelines applications can be deployed to multiple target environments including virtual machines, containers, or any on-prem or cloud platform.
4. Package Formats
Users can publish NuGet, npm, or Maven packages to the built-in package management repository in Azure Pipelines.
Free for public projects and 1800 minutes of runtime for private projects.
Why Should I Use Azure Pipelines?
Implementing CI and CD pipelines warrants consistent and quality code that’s readily available for users. Azure Pipelines offers a quick, easy way to automate building your projects.
Use Azure Pipelines because it supports the following:
- Works with any language or platform
- Deploys to different target environments simultaneously
- Integrates with Azure Deployments
- Compatible with Windows, Linux, and Mac
- Integrates with GitHub
- Works with open-source projects
Creating Azure Organizations
Search for DevOps and select Azure DevOps organizations to create a new profile.
CI/CD Pipeline using Azure DevOps
Azure DevOps creates a CI/CD pipeline in Azure Pipelines. You can either create a new Azure organization or use the existing one.
Azure DevOps presents a simple case for creating a CI and CD pipeline to Azure.
You can choose between bringing your existing code and GitRepo or you can select a sample application.
- Use DevOps starter to create a new CI/CD pipeline
- Configure access to your GitHub repo and choose a framework
- Configure Azure DevOps app and an Azure subscription
- Make changes to GitHub and deploy them to Azure
- Examine the Azure Pipelines CI/CD pipeline
- Clean up resources
- An Azure subscription.
- Access to a GitHub or external Git repo that contains program code.
If you have chosen Azure as your cloud partner, we would like to help you create a CI/CD pipeline for your project.
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