What is Azure DevOps?
Azure DevOps is a suite of cloud-based tools and services that enable software development teams to plan, collaborate, develop, test, deploy and monitor their applications. It provides a complete set of services for building, deploying, and managing applications in the cloud, and is used by developers, IT professionals, and project managers to streamline and automate the software development lifecycle.
Azure DevOps is made up of five main services:
- Azure Boards.
- Azure Repos.
- Azure Pipelines.
- Azure Test Plans.
- Azure Artifacts.
Let’s Understand them one by one:
This service provides a set of agile tools for planning and tracking work items, backlogs, and sprints. It enables teams to plan and track their work using Kanban boards, backlogs, and dashboards. It also provides customizable workflows, reports, and dashboards to help teams track progress and make data-driven decisions.
This is a version control system that enables teams to store and manage their code repositories. It supports Git and Team Foundation Version Control (TFVC) and provides code reviews, pull requests, and branching and merging capabilities.
This service enables teams to build, test, and deploy their applications in any language and on any platform. It supports continuous integration (CI) and continuous delivery (CD) workflows and provides pre-built tasks and templates for popular development frameworks and platforms.
Azure Test Plans:
This service provides testing tools to help teams ensure the quality of their applications. It enables teams to create and manage test plans, test suites, and test cases, and provides a range of testing tools such as manual testing, exploratory testing, and automated testing.
This service provides a centralized location for teams to store and manage their package dependencies, such as NuGet, NPM, and Maven packages. It enables teams to create, host, and share packages, and provides a range of security and permission controls to ensure packages are only accessible to authorized users.
Overall, Azure DevOps provides a comprehensive set of tools and services that enable teams to collaborate, automate, and accelerate their software development lifecycle. By using Azure DevOps, teams can increase efficiency, reduce errors, and deliver high-quality applications faster.