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Azure DevOps Podcast

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Sep 10, 2018

Welcome to the second episode of The Azure DevOps Podcast — with your host, Jeffrey Palermo. Jeffrey is joined by his guest, Donovan Brown, to discuss how to use Azure DevOps services. Donovan is a Principle DevOps Manager at Microsoft, helping developers do great things with DevOps methods on the Microsoft platform. He has been with Microsoft since December of 2013, and has been a developer for 20 years.


This episode, Jeffrey and Donovan talk about the whirlwind it’s been since the launch of the new Azure DevOps, key information new developers might want to know when beginning to use or incorporate Azure DevOps, some of the changes to their services, what’s available for packages in DevOps, the free build capabilities Microsoft is giving to open source projects, some of the new capabilities around GitHub integration, and more!


Topics of Discussion:

[:52] About today’s topic and guest.

[1:02] Jeffrey welcomes Donovan to the podcast and he speaks about the name change and what it’s been like since the launch.

[4:25] Donovan shares his background in developing and his day-to-day duties at Microsoft.

[11:47] How the Team Foundation System has morphed through the phases to Azure DevOps.

[14:59] The key things new developers need to put into the various pieces (the continuous integration build, the deployment, etc)? What concepts should they think of?

[19:27] Donovan explains some of the changes to Azure DevOps services that allow you to pick and choose what you want to use.

[21:08] A word from Azure DevOps sponsor: Clear Measure.

[21:37] Donovan talks about some of the new capabilities around GitHub integration.

[24:00] What is YAML?

[27:44] How developers manage YAML.

[29:10] Donovan speaks about what’s available for Packages in DevOps.

[34:22] About the new open source pipeline listing.

[36:20] About the free build capabilities Microsoft is giving to open source projects.

[37:00] What Jeffrey and Donovan love about the free availability of Azure DevOps for open source projects.

[38:58] Donovan explains the concept of an unbreakable pipeline, its capabilities, and what makes it so exciting.

[43:30] Donovan’s suggestion for listeners to go do after listening to this week’s episode.


Mentioned in this Episode:

Azure DevOps

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@DonovanBrown on Twitter



Clear Measure (Sponsor)




Dynatrace’s Podcast: PurePerformance

#LoECDA on Twitter (for any questions on Azure DevOps)

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Follow Up with Our Guest:

Donovan Brown’s LinkedIn

@DonovanBrown on Twitter