[Azure] News for Developers, November 2018

This entry is part 18 of 52 in the series Azure news for Developers

Are you having trouble keeping track of everything that’s going around in Azure? You’re not alone! In an effort to do so myself, I’m starting a monthly series called “News for developers” which is exactly that: a summary of all of the Azure flavored news specifically for software developers. Now this is based on my personal feeds and my personal opinion, so you might miss things or see things which in your opinion do not matter. Feel free to comment below and I’ll see what I can do for the next edition. And honestly, this is more a personal reference than anything else so having actual readers would already be awesome šŸ™‚ Enjoy!

Do you sometimes feel lost in the world of Azure resources? Here’s the round-up of last month!

App Service specific updates

There was just one applicable update coming from the Azure App Services teams:

  • A new preview feature allows you to get application settings directory from an Azure keyvault instance. (link)

The app services team keeps track of their updates in blog posts and inĀ this github repo. Check them out!


Visual Studio & Azure DevOps

Here’s the news coming from the Visual Studio and Azure DevOps teams!

For Visual Studio lovers:

  • Visual Studio 2017 15.9Ā has beenĀ released.Ā And version 15.9 now reached preview version 3. (link)

And here’s the news from Azure DevOps:

  • TFS is back. Azure DevOps Server is here! Want to host Azure DevOps yourself? Check out the first release canditate of this new product. (link)
  • The work item text editor has been updated. New feature include image resize and code snippets. (link)
  • The UI to create a new PR now allows you to create a draft PR, handy when you want to prepare your PR but not have it out in the open yet. (link)
  • When re-deploying a release, you can now set the release to target only environment which failed in a previous run. (link)
  • In the same category, an automated redeploy on failure is now also possible. (link)
  • AĀ test result trendsĀ widget can show you how your tests have been doing over time. (link)

The Visual Studio blog can be found here:Ā https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/visualstudio. And the Azure DevOps team blog is here:Ā https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/devops/release-notes.


Azure / other

Here’s all the stuff that didn’t fit into one of the above categories:

  • TheĀ Azure Portal was updated, one of the updates is easier switching of accounts which is very nice when you do have multiple accounts yourself. (link)
  • AzureĀ API managementĀ was updated, which improved AAD integration, now allowing for > 20 groups to be used. (linkĀ and link)
  • For any subscription that is using a virtual network, theĀ network watcher functionality is now enabled by default for monitoring purposes. (link)
  • TheĀ Azure Service FabricĀ runtime and SDK have been updated to version 6.4, bringing support for Windows Server 1803, automatic backup and restore and more. (link)
  • AndĀ Service Fabric MeshĀ (preview) was also updated to include support for autoscale, inline secrets and more. (link)
  • TheĀ Azure Bot Service has begun enforcing TLS 1.2 as transport protocol. (link)
  • Also, the SDK and tools for creating bots were updated to release 4.1. (link)
  • If you want to find out where your logo is being used, checkout the new logo detection features inĀ Cognitive Services. (link)
  • Using Autorest, a preview of theĀ Azure Javascript LibrariesĀ was fully generated off from Swagger specs. (link)
  • Watch out for the following name changes that might impact billing routines: Service BusĀ and Signal R Service.


Generally Available

All of the items below are now GA, which means they are stable for production use and officially supported by Microsoft. Although its fine to use preview services for evaluation and development purpose, you’re safest option is to wait with taking things into production until they’re officially “GA-ed”.

  • No new GA-ed services to mention this time, better luck next month šŸ™‚

That’s it for this month, see you next month for another round of Azure news!


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