[Azure] News for Developers, February 2020

This entry is part 33 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.

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 ūüôā Enjoy!

New offerings / services

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”.

  • There’s a new extension for Visual Studio Code which helps with Azure Blockchain development for Ethereum. (link)
  • Azure Stack now supports running¬†Kubernetes.¬†(link)
  • Azure Private Link brings private conncetivity from your own virtual network to cloud-based services. (link)
  • Azure¬†App Configuration is a way to centalize and manage your app configuration. It has similarities with Key Vault but supports all types of configuration settings. (link)


Visual Studio & Azure DevOps

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

For Visual Studio lovers:

  • Visual Studio 2019 version 16.4¬†is out there and the preview version is 16.5 Preview 2. (link)
  • Visual Studio 2019 for Mac version 8.4¬†is available (link) and version 8.5 is on preview 2. (link)
  • Visual Studio 2019 version 16.5 brings support for decompiling C# code without needing third party tools (but via partnering with ILSpy). (link)

And these updates were part of sprint 165 in Azure DevOps:

  • You can now disable automatic agent upgrades at pool level. (link)

Changes to Azure DevOps can take up to three weeks to roll out across tenants. The Visual Studio blog can be found here: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/visualstudio. And the Azure DevOps team blog is here: 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:

  • Azure Service Fabric 7.0 had it’s third refresh update. This includes bug fixes, preview features and performance enhancements. (link)
  • Azure¬†API Management now has GA support for¬†OpenAPI v3. (link)
  • Also,¬†API Management now supports integration with¬†App Service, making it easier to publish App Service apps to API management. (link)

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


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