[Azure] News for Developers, August 2020

This entry is part 39 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. Want to know more? Check out the readme.


Here is a roll-up of all the Azure news which might relate to you as a developer. Note that all services mentioned are Generally Available (GA) so they can be used in production scenarios today. Exact availability of services might vary based on the Azure region you’re deploying to.

  • If you’re a CosmosDB user, it’s good to know that indexing updates don’t have any effect on reads or writes any more. (link)
  • Azure SQL Managed Instance now has support for LRS and ZRS storage for back-up redundancy purposes. (link)
  • For any apps running full framework, .NET Framework 4.8 is now supported on Azure App Service. (link)
  • Azure Monitor for container with Azure Portal now supports Kubernetes source view. (link)
  • Users of Azure Functions can now leverage support for PowerShell 7. (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 16.7 is out there (link) and the preview version is 16.8 preview 1. (link)
  • Visual Studio 2019 for Mac version 8.7 is now available (link)
  • For folks writing Angular apps, you might want to check out VS support for the Angular Language Service, which enables things like auto-complete, rename and more across editors. You need VS 16.5 or up and have to have an extension installed. (link)

And these updates were part of sprint 173 & 174 in Azure DevOps:

  • The images for Azure Pipelines are being updated. This might impact your pipelines, so make sure to check up front before stuff breaks. (link)
  • YAML pipelines now support being triggered from multiple repos. (link)
  • If you create a draft pull request from GitHub, this will not trigger a pipeline. This is now consistent with behavior with Azure repos. (link)
  • There is now fine-grained support to start/stop containers from a pipeline. (link)
  • Universal Packages are now supported for upstream sources in Azure artifacts. (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.


Other news

In the “other news” category this month: TypeScript 4.0 is now GA. (link) This new versions brings, amongst other features:

  • Labeled Tuple Elements.
  • Class property inference from constructors.
  • Unknown on catch clauses.
  • Several editor updates in the Visual Studio family.


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


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