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Writing ARM Templates in YAML

Posted by Justin Yoo on 07 August 2018

YAML, JSON, ARM Templates, Pester, Testing, CICD, VSTS, Blog, Technology

In my previous post, ARM Template Lifecycle Management: DOs and DON’Ts, I recommend to consider YAML for ARM template authoring. In the post, I also suggest using yarm to convert YAML to JSON and/or vice-versa. However, yarm is not that easy to use because it has to be deployed to Azure or, at least, it has to be run...

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Azure API Management CI/CD Best Practices

Posted by Grant Samuels on 13 April 2018

Azure API Management, Continuous Integration, Microsoft, VSTS, ARM Templates, Article, Technology

Introduction

Azure API Management is a great product that we often use on customer solutions. It is an extremely effective way to provide a layer of abstraction between your callers and back-end APIs, and provides centralised governance across your API surface.

 

 

However, one of the most common questions from our...

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How to automate Project Build numbers in VSTS

Posted by Matt Corr on 30 November 2017

CICD, VSTS, Team City, Technology, Blog

If you have migrated over to VSTS (or TFS 2017) from TeamCity, you may have a noticed a useful feature missing.

Now VSTS defaults the build number format to a revision number in the format similar to as shown below.

So whats the problem?

This is fine if you are happy with an incrementing number across all projects....

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