Eric Williams

ARM Templates: Reading Output Variables

When using ARM templates for your deployments you will find your build or your release pipeline in a situation where you need to get some of those generated values from your template or some references from the resources that ARM created in Azure for you.

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I have a couple of PowerShell functions that end up getting leveraged . . .

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January 22, 2018

VSTS: YAML Build Definitions

Using YAML to define your builds

In a previous post I talked about high-level and somewhat generic approaches to getting your CICD pipeline to be responsible for more than just your builds but also you infrastructure deployment.

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Now I'd like to walk though a an actual implementation of a build definition as . . .

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November 28, 2017

Build Definitions As Code

What is a build definition as code?

The concept of a build definition as code as it relates to a build server for continuous integration means using an actual declarative language to define how your build should works instead of using a web user interface to define your build steps. You can use a general purpose programming language, . . .

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November 28, 2017


Visual Studio Team Services Command Line Interface

In a previous post I did a brief tour of parsing command line arguments for your .NET console applications using the new CommandLineUtils package from Microsoft.

As a command line junkie of sorts and a big fan of the Hub project from GitHub I was looking for a quick way to status information from my current VSTS projects. Things like . . .

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July 12, 2017

Azure Resource Manager Templates in your Continuous Delivery Pipeline

Infrastructure as Code

What is an ARM Template

There are a number of ways to setup your Azure environment to run your systems. You can use the Azure portal to manually click and type in your configurations. This is where most people start. You can also use a couple of terminal options with the Azure CLI and Azure Powershell. The third option is using Azure . . .

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April 25, 2017