Introduction to developing modern software with DevOps

The development phase of DevOps is where all the core software development work happens. It takes in plans for the current iteration, usually in the form of task assignments, and produces software artifacts that express the updated functionality. This requires not only the tools used to write code, such as Visual Studio, but also supporting services like version control, issue management, and automated testing.

The DevOps lifecycle

Selecting a development environment

Developers ideally spend most of their time in core development tasks, such as editing and debugging code. Having the right toolchain in place can make the difference between peak productivity and suboptimal performance. Integrated development environments (IDEs) have evolved beyond their humble beginnings as places to edit and compile code. Today, developers have the ability to perform nearly all of their DevOps tasks from within a single user experience when they select the right development environment.

Managing code through version control and Git

As teams scale, the number of stakeholders depending on and contributing to codebases can grow quickly. Without a strategy in place to manage changes to their source code, teams put themselves at significant risk of ongoing confusion, errors, and lost productivity. Implementing even the most basic version control can safeguard from those pitfalls. Most teams opt to use Git, the most popular version control system, to manage their code.

Automating processes

The real value of the development stage comes from the implementation of features. Unfortunately, there are a lot of other tasks that sap time from the development team, such as compiling code, running tests, and preparing output for deployment. To minimize the impact, DevOps emphasizes automating these types of tasks through the practice of continuous integration.

Another time-consuming task in the development lifecycle is fixing bugs. While these are often seen as an inevitable part of software development, there are valuable practices any team can to reduce them. Learn more about shifting left to make testing faster and more reliable.

Next steps

Microsoft has been one of the world's largest software development companies for decades. Learn about how Microsoft develops in DevOps.

Looking for a hands-on DevOps experience with continuous integration? Microsoft Learn offers two complete learning paths on managing source control with GitHub and implementing continuous integration with Azure DevOps.