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Workshop: DevOps for Java Shops

DevOps is great, if you have the people, processes and tools to support it. In this session I’ll highlight the easiest ways for developers to work with their IT organizations and partners to deliver their Java code to the cloud using GitHub, including the best ways to reliably make updates and maintain production java code. The focus is on real-world examples using command line tools, free tools including GitHub Actions, and free SDKs and tools available on GitHub.

Workshop delivery

I'm happy to deliver this as a workshop or presentation at destinations worldwide, and also to support anyone else who wants to deliver this, especially in local languages.


Here are list of free and open source prerequisites


DevOps with Azure


Exercise 1 – Fork and Clone GitHub repositories for this workshop

Go To Exercise

  • Fork and clone a main branch
  • Making changes to the local repo
  • Staging
  • Committing

Azure Basics

  • Resource Groups
  • Target environments - VMs, App Service, ACI, Kubernetes

Exercise 2 - Set up Azure for this workshop

Go To Exercise

  • Create a resource group
  • Create a staging server
  • Create a production server
  • Create a deployment slot on the production server
  • Set the deployment slot to 50% traffic

Feature Flags

  • Azure App configuration Manager
  • Options for filters
  • Connecting apps to Feature Manager
  • Feature flags in action

Exercise 3 - Setting up feature flags

Go To Exercise

Related Materials on Microsoft Docs

  • Create an App Configuration Store
  • Add a feature Manager
  • Set the percentage filter

DevOps Introduction

  • People, process and products
  • Builds
  • Releases
  • Infrastructure as code

Azure DevOps Introduction

  • Azure Organizations
  • Azure Projects
  • Boards
  • Repos
  • Pipelines
  • Release Pipelines
  • Test Plans
  • Artifacts
  • GitHub Extensions

Exercise – 4 - Azure DevOps for CI

Go To Exercise

  • Connect a repo to an Azure DevOps project using the Azure Pipelines extension in the GitHub marketplace
  • Choose the default build template
  • Replace the default template with a provided template
  • Add and run the customized build template
  • Review hosted agents
  • Review the build log

Exercise 5 – Azure DevOps for CD

Go To Exercise

  • Create a new Release pipeline  Staging  Production  Deployment Slot
  • Set up pre-and post deployment approvals
  • Review automated options
  • Set up CD trigger
  • Run the release pipeline
  • Review the release

Exercise 6 - A/B testing

Go To Exercise

  • Make a change in GitHub
  • Commit and Push
  • Review the change  Build  Release  Staging  Deployment slot
  • Review the changes and function of deployment slots
  • Approve the change – post-deployment approval
  • Approve the change – pre-deployment approval

DevOps with GitHub

GitHub Actions Introduction

Related materials on Microsoft Learn

Related Materials on Microsoft Docs

  • Workflows
  • Action blocks
  • Triggers
  • Runners
  • Checkin and Checkout
  • Logs

GitHub Actions for CI and CD

Related materials on Microsoft Learn

  • Using a Template
  • Building
  • Working with Artifacts
  • Testing
  • Automating Reviews

Exercise 7 - Generating a template with deployment manager

Go To Exercise

  • Deploy to an Azure Web App
  • Review the workflow results
  • Set up a connection string to the App Configuration store
  • Restart the application
  • Review the workflow template

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