Advancing DevOps Excellence: Unifying Branching Strategy and Resource Template Deployment 

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  • ACDC Craftsman – for practicising development and deployment best-practices

Hello, Developers! We’re thrilled to share an update that marks a significant leap forward in our development workflows. In addition to refining our Git branching strategy, we’ve seamlessly integrated a new Azure Pipeline for Resource Template Deployment. Let’s explore the details of this cohesive development ecosystem: 

Branching Strategy Overview: 

Our branching strategy revolves around creating distinct branches for various stages of development and deployment. Here’s an overview: 

  1. Main Branch: 
  • Represents the production-ready code. 
  • Protected to prevent direct commits. 
  • Only updated through pull requests after rigorous testing.
  1. Development Branch (Dev): 
  • Branches off from Main. 
  • Developers create feature branches based on user stories, bugs, or work items. 
  • Naming conventions: 
  • users/username/description 
  • users/username/workitem 
  • bugfix/description 
  • feature/feature-name 
  • feature/feature-area/feature-name 
  • hotfix/description 

Development Workflow: 

  1. Feature Development: 
  • Developers create branches based on the naming conventions. 
  • Work is isolated in feature branches, promoting parallel development. 
  • Regularly synchronize feature branches with Dev. 
  1. Merge to Dev: 
  • Feature branches are merged into Dev using the “merge squash commit” option in Azure DevOps. 
  • This creates a cleaner and more readable history, grouping related changes. 
  1. Testing on Dev: 
  • Dev serves as the integration branch. 
  • Rigorous testing, including unit tests and integration tests, is performed on Dev. 

Staging Environment: 

  1. Rebase and Fast-Forward: 
  • Once Dev passes all tests, it’s time to merge into the Staging branch. 
  • Use the “rebase and fast-forward” merge type in Azure DevOps. 
  • This keeps the commit history linear and ensures a clean transition to the staging environment. 
  1. Staging Testing: 
  • Staging serves as a mirror of the production environment. 
  • Conduct thorough testing in the staging environment to validate the deployment readiness. 

Azure Functions CI/CD: 

  1. CI/CD pipeline for Azure Functions ensures swift deployment of updates. 
  1. Real-time communication capabilities are maintained at the forefront of efficiency and reliability. 

Unified CI/CD Ecosystem: 

Building upon our recent achievements in Git branching strategy and Azure Functions CI/CD, our focus has expanded to create a unified CI/CD ecosystem that seamlessly incorporates both application and infrastructure deployments. 

Azure Resource Template Deployment: 

Here’s an overview of the latest addition to our arsenal: 

Pipeline Creation: 

  • A dedicated Azure Pipeline has been crafted to handle the deployment of Azure Resource Templates. 


  • This pipeline is purpose-built to automate the creation and updates of Azure services based on Resource Templates. 


The synergy of our refined Git branching strategy with the new Azure Resource Template Deployment Pipeline creates a unified and streamlined development lifecycle. Changes smoothly propagate through testing and into production, ensuring a reliable and efficient deployment process. 

Stay tuned for more updates as we continue to innovate and refine our project, delivering cutting-edge solutions to meet dynamic user needs. 

Happy coding!