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What is Azure Pipeline?

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Azure Pipeline is a cloud service that we can use to build and test our code project automatically. The Azure pipeline has a lot of capabilities such as continuous integration and continuous delivery to regularly and consistently test and builds our code and ship to any target.

Azure DevOps Pipeline concepts

Pipeline: It is a workflow that defines how our test, build, and deployment steps are run.

Stage: It is a logical boundary in the pipeline. It can be used to mark the separation of concerns. Each stage contains one or more jobs.

Job: A stage can contain one or more jobs. Each job runs on an agent. It represents an execution boundary of a set of steps.

Step: It is the smallest building block of a pipeline. It can either be a script or a task. A task is simply an already created script offered as a convenience to you.

Agent and Agent pools: An agent is an installable software that runs one job at a time. Instead of managing each agent individually, you organize agents into agent pools.

Artifact: It is a collection of files or packages published by a run. The Artifact is made available to subsequent tasks, such as distribution or deployment.

Trigger: It is something that is set up to tell the pipeline when to run. We can configure a pipeline to run upon a push to the repository, at scheduled times, etc.

Environment: It is a collection of resources, where you deploy your application. It contains one or more virtual machines, containers, web apps, etc.

Checks: Checks define a set of validations required before a deployment can be performed.

Runs: It represents a single execution of a pipeline and collects the logs associated with running the steps and the results of running tests.
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