Azure SQL unit testing with tSQLt using Azure DevOps

Working as a Data Engineer I often see that unit tests are written for the applications that are developed, but often forgotten about when doing database development. We would assume that it’s the de facto standard in 2019 if the target is to be fully DevOps as a development team.

There are many great third party tools out there that simplifies setting up the processes, most of them requires licenses. Therefore I will go back to the basics so that you cannot blame the license cost for not implementing database unit testing.

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Azure Data Studio now support MFA

When I first learned about Azure Data Studio being available September 2018, I was excited for finally getting a cross platform alternative to SQL Server Management Studio that also is built on top of Visual Studio Code. And who doesn’t love Visual Studio Code?

Sadly the excitement dropped a bit when I realized that the only option for logging in to Azure SQL databases was by using SQL logins, but that has changed now!

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Azure DevOps with Data Factory

In many organization a common misconception is that DevOps is about the tools we use, so let’s use a second to read the citation from Microsoft.

DevOps brings together people, processes, and technology, automating software delivery to provide continuous value to your users. 

Microsoft

Of course this post will not be about what DevOps is and isn’t, but I think it’s important refresh the citation once in a while. This post will however focus on how the tooling can help you automate the deployment of Data Factory from development to test environment, that can easily be transitioned to any other environments you may have.

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