The "Automated publish" improvement takes the validate all and export Azure Resource Manager (ARM) template functionality from the ADF UI and makes the logic consumable via a publicly available npm package @microsoft/azure-data-factory-utilities. This allows you to programmatically trigger these actions instead of having to go to the ADF UI and do a button click 'Publish'. This will give your CI/CD pipelines a truer continuous integration experience.
In current CI/CD flow, the ADF UI is the intermediary to create the ARM template; therefore a user must go to ADF UI and manually click publish to start the ARM template generation and drop it in the publish branch. This manual step may be problematic for a few with different expectations around automation in the CI/CD process.
For more details on implementing the new flow, check out our documentation.
Note: You can continue to use the existing mechanism (adf_publish branch) or use the new flow. Both mechanisms will be supported, just that the latest one removes the additional 'publish' requirement using the ADF UI. Choose the flow which works better for you.
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