While I’m not a developer, I do use the Microsoft Graph API quite a bit in various workflows and apps I build or contribute to.
Because of this, I want to stay current on what is being added/changed/removed in the Microsoft Graph – and for this Microsoft offers a publicly available changelog.
Unfortunately, I’ve found that the RSS feed is often more current than the changelog page itself.
For this reason, I created a Power Automate workflow that keeps both myself and my colleagues up to date whenever items are added to the RSS feed. I could have used an RSS reader tool, but I try to keep my third-party tooling to a minimum where possible and practical.
While creating a workflow to be triggered by a RSS feed in Power Automate is straight forward, some of the posts include a variety of distinct types of content – so I added some steps to format the text to make it clearer as to whether the item is added, deprecated, or changed.
Extracting the formatting was a bit tricky, so here’s the steps exposed:
uriComponentToString(replace(uriComponent(triggerOutputs()?[‘body/summary’]), ‘%0A’, ‘<br/>’))
uriComponentToString(replace(uriComponent(outputs(‘CR’)), ‘Added’, ‘<b>ADDED</b>’))
uriComponentToString(replace(uriComponent(outputs(‘Bold_Added’)), ‘Deprecated’, ‘<b>DEPRECATED</b>’))
uriComponentToString(replace(uriComponent(outputs(‘Bold_Deprecated’)), ‘Changed’, ‘<b>CHANGED</b>’))
Send an email
I also have this sending to a Yammer community, but you could also have it post to a Team as an adaptive card instead of sending an email.
Unfortunately, big emails end up looking like this:
Whereas a neater example looks like this:
An example of a post with a deprecated item:
And an example with multiple item types:
And here it is in Yammer:
As mentioned previously, you could post this into Teams as an adaptive card, but I think regardless of platform – the key thing is formatting.
I could take the extra time to have it generate a HTML table in the email, but the point I got it to was good enough.
If you have some improvements, I encourage you to comment and share them. 🙂
Also published on Medium.