Lately you haven’t seen new blog posts by me due to diverting my community time and efforts towards Inside Azure Management book. As now I have finished most of my work on the book I can focus again on blogging.
I very often work closely with the ARM team by giving them feedback and features like Azure Resource Manager template language additions are appearing because of that feedback and I am sure the feedback by many other MVPs, partners and customers. Because of that I never settle for workarounds where you can do something natively within ARM template. I have previously blogged about an issue with deploying Azure Policy definitions via ARM template: