Top stories from the VSTS community – 2017.07.07

Here are top stories we found in our streams this week related to DevOps, VSTS, TFS and other interesting topics.

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  • Work Item Customization Simplified! VSTS vs TFS – Steven Borg
    Team Foundation Server (TFS) has always had work item customization power as one if it’s strengths. The experience, based on XML, was fraught with complexity.
  • Automating .NET Core deployments to different platforms with Cake – Jeremy Lindsay
    Recently I’ve found a better way to manage my build and deployment tasks. At my local .NET user group, we had a demonstration of Cake which is a tool that allows me to orchestrate my build and deployment process in C#.
  • DevOps with Kubernetes and VSTS: Part 2 – Colin Dembovsky
    In this post, I will show you how to take the local development into CI/CD and walk through creating an automated build/release pipeline using VSTS. We’ll create an Azure Container Registry and Azure Container Services using k8s as the orchestration mechanism.
  • Some tips on Search Server for TFS 2017 – Matteo Emili
    Code Search is a brilliant feature based off Elastic Search. I wanted to summarize a few tips from my relatively limited experience with Search Server for TFS 2017, which adds Code Search to your instance.
  • TFS Service – Software on the hosted build server – Tarun Arora
    This page is update once every day with the list of software installed on the TFS hosted build server.
  • Visual Studio Marketplace Metrics – Greg Trevellick
    See the total install count and other metrics for all your Visual Studio Marketplace extensions with just one click. This extension allows the user to see the install count totals and other metrics for extensions in the Visual Studio Marketplace.
  • Reminder: open those ports for TFS – Giulio Vian
    To work on TFS Aggregator I use several virtual machines running different versions of Team Foundation Server. I also install the remote debugging tools (more info on remote debugging) inside the VM and I am good to go, except for a little tweak that I always forget.
  • A really COOL feature we noticed on VSTS – New Release Definition Editor – ALM Rangers
    It’s not really a new, but a cool feature that we explored and fell in Red heart with.

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  • Transformation Mask – Shawn Hunt + Microsoft Vancouver
    The Raven, the ultimate trickster, has become a cyborg. In this Creative Collab, Shawn Hunt moves away from engaging with the handmade; exploring authenticity and our expectations of what it means to be indigenous through the removal of the hand-carved surface.
  • Cloud Application Development – Steven Borg and Colin Dembovsky
    Wondering how cloud app development can help solve business problems? MVPs and popular instructors Colin Dembovsky and Steven Borg of Northwest Cadence offer helpful guidance on the subject, in this up-close look at Azure app development, platform as a service (PaaS), and DevOps on Visual Studio Team Services.

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Author: Willy-P. Schaub

I’m a program manager with the Visual Studio Team Services group. I’m responsible for the ALM Ranger program and other interesting work streams. We provide professional guidance and gap-filling solutions to the developer community for Visual Studio. Come directly to me if you need help with missing guidance or features for Visual Studio Team Services. Since the mid-’80s, I’ve been striving for simplicity and maintainability in software engineering. Reach me on LinkedIn aka.ms/willysli, Twitter @wpschaub, or blog aka.ms/willysblog.

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