How to Set Up Multi-Level Hierarchies in VSTS

In another awesome post about Visual Studio Team Services, Premier Developer consultant Assaf Stone talks about customizing VSTS by creating a multi-level hierarchy. Background Both VSTS (Team Services) and TFS (Team Foundation Server) have a set organizational hierarchy. An individual developer belongs to a team. A project (also called Team Project, or TP) has multiple…

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Cross-Account Package Management for NuGet in VSTS

Here is yet another awesome post from Premier Developer consultant Assaf Stone! In the following post, we will look at the difficulties in consuming packages from a different VSTS account, as part of a build process in our own account. Background Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) offers package management services. As per the documentation, this…

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Scaling Scrum with Nexus in VSTS

This post is from Premier Developer consultant Assaf Stone. In this post, I will cover what Scrum Nexus is, where, when, and why you would want to use it, and how to set up VSTS best to accommodate your Scrum practices. As VSTS’s tooling is not yet perfect for some of Nexus’s practices, I will…

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Resolving Azure ARM REST API Versions Conflict In ARM Templates

This post is from Premier Developer consultant Adel Ghabboun. Usually if you use the Azure Portal Automation Script feature to generate an ARM template and copy that to a new Visual Studio Azure Resource Group project, Visual Studio editor will complain about the API version that is used in the template and suggest a new…

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How to Track Impediments in VSTS

This post is from Premier Developer consultant Assaf Stone. Note: While this post discusses impediments in VSTS, everything mentioned can be applied to TFS as well. Visual Studio Team Services (or VSTS) has great tools to support Scrum teams. The product owner can use the backlog and board to track the progress of individual teams…

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Use of AOP in Cross Cutting Aspect of Error Handling

This post comes to us from Premier Developer consultant Crystal Tenn. Cross Cutting Concerns are global concerns that span across methods, classes, applications—and can be concerns widely affecting a whole company or industry. Think of patient records or a financial history, and things always needed in those industries and how it affects each method of…

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Debugging Windows Applications with DebugDiag Workshop

This post is provided by Senior ADM, Jason Giordano, who spotlights our DebugDiag workshop available to Premier Support customers.  If you have ever engaged Microsoft to assist with an application hang or crash, chances are, DebugDiag was used at some point.  While there are many tools out there to capture exceptions, crash dumps, and memory…


Inspiration from the Microsoft Ability Summit 2017

This post is from Senior ADMs, Bill Bevan and Joseph Flanigen, who discuss incorporating accessibility into the product lifecycle in a sustainable way, including business and design requirements, leadership roles and responsibilities, design vs. remediation projects, and assessing legal risk. For the seventh year, Microsoft has hosted an internal Ability Summit featuring inspirational talks from…


Getting Started with Java on Azure

This post is provided by App Dev Managers, Derrick Sharpe and Andrea Martini, who spotlight the use of Java on Windows Azure. Many people are surprised to hear that running Java on Microsoft Azure is even possible, but there are many large, Java-based production applications running in the Microsoft Cloud. Azure provides numerous resources just…


Microsoft .NET Architecture Guidance

This post is provided by Senior ADM, Brian Swiger, who shares several helpful .NET Architectural Guidance e-books and samples. Four application architecture guidance drafts are available from Microsoft’s Developer Division and the Visual Studio product teams.  These drafts cover four areas: Microservices and Docker, ASP.NET Web Applications, Azure Cloud Deployment, and Xamarin Mobile Applications. Each…