Publishing existing maven artifacts to VS Package Management

On a recent customer engagement, we hit a situation where the customer had some artifacts that were available locally (obtained through a script), but these were not available in a maven repo. When we tried to build the solution via a build server it failed. We setup a maven based repository using VSTS Package Management…

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Use Nuget package 2.2 for VS App Center testing

I was doing a simple POC using Xamarin Forms, Xamarin UITest and VS App Center. I created a standard Forms and UI Tests projects, and setup a build in VSTS. When trying to run the tests via App Center in VSTS (using the builtin task), I got an error esoent no such file or directory…

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Setting up a Windows/VS Jenkins VM Agent

Note – I am newbie to Jenkins. The steps below might not be best practice, but hopefully useful for someone looking to setup Jenkins Windows agent. It took me some time to figure this out so thought it might be useful to share. I was following the really good lab at https://almvm.azurewebsites.net/labs/vstsextend/jenkins/ on how to…

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How HITS Solutions Is Using Xamarin.Forms To Offer A Productivity App That Manages Employee Development Plans

HITS Products | HITS Customers | Contact HITS Microsoft and HITS teamed up to build Azure-backed Xamarin productivity app that would facilitate managing employee development plans The Xamarin app allows the customers of HITS to manage their employee development plan; through the app you can create any number of development plans where each Development can…

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Develop and Scale applications using OpenShift

OpenShift is Red Hat’s Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) that allows developers to quickly develop, host, and scale applications in a cloud environment. With OpenShift you have a choice of offerings, including online, on-premise, and open source project options.  Microsoft partner Spektra Systems will be delivering a hands-on lab workshop where you will learn about how to setup an…


Interested in running Red Hat Ansible Tower, OpenShift or RHEL on Azure?

Learn how to automate infrastructure on Azure using Red Hat Ansible!  Microsoft partner Spektra Systems will be delivering a hands-on lab workshop were you will  learn how to manage Windows and Linux virtual machines using Ansible Tower by Red Hat. No set up, no need to bring an Azure subscription—just attend and explore. Space is…


Public preview of Azure Event Grid

Keen to try out the public preview of Azure Event Grid? Azure Event Grid is a fully managed event routing service that are making event-based and serverless applications even easier to build on Azure. This is the 1st of its kind and you can easily manage events across many different Azure services and applications. Try…


.NET Core 2.0 released

In case you have missed this recent announcement? .NET Core 2.0 is now generally available. What is .NET Core? it is a cross-platform, open source, and modular .NET environment for creating modern web apps, microservices, libraries and console applications that run everywhere. This release focuses on performance improvements and expanding the set of APIs available…


Empower Event coming on the 26&27th May 2016

    Technology is one of the major driving forces behind the evolution of how business gets done as well as how organisations of all sizes transform themselves into digital businesses. In an era of digital disruption, technology is the answer to how your business can thrive and not just survive.You are invited to our…


Dev Camps – IoT Jhb, Dbn, CT

  Microsoft Dev Camp is a free and fun event for developers by developers. Please join us for this special Dev Camp that will be presented by Microsoft technical experts. You will learn about the Universal Windows Platform that can run across all Windows 10 devices as well as building Internet of Things solutions and…