Hello everyone! Every month we share some top stories from the previous month, and here’s our round-up for August.
DevOps tops the list this month! Brian Harry leads the way with his announcement on Visual Studio Online’s September pricing and licensing changes (short read: a new less expensive, tiered pricing model went into effect September 1st) , along with a refresh of the Visual Studio Online Features Timeline and his Visual Studio Online/TFS Feature timeline—the UserVoice version post. Jeremy Epling also shared Git Experiences Futures, which includes pull requests in Visual Studio, easier ways to find and review pull requests, the ability to scale to extremely large Git repositories, SSH and GitFlow support, and being able to use Git repositiories in a TFVC Team Project. And of course, Docker is becoming increasingly important for DevOps, which Adarsha Datta discusses in Docker: Containerize your startup part 1 and part 2. (Addendum: part 3 is now also available.)
Visual Studio Online Extensibility and Marketplace. The ability to extend Visual Studio Online is one of the most exciting features added to the service this year. In this post, Will Smythe offers an overview of how extensions work and what they can do, and shares Microsoft’s plans to launch a preview of a new extensions Marketplace this fall.
Lab Management Evolution. Since Lab Management was introduced in TFS 2010 to help development teams easily deploy and test their applications on virtual machines in their routine ALM workflows, there hasn’t been much in the way of new features. But the TFS team has been thinking about it, and here Vijay M describes how they’re thinking about Lab Management moving forward over the coming months. A big area of focus, as discussed in the post, is supporting automated and manual ALM workflows in a way integrates well across both lab management and release management.
Microsoft Azure DevOps Story. DevOps, of course, extends strongly in the Azure realm, and Goutham Upadhyaya has posted a great overview of that story with his list of favorite Azure DevOps practices. This flows beautifully into a detailed tutorial on Using continuous integration with Azure and GitHub, written by the Student Developer Evangelism Team. The tutorial shows how you can easily link a GitHub repository to an Azure web app, such that Azure will automatically deploy your commits for smooth and seamless continuous deployment. For those of us who got along for years by manually copying files over FTP or going through laborious publishing processes, this level of integration is such a gift!
Visual Studio Toolbox: Azure SDK 2.7. Speaking of Azure, the Azure SDK 2.7 is out, so Brady Gaster and Mike Morton spent some time with the Channel 9’s Visual Studio Toolbox to talk about the new features.
Entity Frameworks 7 Goes Cross-Platform. In early August, Rowan Miller and Seth Juarez sat down with Channel 9 to discuss The Future of Entity Framework (EF7). One of the guiding principles for that future is the ability to use EF on any kind of device. In this short video (8m 6s), Seth visits with Nate McMaster to demonstrate EF tooling on a Mac, including auto-complete features and using SQLite. And while you’re hanging out in the EF team room with Seth, check on his conversation on Migrations in Entity Framework 7 with Brice Lampson.
Using the Visual Studio Emulator for Android from Android Studio or Eclipse with ADT. Finally, did you know that you can now download the Visual Studio Emulator for Android independent of Visual Studio? Well, you certainly can, as John Kemnetz explains in this post. This means that once you run the installer and download the necessary images, namely the Android KitKat platform, you’ll enjoy a fast, free, and Hyper-V compatible Android emulator. John also describes how to configure Android Studio and Eclipse with ADT to use the emulator.
Kraig Brockschmidt, Senior Content Developer, Visual Studio