Test & Feedback – Collaborate with your team

In the previous blogs, we have gone through the first two steps – Capture your findings and Create artifacts. In this blog, we will take you through the third step i.e. Collaborate. Test & Feedback extension provides many ways in which teams can collaborate with one another to drive the quality. You can use the… Read more

Code Search is now Java friendly

In addition to C#, C, C++, and Visual Basic code, you can now do semantic searches across Java code. Adding to our Java feature set and capabilities, we recently enabled contextual search for Java files in the Code Search extension for Visual Studio Team Services and Team Foundation Server starting with TFS “15”. You can… Read more

UML Designers have been removed; Layer Designer now supports live architectural analysis

We are removing the UML designers from Visual Studio “15” Enterprise. Removing a feature is always a hard decision, but we want to ensure that our resources are invested in features that deliver the most customer value.  Our reasons are twofold: On examining telemetry data, we found that the designers were being used by very… Read more

Maven and Gradle build tasks support powerful code analysis tools

Over the last few months we have been steadily building up the capabilities of the Maven and Gradle build tasks to offer insights into code quality through popular code analysis tools. We are pleased to announce additional much-requested features that we are bringing to these tasks, which will make it easier to understand and control… Read more

Test & Feedback extension – Create artifacts

In the previous blog “Test & Feedback – Capture your findings“, we discussed the full “Capture” capability of the Test & Feedback extension. Once all the findings have been captured, the next step is to create rich actionable work items that can be consumed by the team. In this blog we will focus on the… Read more

Test & Feedback – Capture your findings

Test & Feedback extension allows everyone in team, be it developers, testers, product owners, user experience, leads/managers etc. to contribute to quality of the application, thus making it a “team sport”. It enables you to perform exploratory tests or drive your bug bashes, without requiring predefined test cases or test steps. This extension simplifies the… Read more

Team Services October Extensions Roundup – Rugged DevOps

This month the focus is on making your DevOps environment rugged. According to Puppet, teams leveraging DevOps are deploying 200x more frequently and leveraging 90% more OSS components. Many of these teams, however, have not integrated security into their processes. The teams who have, spend 50% less time fixing security issues later. With this roundup we’ll… Read more

Parallel Test Execution

An early post on Parallel Test Execution drew attention to its subtle semantics. Three considerations directly contributed to that (1) Reach (2) Composability (3) Non-disruptive roll out. The Visual Studio Test Platform is open and extensible, with tests written using various test frameworks and run using a variety of adapters. To reduce on-boarding friction, the… Read more

Announcing General Availability for Code Search

Today, we are excited to announce the general availability of Code Search in Visual Studio Team Services. Code Search is available for Team Foundation Server “15” as well. What’s more? Code Search can be added to any Team Services account for free. By installing this extension through the Visual Studio Marketplace, any user with access… Read more

Tracking branch health and identifying flaky tests in RM driven test automation

In my previous blog post, I had written about how we have a single Release Definition for our team which runs all the test environments in parallel.  Now that Release Management supports branch based filters while listing releases, it is very easy to track the health of a particular branch.  Further, with the work the… Read more