Team Services January Extensions Roundup

I can’t believe we’re almost through the first month of 2017. I hope the new year is treating everyone well. We’ve got a lot in store for the Team Services extension ecosystem and we’re excited to continue growing our platform and bring you new experiences. This month I want to give a shout-out to two trending and highly rated extensions from Geek Learning. Check Geek Learning out over at http://geeklearning.io/

Yarn

See it in the Marketplace: https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=geeklearningio.gl-vsts-tasks-yarn

Looking for an npm alternative? Have you tried Facebook’s solution, Yarn? The folks over at Geek Learning have some great insight into why you may want to try Yarn and their Team Services extension. Check out their blog post for full details on Yarn and how it could benefit you: http://geeklearning.io/npm-install-drives-you-crazy-yarn-and-chill/geeklearninglovesyarnThis extension adds one new Build & Release task, Yarn. With this task, you can execute Yarn in whichever project directory you need using configurable parameters. The wonderful reviews for this extension speak to the amount of time you potentially can save in your build process. The task is added under the “Utility” category.

add-tasks

All you’ll need to do is configure the directory in which you want to execute Yarn and specify the arguments you want to append. The ‘Production Install’ checkbox appends the ‘–production’ argument. Full details can be found on Geek Learning Wiki for Yarn, https://github.com/geeklearningio/gl-vsts-tasks-yarn/wiki

configure-yarn

 

Microsoft Azure Build and Release Tasks

See it in the Marketplace: https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=geeklearningio.gl-vsts-tasks-azure

This extension has really been trending over the last month and it’s not hard to see why. If you’re building and publishing your applications with Microsoft Azure you’ll definitely want to give this 4.5 star rated extension a look.

This extension is a small gold mine of tasks to use in your Build and Release definitions.

newgeek

 

For their public Wiki and code repository, check out their GitHub: https://github.com/geeklearningio/gl-vsts-tasks-azure/wiki

Are you using an extension you think should be featured here?

I’ll be on the lookout for extensions to feature in the future, so if you’d like to see yours (or someone else’s) here, then let me know on Twitter!

@JoeB_in_NC