Building VSTS Extensions with feature flags

We started talking about features flags (or features toggles) in our Software Development with Feature Toggles MSDN Magazine article. Today, with the increasing deployments of our extensions, and with a view to improving the user experience and our DevOps processes, we embarked on a research project to investigate the feasibility of using LaunchDarkly to eliminate…

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Visualize the health of your CI/CD pipelines

The latest Team Project Health v1.2 extension, created by Wouter de Kort, Jakob Ehn, Utkarsh Shigihalli, and Ed Elliott, enables users to visualise the overall health of builds and releases. When you’re running multiple CI/CD pipelines, it’s important to visualize their overall health. This DevLabs extension contains a number of dashboard widgets, that enable users…

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Help us refine our extensibility focus and energy from gap filling to enablement

To ensure that we deliver value, we’re continuously adapting our focus and strategy. We’re reviewing our extensibility strategy for the coming few months and need your feedback to be successful. Are delivering value to you? Are we missing important adoption blockers, feature gaps, or ideas?  Please take few minutes to read this post and share…

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What is in the latest releases of the team services extension generator?

We’re pleased to announce another update for the yeoman generator-team-services-extension, delivering new features, template improvements, and improvements to your CI/CD pipelines. Team Here’s a quick snapshot of the team that implemented the innovations covered herein:  Mikael Krief (lead) … Hosam Kamel    Tiago Pascoal Updates Remember to bookmark aka.ms/vsarreleases, which summaries all of the feature…

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Manage your open source usage and security as reported by your CI/CD pipeline

In the article Manage your open source usage and security in your pipeline, we introduced you to WhiteSource and how it can be used to help manage open source libraries within your projects. We cover the core features of WhiteSource, the primary benefits of using it and how to implement it within your CI/CD processes….

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How to integrate Application Insights monitoring in your Team Services extension

Monitoring your team services extension is an important DevOps practice. In this article we’ll demonstrate how to integrate Application Insights telemetry in your extension by using our new Telemetry Client for Team Services extension. Prerequisite – You need an Azure subscription and an Application Insights resource. Step 1: Required modules Reference two npm modules dependencies…

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How to create or upgrade your team services extension in 4 steps

My contribution to the Yeoman generator for the VSTS extension project helped me improve the way we create extensions. Starting from the way we structure the extension files, the JavaScript minification, how we generate and publish the extension package and down to monitoring the extension usage. The goal of this post is to walk you…

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Visual Studio ALM Rangers – Champion of Champions 2017 award

We are pleased to announce the nominees and winner of the Champion of  Champions Award 2017, selected by their peers for impact over the past 12 months. The champion of champions is the brightest star amongst all ALM Rangers, who we admire and respect. Reviewing the nominations is always an amazing experience. It’s humbling to…


Our April champion is Mikael Krief, for his tenacity and passion with the generator-teams-services-extension

We are pleased to introduce Mikael Krief in our series of posts to recognise the champs of the Ranger community.    He’s been nominated for his tenacity to react to change requests from the community, to pull request feedback from the extensibility team, and for his infectious passion for the Yeoman – generator-team-services-extension project. The…


Debug Yeoman team-services-extension in 5 steps

I recently ran into a bug while trying team-services-extension yeoman generator on macOS. The bug doesn’t affect the overall generator flow it just causes the generator to fail in the last step when packaging the extension into vsix. The bug is now fixed in the latest release v1.0.35, Visual Studio Code was my best buddy…

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