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generator-team-services-extension – v1.020

Update the generator name to : team-services-extension (package.json, tests,index.js)

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generator-team-services-extension – v1.0.15

  • Remove marketplace folder and move content to the root
  • Manifest : scope empty
  • Manifest : leave only getstarted, support and issues links
  • Rename folder ‘DevOps Assets’ to ‘Tools’
  • Rename ‘yourPublisher’ parameter to publisherId (for have consistency with extensionId parameter)
  • In settings.tfx.json replace token with token
  • Rename to
  • Revise, licence.txt, screeshot,readme, logo and icon
  • Remove devDependencies (tfx_cli and grunt) in Package.json into extension (already installed in global)
  • NOTE: We have another release coming, with updated generator and package names. Use this version for kicking the tyres, but wait for next release before you use for prod. 


Team Project Health – v1.1.16

  • 13016 – Build names without spaces don’t wrap very well
  • 13015 – Partially succeeded builds cause a yellow (not orange) background and white text is hard to see


generator-team-services-extension – v1.0.14

  • Public v1 release


Offline Test Execution – v1.1.4

  • Added support for TFS 2017.1
  • 12963 – No validation for trying to import 0 (zero) test results
  • 12960 – Add support for exporting shared steps


Work Item Visualization Extension v1.4.50

  • New
    • Share and remove visualizations
    • Filter visualizations
    • Expand/collapse selected nodes
    • Zoom by scrolling or pinching (touch)
    • Box selection with ctrl + mouse
  • 11422 – multiple highlighting rules don’t play together
  • 12920 – Issue with Work Item Visualization, On-Premise TFS15.U3 and TelemetryClient not defined
  • 12968 – Cytoscape navigation preview and dialogs broken
  • 13012 – When Filter = All, visualization does not show all

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Team Project Health – v1.1.13

  • Ability to name build overview widgets
  • Ability to select which builds are included in the build overview summary


Show Area Path Dependencies – v1.2.8

  • Added Exclusion List for fields

  • Remove exclusion fields if they have already been added

  • Remove excluded fields from field list

  • Added non-optional relation field to the grid


VSTS Build and Release Tasks for Extensions – v1.1.44

  • Fixes #43: dot file is lost when publishing a vsix while overriding manifest properties
  • Removes: dependency on: npm/archiver
  • Removes: dependency on: npm/adm-zip
  • Adds: dependency on: 7z
  • Adds: dependency on presence of zip/unzip on linux/mac
  • Fixes: task manifests with no version specified would cause task versioning to fail
  • Had to abandon using 7z for all platforms because:
    • 7z is not present on hosted agent by default
    • 7z is not extracted from vsix by the agent when downloading task (Microsoft/vsts-agent#810)
    • 7z npm package requires `npm install –force` to package binaries for multiple platforms at once (Microsoft/vsts-task-lib#210)
    • 7z binaries need chmod 777 in order to be executable. vsix doesn’t package such attributes. (Microsoft/vsts-task-lib#210)
    • 7z zipped files zip files are not accepted by marketplace (fail to parse).
  • Because of this, we now have 2 implementations of zip/unzip, one for Windows, using packaged z executable, one for Linux/max, using zip/unzip from path.


VSTS Build and Release Tasks for Extensions – v1.1.41

  • Task now warns when extension or task manifest has a Unicode BOM (this causes funny behavior since json spec says that json files shouldn’t have one)
  • Add ability to version minor.patch version of build tasks independently of extension major version
  • Supress security vulnerability in shelljs – this vulnerability is not exposed nor used by the task

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Offline Test Execution – v1.0.7

  • Extend AI telemetry to capture exceptions and investigate import issues


Show Area Path Dependencies – v1.2.7

  • Included the active status that is used in the Agile template when searching for backlog items #4

Team Project Health – v1.1.9

  • First preview release


Offline Test Execution – v1.0.3

  • First preview release

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VSTS Build and Release Tasks for Extensions – v1.1.24

  • Add screenshots to marketplace page
  • Fix missing AddLocalFolder method issue


VSTS Build and Release Tasks for Extensions – v1.1.17

  • Cosmetic overview content fix – no functional changes


VSTS Build and Release Tasks for Extensions – v1.1.16

  • Fix: Publishing fails when vss-extension.json has a Unicode BOM and “Update task version” is enabled
  • Added: Install, Share and Publish from vsix now supports wildcards
  • Updated: taken dependency on vsts-task-lib 2.0.0-preview for the new wildcard support
  • Removed: direct dependency on mkdirp package, included in vsts-task-lib.
  • Updated: Permission requirements for Install task after marketplace update
  • Removed: version numbers from vss-extension.json, package.json and task.json; these are now managed in the release pipeline.
  • Known issue – Install task is not supported against Team Foundation Server.

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Countdown Widget – v1.3.25

  • Add project details section to marketplace entry


Roll-up Board Widget – v1.1.1

  • Add project details section to marketplace entry

Show Area Path Dependencies – v1.2.2

  • Add project details section to marketplace entry


Folder Management  – v1.3.5

  • Add project details section to marketplace entry

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VSTS Build and Release Tasks for Extensions – v1.1.12

  • Fixed build script to install specific versions of dependencies to prevent build breaks when dependencies have breaking changes in latest

  • Using snyk to detect security vulnerabilities in dependencies

  • Added support for TFS 2015 when using basic auth

  • Added support for TFS 2017 when using basic auth or personal access tokens

  • Fixed output variable not set when publishing from vsix with overrides

  • Fixed tfx installation folder to be under $(Agent.WorkDirectory)/_tools

  • Improved documentation on required permissions for creating access tokens and marketplace endpoint information

  • Updated VSTS task sdk  and other dependencies to latest version

  • Fixed installing extensions to an account that already has an extension installed fails with TF1590010 Conflict

  • Fixed locating tfx

  • Added repository Metadata and build badges and tags to the extension page

  • Updated support contact information

  • Added support for Paid/Free extensions

  • Fixed Extension tag is ignored when publishing from vsix and overriding tag

  • Updated version number field to extract the #.#.#(.#)? from a version number value.

  • Updated to ecmascript 6 and typescript 2


    • Publish from vsix doesn’t support wildcards (will be fixed after VSTS task library 2.0 is released)

    • Install extension doesn’t work against tfs (requires changes in tfx-cli)


Branch Visualization – v1.2.1

  • 12733 – The branch visualizer does not work on TFS on-prem
    KNOWN ISSUE – Progress icon (big-progress.gif) is not visible on TFS2015 U2. See minimum supported environments for recommended environments.

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Countdown Widget – v1.2.45

  • 12642 – Does not work out the remaining number of days in a sprint correctly (across time zones)

Show Area Path Dependencies – v1.1.17

  • Start-up view only shows items with a dependency with ability to toggle to “everything” view
  • Ability for user to configure columns
  • Collapse | expand all parent nodes

Work item details Widget – v1.0.34

  • TFS on-prem support


Countdown Widget – v1.2.43

  • 12675 – Sprint countdown widget displays incorrect value when skipping non-working days

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Roll-up Board Widget – v1.0.29

  • 12360 – Roll-Up Board Widget: The board is not equivalent to backlog (fix for cloud only)


Countdown Widget – v1.2.33

  • 12465 – The end date is silently lost

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Print Cards – v2.1.15


Countdown Widget – v1.2.26

  • 12496 – Case mismatch of published and accessed assets will result in error 404 due to case difference

Work Item Visualization Extension – v1.3.7

  • Cosmetic update of the marketplace overview page.


Test Case Explorer – v1.3.113

  • 12496 – Case mismatch of published and accessed assets will result in error 404 due to case difference

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Build Usage – v1.0.9

  • 12490 – Case mismatch of published and accessed assets will result in error 404 due to case difference


Sample Data – v1.1.0.59

  • 12493 – Case mismatch of published and accessed assets will result in error 404 due to case difference
  • 12499 – Showing config in the add Widget workflow is blocking our user experience
  • 12500 – Bringing back the config option again 

Show Area Path Dependencies – v1.1.15

  • 12452 – Fixed the error occurring when loading more than 100 work items
  • 12494 – Fixed reference case for future VSTS changes
  • See VSTS Extension Work Item Limits  for details

Work item details Widget – v1.0.28

  • Move solution to public repo to serve as a sample and allow community to contribute


Roll-up Board Widget – v1.0.21

  • Move solution to public repo to serve as a sample and allow community to contribute


Work Item Visualization Extension – v1.3.5, v1.3.6

  • New features
    • Add annotations to items on visualization
    • Save visualizations on project level to share
    • Find on visualization
  • 12433 – Find item allows entering id only the first time
  • 12419 – Find work item actually opens new work item in visualization, but should search it on visualization
  • 12437 – CMMI work item types do have matching colors on cards
  • 12449 – Update overview that better illustrates multi-relation/link type and level visualization
  • 12453 – Pin To for annotation doesn’t show all items and partially undefined
  • 12435 – Common naming convention for AI custom events
  • 12455 – Toolbar buttons are enabled before the visualization is loaded
  • 12086 – Highlight styling overwrites previous when new rule is added and removed all from affected when one is removed


Roll-up Board Widget – v1.0.18

  • 12467 – Features roll-up results in grey rectangle and syntax exception when column name contains an apostrophe.

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Sample Data – v1.1.0.53

  • Move solution to public repo to serve as a sample and allow community to contribute


Build Usage – v1.0.5

  • Support the new navigation system and the combined  Build & Release hub


Countdown Widget – v1.2.24

  • Move solution to public repo to serve as a sample and allow community to contribute


File Owner – v1.1.13

  • Move solution to public repo to serve as a sample and allow community to contribute


Roll-up Board Widget – v1.0.15

  • 12422 – Seeing a blank widget when I select backlog and feature
  • 12427 – The board does not render properly if there are both swim lanes and 5 or more columns

Show Area Path Dependencies – v1.1.12

  • Move solution to public repo to serve as a sample and allow community to contribute


Print Cards – v2.2.12

  • Implement Application Insights telemetry
  • Indicate that extension is deprecated. No further enhancements are planned


Countdown Widget – v1.2.22

  • 12367 – Sprint end countdown widget takes the days Monday to Saturday
  • 12440 – Empty drop-down forms
  • Add feedback section to the marketplace description

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Roll-up Board Widget – v1.0.13

  • 12318 – Roll-up widget query is ignoring the “Teams” board setting
  • 12362 – Swimlanes are not showing up
  • 12363 – Clicking on widget takes me to the wrong team
  • Add feedback section to the marketplace description

Show Area Path Dependencies – v1.1.9

  • Updated Application Insights logic and feedback details
  • Usability enhancements (clicking on the link will open the work item)
  • Add feedback section to the marketplace description


Folder Management – v1.2.19

  • Add feedback section to the marketplace description

Work Item Visualization Extension – v1.2.20

  • 12096 – Exporting fails on-prem due to sandboxing
  • 12413 – Changeset File expanding fails with invalid api query error
  • 12414 – Failed to open file from commit (invalid url)
  • 12418 – Visualization does not load from Board
  • 12420 – Extensions will use CDN in the future and paths to items will be case sensitive
  • Add feedback section to the marketplace description
  • Implement Application Insights telemetry

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Work Item Visualization Extension – v1.2.2

  • 12100 – Commit file opens wrong location
  • 12300 – Sometimes a work item will be filled with solid grey
  • 12317 – Right clicking on the cards in your extension we are getting an empty pages
  • 12348 – If title or description or content on the card contains the characters &, grey boxes are shown
  • 12364 – Use Navigation Service to open URLs (otherwise broken on-prem)


Migrate assets from RM server to Visual Studio Team Services – v1.0

  • 23 – Add support for RM 2015 Update 3

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