Why we broke generator-vsts-ext and created generator-team-services-extension

If you were excited by Generate Team Services extension starter kit with the Yeoman generator VSTS-EXT and have downloaded the generator artefacts, you should read on. I’m sorry for any inconvenience we’ve caused with the recent hotfixes. We’re dog fooding our own solutions and we feel your frustration! We’re intentionally release gap-fillers as quickly as…

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Authoring our guidance in the open … valuable? … will you engage with authors?

In June 2015 we entered the world of open source solutions, when we published the Folder-Management-Extension. Core objectives for the move were to be transparent, share samples, and encourage the community to contribute. Two years later, we created the Guidance staging repository, giving you an early glimpse into upcoming guidance and more importantly, an opportunity…

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Generate Team Services extension starter kit with the Yeoman generator VSTS-EXT

We’ve been developing extensions for the Visual Studio Marketplace for a while. An observation we’ve made is that we have spent a lot of time building basic extension architectures, managing the latest version of the SDK and typing, creating consistent folder structures, and configuring manifests. “Never let humans do a computer’s job” – Donovan Brown…

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Team Services extensions update + a call for your help!

This week we deployed a number of updates, including Show Area Path Dependencies v1.2.8, Team Project Health v1.1.13, Offline Test Execution v1.1.4, and the long awaited Work Item Visualization Extension v1.4.50. Check out and bookmark our release notes to get a view of new features and resolved issues. List of our extensions and a visual…

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Our February champion is Kevin Mack, for his energy in the SonarQube project

We are pleased to introduce Kevin Mack in our series of posts to recognise the champs of the Ranger community. He’s been nominated by his peers for his endless energy and enthusiasm for the SonarQube ARM Template project and for taking ownership of the associated team blog posts. We asked Kevin why he’s so passionate…

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Visualize the health of your builds – latest sneak preview of the Team Project Health extension

Visual cues are essential to monitor our CI/CD pipelines, detect potential issues, and react before the users are affected. Whether you have a few or hundreds of builds, visualizing their health is important to avoid surprises and deliver continuous value. The Team Project Health extension, created by Wouter de Kort, Jakob Ehn, Utkarsh Shigihalli, and…

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Introducing the Visual Studio ALM Rangers – Wennder dos Santos

Who are you? My name is Wennder, I am a Microsoft MVP and a software developer at Lambda3, but most of the time I am working to automate all of the manual work in my team. What makes you “tick”? I always want to be better than yesterday. I work with very intelligent people and…

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Introducing the Visual Studio ALM Rangers – David Kalmin

Who are you? I am an Application Development Manager for Premier Support for Developers at Microsoft and love every minute of it. I get to work with customers to proactively promote ALM and DevOps utilizing tools like TFS/VSTS. On a personal level I am a father, husband, dog owner, entrepreneur, softball player, ping pong player,…

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Effective feature isolation with TFVC – what do you think of the work-in-progress sandbox?

We’re looking for ways to be more transparent with the development of our guidance, give the developer community an opportunity to give early feedback, and deliver value quicker. The guidance sandbox is where we’re planning to collaborate on new DevOps and Branching guidance, before committing to aka.ms/techarticles. Example For example, we just created this pull…

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