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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Accessing Azure Storage from a VSTS extension

The Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) extension framework gives you the ability to store data in the data storage of an extension. This is the ideal location for data that is retrieved or collected by the extension itself but the corresponding APIs are not accessible from outside of the extension context. If your extension requires deep interaction with…

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Announcing Version 1.0 of SonarQube ARM Template

Controlling technical debt is an important exercise for development teams as they embrace DevOps.  Previously we released a beta solution for deployment of SonarQube into azure to help remove blockers around implementing it, but another primary concern will always be security.  With this first official release we have implemented security around the creation of SonarQube…

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ALM, SDLC, and DevOps: Which Witch is Which?

Background If you’ve been involved with software development or IT administration for any period of time, then you’ve probably heard of ALM, or Application Lifecycle Management. However, the last few years have seen the rise of “DevOps” as the buzzword of the day. But what’s the difference between the two? Is there a difference at…

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DevOps sticker or (temporary) tattoo?

You’ve probably seen Donovan’s definition of DevOps and the associated sticker by now. While reviewing the where are we in Donovan’s [from 0 to DevOps] world post, I asked Donovan which seven (7) points we should tattoo on our forearms to guide us with DevOps transformations. Here’s the list he gave me, with overviews and…

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VSS Web Extensions SDK Update (version 1.108.0) – Breaking Changes

Symptom If you are building a VSTS (or TFS) web extension, be aware of the breaking changes that come from the new SDK version. Cause Last week a we pushed a new release of the SDK (vss-web-extension-sdk@1.108.0). This release comes with some important dependency updates: React: now react types are included The Rest API version…

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Developing Custom Artifacts for DevTest Labs: Tips and Tricks

In Getting started with DevTest Labs Custom Artifact Development we covered getting your development environment established.  Now we’ll dive into some general tips and tricks you can use to improve your development experience as well as aid you as you build and debug your artifacts. Platform-Agnostic Tips and Tricks Extracting your Azure Resource Manager Template…

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Are you looking for our articles, guidance, samples, tools, or videos?

For over 10 years we have been providing professional guidance, practical experience and gap-filling solutions to the developer community. Here’s a few handy links to bookmark to find our and other community solutions:  Guidance and tooling solutions (aka.ms/vsarsolutions) … take note of the crisp demo videos.  Publications and videos (aka.ms/vsarpublications)  Visual Studio and Team Foundation…

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Artifacts and guidance for Azure DevTest Labs

We are pleased to announce that the team, spearheaded by Derek Keeler and Josh Garverick, has achieved their goal. They set out to investigate how to extend the lab and complement the gallery by adding a few missing artifacts to engage with the vibrant artifact community. Artefacts on Azure/azure-devtestlab You can access, use, and enhance…

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