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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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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Extensions experiencing – Hang – Does not load – HTTP 401s in browser console on upgraded TFS server

Symptom You may be experiencing authentication issues with extensions running in an on-prem Team Foundation Server (TFS), upgraded from any TFS to TFS 2015 Update 2/3, TFS 2017 RC, or TFS 2017 Update 1 RC. When you try to access an extension point, you may experience a “hanging” extension or a HTTP 401 error in…

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

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

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Offline Test Execution

The Offline Test Execution extension, created by Josh Garverick, Mattias Sköld, and Utkarsh Shigihalli, allows testers to perform Test Steps even if disconnected from Visual Studio Team Services, using an exported Excel Spreadsheet. Export Export the entire test plan, or a filtered selection, to an Excel file. Filter the export to the entire test plan,…

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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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Contributing to the VSTS Developer Tools Build Tasks extension

About a year ago I helped one of my clients transition from Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2010 to Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS). In some of their XAML builds they heavily relied on the ability to check in generated content during their builds, something that broke due to the fact that tf.exe could no longer…

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Early Overview: Kanban Board Configuration Export Extension

Many teams need to craft a customized version of their Kanban boards in Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) and then use that board on other teams. Sometimes, the organization needs to enforce certain process standards. Other times, it may just be that teams want to emulate the great board layout of a successful team. Whatever…

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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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