Announcing the deprecation of a number of guidance and tools

Our mission is to provide practical guidance, experience, and gap-filling solutions to the developer community. These solutions are eventually deprecated for a number of reasons, such as: Gaps are filled as the products and documentation continue to mature () Value of solutions becomes less than the effort to maintain them (no value) Passion and bandwidth…


Recent work on the Countdown Widget for VSTS

Countdown Widget is one of the oldest Ranger extensions. This extension was part of the first batch of extensions developed for VSTS to showcase the new extensibility mechanisms. Over time it has become a valued (top 25) extension with well over 6000 VSTS installations. However, there were several feature requests that have remained unaddressed for…

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How we checked and fixed the 503 error and Performance issue in our Azure Function

How we checked and fixed the 503 error and Performance issue in our Azure Function Since we released our Azure Function that allows you to use LaunchDarkly services with our VSTS Roll Up Board widget extension, we have recently evolved it further by adding an Azure Function that allows you to retrieve the flags of…

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How we deliver the DevOps VSTS Bot

To deliver changes for the DevOps VSTS Bot into production, we use a combination of Github and Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) to deploy a Web Application to Azure App Service. Backlog The team keeps the backlog in VSTS, using a Kanban flow, pulling work from right to left. As we are a small team…

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Updates from the DevOps VSTS Bot

Dear community, I want to inform you for my upcoming update, which will be deployed on February 10, 2018. Update has rolled out, as of 9:00 AM CET. Encryption of sensitive information I have made sure that I only save personal information, that is needed to help us with your Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) tasks. That resulted…

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Using the NavigationService in your VSTS and TFS extension

Last week a user of our Team Project Health extension reported an issue when using the extension on Team Foundation Server 2018. TPH delivers a set of dashboard widgets that give you a quick overview of the status of your builds and releases. Figure 1 – On the ALM Ranger VSTS account we have a…

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Roll-up Board Widget goes wide

In response to user demand, the Roll-up Board Widget v2.0.24 introduced support for wider views, up to 10 dashboard cells wide. While we recommend to keep your boards simple for easy visual tracking, we understand that there’s a need for complex boards in niche scenarios. Here’s a simple example of 1×3, 2×3, 2×4, and 2×10…

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Roll-Up Board widget extension supports feature flags

We shared our research of the implementation of the feature flags, using LaunchDarkly, with our VSTS extensions in a series of blog posts: Phase the features of your application with feature flags Building VSTS Extensions with feature flags : Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 Azure Functions : Prepare for continuous delivery, Provisioning and…

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VSTS Bot is now in Preview

I am happy to announce that starting from today I will be available as preview and the code is now available in the master branch: https://github.com/ALM-Rangers/VSTS-Bot Also I got my own website right here: https://team-services-bot.azurewebsites.net/. Thanks to the ALM | DevOps  Ranger community, I can now help you with Listing the build definitions and queue…

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Empowering the community with our OSS projects

If you’re following our continuous transformation to Agile practices and DevOps, you’ll realize that we have come a long way with self-organizing and self-managing teams. See our stories for details. We’re ready to take the next step! We’re handing over our github.com/ALM-Rangers organisation and repositories to our community of ALM | DevOps Ranger contributors. What…

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