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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Roll-up your backlog board on your dashboards

We’re pleased to announce the latest version of the Roll-up Board Widget, created by Mikael Krief, which allows you to display aggregated views of your backlog boards on your dashboards. What’s New? Based on telemetry observations and your feedback, we’ve evolved the extension a bit. Do not display hidden backlog level The dropdown list does…

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How do I report an extension issue effectively?

We’re all installing and evaluating extensions from the marketplace and often run into an issue that could be a missing feature, misinterpreted feature, or worse, a bug. How do you get support? It depends on the extension. You can typically click on Support (1) under Resources, or create a new Issue (2) if it’s an…

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Please uninstall our deprecated extensions!

Are you using one of these [partially] deprecated extensions from the marketplace? Revisions: 2018-02-07 – Add Show area path dependencies Show area path dependencies 900+ installations remain. Deprecated since February 7, 2018. Every experimental extension fills a gap, has a dedicated lead, and bandwidth (+passion) for support and updates. This extension no longer meets these…

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Deprecating our Folder Management extension

The Folder Management extension was one of the first extensions we published on the marketplace, spear headed by Wouter de Kort. We are building a ‘create folder’ feature in the product for VSTS and TFS 2018 or higher. Because of this, we’re deprecating this extension for those products. Once support for earlier versions of TFS…

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