Yet another CI/CD post – Java, Apache spark, Cloudera, Azure and TFS

The Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) and Team Foundation Server (TFS) team is committed to the “Any language, any platform” principle and this article describes just one of the infinite and diverse CI/CD workloads you can setup on VSTS/TFS. In this article we’ll demonstrate how to pull together all the technologies and tools mentioned in…

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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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devconf’s log #3 – Sessions, Cubes, and lots of collaboration

Continued from devconf’s log #2 – Sun, Mandela, and no Bowtie. After lots of meetings, discussions, and content preparations we finally completed the devconf event in Johannesburg. I’ll share a lot more photos and the feedback from todays sessions soon. Here are a few pictures to give you a snippet of a phenomenal day of…

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devconf discussions – What is DevOps?

Sharing a few of the discussions before, during, and after devconf, a community driven, developer focused, one-day conference hosted annually.   The questions that were asked the most over the past few days are “What’s DevOps”, “Can’t I buy DevOps”, and “How do I get started”. Here’s my three [cents | pennies]. What’s DevOps? It’s…

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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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Value Stream Mapping for our VSTS Extensions

We the ALM | DevOps Rangers are a bunch of volunteers brought together by our enthusiasm of Microsoft’s ALM and DevOps technologies. Our mandate is to provide practical guidance, experience and gap-filling solutions to the developer community. Creating VSTS Extensions is part of our gap-filling solution. Currently, there are about 12 active VSTS Extensions created…

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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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How do I roll-back a VSTS extension when I am using a CI/CD pipeline?

A few days ago, 2 to be exact, we experienced a critical issue in production when we released a public extension update. It reminded me of Brian’s post A Rough Patch. Similarly, the user experience was not good. Reality set in. We must think about roll back when we design our CI/CD pipelines. Let’s explore…

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Our journey to WhiteSource and OSS security, licensing and quality checking

This is the third, and final, article in the WhiteSource series for managing open source usage and security in your CI/CD pipeline. If you haven’t viewed the previous articles, I recommend you take a moment to review them now: Manage your open source usage and security in your pipeline Manage your open source usage 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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