A really COOL feature we noticed on VSTS – New Release Definition Editor

The feature was introduced in New Release Definition Editor in Team Services. It’s therefore not really a new, but a cool feature that we explored and fell in with. Looking back – this is how one of our pipelines look when viewed in the current (old) release editor. Looking forward – this is how the…


Two COOL features we noticed on Visual Studio Team Services … welcome Testers!

We continue highlighting new features on Visual Studio Team Services that are proving really productive for our project teams. Make sure your bookmark and follow Visual Studio News page, which informs you on all the latest updates. Revision 2016.04.12 – Updated to show new UX that emerged with latest deployment. This time we picked two…

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Three COOL features we noticed on Visual Studio Team Services

We continue highlighting new features on Visual Studio Team Services that are proving really productive for our project teams. Make sure your bookmark and follow Visual Studio News page, which informs you on all the latest updates. This time we picked three features, while working on the backlog of a demo project. Mention using @…

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Publishing widgets

In the previous post, you saw how we resolved some of the issues that we stumbled upon whilst developing the widget. In this post we’ll explore how to publish the widget. The process to publish an extension is well documented here. Here are the major steps to go through (see the MSDN article for the…

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Issues and resolving them

In the previous post, you saw how to develop the widget. In this post we’ll explore some of the issues we stumbled upon and how we resolved them whilst building the Countdown widget. PATH for node.js You may get a problem with Visual Studio not picking up the correct Node version when you run the…

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Developing the widget

In the previous post, you saw how to create and publish a basic widget. In this post we’ll explore some of the decisions we made and things we discovered whilst building the Countdown widget. Switching to TypeScript A widget is developed as a set of HTML, CSS and JavaScript files. When it comes to JavaScript,…

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Getting started with widgets

At the Connect Event in 2015, the new Dashboard functionality of Visual Studio Team Services was released. The standard Overview hub is converted into a Dashboard and you can add, remove and arrange widgets on it to display the information you need. If you look at the figure below, you see the standard Dashboard that…

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What happened when the Test Case Explorer extension hit turbulence

As highlighted on www.visualstudio.com/news a really exciting  Visual Studio Team Services deployment occurred. Unfortunately it also resulted in one of our prototype extensions, Test Case Explorer, to break expectantly. Everyone leaned into isolating, understanding and fixing the issue. Not a small feat considering that m&m (Mathias and Mattias) are part-time volunteers, living in a different…

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Do it faster, better, make an impact … or fail fast, and move on!

In April we shared the Managing Agile OSS Projects with Microsoft VSO eBook sharing how we manage solution requirements and ship solutions in an agile environment. An environment we discussed in Radio TFS and the GREAT curve ball question about (ex-nightmare) shorter delivery cycles, which is continuously changing and, as you have probably already guessed,…

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Three COOL features we noticed on Visual Studio Team Services

We continue highlighting new features on Visual Studio Team Services that are proving really productive for our project teams. Make sure your bookmark and follow Visual Studio News page, which informs you on all the latest updates. This time we were excited about a lot more than three features, so we decided to focus in…

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