Modern Security- & Load-Testing with VSTS when bound to on-premises

In many enterprises Azure is the strategic public cloud. But it still can have technical or organizational blockers which prevent you from fully profiting from the public cloud. Embracing modern DevOps practices to optimize and simplify the process of creating end user value is much harder if you build on top of legacy processes and…

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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…


VSTS Gems- Identify flaky tests

VSTS is a great platform, but did you know about its gems? Follow this short post series where we undercover some of its coolest features. Gem Identify flaky tests <click> on image for animation. View flaky tests in the Test hub: Area Test TFS Availability Future Value Increase confidence in automated test process effectiveness Save…

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Feature Flags Performance Testing

As described in the article Phase the features of your application with feature flags, a Feature Flag is a way to turn features on or off in a solution. The Visual Studio ALM | DevOps Rangers now use a solution from LaunchDarkly for the VSTS and TFS portals. As part of the rollout of this…

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Azure Function – Integration tests automation

In this third post on the Azure Function blog post series, we discuss topic that is often forgotten or set aside – integration testing: “Integration testing (sometimes called integration and testing, abbreviated I&T) is the phase in software testing in which individual software modules are combined and tested as a group” Wikipedia On the first…

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Set up a CI/CD pipeline to run automated tests efficiently

Are you planning to implement automated testing in your pipeline? You probably have a few questions, such as: How does automated testing fit into DevOps? What are some different types of pipeline configurations? What key principles should you keep in mind? This post aims to answer these questions and talk about the automation of tests….

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Testing a Team Services extension and tracking code coverage

Jasmine is a framework that allows you to write tests in JavaScript for AngularJs or NodeJs applications. In our case, we will use Jasmine to write tests for VSTS extension. Implementing Jasmine on an Extension Project The Jasmine Framework is a Jasmine.js library. To retrieve it, we have two possibilities, either with a package Nuget…

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DevOps sticker or (temporary) tattoo?

You’ve probably seen Donovan’s definition of DevOps and the associated sticker by now. While reviewing the where are we in Donovan’s [from 0 to DevOps] world post, I asked Donovan which seven (7) points we should tattoo on our forearms to guide us with DevOps transformations. Here’s the list he gave me, with overviews and…

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Getting started with DevTest Labs Custom Artifact Development

As a part of a recent Rangers project, our team of experts set out to develop custom artifacts for use with DevTest Labs.  Some of the great contributions that have been assimilated into the azure-devtest-labs GitHub repo include: Install Google Chrome (Esteban) JDKs for Linux (Darren) Set up Web Deploy server (Martin) Install Sublime Text…

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A really COOL feature we noticed on Visual Studio Team Services … boards becomes alive

No more “please refresh the board” requests when you share the Kanban board during a teleconference call. Notice the icon? It enables live updates of the board. Once enabled, everyone in your team, even those located in geographically distributed locations, can observe changes made to the board. Magic! You have to evaluate this feature ……

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