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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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? Print Cards 800+ installations remain. Deprecated since October 4th, 2016. Extension was deprecated aa the gap was filled by Agile Cards. Latest sample code can be found here. Folder Management 25k+ installations remain. Partially deprecated for Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) and Team…

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Why we’re using AWS, not Azure, to store our OSS releases

We’ve received the question “why are you storing your releases on AWS and not on Azure” for projects, such as the vsts-agent and ALM-Rangers/Migrate-assets-from-RM-server-to-VSTS. For example, when you’re downloading a release from either of these projects you’ll notice amazonaws in the download URLs, as highlighted below: Both projects, and others, are open source solutions (OSS)…

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Azure Function – Provisioning and configuring our Azure Function infrastructure

In our earlier article, Azure Functions – Prepare for continuous delivery, we began our series of blog posts on using Azure Function with Visual Studio 2017. We continue the automation of the creation and update of our Azure infrastructure, also known as provisioning. It’s important that we can recreate and configure our infrastructure in a…

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Azure Functions – Prepare for continuous delivery

As part of our research of using Feature Flags with VSTS extensions, we exposed our secure VSTS token based solution, implemented with Azure Functions to: Generate a hash Key by server-side To call the REST API of LaunchDarkly We’re dogfooding our own research outcome! We’re implementing the Azure Functions, backed by a CI/CD pipeline. In…

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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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Building VSTS Extensions with feature flags – Part 2

In Building VSTS Extensions with feature flags we started a discussion about feature flags and how we’re using LaunchDarkly to eliminate risk and deliver value. We closed with a brief mention that we’re trying to find a way to exchange a more secure user key as part of the communication between our extensions and the…

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Building VSTS Extensions with feature flags

We started talking about features flags (or features toggles) in our Software Development with Feature Toggles MSDN Magazine article. Today, with the increasing deployments of our extensions, and with a view to improving the user experience and our DevOps processes, we embarked on a research project to investigate the feasibility of using LaunchDarkly to eliminate…

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Visualize the health of your CI/CD pipelines

The latest Team Project Health v1.2 extension, created by Wouter de Kort, Jakob Ehn, Utkarsh Shigihalli, and Ed Elliott, enables users to visualise the overall health of builds and releases. When you’re running multiple CI/CD pipelines, it’s important to visualize their overall health. This DevLabs extension contains a number of dashboard widgets, that enable users…

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