Introducing the Visual Studio ALM Rangers – Team Services Bot

Who are you? Hi, I am the Team Services Bot. I am the newest member of the Visual Studio ALM Rangers. I like chatting with people, bots or APIs. I just started talking to Visual Studio Team Services. I am very keen to learn all that there is about VSTS, Maybe you can help me…

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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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Set up a CI/CD pipeline for your Team Services extension

We receive a notification that there’s a pull request to review for our Team Services extensibility project. We discuss the proposed changes as a team, eventually merge the new feature(s) into the master branch, and close the pull request. Done … right? Not quite. The merge triggers our automated CI/CD pipeline, which consistently builds and…

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Set up a CI/CD pipeline for your Yeoman generator package

We receive a notification that there’s a pull request to review on our Yeoman generator project. We discuss the proposed changes as a team, eventually merge the new feature(s) into the master branch, and close the pull request. Done … right? Not quite. The merge triggers our automated CI/CD pipeline, which consistently builds and delivers…

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Roadmap for the generator-team-services-extension

We have a lot of innovation in store for the generator-team-services-extension and are open to accept your ideas and/or contributions. Here’s our proposed prioritisation and ambitious roadmap:  S116 (current 3-week sprint) Review the template extension architecture Add tfx-cli scripts into package.json Update the template extension architecture Extend Yo generator extension templates Generate Dashboard Widget Improvements…

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Why we broke generator-vsts-ext and created generator-team-services-extension

If you were excited by Generate Team Services extension starter kit with the Yeoman generator VSTS-EXT and have downloaded the generator artefacts, you should read on. I’m sorry for any inconvenience we’ve caused with the recent hotfixes. We’re dog fooding our own solutions and we feel your frustration! We’re intentionally release gap-fillers as quickly as…

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Authoring our guidance in the open … valuable? … will you engage with authors?

In June 2015 we entered the world of open source solutions, when we published the Folder-Management-Extension. Core objectives for the move were to be transparent, share samples, and encourage the community to contribute. Two years later, we created the Guidance staging repository, giving you an early glimpse into upcoming guidance and more importantly, an opportunity…

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Generate Team Services extension starter kit with the Yeoman generator VSTS-EXT

We’ve been developing extensions for the Visual Studio Marketplace for a while. An observation we’ve made is that we have spent a lot of time building basic extension architectures, managing the latest version of the SDK and typing, creating consistent folder structures, and configuring manifests. “Never let humans do a computer’s job” – Donovan Brown…

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Team Services extensions update + a call for your help!

This week we deployed a number of updates, including Show Area Path Dependencies v1.2.8, Team Project Health v1.1.13, Offline Test Execution v1.1.4, and the long awaited Work Item Visualization Extension v1.4.50. Check out and bookmark our release notes to get a view of new features and resolved issues. List of our extensions and a visual…

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Visualize the health of your builds – latest sneak preview of the Team Project Health extension

Visual cues are essential to monitor our CI/CD pipelines, detect potential issues, and react before the users are affected. Whether you have a few or hundreds of builds, visualizing their health is important to avoid surprises and deliver continuous value. The Team Project Health extension, created by Wouter de Kort, Jakob Ehn, Utkarsh Shigihalli, and…

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