How to create or upgrade your team services extension in 4 steps

My contribution to the Yeoman generator for the VSTS extension project helped me improve the way we create extensions. Starting from the way we structure the extension files, the JavaScript minification, how we generate and publish the extension package and down to monitoring the extension usage. The goal of this post is to walk you…

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Debug Yeoman team-services-extension in 5 steps

I recently ran into a bug while trying team-services-extension yeoman generator on macOS. The bug doesn’t affect the overall generator flow it just causes the generator to fail in the last step when packaging the extension into vsix. The bug is now fixed in the latest release v1.0.35, Visual Studio Code was my best buddy…

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What we delivered in latest releases of the team services extension generator

We’re pleased to announce another update for the yeoman team-services-extension, delivering new features, code improvements and performance optimization on generated extensions. Here’s a summary of the latest release v1.0.33 Widget Dashboard Integration You can now generate a dashboard widget. The generated sample contains the widget code and a configuration panel, with some input fields Cleanup…

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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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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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