Interesting VSTS updates july 2018

Below are some nice articles and blogposts I came across on the web about VSTS and related stuff.

  • Some cool updates to the Stakeholder access level. Stakeholders will be able to do more if granted the access, and can be an admin in the VSTS account.
  • You can move from your imported XML process to an inherited one soon, and it will be a lot easier. Bye bye XML.
  • Here’s how to recover a deleted GIT repository.
  • If you are using RedGate steps in your build or release definitions be sure to check these new SQL Change Automation stuff. Might come in handy.

Thanks to the authors and publishers of the articles! Learning fast…and able to keep up with new stuff, nice!

VSTS/TFS Roadmap update for 2018 Q1 and Q2 – Microsoft DevOps Blog

Nice new blog post from Alex Nichols, Senior Program Manager on the Visual Studio Team Services team at Microsoft:

“We recently published an update to the “Features under development” roadmap on our Features timeline. This feature list, although subject to change and not comprehensive, provides visibility into our key investments in the medium term. We update the feature list as part of our agile planning rhythms, about every 9 weeks. Some of the features link to deep dive blog posts or articles where you can find out more. We also denote the version of on-premises TFS we expect the feature to be included in, often after getting mileage on VSTS. Here are a few features that are particularly noteworthy.

Code: Add required reviewers as a contributor

You’ll soon be able to get a little more specific in pull requests. In Q1 we plan to allow pull request contributors to add required reviewers instead of merely relying on branch policies.

Code: Filter by target branch and labels

In repositories with a lot of branches and activity it can be difficult to focus in on the important pull requests in progress. In Q2 we plan to add filters to the pull request list for target branch and labels to get you collaborating sooner.

Code: GVFS for Mac – Public Preview

While GVFS got it starts in supporting the development of Windows, the largest Git repository on earth, that isn’t the only massive repository at Microsoft. Office also has a lot of code, as you can imagine, and shares a lot of it between their macOS/iOS and Windows products. Based on our work with the Office team, in Q2 we plan to bring GVFS for Mac back out to the community as well in public preview.

Work: New Agile Hubs

We are in the middle of a big refresh to our core hubs in Work. In Q2 you’ll see consistent filter and favoriting experiences across the board to help you get to the work items you care about with ease. As you build the list of favorites you’ll find it handy to quickly jump between the work of various teams or sets of related work.

Build and Release: Configuration as code (YAML)

Last Fall we announced the availability of YAML builds to give you another option for defining and evolving your CI as your code evolves. In Q2 we look forward to bringing that out of preview and making it generally available. In Q3 we look forward to bringing YAML to releases in public preview so that your deployments can evolve with your code as well.

Build and Release: VM and additional languages support for DevOps Projects

Coming off the release of Azure DevOps Projects last Fall, we’re planning to add additional support to cover even more situations you may have to start a new project. In Q1 we plan to add virtual machines as a new target service option and both the Go and Ruby language options.

Package: Maven general availability and upstream support

Maven artifacts can be set up as a feed in Package Management to share them with your team and organization. In Q2 we plan to make this type of feed generally available and also bring upstream support so you can setup Maven feeds stored in a variety of locations.

Admin: Multiple Accounts per “Organization”

As more teams use VSTS for their projects and create accounts, we’ve heard clear scenarios from organizations that have driven focused investments starting with the thoughtful relationship of accounts (known as “Team Project Collections” in on-premises TFS) under a single organization umbrella. We’ve made key progress internally on this current #3 top requested idea on UserVoice and plan to bring this public this year after adopting it for ourselves.

We appreciate your feedback, which helps us prioritize. If you have new ideas or changes you’d like to see, provide a suggestion on UserVoice or vote for an existing one.”

Source: VSTS/TFS Roadmap update for 2018 Q1 and Q2 – Microsoft DevOps Blog

New Practical DevOps workshop bij Caesar Experts!

Op 26 en 27 september geef ik in samenwerking met Microsoft een tweedaagse Practical DevOps workshop bij Caesar Experts! Deelname is gratis, voor meer info en aanmelden: https://lnkd.in/g6vuQEF

26 September 2017 9:00 – 27 September 2017 17:00

Caesar Experts
Janssoniuslaan 80, 3528 AJ Utrecht

Software engineering practices have changed drastically in the last few years. Agile practices, DevOps, Cloud Computing, Open Source and similar developments have proven their effectiveness. Microsoft’s platforms for software development and cloud computing have also embraced these concepts and are at the leading edge in their domain.

In this two-day training you will learn how software development works with Microsoft’s tools and languages. Based on a consistent sample, you will learn how to

  • setup a development environment with the latest version of Visual Studio and Visual Studio Team Services,
  • highlight and learn to benefit from the latest developments in the Visual Studio C# IDE (e.g. PerfTips, live code analysis, CodeLens, diagnostic tools, (etc.),
  • use cross-platform build- and test-automation tools like Visual Studio Web and Load Tests, Visual Studio Team Services, Gulp, xUnit and Jasmine to automate your build- and quality assurance processes,
  • manage your Technical Debt,
  • create highly available and secure environments for your web APIs and web applications in Microsoft Azure with Azure Resource Manager (ARM),
  • setup a multi-stage (dev/test/prod) environment in Azure,
  • automate deployment to Microsoft Azure with Visual Studio Release Management,
  • using Application Telemetry with Application Insights,
  • discuss the advantages of the upcoming container technology Docker,
  • we will use a sample (web) application during the course.

Training Structure
The training is a combination of approx. 50% presentations with embedded demos and 50% hands-on time where you have your fingers on the keyboard and try what you have learned. Those who are new to the topics can follow a provided hands-on lab guide step by step. In areas you are already familiar with, you can put the guides to the side and create an individual sample with the latest tools and technologies. Attendees should already have basic knowledge about Visual Studio, .NET, C#, HTML and JavaScript. Detailed knowledge about the latest versions of these tools, frameworks and languages is not required.

Prerequisites
You will need your own laptop to do the hands-on labs. Ideally, you have the latest version of Visual Studio installed (detailed instructions about the necessary Visual Studio configuration will be provided) and you have access to your own Microsoft Azure subscription. If you do not have access to Visual Studio and/or a Microsoft Azure account, Microsoft will provide a limited number (first come, first served) of free Azure Passes that you can use to run a VM with Visual Studio in it. In that case you just need internet access and a remote desktop client on your laptop.

For the labs about build- and test-automation, you need your own Visual Studio Team Services subscription (free edition available).

 

Day 1

  • Welcome and introduction.
  • Setup development environment for the course.
  • Discuss the sample application used during the course.
  • Setup Continuous Integration (including first steps in test automation).
  • Managing Technical Debt with SonarQube.

Day 2

  • Adding an artifact repository to your release pipeline.
  • Continuous deployment with Visual Studio Release Management.
  • Configuration as code.
  • Application Telemetry with Application Insights.
  • Operating web applications in Azure App Services and Docker.

Workshop Practical DevOps (Microsoft) at Caesar Experts B.V.

A.s. woensdag (morgen) en donderdag is het weer zover. De volgende workshop Practical DevOps in samenwerking met Microsoft georganiseerd bij Caesar Experts.

Heb je je niet ingeschreven? Jammer, maar houd de aankondigingen in de gaten voor komende sessies, zodat je dit niet hoeft te missen.

Heb je je wel ingeschreven? Dan graag tot morgen!

Parkeren kan alleen op de P+R Papendorp, ingang Mercatorlaan, Utrecht. Vanuit hier is het 9 minuten lopen naar de Janssoniuslaan 80 naar Caesar Experts. Uitrijkaarten voor de P+R zijn te verkrijgen bij de receptie bij Caesar Experts. Mocht je minder mobiel zijn geef dit dat dan door aan mij op f.biesheuvel@caesarexperts.nl dan zorgen we dat je opgehaald wordt of direct onder het pand kan parkeren.