Brian Harry's Blog

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How we approach testing VSTS to enable continuous delivery

I like to write, from time to time about our experiences, successes, failures and learnings from delivering Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS), a large scale service, on a cloud delivery cadence.  My most recent post reflected on how cool it is to be able to deliver customer fixes within a day or two.  And I've written many times about our ...

What does an Agile/DevOps organization look like?

I want to share an experience that highlights why I am so proud of the organization I work in.  The experience is expressed in the form of an email thread that I had this week.  Times/timezones are a little whacky because there were 3 - the customer's, mine and the engineer's.  But the whole thread, from my perspective, started on Monday ...

Team Services Update – June 1, 2017

Sheesh, it's another huge update this sprint.  I expected a bit of a lull after all the work we put out along with the Build conference but things don't seem  to be slowing down much (or at least they've picked back up with a vengeance).  Check out the release notes for details. There's so many exciting things in this sprint and I'll ...

Evolving TFS/Team Services build automation capabilities

***UPDATE 7/7/2018*** https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/visualstudio/releasenotes/tfs2018-update2 You can now upgrade to TFS 2018 Update 2 and continue to connect your XAML controllers and run XAML builds. When we removed support for XAML build in TFS 2018 RTW and Update 1, some of you could not upgrade due to having legacy XAML builds, ...

The largest Git repo on the planet

It's been 3 months since I first wrote about our efforts to scale Git to extremely large projects and teams with an effort we called "Git Virtual File System".  As a reminder, GVFS, together with a set of enhancements to Git, enables Git to scale to VERY large repos by virtualizing both the .git folder and the working directory.  Rather than...

Team Services Update – May 11, 2017

As you may know, this week is the //Build conference.  Along side that event, we are announcing a ton of VS Team Services enhancements, including rolling out our sprint 117 upgrade.  Some of the changes are available immediately (because they were previously deployed and only required a feature flag to be flipped) and others will roll out ...

Team Explorer for TFS 2017

When we shipped TFS 2017 and Visual Studio 2017, we didn't provide a "Team Explorer" like solution.  Historically our Team Explorer installer has been available for customers that want a rich client to access version control and some work item tracking features in TFS or VS Team Services.  We didn't release it because we needed to create a ...

Team Services Update – Mar 29 2017

This week we begin rolling out our sprint 115 work.  You can read the release notes for details.  As usual, this is a forewarning of the changes, it could take up to 2 weeks before all the changes are visible in your account.  The update should go live in the first public accounts today. Overall, there's not any single thing that stands out...

Open sourcing the MSTest Test Framework

A couple of months ago I blogged about open sourcing the VS Test platform.  In that post, I talked about the numerous test frameworks that it supports, on of the most popular ones being MSTest.  I also foreshadowed our plan to also open source MSTest V2.  Today I'm happy to announce that we have open sourced MSTest V2 under the MIT license...

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