Top Stories from the Microsoft DevOps Community – 2019.03.15

Edward Thomson

I’ve been building tools for Azure DevOps for fifteen years and yes, in case you were wondering, saying that does make me feel old. But more importantly: I’m still learning new things about it that I didn’t know. That’s why I’m so happy to read all these articles every week. It’s not just about the cool things that people are doing, it’s also about the helpful tips that can make you more productive. Here’s some great articles that I found this week:

How to build pinball high score with Azure DevOps
Who’s got the high score on your pinball game? Back in my day all you had were three little letters. Panu Oksala has brought the pinball game’s scoreboard to the next level: by using Azure Boards he’s got an amazing top scores list on the Azure DevOps Dashboard.

Use your own build container image to create containerized apps
The Azure Pipelines build agents have a ton of tools pre-installed so that you can use them to build your application… but what if your requirements are really intense? Yuri Burger brings a container with the dependencies installed. It’s containers all the way down!

Azure Pipelines Building GitHub Repositories By Example
We moved from the VSTS product to the Azure DevOps family of products so that we could offer each product to shine on its own. Florian Rappl shows why this is great by using Azure Pipelines to build his GitHub repositories.

Azure for sure…
I’ve got a confession to make: although I’ve worked at Microsoft for a bunch of years, I’m actually a Unix guy at heart. That’s why I love our hosted macOS and Linux build agents, and I’m happy to see people like Steve Quirke use Azure Pipelines for their Mac builds.

Find work Items in Azure DevOps: was ever operator
If you have a lot of work items in your Azure Boards (like I do) then you know that sometimes you need to find a work item but you can’t remember details enough to find it. Wouldn’t it be great if you could search a work item based on what a field used to be? Ricci Gian Maria explains that you can.

As always, if you’ve written an article about Azure DevOps or find some great content about DevOps on Azure then let me know! I’m @ethomson on Twitter.


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