Top stories from the VSTS community – 2017.11.17

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Here are top stories we found in our streams this week related to DevOps, VSTS, TFS and other interesting topics.


  • First Look at VSTS Release Management Approval Gates  – Mike Douglas
    When approval gates were first announced my mind started thinking about all of the ways this could be used. There were several questions I had about approval gates and here is the initial research I have done to help clarify a few things for me.
  • Automated Regression Testing – Know the Value of Your Regression Tests – Phil Edwards
    Test Automation is just one way of speeding up your project delivery and in doing so building up a regression pack of test scripts that can be run with little effort in a short amount of time.
  • You have your database in source control now what? – Ed Elliott
    This post is for a specific type of person if you: Are new to source control. Are getting started on your path to the continuous delivery nirvana – have been able to get your database into some sort of source control system – have more than one person checking in code to the database source – are unsure what you do next.
  • What I learned about Microsoft doing DevOps: Part 1 – Moving to Agile & the Cloud – Wouter de Kort
    What would you do if you had the opportunity to have a look inside the kitchen of a Michelin Star restaurant? Not only would you be able to look around, you will even be able to meet members of the team who will explain to you what they did to get their Michelin Star. I bet that if you have a love for cooking, you would jump on the opportunity to learn from the best.
  • Office UI Fabric for VSTS Extensions – Typescript tools – Niel Zeeman
    In the series of blog on how to leverage Office UI Fabric in VSTS Extensions , we continue on from Office UI Fabric for VSTS Extensions – Getting Started and start to delve into how to setup our development environment.
  • Getting started with a modern source control system and DevOps – Martin Hinshelwood
    There are a number of things that you have to think about when selecting a modern source control system. Some of that is purely about code, but modern source control systems are about way more than code.
  • A/B Testing with Azure Linux Web Apps for Containers – Colin Dembovsky
    In this post I’ll cover publishing a .NET Core container to Azure Web Apps using VSTS with an ARM template. However, since the hosting technology is “container” you can host whatever application you want – could be Java/TomCat or node.js or python or whatever. The A/B Testing principles will still apply.
  • A Philosophy of Excellence – Geoff Grey
    Aristotle once said “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”
  • Scrum Guide Update November 2017 – Dave West, Ken Schwaber, Jeff Sutherland
    Today (November 7th 2017) Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland released an update to the Scrum Guide.


  • Connect(); 2017 – Day 1 Recap – Jeff Bramwell
    Day 1 of Connect(); 2017 is in the books! There was a lot of exciting announcements made at Connect(); today. While I have no doubt missed several of them I have made an attempt to include most of the highlights below.
  • DevOps News From Connect(); 2017  – Ken Muse
    The  event is nearly over, and so far we’ve heard lots of exciting news from Microsoft about Azure and changes to improve their support for DevOps.  In fact, DevOps has been a big part of the theme this year.
    So let’s recap some of the announcements that have been made…

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  • What’s New in TFS 2018 – Robert Green, Alex Nichols
    In this episode, Robert is joined by Alex Nichols, who reviews many of the new features in Team Foundation Server 2018, the next major version of Microsoft’s on-prem DevOps suite.

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