Top stories from the VSTS community – 2017.12.01

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


  • #LearningVSTS – Creating My First Visual Studio Team Services Site and Team Project – Mickey Gousset
    Back when I first started blogging about and using Visual Studio Team System, my blogging style was to just try using the product and blog about what I found. To get started, I created a brand new account for my user John Doe. I’m sure I’ll be adding more users to the team as I progress, but for now John Doe is all I’ll need.
  • DNR 1496 Visual Studio Team Services and DevOps with Brian Harry – .NET Rocks
    Visual Studio Team Services continues to evolve! While at Connect in New York, Carl and Richard chatted with Brian Harry about the latest set of features coming out of the VSTS team. Brian talks about how Microsoft has been eating its own dog food and using VSTS everywhere, even with the development of Windows. Discussions also dig into the challenges of moving so fast with so many developers, managing testing at speed and more!
  • Office UI Fabric for VSTS Extensions – Extension Time – ALM Rangers (Niel)
    We continue from Office UI Fabric for VSTS Extensions – a few moving bits. Now that we have some code to compile, we need to package it so that we can upload an extension to VSTS.
  • Build Definition as Code with YAML Builds – Chaminda Chandrasekara
    Build configuration as code and store it in version control was a request from some time back. It is great to have your build definition as code alongside your application source code. Microsoft has now released preview of YAML builds for this purpose to VSTS.
  • YAML build in VSTS – Ricci Gian Maria
    One of the most exciting feature that was recently introduced in VSTS is the ability to create YAML Build. You need to enable this feature because it is still in preview and as usual you can enable for your account from the preview feature management.
  • TFS on-premises, how to add “Test Professional” users? – Pieter Gheysens
    As from TFS 2017 Update 1, the traditional “Advanced” access level where to add users with a Test Professional license became deprecated and there’s no way anymore to add/remove users in this access level group. Advanced access level has been deprecated. Test Manager extension includes all testing capabilities previously part of the advanced access level.
  • Round up for 2017 and beyond: Agility, DevOps, and Everything In-between – Martin Hinshelwood
    This year has been relatively busy for conferences. Which is unusual since I usually forget until after the call for papers and wonder what’s going on.
  • Tips and Tricks: TFS Excel Plugin not loading – Niel Zeeman
    Close an Excel spreadsheet with/or without having a TFS/VSTS connected list. When you open the spreadsheet again, the Team tab is missing in the ribbon bar.
  • Software Testing Life Cycle – Know When You Can Start The QA Process – Phil Edwards
    When testing, there are specific project phases, these are all very well-known and well documented. However, software testing is not a single activity per se, but a concatenation of planned activities that need to be executed, along with the software development activities to ensure that a product is delivered to cost and time, without any errors.


  • 152 Where Do Babies Come From with Ben Day
    (Hey, it’s a better title than “Magic Prunes with Ben Day” 😉
    In this episode Greg, Josh and Gordon welcome Ben Day back to the show, where they talk about Ben’s new Pluralsight course, TFS cadence, Encouraging Unit Testing, Champaign, parenthood and more…


  • DevOps Skills for Developers with Visual Studio and TFS 2017 – Pluralsight
    Have you ever worked on a project that’s impossible to develop and harder to deploy? In this course, you’ll explore DevOps in the Microsoft world to deploy your projects faster and more reliably by creating an automated DevOps release pipeline.
  • AWS re:invent 2017: Extending VSTS Build/Release Pipelines to AWS (WIN402)
    The new AWS Tools for Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) provide integration into many popular AWS services, such as Amazon S3, AWS Elastic Beanstalk, AWS CodeDeploy, AWS Lambda, and more. These tools provide customers with a set of tasks they can include in build and release definitions in VSTS and on-premises TFS instances to work with AWS services. In this session, we show how you can use the new AWS Tools for VSTS in new and existing VSTS build/release pipelines to interoperate with many AWS resources. We demonstrate how you can use the build tasks in the new extensions to easily work with content in Amazon S3 buckets, perform deployments to AWS Elastic Beanstalk environments, and deploy .NET Core functions and serverless applications to AWS Lambda, all from within the familiar VSTS project console.

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