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Protecting Secrets using VSTS and Azure Key Vault

In his latest blog post, Premier Developer consultant Najib Zarrari discusses one approach to protecting sensitive information in your application by using VSTS and Azure Key Vault. If you are building a modern application and are following modern design principles, there is a good chance your application is composed of a number of layers ...

How to work around an issue with VSTS build agents for the Mac, when building Xamarin Forms apps for iOS

In a recent post from his blog, Premier Developer Consultant Jim Blizzard shows how to work around a potential issue you might run into when building a Xamarin Forms app for iOS on your Mac. Heads up if you’re running VSTS build agent on a Mac for Xamarin.Forms iOS projects. You may see this error message from the NuGet package restore step...

Building cross-platform Xamarin.Forms apps in VSTS

In a recent post from his blog, Premier Developer Consultant Jim Blizzard shows how to navigate past some of the issues when setting up VSTS builds for a multi-project Xamarin.Forms solution. The other day I wanted to create a DevOps CI / CD pipeline for a simple Xamarin.Forms app that I’d created. The Visual Studio solution contains ...

Versioning and Deploying Salesforce Metadata using TFS/VSTS

In this post Premier Developer Consultant Najib Zarrari will show us how to use Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) or on-prem Team Foundation Server (TFS) version control system to version control Salesforce.com customizations. He showcases how the Build feature in VSTS or TFS can enable you to deploy customizations from one Salesforce ...

Tips for Writing PowerShell Scripts to Use in Build and Release Tasks

Premier Developer ALM Consultant Dave Burnison brings us this awesome collection of tips and tricks for using PowerShell in VSTS and TFS. You can now do almost anything in your build and release definitions in VSTS and TFS 2015. One of the most powerful ways to add your specific logic is to use the PowerShell task or the PowerShell on ...

On Prem IIS Web Application Deployment using VSTS RM vNext

In his latest blog entry, Premier Developer Consultant Monu Bambroo demonstrates the new Visual Studio Team Services Release Management vNext tool for on premise deployments.  Here’s a quick peek at the blog, be sure to click the link at the end for the detailed step-by-step tutorial! Modern Lifecycle Development requires teams to be...

Dissecting the Visual Studio Load Test Results Database (Part 1–Intro to the Schema)

Premier Developer Consultant Geoff Gray comes to us this week with the first post in a new series from his awesome ‘Testing the Testing Strategy’ blog.  This series will focus on the structure of the Visual Studio Load Test results database and how you can derive insight on the performance of your application from this valuable data ...