DevOps
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Azure’s Service Fabric is breathtaking – the platform allows you to create truly “born in the cloud” apps that can really scale. The platform takes care of the plumbing for you so that you can concentrate on business value in your apps. If you’re looking to create cloud apps, then make sure you take some time to investigate Service Fabric. Publishing Service Fabric Apps Unfortunately, most of the ...
teambuild
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Remember when Visual Studio had a setup project template? And then it was removed? Then you moved to WiX and after learning it for 3 months and still being confused, you just moved to Web Apps? Well everyone complained about the missing setup project templates and MS finally added it back in as an extension. Which works great if you build out of Visual Studio – but what about automated builds? ...
DevOps
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In my previous post I experimented with WebDeploy to Azure websites. My issue with the out-of-the-box Azure Web App Deploy task is that you can specify the WebDeploy zip file, but you can’t specify any environment variables other than connection strings. I showed you how to tokenize your configuration and then use some PowerShell to get values defined in the Release to replace the tokens at ...
ReleaseManagement
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It’s finally here – the new web-based Release Management (WebRM). At least, it’s here in preview on VSTS (formerly VSO) and should hopefully come to TFS 2015 in update 2. I’ve blogged frequently about Release Management, the “old” WPF tool that Microsoft purchased from InCycle (it used to be called InRelease). The tool was good in some ways, and horrible in others – but it always felt like a bit ...