My First VSO Extension: Retry Build

Visual Studio Online (VSO) and TFS 2015 keep getting better and better. One of the coolest features to surface recently is the ability to add (supported) extensions to VSO. My good friend Tiago Pascoal managed to hack VSO to add extensions a while ago, but it was achieved via browser extensions, not through a supported VSO extensibility framework. Now Tiago can add his extensions in an official manner!

Aurelia – Debugging from within Visual Studio

In my last couple of posts I’ve spoken about the amazing Javascript framework, Aurelia, that I’ve been coding in. Visual Studio is my IDE of choice – not only because I’m used to it but because it’s just a brilliant editor – even for Javascript, Html and other web technologies. If you’re using VS for web development, make sure that you install Web Essentials – as the name implies, it’s essential!

Reflections on DSC for Release Management

A couple of months ago I did a series of posts (this one has the summary of all my RM/DSC posts) about using PowerShell DSC in Release Management. I set out to see if I could create a DSC script that RM could invoke that would prep the environment and install the application. I managed to get it going, but never felt particularly good about the final solution – it always felt a little bit hacky. Not the entire solution per se – really just the application bit.


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