Global DevOps Bootcamp – Omaha

Azure, Bootcamp, DevOps
If you would like to learn more about DevOps on the Microsoft stack, then plan to join us in Omaha on June 15th, 2019. While we are still working out some of the details, Jeff Bramwell (that's me! :-)) and Mike Douglas will be hosting the Global DevOps Bootcamp in Omaha at Farm Credit Services of America. Event Details Global DevOps Bootcamp is a global event that will be held on Saturday June 15th and is all about DevOps on the Microsoft Stack. Centrally organized by Xpirit and Solidify and offered to you by local partners and sponsors. During this 1-day event we will join (Microsoft) DevOps communities all around the world to talk, learn and play with DevOps concepts. Goals of the Global DevOps Bootcamp: DevOps in general Insights…
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Work Items and Queries in Azure Wikis

Azure DevOps, Tips
Did you know that you can embed individual work items and/or work item queries within your wiki pages? If not, then read on... There is a lot to like about the wiki feature within Azure DevOps. You can create a provisioned wiki or one or more Git-based published wikis. The content is based on markdown, though Microsoft provides several extended features on top of the markdown syntax. In this post, we will cover a couple features that allow you to embed individual work items and work item queries within your wiki pages. Embedding Work Items Embedding a single work item within a wiki page will produce results that look something like this: Figure 1 - Work Item Embedded in Wiki Pag As noted above, you can click on the rendered…
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5 Things You Should Know About Azure DevOps

Azure DevOps
Maybe you've heard of Azure DevOps but haven't tried it out because you create non-Microsoft solutions (e.g. Java on Mac or Linux, etc.). Maybe you haven't tried it out because it has Azure in it's name so you've assumed it wouldn't work with AWS or GCP? If you've had your doubts about trying out Azure DevOps, then take a look at the following 5 things you should know about Azure DevOps and see if you still feel the same way. You'll likely discover that Azure DevOps can work for your specific needs as well! 1. Does Azure DevOps Require an Azure Subscription? With the word Azure being part of Azure DevOps one can't help but wonder if an Azure subscription is required to make use of this Microsoft offering. The…
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Azure DevOps Keyboard Shortcuts

Azure DevOps, Tips
File this one under tips-n-tricks. As you likely already know, Azure DevOps has a ton of features and capabilities that are generally encapsulated into Azure DevOps' primary offerings: Azure Boards, Azure Repos, Azure Pipelines, Azure Test Plans and Azure Artifacts. However, did you know that Azure DevOps, just like Visual Studio and many other tools out there, has a lot of keyboard shortcuts at your disposal that can improve how you navigate and use Azure DevOps? If you already knew this, then you can skip to the end where I talk about the Azure DevOps Keyboard Shortcuts Cheat Sheet. Otherwise, keep reading... If you only learn one Azure DevOps keyboard shortcut from this article, let it be the question mark - ?. Pressing the question mark on any of the…
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Markdown to WordPress Extension Now Open Source

Azure DevOps Extensions, Open Source (OSS)
About two and a half years ago (wow, time flies!) I wrote about a Markdown to WordPress extension that I had built for Visual Studio Team Services (now Azure DevOps). This extension was borne out of the desire to manage markdown files within version control (e.g. Azure Repos) and publish them to WordPress via a build definition. Two and a half years later, we are still making use of this extension. Since the original preview release there have been a few tweaks made to the extension that resolved a few bugs as well as introduced some new functionality - e.g. the ability to (optionally) add an "Edit this page" button at the bottom of each post that, when clicked, would take the reader to the associated markdown file in version…
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Azure DevOps Demos – At Your Fingertips!

Azure DevOps
There are a lot of features and capabilities built into Azure DevOps. Out of the box, Azure DevOps includes several beneficial services - though you can pick and choose which services you actually want to include in your project (they can vary by project). Azure DevOps Services Azure BoardsAzure PipelinesAzure ReposAzure Test PlansAzure Artifacts Maybe you're new to Azure DevOps and you'd like to experiment with some existing projects to see how everything connects and integrates. Maybe you are familiar with Azure DevOps and want to do some demos for others. Having the ability to generate projects within Azure DevOps, complete with source code, work items, dashboards, build and release pipelines, etc. can be of great benefit for both of these scenarios. To satisfy this need, Microsoft provides the Azure…
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Parallel Builds in Azure DevOps

Azure Pipelines
The build capabilities within Azure Pipelines (the Build and Deploy technologies within Azure DevOps) are extensive and powerful. If you can build it on a Windows, Linux or macOS machine, then you can build it within Azure DevOps. In this post, I'd like to highlight one of many powerful features of Azure Pipelines - the ability to run builds in parallel. Caveat: To run multiple jobs in parallel, you must have the appropriate number of build pipelines licensed. For example, if you want to run three jobs in parallel, then you must have at least three pipelines licensed for use. You can read more about pipeline licensing here. Getting Started Whether you've realized it or not, all of your Azure DevOps builds come with at least one predefined job. A…
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The New Azure DevOps PAT Experience

Azure DevOps
A few years back I wrote about Personal Access Tokens (PATs) in Personal Access Tokens & VSTS. Since then, not only has Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) been rebranded to Azure DevOps, but there is also a new PAT experience. While the original PAT experience is functional, there is a lot to be liked in the new experience. Turn It On At the moment, the new PAT experience is in preview. If you want to give it a try, you have to enable the option. To do this: Sign on to Azure DevOpsClick on your profile image in the upper right-hand corner of the pageSelect Preview features (see Figure 1 below)Set the New PAT Experience option to On (See Figure 2 below) - If you don't see "New PAT Experience"…
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Dark Theme in Azure DevOps!

Azure DevOps
A while back I was attending a local developer conference and I overheard someone say, "He's not a real coder; He's not using the dark theme." :-) Now, while I don't necessarily agree with that statement, I do prefer dark themes over light themes. Dark themes just seem to be easier on my eyes when I'm staring into millions of pixels for hours on end every day. While Visual Studio has provided a dark theme (as well as others) out of the box for some time now, and VS Code has had a dark theme from its start (as best as I can remember), Azure DevOps (formerly Visual Studio Team Services or, VSTS) has not had the same luxury. That is, until now! Microsoft announced the dark theme in Azure…
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Azure DevOps Launch Event

Azure DevOps
Odds are, you've noticed by now that Microsoft introduced Azure DevOps yesterday. While there are a lot of details around this announcement, the short version is that Azure DevOps is an evolution of Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) and introduces the following:     Azure Pipelines CI/CD that works with any language, platform, and cloud. Connect to GitHub or any Git repository and deploy continuously. Learn More >   Azure Boards Powerful work tracking with Kanban boards, backlogs, team dashboards, and custom reporting. Learn more >   Azure Artifacts Maven, npm, and NuGet package feeds from public and private sources. Learn more >   Azure Repos Unlimited cloud-hosted private Git repos for your project. Collaborative pull requests, advanced file management, and more. Learn more >   Azure Test Plans All…
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