Many of the major new features of VSTS are delivered by the new marketplace and extension model, such as code search and package management. However, did you realise that this new way of adding functionality to VSTS is open to you too, not just to Microsoft?
To see what can be done why not have a look at the Visual Studio Team Services Extensions from the ALM Rangers
In a beautiful synchronicity the ALM Rangers DevOps guidance for PowerShell DSC has been release at at the same time as I am doing my DDDNorth session ‘What is Desired State Configuration and how does it help me?’
This Rangers project has been really interesting to work on, and provide much of the core of my session for DDDNorth.
Well worth a look if you want to create your own DSC resources.
The ALM Rangers are again producing a list of useful tools and widgets for TFS. It can be found at aka.ms/widgets and should be updated regularly
While I have been on holiday there have been a few ALM Rangers releases.
I am particularly happy to see the Lab Management Guide … v3 update guidance is available, as this was a project I was working on. The big change from previous editions is that it covers setting up Lab Management to make use of Azure IaaS resources.
So if you use TFS have a look at http://aka.ms/vsarsolutions for a full list of resources
With Visual Studio 2012 have you missed the automated unit test generation tools that were present in Visual Studio 2010?
If you have then the ALM Rangers have produced the ‘Unit Test Generate VS Extension’. The first beta of this is now available on the VSGallery.
Why not download it and try out so you can provide feedback to the team?
Yesterday two new ALM Ranger projects shipped, practical guidance on the use of Microsoft Fakes (which I worked on) and for Team Foundation Server (TFS) Disaster Recovery avoidance, planning and step-step recovery walkthroughs for the worst case scenarios.
Also updates for the Coded UI test tooling guide and the TFS Upgrade guide were released..
For more details see below to follow the links to the Ranger blogs and CodePlex to download the materials.
Better Unit Testing with Microsoft Fakes v1 eBook
|Contains practical guidance for migrating to and unit testing with Microsoft Fakes. Walk-throughs allow you to navigate basic and advanced concepts, giving you a comfortable and confident start in implementing Microsoft Fakes as a mocking solution. The eBook PDF format will be complimented with other eReader formats, i.e. MOBI, in an upcoming update as part of our new content and style dog-fooding adventure.
Team Foundation Server Planning Guide v1.1
featuring new sections on Disaster Avoidance and Recovery Planning, allowing you to spot the “smoke” before you are confronted by a “raging fire”.
Test Tooling Guide (Coded UI) v1
Team Foundation Server Upgrade Guide v2.1
The new Windows 8 ALM Readiness Treasure Map application is available on the store. This is a great way to navigate a whole range of resources available for anyone involved in ALM work.
Overnight Visual Studio and TFS 2012 became available on MSDN for download; I really pleased to say that the ALM Rangers also SIM shipped all our 2012 guidance at the same time.
I have been working on two of the Ranger project for the past year and have to say I have learnt a lot working with such a great crowd of Microsoft and external TFS experts. Some stuff I learnt was about the 2012 release it is true, but there was plenty on working with a a globally distributed team with a whole host of logistical and time constraints.
It has been a blast, but there is still more to do. Keep an eye open for supplementary ranger guidance releases in the next few months, but for now why not download and read the released guidance and do the hands on labs. I really do think they will answer many questions you have about TFS.
I am really proud to have been involved in the team of ALM Rangers who have SIMultaneous-SHIPped best practice guidance with Visual Studio 11 RC, which became available last night.
I am sure anyone working with Visual Studio and TFS will find the guidance of value, I have certainly learned a lot whilst helping produce the material. It has been a great experience working with a great crowd of people both inside and outside of Microsoft.
Today, as well as the new VS11 Beta bits from Microsoft, the ALM Rangers also shipped best practice guidance to get you started with the beta. This is a project I am very proud to have been involved with.
The full details of the supporting guidance shipped can be found here