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  • Blog Post: Testing in Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment Workflows

    When Brian announced the release of Visual Studio 2015 RC and Team Foundation Server 2015 RC, he blogged about lots of features in these releases including Build.Preview and Release Management which are key for DevOps. At a high level DevOps is to focus on increasing customer value by reducing cycle...
  • Blog Post: Release Management announcements at //Build 2015

    Today Brian announced the Release Candidates of Visual Studio 2015 and Team Foundation Server 2015. He also showed a preview of what is coming in Release Management - the web interface, the dashboards, and tasks for deploying to Windows and Linux platforms, among others. These features are not yet available...
  • Blog Post: General Availability of CodeLens in Visual Studio Online

    We are delighted to announce the General Availability of CodeLens in Visual Studio Online. With this announcement, we have reached a significant milestone in the journey we started as a Limited CTP in Nov 2014 and then moved to Public Preview in Dec 2014 . CodeLens in Visual Studio Online was one of...
  • Blog Post: Layer Validation in Visual Studio architecture modeling tools may result in excessive size of user’s temporary folder

    When you perform Layer Validation using the tools available from the Architecture menu in Enterprise versions of Visual Studio 2012 and 2013, especially when Layer Validation is part of a Build process, you may find excessive growth of the user's temporary folder due to caching of binary assemblies....
  • Blog Post: Announcing 100 core support for VSO Cloud-based Load testing and more!

    Cloud-based Load Testing with Visual Studio Online now supports up to 100 cores for a single load test run. Until now in Cloud-based Load Testing, you could use up to 20 cores (10 agents) in a single load test run. With the support for 100 cores, you should be able to generate 5 times the concurrent...
  • Blog Post: CodeLens in Visual Studio Online is now in Public Preview for Europe region

    We are delighted to announce that the Public Preview of CodeLens in Visual Studio Online is now available to customers in the West Europe Region. CodeLens in Visual Studio Online was initially released as a Public Preview in Dec 2014 . With the addition of Western Europe Region, all Visual Studio Online...
  • Blog Post: CodeLens file activity and history now available for C++, JavaScript and SQL files stored in Git

    CodeLens makes it easy to explore code changes and other history as you work. It provides a head-up display in Visual Studio editor that shows useful, in-context information about your code. This information, shown as a set of team indicators , tells you when the file was changed, who changed it, and...
  • Blog Post: Code Map improvements in Visual Studio 2015 CTP6

    Code Maps , previously known as Directed Graph Documents, are a great way to visualize the relationships and interdependencies between the components of your applications. They make it much easier to understand the architecture of your (or, even more useful, somebody else’s) application, and where you...
  • Blog Post: Release Management Service Futures

    In November 2014, at Connect(), we unveiled the Release Management Service in Visual Studio Online. We have received a good amount of feedback since, and here, I will share some of the big ticket items that we are working on currently. These will go live in the next quarter or two. Web interface for...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Limited Preview for Visual Studio Online Code Search

    Today we are unveiling a limited preview of our new Code Search feature on Visual Studio Online. Code Search enables you to quickly and easily search across your entire account and find matches using your web browser. Not only can you perform full text matching but for some languages, like C#, C and...
  • Blog Post: Build Futures

    At the Connect() developer event in November 2014 we showed a sneak peek at the investments we are making for our build automation features in TFS and Visual Studio Online. These new capabilities will be available in TFS 2015 and in Visual Studio Online starting in Q2 of 2015. TFS had build automation...
  • Blog Post: New ways to quickly create a Code Map

    Code Maps , previously known as Directed Graph Documents, are a great way to visualize the relationships and interdependencies between the components of your applications. They make it much easier to understand the architecture of your (or, even more useful, somebody else’s) application, and where you...
  • Blog Post: Deploying Azure Cloud Service using Release Management

    Summary You have downloaded the Release Management for Visual Studio client , and are connected to either your Visual Studio Online account. You have an Azure Cloud Service project and want to use Release Management to update the same using the latest drop from a TFS build In the current state, you...
  • Blog Post: Export telemetry from Application Insights

    At last! Everyone's been asking for this, so we're very pleased to announce it. You can set up a continuous export of your telemetry from the Application Insights portal in JSON format. We put the data into blob storage in your Microsoft Azure account. From there, you can pick it up and write whatever...
  • Blog Post: DevOps style deployment in Visual Studio 2015 preview - Sharing deployment configuration with team

    While the earlier blog on DevOps style deployment capability touched upon the scenarios for an individual developer, in this blog let’s look at how this experience can be extended to team. You would also want to refer Announcing DevOps style deployments using Visual Studio 2015 Preview and Azure...
  • Blog Post: DevOps style deployment in Visual Studio 2015 preview - A detailed look

    By now you must be aware about the DevOps style deployment capability that was announced in Visual Studio 2015 preview. If not already, you would want to refer the announcement blog; Announcing DevOps style deployments using Visual Studio 2015 Preview and Azure . Brian Keller’s Channel9 Video is...
  • Blog Post: Code Lens for Git "Team Activity View"

    How to contact the most knowledgeable people about some code? Let's assume for a minute that I've cloned the Entity Framework open source code, a bit more than half a year ago and started leveraging it. Recently I pulled the latest version, and I now get a bug when disposing the DbContext. I'm interested...
  • Blog Post: Filter link types on Code Map

    In this post, we're going to walk you through how the new "filter link types" feature on code maps can be used to analyze dependencies and declutter maps when using them to understand the design of code. Analyze dependencies I'm trying to understand the dependencies in my app (the one we've chosen...
  • Blog Post: What’s new in Release Management for VS 2013 Update 4?

    I'm excited to announce Release Management for Visual Studio 2013 Update 4. This update includes several new features and performance updates that will make it easier than ever to deploy your app from development through to production. This update is the latest in a cumulative series of feature additions...
  • Blog Post: Using Release Management VSO service to manage releases

    With Release Management for Visual Studio 2013 Update 4 RTM, you can use Visual Studio Online(VSO) service to set up and manage your releases to Azure. This means you can configure Release Management client to connect to Visual Studio Online service instead of Release Management server used for on-premises...
  • Blog Post: Deploying and testing web applications using Release Management

    Summary You have downloaded the Release Management for Visual Studio client , and are connected to either your Visual Studio Online account or to an on-premises Release Management Sever. You have created environments (either imported your Azure environments or created on-premises) to be used in the...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Changes in Visual Studio Architecture and Design Tools

    Introduction This post explains some of our plans for evolving our architecture and design tools in Visual Studio, including new capabilities and changes to existing capabilities that we will be delivering in the next major release and subsequent updates. Although these plans have already been informed...
  • Blog Post: Perform diagnostic search across your Application Insights telemetry

    In Application Insights, we’ve just upgraded Diagnostic Search so that you can search all the raw telemetry such as page views, as well as the trace log calls that you can insert. This makes it a lot easier to find and follow chains of events in your app. So for example, if you inserted some log4Net...
  • Blog Post: Enhance your Application Availability Monitoring with VS 2013 Web Test Plugins

    You may be aware Application Insights in Visual Studio Online provides you with the capability of monitoring the availability of your web applications through the use of Visual Studio Web Tests . If not, you may want to take a peek at this post before continuing. Now, let’s assume your application...
  • Blog Post: Scaled Agile Framework: Using TFS to support epics, release trains, and multiple backlogs whitepaper

    We are pleased to publish the following whitepaper: Scaled Agile Framework: Using TFS to support epics, release trains, and multiple backlogs . The Scaled Agile Framework , or SAFe, is gaining popularity among organizations looking to scale Agile practices to the enterprise level. SAFe is a comprehensive...
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