VSTS, TFS and DevOps Tutorials

Online tutorials for Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS), Team Foundation Server (TFS), CI/CD, Git, Agile, DevOps. Also covering Build, release management and testing tools for managers, architects, developers and testers and more.

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Abstract: This tutorial demonstrates how to deploy Azure Infrastructure using Terraform. In today's DevOps world, Infrastructure as Code (IaC) is an essential component. ARM templates are great, but they can be difficult to author. Terraform is a great option to ARM templates. We can you use Terraform as IaC (Infrastructure as Code) not only for Azure, but also across multiple clouds and even On-premise.

DevOps Timeline

Authored by: Subodh Sohoni , on 3/7/2020 in Category DevOps
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Abstract: DevOps concepts can be understood if we first have a clarity about Agile development and activities in its timeline. In this tutorial, I have shown how the activities and strategies of Agile engineering can be brought on the same timeline so that each team member playing any role in DevOps team knows their responsibilities.
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Abstract: This tutorial demonstrates how to create Azure DevOps repos, boards, pipelines, artifacts etc. using Azure DevOps Command Line Interface extension.

Azure DevOps Search – Deep Dive

Authored by: Imran Siddique , on 2/24/2020 in Category DevOps
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Abstract: Azure DevOps Search (Search) service is one of the microservices of Azure DevOps that powers its search functionality and makes it easy to locate information across all your projects using just a web browser. This article discusses the inner workings of DevOps Search.

Azure DevOps - YAML for CI-CD Pipelines

Authored by: Gouri Sohoni , on 1/16/2020 in Category DevOps
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Abstract: Azure Pipelines is a service which provides CICD. In this tutorial, we will see how to get started with the creation of Azure Pipelines.We will fetch code from GitHub repository and create a build pipeline with yml followed by a release pipeline. We also discuss how customization can be handled for yml.
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Abstract: Creating and distributing Visual Studio templates is hard. You need to get familiar with custom XML formats, the VSIX project type, and Visual Studio’s occasionally eccentric behavior. Now you don’t waste time with that. Learn how you can instantly extract a ready-to-go template out of your existing solution using solution-snapshotter.
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Abstract: This tuorial teaches how to continuously integrate and deploy an ASP.NET Core application (Docker support enabled) to Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) using Azure DevOps.

Configuration driven Mobile DevOps

Authored by: Hardik Mistry , on 9/8/2019 in Category DevOps
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Abstract: This tutorial explains how to achieve end-to-end Mobile DevOps with Azure AppCenter to help build apps, manage the distribution, execute custom scripts to handle scenarios such as automagic version update or replace values from environment variables.

Using Secrets in Azure Pipelines

Authored by: Subodh Sohoni , on 9/2/2019 in Category DevOps
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Abstract: Azure Key Vault is a service from Azure that allows storage of keys, secrets and certificate in a safe and encrypted repository. In this tutorial, I am going to show you different ways that Azure Key Vault can be used by Azure DevOps Pipelines.

Azure DevOps for Angular Applications

Authored by: Subodh Sohoni , on 8/8/2019 in Category DevOps
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Abstract: How to use Azure DevOps services of version control, build and deployment for an Angular 6 app. We will also test the deployed app using Protractor.

Azure DevOps for TypeScript React.JS App

Authored by: Subodh Sohoni , on 6/21/2019 in Category DevOps
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Abstract: This tutorial will walk you through the creation of a React.JS app using TypeScript and do the build and deployment to an Azure App Service as a web app.

Security in Azure DevOps (formerly called VSTS)

Authored by: Gouri Sohoni , on 5/21/2019 in Category DevOps
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Abstract: This tutorial will discuss key concepts of Security features for Azure DevOps (cloud functionality) along with Azure DevOps Server (on-premises).

Azure DevOps to build and deploy ReactJS App

Authored by: Subodh Sohoni , on 3/30/2019 in Category DevOps
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Abstract: Azure DevOps provides all the necessary support to build, deploy and test React.JS apps. It allows us to use multiple frameworks like Mocha and Selenium to be used in collaboration to run automated tests after the app is deployed to an Azure App Service as a web app.
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Abstract: Using Azure DevOps to perform the build of a NodeJS app and deploy it to Azure App Service as a web app.
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Abstract: In this walkthrough of using Azure DevOps for the build and deployment of NodeJS application, you will learn how to create NodeJS app, add it to a git repository under the team project of Azure DevOps and use pipelines service of Azure DevOps to do the build, deployment and testing of that app.
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Abstract: In this tutorial, you will learn to use REST APIs to connect to Azure DevOps, fetch data for work items and finally how to create work items.
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Abstract: In this tutorial, we will discuss how Azure DevOps can be used for Source Control for Java apps. We will also see how Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment can be achieved between Jenkins and Azure DevOps.

Jenkins for DevOps – Part 1

Authored by: Gouri Sohoni , on 2/5/2019 in Category DevOps
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Abstract: Jenkins can be integrated with various tools like GitHub, Azure DevOps, JUnit Tests, Selenium Tests for Source Control, Build Management and Test Management. Part 1 of this tutorial demonstrates these features.
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Abstract: Microsoft recently launched Azure DevOps (formerly known as VSTS) that comprises of 5 different services that span the breadth of the value chain of product development. This article dives into what is the Azure DevOps offering and how is Microsoft uses Azure DevOps to build its own products.
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Abstract: In this load testing tutorial, I will discuss what is Load Testing and how VSTS (Azure DevOps) Test hub provides different types of Load Testing.
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Abstract: Using SqlLocalDB to allow simple automated Integration Testing in both greenfield and brownfield projects.
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Abstract: This tutorial explores how to develop .NET Core applications in Visual Studio Code (VS Code). We will explore some extensions that enhance Visual Studio Code and improves your .NET Core development experience.

Microsoft’s Devops story

Authored by: Sandeep Chadda , on 3/22/2018 in Category DevOps
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Abstract: Learn how Microsoft built VSTS (now known as Azure DevOps) based on the DevOps learning of its users, and get inspired to implement DevOps in your organization.
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Abstract: Create a custom build task in Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) which can be used for build or release definitions. Also learn how to package and publish the custom build task.

Unraveling the mysteries of DevOps

Authored by: Subodh Sohoni , on 1/29/2018 in Category DevOps
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Abstract: Understand what is DevOps, along with some best practices and the pillars of DevOps which includes team mindset, seamless collaboration, Automation tools.
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Abstract: NuGet can be used to create, distribute and consume packages. Learn how to do NuGet Package Management in Visual Studio Team System.
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Abstract: A walkthrough of the DevOps Project service of Azure to automatically create a CI / CD pipeline in VSTS for a containerized ASP.NET Core application
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Abstract: How VSTS can be effectively used for CI/CD and Continuous Testing (CT) of a Java Web App using a non-Microsoft tool like Selenium.

Visual Studio 2017 - What’s New

Authored by: Mahesh Sabnis , on 11/15/2017 in Category Visual Studio
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Abstract: Visual Studio 2017 (VS 2017) is the latest version of Visual Studio. This article explains some of the most important features of VS 2017 which are useful for boosting developer productivity.
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Abstract: Walkthrough of using Microsoft VSTS services for doing Continuous Integration – Continuous Deployment (CICD) of a Java Web Application.
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Abstract: Learn to execute an automated test with the help of Test Hub in Visual Studio Team System (VSTS)
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Abstract: Connect to a Bitbucket from Visual Studio 2017 and use Git features to create and clone a repository, commit, create and merge branches and create and use pull requests.

Live Unit Testing in Visual Studio 2017

Authored by: Gouri Sohoni , on 5/3/2017 in Category Visual Studio
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Abstract: Live Unit Testing in Visual Studio 2017 improves upon traditional unit testing to provide automation testing and helps achieve rapid development.
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Abstract: Learn about Exploratory Testing XT (also known as XT) with Test Hub in Visual Studio Team System.

NUnit Testing with Visual Studio 2015

Authored by: Gouri Sohoni , on 3/20/2017 in Category Visual Studio
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Abstract: Learn NUnit testing starting from TDD to converting it to data driven test and how to incorporate it for Visual Studio 2015.
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Abstract: Creation virtual machines and provision them using the Release Management Service of TFS and VSTS
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Abstract: Using VSTS Release Management to create a VM in Azure using Azure Resource Manager (ARM) Template.
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Abstract: Create service hook for any VSTS project by using a wizard as well as programmatically and use this web hook with an azure function.

Visual Studio Code (VS Code) Condensed

Authored by: Damir Arh , on 2/6/2017 in Category Visual Studio
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Abstract: This Visual Studio Code (VS Code) article will help you get started, and make you more productive at this increasingly popular text editor.
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Abstract: This article will discuss best practices for Agile Development from a developer’s perspective and how tools like Visual Studio help implement these Agile best practices.

Authorization call back function in Azure

Authored by: Gouri Sohoni , on 1/11/2017 in Category Visual Studio
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Abstract: Create and execute call back function from the azure website. We also create an authorization page for the organization.
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Abstract: Overview of a feature in VSTS Git called Pull Request which enables code review. We also look at a scenario where a solution in local repository needs to be added to a remote repository.
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Abstract: Create a Build Task that automates package, publish, share and installation of a VSTS extension.
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Abstract: This article discusses multiple ways to create an environment using Microsoft Test Manager
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Abstract: Create a simple VSTS extension as well as publish it. Also learn how to create and use an Azure function with VSTS extension.

Code Quality Tools in Visual Studio 2015

Authored by: Gouri Sohoni , on 12/3/2016 in Category Visual Studio
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Abstract: The Code Quality tools in Visual Studio 2015 can help developers identify potential risks in the code and fix them in order to create quality, maintainable code.
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Abstract: What is Visual Studio Team System (VSTS)? This article gives an overview of the services available in VSTS, and how they can be used.
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Abstract: New features and enhancements available with Test hub using Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS).
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Abstract: SonarLint is a tool for managing code quality. We will integrate SonarLint with Visual Studio 2015 and with TFS build by creating a build definition
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Abstract: Use VSTS to create a DACPAC and deploy it on a VM in Azure Resource Group to make it immediately available to the application
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Abstract: How a team can use VSTS for developing a cross platform mobile application in Xamarin on the Azure Platform
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Abstract: Overview of a basic scenario for continuous integration, continuous deployment of web apps in Azure VM, which is part of the DevOps
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Abstract: Microsoft now allows limited customization of Process in Visual Studio Team Services. This article explores the different options available.
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Abstract: Project template creation for Visual Studio can be another tool in your tool belt. This guide will get you started.
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Abstract: Visual Studio Team Services and TFS 2015 has given us a new way to customize the Welcome page and the dashboard. Let us explore how to do it in this article.
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Abstract: Execute Code Metrics Utility with the help of PowerShell Script as part of the new Build process in TFS and Visual Studio 2015
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Abstract: A compilation of our best Visual Studio 2015, Windows Azure with MVC, C#, Software Gardening, Design Patterns, WPF and UWP articles authored in 2015.
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Abstract: Code Search is a cool feature available only with Visual Studio Team Services a.k.a Visual Studio Online. It allows you to search code across TFVS and Git projects in Visual Studio Team Services.
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Abstract: Diagnostic analyzers are a great new extensibility feature in Visual Studio 2015 for performing static code analysis. This article will walk you through the process of creating a simple diagnostic analyzer on your own.

Diagnostic Analyzers in Visual Studio 2015

Authored by: Damir Arh , on 10/8/2015 in Category Visual Studio
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Abstract: Diagnostic analyzers in Visual Studio 2015 will strongly affect the way we will be writing code in future.This article will help you learn everything you need to know about diagnostic analyzers.
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Abstract: Customize Build activities in TFS 2015. We will use PowerShell to add custom tasks.
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Abstract: The new XAML tools provided in Visual Studio 2015 helps developers to effectively manage and work with XAML based applications for UI Debugging, Performance etc. This article gives you an overview of the new XAML tools.
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Abstract: The new builds of TFS 2015 and Visual Studio Online are web and script based, and are highly customizable. This article explores new Build Features in TFS 2015 and Visual Studio Online
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Abstract: Visual Studio Online and TFS 2015 provide RESTful APIs that allow you to extend the functionality of VSO from your apps and services. This article talks about accessing VSO using a client that uses RESTful services of TFS and the security challenges we face while accessing these services.
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Abstract: The debugging features in Visual Studio 2015 are developer friendly and easy to use. This article demonstrates how developers can use these features for effective debugging management.

Smart Unit Tests in Visual Studio 2015

Authored by: Gouri Sohoni , on 3/24/2015 in Category Visual Studio
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Abstract: Smart Unit Tests in Visual Studio 2015 are used for automated white box testing along with code coverage. This article gives an overview of Smart Unit Tests.
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Abstract: Explore some new IDE features in Visual Studio 2015 which makes developers more productive.
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Abstract: Using Grunt, Gulp and Bower to build modern web apps in Visual Studio 2013 and 2015
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Abstract: TFS and Visual Studio Online (VSO) have embraced Git as one of the default options for version control while creating a new team project. In this article, I will attempt to explain the concepts of Git as implemented by TFS / VSO.
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Abstract: In this article, we will discuss benefits of Test Plan and Test Suites in Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 as work items, which can now be customized to suit the specific needs of an organization.
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Abstract: The Debugging enhancements in Visual Studio 2015 Preview is worth checking out. This article provides an overview of the same.
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Abstract: Code can be hand written in CUIT without the help of any code generator for Coded UI Test. In this article, we will see how to hand code Coded UI Test using Visual Studio 2013.
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Abstract: In this article we will discuss how arguments and variables can be used during TFS 2013 Build Process and the difference between them.
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Abstract: Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2013 provides features for implementing both Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Deployment (CD). In this article, we will use the component of Release Management and explore the same.
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Abstract: Call metrics utility through Custom (xaml and code) Activity and use InvokeProcess Activity in VS 2013 and TFS 2013 to add build summary information about the activity invoked.
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Abstract: Using Visual Studio 2013 and Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2013 Build Service, in this article, we will view various ways using which environmental variables can be accessed with Build Definition.
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Abstract: Agile is a way teams think, behave and work. In this article, we will see how Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2013 and Visual Studio 2013 are designed to facilitate implementation of Agile practices in teams.
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Abstract: Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 contains a plethora of new features to make developers more productive. In this article, we will discuss some of these new features and also see how Azure devs can now manage and deploy their apps from Visual Studio
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Abstract: This article makes a detailed comparison of Coded UI Test (CUIT) with UFT a.k.a QTP and discusses why CUIT is a worthy competitor to UFT.
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Abstract: Team Foundation Server provides API's which makes it extensible in a number of ways. This article discusses some of these methods taking some case studies as a base.
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Abstract: The tools for Parallel debugging in Visual Studio 2012/2013 are pretty awesome. Find out how!
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Abstract: Visual Studio 2013 contains some cool IDE enhancements. In this article, we will explore these IDE enhancements and new features

Agile Testing with Visual Studio 2012

Authored by: Gouri Sohoni , on 2/24/2014 in Category Visual Studio
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Abstract: This article discusses Agile Testing principles, along with some challenges faced while implementing Agile principles and resolving them using the tools provided as part of Visual Studio 2012
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Abstract: Visual Studio Online (VSO) has new features like Project Repository, Tools for Project Planning, Testing with VSO, Distribution of work, CI Build, Collaboration between team members using Team Room and Load Testing. In this article we will explore these features.
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Abstract: Explore new features in Team Build 2013. Also discus how Git repository can be incorporated in Team Build and how to customize the build without changing the process template.
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Abstract: The article introduces the Microsoft Fakes framework in Visual Studio 2012 Ultimate and gives a quick run-down on how to use Fakes, Shims, Stubs and Observers to build a robust test harness for your .NET applications
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Abstract: This article explores a unique scenario for TFS data access using an Android Client and presents an innovative use case for the recently launched TFS OData Services
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Abstract: Visual Studio 2013 comes with some code optimization tools that enables developers to write consistently high quality code with high productivity
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Abstract: Create a cross platform geolocation app using Apache Cordova and preview it in Windows Phone 8 and Android
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Abstract: Team Web Access gives us the ability to plan tests, manage full test suite and executing test cases using Visual Studio 2013
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Abstract: This article discusses how to easily build cross-platform mobile native applications in JavaScript and HTML5 using Visual Studio and Icenium.
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Abstract: Using IntelliTrace in Visual Studio 2013 helps in understanding and pinpointing any problem encountered while executing any ASP.NET & other .NET applications
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Abstract: This article walks you through an interesting MS Research project called Microsoft Pex. In this article we will look at some of the features of Microsoft Pex in Visual Studio 2010. We also look at the VS 2012 plugin Code Digger that integrates Pex in VS 2012.
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Abstract: IntelliTrace in Visual Studio can be effectively used to find the right information at the right time and maintain high quality code. In this article, we will walkthrough debugging an application using IntelliTrace
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Abstract: In this article we will discuss why and how we can use environment variables while working with Coded UI Test (CUIT)
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Abstract: A quick overview of the new features in Visual Studio 2013 (Preview) for Web Developers. We also take a peek at Mads Kristensen’s excellent Visual Studio plugin - Web Essentials.
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Abstract: This article discusses how strongly Team Foundation Server 2012 supports the implementation of SCRUM and CMMI processes
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Abstract: The Code Map and Debugger Integration in Visual Studio 2012 can add a lot of value in large sized projects with plenty of legacy code and sparse documentation. This article explore these new features.
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Abstract: This article explains how to enable tracing logs when executing Coded UI Test in Visual Studio 2012 which will make it easier to find out issues when a Coded UI Test fails
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Abstract: With the release version of Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 out, let's get our hands dirty exploring the Git integration in Visual Studio
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