CI/CD Pipeline for Angular2 with VSTS.

“Zero touch testing and deployments” is a common DevOps mantra for your continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD) pipeline. Also for you frontend projects. In this post a how to use and configure Visual Studio Team Services for this CI/CD practice on Angular2 projects. Continue reading and/or watch this overview video: The Angular2 Project. The time where you simply had to copy a JavaScript file to a server is over. There are many steps to take to prepare an Angular project for ... [More]

How to survive vacation as a computer nerd.

I know I’m addicted. Having a cold turkey when I don’t touch a keyboard for 24 hours. Love thinking on solutions, love writing code. This must sounds familiar to you, it is summertime, maybe you are on vacation and you are still reading this post. How do you survive on vacation, without getting that ‘you are working’ argument with family members. They don’t understand it is a primary live essential for us. Some tips. Start early in the morning. Something I always do, the moment I’m writing thi... [More]

Build, publish and release DotNet Core 1.0.0 apps on Azure Websites with VSTS.

Dotnet core is the new kid in town, ready to build, publish and release. Some background knowledge. Global.json The Global.json holds the version of the dotnet sdk used. See Hanselman’s post on running multiple versions of the sdk. This version needs to be available on compiling on the develop machine and on the build server. When you have the wrong version you get the message: [error]GETSDKTOOLINGINFO(0,0): Error : The project is configured to use .NET Core SDK version 1.0.0-preview2-003121 w... [More]

101 Setup, configure and work with GIT VSTS Build and Release.

Visual Studio Team Services comes with many capabilities and features to support your version control needs. One of these features is an unlimited amount of free GIT repositories. The other valuable features are integration of work, build and release out of the box. This is a small how to when you want to start with GIT within VSTS. The start, setup structure. Create your VSTS account. While you also can create an unlimited amount of VSTS accounts it advisable to think of how your setup your s... [More]

Build an API platform with Azure

Make your business data and functionality available for internal departments, external business, users and systems. Every company, every department is working on an API strategy and implementation to fulfill the needs of their users, build a digital platform for their business. There are many ways to build an API platform. This article on ProgrammableWeb describes different (maturity) levels of API design. Level 1 (Unintentional): Publishing of unstructured or poorly structured data sets as P... [More]

3 forces and 5 tips to stay relevant on changing DevOps.

The changing world of the DevOps team. The world around the DevOps team is changing. It is accelerating constantly to a new world where the practices are complete different as it is today. DevOps teams need to evolve accordingly to stay relevant. Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature's inexorable imperative. (H.G. Wells). To know in which direction to evolve, it is important to know what the drivers are which influence this change. Three forces are pushing the continues DevOps evolution: ... [More]

Azure DevTest Labs.

As a modern DevOps team you need different kind of environments during the realization of a software system. The availability of environments is of great importance for the speed of delivering that piece of value for the business. With this availability is often the problem which slows teams down. Often the environment is too late or the environment is wrong configured or both at the same time. Leading to frustration in the team and with the business. Cloud. Azure can be a solution for the envi... [More]

Load and Performance monitoring and analyzing with VSTS and Azure.

Load and performance analyzing is often only done the moment it is needed. The moment customers are walking away from the slushy and bad responsive system. Too late tools are put in place to start profiling the system for finding the bottle neck and that one slow statement. Better to start performance monitoring and load testing from the beginning. With the cloud tools available it is even fun. Structuring the Load and Performance monitoring and analyzing practices of your team is the only answ... [More]

Building a DevOps Assessment tool with VSTS, Azure PaaS and OneShare in minutes.

A few weeks ago we joined a global DevOps hackathon from the Netherlands. Our team, creative named ‘DutchOps’, decided to make a DevOps Assessment tool. The hackathon was mainly about sharing, building and transferring DevOps knowledge.  The System. The realized system is cloud only. A DocumentDB (see diagram at the bottom) stores all questionnaires. This makes the system flexible to change question types. An Angular Web App loads the questionnaire based on an questionnaire type and renders... [More]

Conflict: Website with given name already exists, during VSTS Release.

You would think this message means… “Website with given name already exists”. All but that, it means you have Visual Studio debugging enabled for version 2015. The warning before is actually the real error, “request value VS2015 not found”. A known error when executing the PowerShell script:  “Get-AzureWebSite”… read :   Simply switching off Remote Debugging doesn’t solve it. You must set it to 2013. The fun thing, when yo... [More]