Monday, 5 November 2018

Custom Control Conditions in Azure DevOps Pipeline Steps

Azure DevOps pipelines support default conditions allowing you to execute a step “Only when all previous tasks have succeeded”, “Even if a previous task has failed, unless the build was canceled”, “Even if a previous task has failed, even if the build was canceled” or “Only when a previous task has failed”. These conditions facilitate execution of  steps in a build or release pipeline to cater different scenarios. However, to support scenarios not covered by the default conditions you can implement custom control conditions in Azure DevOps pipeline steps. There is a good explanation of custom conditions in this article. Let’s explore two advance scenarios that can be handled with custom conditions, which are not explained in the article.

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Inspecting Most Frequently Changed Files in Azure Git Repos

When analyzing an application with its telemetry data we would be looking at usage of the application, and would be able to identify which parts of the system is often used. Wouldn’t it be nice to compare that with the most frequently updated areas of the system? Let’s look at how we can get this information via Azure DevOps REST API.

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Resigning and Deploying Xamarin iOS Apps with Azure DevOps

Creating iOS mobile application with Xamarin is a good option for developers who are familiar with Visual Studio family of products. Any project you create nowadays demand for CI/CD implementation as it is the first step towards enabling DevOps. Azure DevOps comes with feature rich set of tasks for building the iOS apps. Tasks that allows re-signing of packaged ipa (iOS deployment files) are available as Marketplace task. App Center allows you to do mobile application testing in much simpler way. Let’s look at steps required to resign and deploy iOS package to APP Center using Azure DevOps pipelines.

Monday, 1 October 2018

Azure DevOps Default Enabled Alert/Notification - Which Can be a Nightmare for an Admin

As an admin of an Azure DevOps account you may be creating sample environments to simulate production behaviors, before applying any process changes to a Team project. In this case your choice would be to create a new team project and try out a simulation first. However, you might want to do the simulation with close to production data, so you will try to find a mechanism to make a copy of work items etc. from your production to a simulation Team project. How to do this with various options available is not the discussion today (which we can discuss in another post), as this post  is to show you an alert that must be turned off, before you do any sort of work item data duplication as a bulk, to avoid spam emails to many users of your Azure DevOps account. A lesson learnt the hard way is shared with you to prevent you from falling to same pitfall.

Friday, 28 September 2018

Build and Deploy SSIS with Azure DevOps Pipelines

SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) projects can be created to perform ETL (Extract Transform and Load) operations. As Implementing of Continuous Delivery becoming a mandatory aspect of any type of software project it is vital for SSIS projects to be able to implement CI/CD. With the availability of the extension “SSIS Build & Deploy” in Marketplace for Azure DevOps, the CI/CD implementation for SSIS has become straightforward to implement. Let’s look at a sample to understand how to get CI/CD implemented for SSIS project with Azure DevOps.

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