development
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I spend a fair amount of time in consoles - specifically PowerShell and Bash (Windows Subsystem for Linux) on my Windows 10 machine. I also work with Git - a lot. So having a cool console that is Git aware is a must. I always recommend Posh-Git (a PowerShell prompt that shows you which Git branch you're on as well as the branch status). At Ignite this I saw some zsh consoles in VS Code on Mac ...
Testing
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I've written before about Selenium testing (Parallel Testing in a Selenium Grid with VSTS and Running Selenium Tests in Docker using VSTS and Release Management). The problem with these solutions, however, is that you need a VM! However, I was setting up a demo last week and decided to try to solve this challenge using Azure Container Instances (ACI), and I have a neat solution. So why ACI? Why ...
ReleaseManagement
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I've done a fair amount of ARM template authoring. It's not as bad as XML, but the JSON can get laborious. A number of my colleagues use Terraform templates and I was recently on a project that was using these templates. I quickly did a couple PluralSight Terraform classes to get up to speed and then started hacking away. In this post I'll jot down a couple thoughts about how we structure ...
tfsconfig
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Releases almost always require some kind of credentials - from service credentials to database usernames and passwords. There are a number of ways to manage credentials in VSTS release management. In this post I'll look at a couple of common techniques. For brevity, I'm going to refer to secrets as a proxy for secrets and credentials. Don't Store Secrets in Source Control One bad practice you want ...