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The New Normal

  Published on May 2, 2020 ·  8 min read ·   Author: Donald L. Schulz

Welcome to the rest of your life. Right now we are in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic and I hear people talking about the first things they want to do when things get back to normal. We need to re-think what our interpretation of Normal is going to be, unless we are willing to make some serious changes. If you think that Covid-19 was bad, the next one is going to be even worse....

Publishing a PowerBI Report to an Azure DevOps Dashboard

  Published on April 15, 2020 ·  4 min read ·   Author: Donald L. Schulz

I have been working with Power-BI lately using data from my Azure DevOps Service. There are provided for us a number of pre build views that you can use in both the Cloud and the on premise version of Azure DevOps Server Update 1 and higher. But what really got me going was a set of templates that are available in the Marketplace called FlowViz. Basically when you install this extension if gives you two Power BI templates, one for Scum and one for Agile....

How I Work With Work Item Templates

  Published on March 12, 2020 ·  5 min read ·   Author: Donald L. Schulz

Azure DevOps (aka TFS, VSTS) has always had this ability to save the content of a work item as a template. In older versions of Team Foundation Server this was more obvious once you downloaded tools like the “TFS PowerTools” but then it was in your face; there were templates. Today in Azure DevOps they still exist, are just a little harder to find and you can have a different set of templates for each team....

Linking WorkItems to Commits

  Published on February 22, 2020 ·  2 min read ·   Author: Donald L. Schulz

This post is about linking work items to a git commit within Azure DevOps. Doesn’t it do this almost automatically, you may be thinking? Well that was why I was surprised when I linked a work item using Visual Studio and then also tried to link the work items using the # symbol and the work item Id and found that the commit was not linked. I am almost always on top of the changes that are released almost every 3 weeks in the release notes for each sprint....

Integration Testing DotNet Core

  Published on January 17, 2020 ·  5 min read ·   Author: Donald L. Schulz

It is pretty easy and straight forward to create a dotnet core application and run your unit tests during a build process. However, I also have some integration tests that I run in my Dev and QA environments where I actually hit my test database. This is not something that you would run in the build process as I do not have a database on the build machine and this is not something that would be worth the trouble to install one, especially if you are using a hosted build agent....