Handling Passwords in Visual Studio / TFS Releases & Builds

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Team Foundation Server (TFS) and Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) have these really handy features that let you define DevOps release pipelines for your applications.  To get to it, go to the web portal for your Team Project and click the Releases tab. Whether you use Releases (aka. “Release Management”) in TFS/VSTS or whether you use […]

VSLive Austin 2016: DevOps / Feature Flags Slides & Code

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I spoke at VSLive Austin 2016 last week.  As promised, here are the slides & code samples from my DevOps / Feature Flags talk. Get Good at DevOps: Feature Flag Deployments with ASP.NET, WebAPI, & JavaScript Want to get good at DevOps but deployments are getting you down? Is the code integration process just plain driving […]

Manage lookup data using SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT)

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So let’s say that you’ve managed to get your SQL Server database schemas — your tables, stored procedures, views, functions, etc — under source control using SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) in Visual Studio.  Great.  That’s gotten you really far along towards having nice automated deployments and good DevOps practices for your application (because you […]

SQL Server Reporting Services Export Utility

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I’ve been on kind of a DevOps kick lately because of some work that I’ve been doing for a customer.  It’s been in my head that automation is one of the key pieces of a good DevOps solution.  While I was talking to a different customer, it came out that they didn’t have their SQL […]