A Developer's Life

A Developer's Life

Software Development, 42, and everything in between.

Moving Blog to New Host

I’ve been having a lot of issues with my current hosting provider lately and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better. Over the next few days, I will be migrating my blog to a new host so it is likely the site will be up and down from time to time. I hope to… (read more)

VSTS-Tools now on GitHub

Several of the past few posts that I have published have revolved around various Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) REST API calls (you can click on the “View API Articles” button to the right to view the list of articles). Rather than relying purely on blog posts to provide example source code for these REST… (read more)

Download a File using VSTS REST APIs

Adding yet another post related to Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) REST APIs, I thought I’d cover an example of how to download a file from a Git repo in VSTS using the REST APIs (I will cover TFVC-based repositories in another post). In the example below, I will be using C# to make the… (read more)

Calling VSTS APIs with PowerShell

Continuing along with my other various examples of VSTS API calls, I thought I’d include an example on how to call a Visual Studio Team Services REST API using PowerShell. To provide a concrete example, consider this scenario: We use VSTS-based builds to build our projects and create artifacts (e.g. web apps/services, binaries, etc.). We… (read more)

VSTS Keyboard Shortcuts

Computers have been part of my daily routine for many years now (over three decades!) and I’ve used a lot of software in that time. My primary applications tend to include various software development tools (such as Visual Studio, ReSharper, Fiddler, etc.), productivity software (such as Microsoft Office, various text editors, etc.) and so on…. (read more)

Calling VSTS APIs with C#

In the last API-related article, Personal Access Tokens and VSTS APIs, we looked at how we can use Fiddler, along with a Personal Access Token (PAT), to query the Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) REST APIs. In this post, we’ll take a look at how we can use a 3rd party Fiddler extension, Request to… (read more)

Personal Access Tokens and VSTS APIs

One of the great features of Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) and Team Foundation Server (TFS) is its extensibility model. I am specifically referring to the REST APIs that Microsoft has started making available for their platform. Until recently, you had two options for authenticating with the REST APIs: Basic Authentication – requires that you… (read more)

PSA: Backup Your BitLocker Key

Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption is a feature integrated into Windows that allows you to encrypt data stored on your computer/tablet. For the most part, everything “just works” and you never have to think about BitLocker once you’ve enabled it on your computer. However, it is possible that BitLocker could encounter an issue or condition that… (read more)

VSTS/TFS Feature Index

While the Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS)/Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2015 Feature Index has been out for a little while now, I’m not sure how many people actually know about it. If you’re somewhat familiar with VSTS/TFS then you are aware that you can use the VSTS/TFS platform to manage your source code, track work… (read more)

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