James Montemagno
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Super Simple Git Tagging & Releases in Azure DevOps

I am going to be honest with all of you, I never really understood Git tags and releases inside of GitHub. In my old TFVC days I would just create a branch with the name of the release and call that my "tag" so I could always go back to it. What sparked my interest was seeing a bunch of popular projects that I was using combine tags with the GitHub releases. I started reading the documentation and still wasn't sold on it because I have a full CI/CD pipeline setup for all of my projects…

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Enhanced Mobile App Versioning in Azure DevOps (VSTS) with Mobile Tasks

A little over a year ago, I introduced my Mobile App Tasks Extensions for iOS and Android into the Azure DevOps (VSTS) marketplace. For iOS and Android developers it made the tasks of versioning and adjusting package names a breeze. They were written completely in TypeScript with VS Code and of course are open source on GitHub. Since the initial release I have received overall positive feedback and a few feature requests to add new features. Over the last year I teamed up with my good friend And…

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Continuous Integration & Delivery for Xamarin & .NET Libraries with Azure DevOps (VSTS)

I build a lot of .NET libraries that include simple .NET Standard libraries to fully cross-platform plugins for Xamarin and Windows that target up to 10 different platforms. When I got started building libraries and shipping them to NuGet I went down a simple path of just building everything locally on my machine and manually uploading them to NuGet. This worked great for a single library, but as soon as I took on a second... third... forth... and so on, things got out of hand and I knew I had t…

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Building Xamarin.Android Apps in Azure DevOps (VSTS) with Hosted Agents!

I recently wrote about how to build any Xamarin.iOS application inside of Visual Studio Team Services using Hosted macOS Agents for free! I have updated the guide a little bit if you are leveraging .NET Standard libraries to ensure that you build with MSBuild, which is pretty important seeing that all of the new templates will soon use these. That had me thinking "I wonder if there are any small tweaks that are needed for Xamarin.Android when building on the Hosted Agents?"... Which le…

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Building Azure DevOps (VSTS) Tasks with TypeScript and VS Code

Over the last few years I have fallen in love with Azure DevOps (VSTS) for handling all of my application and backend continuous integration, deployment, and release management. Each of these services offer a task based build and release definition that enable you to easily start automating anything. There are a ton of built in tasks, and a whole marketplace where you can install them into your Azure DevOps (VSTS) project. At some point though, you may need to do something custom that isn't a ta…

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Version Bumping iOS & Android apps in Azure DevOps (VSTS)

I love Continuous Integration and Deployment for mobile applications and have given several talks on it in the past. It streamlines your entire development process and makes it drop dead simple to simply commit code and have everything you don’t want to do manually be taken care of for you. This means build, test, bump versions, and ship off to testers with integrations like HockeyApp. Notice I mention “bump versions”, which is actually really important. Every build should be assigned a unique n…

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