Visual Studio Online is now Visual Studio Team Services and extends its features. It is an on-cloud Team Foundation Server (TFS) and so it is a set of complementary cloud basis services that help a team to write code better in an agile way: agile project management tools, code browsing, editing, repository, build services, tests run, management of test cases, deploy app, telemetry on your app (Application Insight) and better understand how your app performing from the traffic and performance prospective.
As said yesterday in the Connect(); 2015 event at New York, Microsoft changed the name of Visual Studio Online to Visual Studio Team Services to help make it clear in the name that these cloud development services have become a central part of agile team collaboration and DevOps services. New features in Team Services include a plugin for IntelliJ IDEA, a new customizable and task-based Build service, dashboards that provide visibility into a team’s progress, and preview extensions for Code Search, Package Management, and Release Management. The team has a number of posts on the Visual Studio ALM blog where you can explore all these improvements in depth.
If you do not want to install and configure Team Foundation Server (TFS 2015) at your premises, you might prefer to consider using a free Visual Studio Team Services account for personal use. Because it’s in the cloud, you won’t have to install SQL Server and TFS on your own hardware and you won’t need to do things like manage your own backups.
The prices are available here, and you can also use the Azure Prizing Calculator: up to 5 free basic users (that can check-in code, build, can invite other people to participate to that team project …) and you can have unlimited private team projects. Moreover, if you have an MSDN account, you can use the 128€/month credit you have for using Azure services.
If you go on the MSDN account page, you can find the Create a Visual Studio Team Service account link as follows and you can create from there a new team project in the cloud.
In the following there are some links useful to understand how to start with Visual Studio Team Services / Visual Studio Online:
- Visual Studio Team Services
- Sign up for Visual Studio Team Services
- DevOps and Application Lifecycle Management
- Learn how easy it is to set up Visual Studio and connect to Visual Studio Online: get started.
- Microsoft Accademy – Fundamentals of Visual Studio Online
- Channel 9 – Getting Started with Visual Studio Online
- Getting Started with Source Control with Visual Studio Online
- Slide share – Introducing Visual Studio Online
- DevOps Fundamentals (Channel 9 course)
- Periodic Table of DevOps tools
Courses on “agile”
On the Microsoft Virtual Accademy there are a lot of useful courses on agile technologies (not necessarily related to Microsoft products):
- Lean Philosophy
- Fundamentals of Lean Software Delivery Jump Start
- Introduzione a DevOps
- Integrate, Deliver, and Deploy Continuously with Cloud DevOps
- DevOps Courses
- Fundamentals of Visual Studio Online (ora rinominato Visual Studio Team Services ma è lo stesso prodotto)
- Introduzione a Visual Studio Online
- Gestione del codice sorgente con Visual Studio Online
- Cloud Load Testing con Visual Studio Online
- Continuous Integration con Visual Studio Online
- Integrazione con Visual Studio Online
- Test di carico con Visual Studio Online: facile!
To create UML modeling projects and diagrams, you have to install Visual Studio Enterprise, the only one that have also specific architecture and modeling features.
- Improving architecture through modeling (PetShop sample)
- Create UML modeling projects and diagrams from Visual Studio Enterprise 2015
- Visual Studio 2015 – Analyzing Architecture with Code Maps in Visual Studio 2015
- Architecture, Design and Modeling Improvements in Visual Studio 2015
- Create UML modeling projects and diagrams
- UML Class Diagrams: Guidelines
- UML Class Diagrams: Reference