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viernes, 14 de agosto de 2015

Unleash the power of Microsoft Azure and Visual Studio Online - Part 1

Visual Studio Online(VSO) is a set of online services and tools to increase productivity.

With VSO you get code repositories, continuos integration, bug and task tracking and agile planning tools.

One of the best advantages is that it is language independent, and can be integrated in IDEs such as Visual Studio and Eclipse.

The repositories can use either TFS or GIT.

If that is not enough, a free account allows you to have 5 users and unlimited repositories with unlimited storage capacity.

It's continuos integration feature allows you to perform automatic tests on builds, and create alerts and bug items if any errors occured.

It can also be integrated as a deployment source for Azure apps.

Let's start.


Open Visual Studio 2015
Create a new ASP .NET Web Application


Select MVC and click OK.



Once the project has been created you will see something like this:


Login to your VSO account(create one if you don't have it) and you would see something similar to this:


Click New to create a new project and fill the information, we will use Team Foundation Version Control. Click Create project.



Once the project has been created, navigate to it.


Go back to Visual Studio and navigate to Team Explorer.
Connect to your VSO account from there, select the project you just created in VSO and click Connect.


Go back to Solution Explorer.
Right(or secondary) click on Solution name
Click Add solution to Source Control


In the Choose Source Control dialog select Team Foundation Version Control



Create a folder for your solution in the online repository select it and click OK.
Wait for your solution to be added. Once it it done you will see a green + icon next to your solution files.


Right(or secondary) click on the solution, and Check-In all of yor files to the repository.

Right(od secondary) click on the Web Project and select Publish

Select Microsoft Azure Web Apps, and proceed to create the web app.




Click Create.
The Publish Web screen will show up. Validate the connection and click Publish.
Visual Studio start publishing your website into Azure and once it finished it will start a browser and navigate to the website url.

If you want to check in the publishing profile you can do it.

Go to the Azure portal and select your created Website





Click the link Set up deployment from source control


Select Visual Studio Online



Authorize the Connection


Select the correct repository .



Azure starts linking the VSO deployment



Go back to Team Explorer in Visual Studio and select Builds


Expand the XAML Build Definitions section.
Right(or secondary click) the definition and select Queue New Build and then Queue.

Your build starts executing, by default it gets the latest version in the online repository, builds the application, executes the test projects if any, and once everything succeeds it publishes the latest version of the website, if any error happens it will create a bug work item.

From now on any time you want to publish a new version of the website you just check in your latest changes and queue a new build.
By default you get 60 build minutes per month for free.



Once your build is done you will see a green check icon.