MSDeployAllTheThings VSTS Task Improvement

Thanks to the generous help of MobesE46 on Github we now have better error handling in the MSDeployAllTheThings VSTS task.  https://github.com/rschiefer/MSDeployAllTheThings/commit/73685976787236e45d6258bcbc85959299a75f84 Several users had reported the task was not failing when the MSDeploy.exe execution had errors.  I have now tested and verified the task fails when MSDeploy.exe returns an error. I have updated the task …

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SonarQube Quick Tip: Exclude Files from Analysis and Speedup Analysis

I setup a new CI build with SonarQube analysis this week and noticed right off there were far more lines of code for the project than I was expecting.  So I reviewed the code tree in SonarQube and noticed several very large third party JavaScript files were being included in the analysis like jQuery, bootstrap, …

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VS2017 Test Explorer Hangs Workaround OR How to create an External Tool in Visual Studio

I’ve recently noticed the Test Explorer and runner in VS2017 is less stable and ends up stuck in a weird state where its trying to complete or cancel but it never does. This has been reported and I believe the team is working on it. It’s great that the Visual Studio team is so responsive …

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End of an Era

Today is sad day as it was my last as an employee with EBSCO Industries, Inc.  EBSCO has been such a big part of my life so I thought it would be fun to reminisce about my time here in blog post form.  I started with EBSCO over ten years ago as a junior .NET …

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VS2017 MSTestAdapter Error

I noticed some CodedUI tests on some projects won’t work in Visual Studio 2017.  It hasn’t been consistent so I’m not sure exactly when this occurs but this is the error I received: [1/3/2018 1:53:12 PM Warning] MSTestAdapter failed to discover tests in class ‘IntegrationTests.MyTests’ of assembly ‘D:\SourcePath\IntegrationTests\bin\Debug\MyTests.dll’. Reason Could not load file or assembly …

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Upgrading CodedUI tests for VS2017

Our development teams started upgrading to VS2017 a few months back and the vast majority were completely successful.  One team, however, had an issue with their CodedUI tests not running.  In this post I’ll share the steps we went through to troubleshoot and get their CodedUI tests working in VS2017. QualityTools References First task was …

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Managing Chef Cookbook Updates

Shortly after writing my first Chef cookbook and using it in a production environment we needed to update the cookbook with changes.  Thankful Chef has you covered here.  You can constrain cookbook versions in each environment to ensure that a new cookbook version is not automatically/immediately applied to a production server.  Instead we can slowly …

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