Friday, April 29, 2016

About Xamarin build with VSTS Hosted Agents

Last friday (22/04/2016), during an event organized by DotNetToscana, I had a talk about the build of Xamarin apps with Visual Studio Team Services' Hosted Agetn 

To make the build works, I had to add two tasks to manage the Xamarin License to the build definitoin: one to activate the license and another one to deactivate it after the build operation. 

There is a small (and big at same time) news about these two tasks: they are no more required now
Indeed, with the most recend update of the VSTS platform, the Hosted Build Agents have already an internal Xamarin license which is automatically activated when they have to perform some build opreations against Xamarin projects. 

So, to sum up, if you have or want to create a Xamarin build definition (and use VSTS Hosted Agent) now you don't have to add the license activation and deactivation tasks anymore. 

Have a good build :)

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Introducing BugGuardian.MVC and BugGuardian.WebForms

Today I'm very excited to announce that I have released two additional modules for BugGuardian.

For who doesn't know it, BugGuardian is a library that allows to easily create a Bug or a Task work item on your Visual Studio Team Services account or on your on-premises Team Foundation Server 2015 in the case your application throws an Unhandled Exception.

To better support the integration of this library with web projects, today I'm announcing the availability of BugGuardian.MVC and BugGuardian.WebForms.

BugGuardian.MVC (GitHub, NuGet) is an extension for BugGuardian specifically written to support MVC applications. 
It adds an Action Filter to your application to let you automatically intercept all the exceptions.

BugGuardian.WebForms (GitHub, NuGet), instead, is an extension for BugGuardian specifically written to support WebForms applications.

They are based on the new BugGuardian version 1.3.0 and they support projects written with the .Net Framework v4.0 and above.

As it is for BugGuardian, these two additional libraries are OSS so feel free to see their code on GitHub.

If you encounter any issue using these libraries, please let me know through the GitHub Issues pages and I'll fix the problem as soon as possible!

Again, I want to thanks my friend and fellow MVP Marco Minerva (@marcominerva, GitHub) for the support and the suggestions.