Development with Visual Studio Online

Visual Studio Online offers a Team Foundation Server on the cloud. This is free up to 5 users, each additional user cost $10 per month. The free version includes:

  • Complete integration with Visual Studio
  • Private code repositories
  • Backlog to track bug task, also Agile Processes
  • Continuous Integration Builds

This features together with the free or paid versions of Visual Studio provides a great development environment. Visual Studio Online can also be used with Eclipse and XCode.

Let’s try this features with the development of my Chess Clock for Windows Store:

Visual Studio Integration
The integration of Visual Studio Online and Visual Studio is straight forward…

1. Register in Visual Studio Online
2. Create a team project online
3. Login with your account from Visual Studio
4. Create or Open a solution and add it to Source Control

This is the Visual Studio Online Home Page:
visualStudio-online-home
From this view it is possible to create the backlog items and bug entries, see the code, create test plans, configure continuous integration builds and download the generated binaries as a zip.

Code Repositories
Having the code online is great to forget about backups, also Visual Studio Online offers the same advantages that TFS: Change set history, Code comparison, associate code check-in with bugs of user histories, etc.
visualStudio-code-compare

For my development I have configured a Main branch for development, and a Production folder with branches for each release.
tfs-branches

Continuous Integration
At the moment I have configured only one build configuration: Main.ChessClock.CI. This build is in Release mode and triggered automatically after a code check-in on the Main branch.

References:
Visual Studio Online

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