While I was at the ALM Summit in January, Claude from InCycle (now with Microsoft) was doing demos of their InRelease software. The deployment software allowed for a massive amount of deployment configuration, moving a build between labs and retaining environment-specific configurations using a tokenized language. The workflow definition for how the build should flow from environment to environment also allowed for accepting or rejecting the build.
I was impressed at the time, and obviously Microsoft was as well, since they started the process for acquiring the product a few months ago. As of July 10th, the acquisition is official.
This means InRelease will soon become a full part of Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server 2013. The preview download is available from the InCycle website.
There was no way that I could resist downloading the D&D process template posted by the TFS product team on their blog. I absolutely NEEDED to see what had been done inside here. The blog post was very bare on the details, but it seems that with a few configuration changes this process template can help to make your daily work a little more fun.
Here’s what I was able to find by digging through the files in the ZIP that you can download:
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During development, your team makes a lot of changes to fields, templates, presentation details, and various other elements that need to be tracked, verified, and deployed. You need a way to source control those database changes, and then make them available to your team to test. Here’s how to accomplish that using Team Foundation Server (TFS) and Team Development for Sitecore (TDS)!
Sitecore content items in source control
Our teams use Team Development for Sitecore from Hedgehog Development to create .NET TDS projects to source control the changes we make in the Sitecore database. There’s a great guide from Hedgehog to start with, and I’ve previously written a post on some project configuration basics.
Automating deployments of Sitecore content items
With your content items now in Source Control, you can start getting your database changes deployed along with your build.
Note: This assumes you are automating your file deployments to push code changes out to your environments. If you aren’t yet, you should be! Look for my upcoming posts on setting up deployment build configurations.
In order to get TFS to be able to deploy, there are a few things you need:
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Managing the Agile Process
Aaron Bjork made a great presentation at ALM Summit 2011. I’ll be providing my insights into using TFS 2012 on projects in some upcoming posts, but I think Aaron did an awesome job of explaining some of the agile management issues, as well as showcasing some of the new features for agile management in TFS 2012.
Video here: http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/ALM-Summit/2011/Managing-the-Agile-Process