Share variables across definitions in Azure Pipelines by using variable groups

It is easy to create variables in the Azure Pipelines and they make the pipelines more generic in nature. Therefore, we can customize the release steps as per the context of the stage used. Same goes for the build definitions. Now sometimes, it may happen that the variables are common across multiple build and release definitions. In such a case, instead of defining them again and again, we can use a variable group. A variable group allows us to store values that we want to make available across multiple build and release pipelines. It also prevent duplication of values, making it easier to update all occurrences as one operation.
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Updated: Upcoming dark theme changes

In order with the latest trend of dark theme, which is growing popular for many good reasons, this site will also switch to true dark theme starting December 25, 2018 0000 HRS UTC. You can find the associated good reasons at this, this and this links, which summarizes the benefits quite well.

A preview of the same can be accessed using below url:

https://metavrse.wordpress.com/?customize_changeset_uuid=f3caa97c-ae28-4066-bb00-7746a35c5ae6

Hopefully, this should not mess up with other content on this site. Please feel free to share your feedback by filling the contact form associated with this blog, in case of any issues.

Working with remotes in Git, GitHub and Visual Studio

In previous post, we discussed about how to work with remotes in Git at command line. In this post, we are going to discuss how we can do the same from the very comforts of Visual Studio while we continue to host our source code on the GitHub. While it’s true that there is no command or built-in option available in Visual Studio to connect to GitHub, we can leverage one of the extensions available for GitHub.

Install GitHub Extension for Visual Studio

To search for this extension, let’s open Visual Studio first. From the tool bar menu, select Tools and then click on the ‘Extensions and Updates’:
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