A large number of TeamCity users are working with Microsoft technologies and platforms such as Visual Studio Online and Azure, both fantastic tools in their respective areas. We are really excited to announce several new integration points between TeamCity and these tools!
Special TeamCity Offer for MSDN Subscribers
Today we are launching a special offer in partnership with Microsoft. All MSDN subscribers are eligible for a 50% discount on new TeamCity Enterprise licenses. Visit the MSDN special offers page to see the details and apply for the discount.
This is the first time TeamCity offers such a bargain for its commercial licenses. If you were planning on upgrading to Enterprise, this is definitely the right time to do it!
Building from Visual Studio Online Source Control
Visual Studio Online provides excellent source control, with support for Team Foundation Version Control and Git. TeamCity supports building projects that are hosted on Visual Studio Online and provides a powerful and comprehensive continuous integration story because of its advanced features to automatically run builds for feature branches, automatic merge and many others. Read more in the dedicated blog post on TeamCity and VSO source control.
Work Item Integration
Continuous integration becomes more powerful when we have full traceability from source control to builds to issue tracking and vice-versa. The Visual Studio Online Work Items plugin gives us a direct link between the build and version control history in TeamCity and the Work Items that were associated with them.
Team Room Notifications
Quick feedback on changes and communication are the corner stones of agile teams. Visual Studio Online users can collaborate in a Team Room and discuss what is going on in the project. With the Visual Studio Online Team Rooms plugin for TeamCity, the build server becomes a member of our team by posting notifications around builds to the team room.
Elastic Cloud Build Agents on Azure
Very often it is difficult to predict the load on build agents, for example during releases. One minute we need only one or two build agents, the next minute we have 50 builds queued up. Using the elastic nature of cloud platforms like Microsoft Azure, we can scale out our build farm when needed. The TeamCity Azure plugin provisions and deprovisions virtual machines when needed, perfectly aligning capacity demand of our build farm with its running cost.
If you’re using or planning to use Visual Studio Online together with TeamCity, give these plugins a try! They provide great interoperability between both products, providing a best-of-breed solution for development teams. Keep an eye on this blog, as we’ll be writing more about these integrations in the coming days.
And remember: all MSDN subscribers are eligible for a 50% discount on new TeamCity Enterprise licenses. Visit the MSDN special offers page to see the details and apply for the discount.