Sometimes I hate TFS

Disclaimer: I was not in the best mood when I wrote this. It is not entirely accurate. I have taken artistic licence. But it cheered me up a bit.

The following is a true reflection of my emotions, and a *partly* true reflection of TFS.

Also, the last line needs work artistically and context functionally but I ran out of time. Some how “the VSTS version of the PowerShell step has not yet been rolled out to on-prem TFS so I couldn’t write in-line PowerShell and pass variables to it” didn’t quite fit.

 

When you want to run a build,

You’d better be pretty strong willed,

If you’re going to try your luck with TFS.

There’s a swish web interface,

But the admin console’s not so grace-

ful, half the time you need to use VS.

 

Always look on the bright side of life,

Always look on the bright side of life,

 

I had to make a correction,

To a prior default collection,

But couldn’t find the right tool for the job,

The web, the console, VS,

Docs were overbose, I was stressed,

Adding a new project made my veins throb,

 

Always look on the bright side of life,

Always look on the bright side of life,

 

I thought I’d got it fixed,

But then I got my knickers in a twist,

You can’t add a ReadyRoll proj to the VCS root,

Couldn’t find the tool to add a folder,

Messed up my mappings, got quite sober,

The project pretend to get deleted – it was not a hoot,

 

Always look on the bright side of life,

Always look on the bright side of life,

 

I finally got that working,

But trouble was a lurking,

There was no VSO agent in the queue,

There were plenty in the pool,

(I was beginning to drool),

And what’s the difference between queues and pools I ask you?

 

Always look on the bright side of life,

Always look on the bright side of life,

 

My builds began to run,

But I still wasn’t having fun,

To create release definitions needs ‘advanced’ creds,

And managing artifacts,

Is like herding frisky cats,

And TFS PS steps don’t support custom deployments,

 

Always look on the bright side of life,

Always look on the bright side of life,

Always look on the bright side of life,

Always look on the bright side of life,

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