Side note: Code Magazine is really pretty great. They have good articles and well written tutorials occasionally like the ones in this issue.
So if you also are looking for a VS Code extension to handle working with boards / columns / work items in Azure DevOps, look no further...
The basic idea behind the extension was to get a minimal amount of functionality right inside of VS Code so I don't have to leave the tool to do the few main tasks I usually have to perform:
- Read the work item description
- Assign the work item to myself or someone else
- Move the work item to a different column
- Open the work item inside Azure DevOps for full functionality.
The extension adds a side bar menu with the Azure DevOps icon that when opened up will display at tree view with your available boards. You can expand each board to display the columns, and expand the columns to display the work items. There is a small amount of configuration like getting a personal access token from Azure DevOps, then setting configuration settings for the organization, project, team and iteration. The iteration has a helper command that will display a list of iterations and help you find the current one.
If you're interested in the source code you can visit my GitHub repository for the extension at https://github.com/MelodicDevelopment/azure-work-management.
I learned a ton about developing VS Code extensions from writing this one and I'd love to see people get some use out of it. As far as how I created it I'd rather point you to the Code magazine article that I based a lot of my ideas on. They created a Vue application which is not what I ended up doing, but the article itself helps you get started. If you have further questions about my particlar extension, or suggestions for improvement I'd love to hear them.
Thanks for checking it out!