A little design update for my blog

You may notice it, this blog has got a small design update.

The old theme was fine, but it was very… white with just a little bit of black. I decided to look out for another theme that adds a little bit of color, but still focuses on readability and cleanness.

After checking out a lot of themes, testing them and navigating around to get a gasp of the overall look & feel of different themes, I found one that pleases me and hopefully you, too: I decided to go with the official WordPress Twenty Seventeen theme and just give the color scheme a little personal touch.

If you are in the mood, please leave some feedback on how you like my new design. 😉

A small infrastructure upgrade

In my “Setting up my infrastructure” posts I explained why I chose JetBrains TeamCity and YouTrack over the Atlassian tools Jira and Bamboo. It was not because of the feature set but because the setup was way more hazzle free and it seems maintaining them would be easy.

Well – I was right 😉

Just yesterday JetBrains released a new major update of TeamCity: Version 8.0.

My feature request ticket indicated that it was included in the 8.0 release, and so I updated to check that out.

I downloaded the 400+ MB installer, which took a while, even to my VServer with a good bandwidth reading. I then installed the new version, which took care of everything else. Installation took a minute or so (with uninstalling the previous version). Starting up TeamCity 8 required a database update, so it asked me for the authentication token it wrote in its log files for startup. Digging that out took a minute too. Database upgrade took like another minute – while I must admit that there is no real load on my TeamCity installation, there’s almost no data in it. All my Agents automatically updated themselves within another two or three minutes.

After all, it was not much more than perhaps 10 to 15 minutes for the update, most of the time just waiting for something to complete. To be honest I am very pleased with the experience and the required effort. JetBrains made administrating this build server really painless and smooth. Kudos.

And after I checked: Yes, TeamCity 8.0 now can work with MSTest from the Visual Studio Agent installation and does not require either a full VisualStudio installation or a custom path to the MSbuild.exe anymore.