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Here's the complete list of sessions from PDC and my personal favorites. You can find all the recordings of these sessions at www.microsoftpdc.com. Here's my personal favorites: Windows Azure (Hosted ASP, Workflow, Silverlight, RAW / Azure Storage) A Lap Around Windows Azure (ES16) - 0:46 Slides | WMV-HQ | WMV | Zune A Lap Around the Azure Services Platform (BB01) - 1:12 Slides | WMV-HQ | WMV | Zune Live and Mesh (Sync, Feeds, Resources, Contacts, etc.) A Lap around the Live Framework and Mesh Services ...
If you ask the average developer what might be done to improve code, they would probably come up with "use design patterns" or "do code reviews" or even "write unit tests". While all these are valid and useful, it is rare to hear "measure it". It's odd, when you think about it, because most of us consider ourselves scientists or sorts. Some of use obtained a degree in computer science, and we view the coding practice and a deterministic endeavor. Why is it then that we don't measure our work using ...
We've got a fantastic opportunity for you here in the Heartland district. Visual Studio 2010 is the next generation of tools for building .NET applications of all varieties. One of the things that we are taking to heart is testability and testing tools. You can come meet the guy that's in charge of building all of those tools. Do you want to know how they test the testing tools? Do you want to know how to use those tools to the best of your abilities? Do you have any questions at all? Come meet Mark ...

For those VSTS fans out there, Microsoft has created a MicrosoftVSTS twitter account.  Go ahead and check it out.

So I’ve been trying to do some custom build numbering for my Team Build project and was confronted with a lot of let’s say “uninformation” and some great information also. I really didn’t want to create a custom task that I would need to maintain so I set on a long search for the Truth… needless to say I didn’t find it. But here is the information I found that should get you you to the right place. There is a great custom task created by the MSBuild team that used to be on GotDotNet but is now MSDN ...
Yeah Baby! I've been waiting for this announcement. Visual Studio Team System Development/Database Edition Merge As part of the VSTS 2010 announce on Sept 29, Visual Studio Team System Development Edition and Visual Studio Team Database Edition will be merging into a single product. On October 1st, customers who purchase VSTS Developer Edition or VSTS Database Edition will get the features available in both products. Here's the official messaging: In the next release of Visual Studio Team System ...
In case you didn’t know, as part of the slew of information that Microsoft in this week one very cool announcement was made. VSTDE and VSTDBE are now both available to MSDN subscriber that have one of those versions. If you do, make sure you download the one you didn’t have (DBPro if you had Dev and Dev if you had DBPro) and install the other on top of the current VS you have. They functionality of the other version will just become available in VS. It’s as simple as that. Kudos to Microsoft for ...
I feel rely privileged again this year to be awarded for my 4th time as a Team System MVP. This award as great value to me since it recognizes my expertise in a product and my dedication to the community. I spend a lot of time with developers both inside and outside EDS and I can tell you they are always exited to learn about new things they can do with the product. This year is going to be an extremely exiting year with VSTS2010 aka “Rosario” and the .Net Framework 4.0 work going in overdrive. I’m ...
My work team is trying to get our minds around Visual Studio Team Systems and we really want to see how it works with our implementation of Scrum. We have seen various add-ins which enable VSTS to do Agile/Scrum, but I am curious if anyone else has experience with VSTS and Scrum. Which implementation did you decide on? And why? How do you configure your Projects? Did you have to change your Scrum process? Are you able to easily generate User Stories, Taskboards, Burn Down Charts, etc.? Do you think ...
*Moved to: My first ALM and second VSTS presentaton!It seams as if they went well! The plan of under preparing and over delivering worked a treat... Because I know the topics the lack of a prepared script allowed me to concentrate more on emparting knowlage and less on keeping to a set of arbitrary notes the go to pot as soon as the first question is asked.Yes the presentations were a little disjointed, but the content was delivered without too much hesitation and none of the stage fright that mared ...
BizTalk Test Workshop I’ll be running the first public delivery of the BizTalk Test Workshop I have been creating on the 18-19th of September in Stockholm. It’s a two-day course that covers an introduction to test strategies, and then looks at applying those strategies to a BizTalk project. Unit testing, stress testing, integration testing, functional testing and user acceptance testing are covered. NUnit, VSTS Test, BizUnit and Load Gen will be used as the main testing tools, with InfoPath and Excel ...
I read Encyclopedia Brown books when I was a kid. At the end of each story, the mystery was wrapped up nicely and each piece of the puzzle explained. This is not one of those stories. While using VSTS for Testers, I discovered that 2 of the 10 VM's we had serving an ASP.NET application ran about 1/10 as fast as the others. Hmmm. Both were on one physical host. So here is what we did: We moved a good server to the “bad VM host” and it still performed well. Then we moved one of the two bad servers ...
The great DevTeach conference is coming to Montreal this year again from December 1-5 and i’ll be speaking again. I have 2 sessions in the new Team System track: Adopting Team System You have seen the Team System overviews, you are stoked and want to start using the product but you’re not sure where to start? This session is for you, in it we will open the box and look inside, we will discuss the various installation scenarios (solo developer or for a group, hardware vs. Virtual), the difference ...
Hello everyone, With SQL 2008 shipping late last week it was time to try my hands at this scenario. It worked great but with a few things to remember. Here is the lowdown. There are two way to go about in order to install TFS with SQL 2008 1) Fresh install, 2) Upgrade SQL. 1) Fresh Install I used Windows 2008 because this is going to be the prevalent OS to install on when people are going to start fresh or it most likely will. There was a little issue with that install when Windows 2008 RTM’ed back ...
It's great pleasure for me that Microsoft has awarded me as MVP (in ASP.NET category) again this year! I become MVP for the second time, for my contribution in developer community. Check out my MVP profile here. Besides, another interesting news to be shared with all, in the last weekly show of Channel 9, two of my posts published here 10 Tools Which I Left After Using VSTS 2008 and 10 Tools Which I Still Use, Even I Have VSTS 2008 has been discussed. Thanks Microsoft for your recognition! It really ...
We recently put this list of resources together for an ISV. Here's some great info, if you are in the process of evaluating or trying to bring Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) into your organization. These links provide great support when you are creating a cost benefit analysis. All of my ISV's have gone through this process in order to get management to approve a new Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) solution. Cost Benefit Analysis – ROI, Case Studies, ALM Best Practices, ALM Assessment Etc.. ...
Emad Lotfy, a software engineer in test and fellow developer in my company, discovered yesterday that the EDC 2008 videos are now available on the EDC 2008 official website. See the videos NOW. Recommendations If I happen to choose only one session of those I attended then it’ll be Andrew Pardoe’s CoreCLR session (part 1 end of this file, and part 2 beginning of this file). Other than that,, there’s Also Ahmed Bahaa’s VSTS 2008 and beyond session (this file), Ahmed Farrag’s SAAS session (this file). ...
In my last post, titled "10 Tools Which I Left After Using VSTS 2008", I have included a list of 10 tools which I am not using currently, as I have the corresponding features available in Visual Studio Team System 2008. However, on the other hand, I am still using few tools even I have VSTS 2008! Here are 10 of among them.. 1. Code Smith: An excellent template based code generator. 2. Crystal FTP: Excellent FTP client tool. 3. Total Validator: One of the most powerful tool that I ever seen, which ...
I have started using Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) 2008, recently. Previously I worked with Visual Studio 2005. As a matter of fact I had to use lots of external tools to perform and speedup my development process. However, while working with VSTS 2008, it's very exciting for me that, I found replacements for most of the external tools there. Here are 10 tools which I left after using VSTS 2008: 1. Database Schema Compare External tool: Redgate SQL Compare VSTS 2008 tool: Menu -> Data -> ...
Have you created a useful gadget for Team System? Do you have one in mind? I am looking for the coolest community built tool for VSTS. It can be something for TFS, for Visual Studio, or something that is stand alone. Here are the prizes: Winner will receive: One year subscription to MSDN with Team Suite and a one year subscription to Infragistics NetAdvantage controls or Free Pass to Tech Ed Barcelona (Entry to the Conference only no Travel or Expenses included) Runners Up will be determined as prizes ...
Topic: VSTS Build Deployment with TFS Deployer Date / Time: Wednesday, June 18th @ 5pm Where: Microsoft 8300 Norman Center Dr., Suite 950 Bloomington, MN 55437 Description: TFS Deployer is an open source agent for monitoring TFS builds and automatically deploying them when they are ready for deployment. VSTS does not come with any ‘out of the box’ build deployment and distribution tools. Usually, users either add deployment scripts as part of the build process; create a separate build definition ...
Seminar Overview Yes, I'll admit it. Not long ago I was a 90 pound quality weakling. Other developers would kick sand in my face and flex their low bug counts and rock solid code, but I just couldn't get my code integrated fast enough to fight back. I didn't even know if my entire application would compile, let alone if the pieces would all work together! It was embarrassing… humiliating even. But that was before I discovered Team System and the included build system! I started an automated build ...
Here's an interesting article Diego Dagum from Microsoft turned me on to. Some of you will probably identify with with it because it talks about the difficulties in promoting Agile processes inside long-life organizations (ancient financial institutions or other companies with a culture already hardened along decades) The author also proposes mitigating alternatives in order to take the best of Agile processes. He enlist some supporting tools based on Java projects (as the article was also written ...
General references to Visual Studio Team System http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... -> Entry point for VSTS2008 (including the different editions and TFS) http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... (TFS specific part of previous link) http://blogs.msdn.com/teams... (this is the 9th posting in the series, all of which are very good) http://geekswithblogs.net/j... ...
There are many ways to run a test in VSTS: From the Test View window, from the Test List window, and from the Test Results window, to name a few. VSTS then runs the test in the IIS or the ASP.NET Development Server Process. But what if you want to step through a test? How do you set a breakpoint? Microsoft has documented the "official" answer here: However, I have found a much simpler way to accomplish this: Run your tests from within Visual Studio runtime. To do this, rather than running your tests ...
*Moved to: Linked in VSTS GroupIf you are a developer who customises or extends Visual Studio Team System then this LinkedIn group is for you... VSTS DeveloperRead more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
Employee Info Starter Kit is a starter kit, which includes very simple user requirements, where we can create, read, update ad delete (crud) the employee info of a company. The primary purpose of this starter kit is, to provide a solid guideline with respect to building enterprise level projects, by utilizing new asp.net 2.0 and sql server 2005 features, as well as latest best coding practices. The starter kit includes several cases where we can perform multi-table joining and/or write operations. ...
Had a strange occurance today... In between writing unit tests in VSTS (Visual Studio Team System 2008 Developer Edition), for some reason VSTS stopped recognising the test classes as tests - so all context sensitive test actions, buttons, context menu etc for unit tests were disabled. Still have no idea why - but I have a sneaking suspicion that some solution files may have been delete. To get this working again I simply added another Test project: Right click on the solution and select Add - New ...
I've been trying work with load testing in VSTS for Testers against what I thought would be a nice simple application, the .NET Pet Shop 4.0 application. In trying to run the application I hit a Server Error in '/Web' Application - Configuration Error. It pointed to the ShoppingCartProvider section of the web.config. Stare as I would, nothing looked wrong. Debugging the code seemed even stranger as no true line of code produced the error. I started peeling back code, even adding my own profile provider ...
I am reading Software Engineering with Microsoft Visual Studio Team System by Sam Guckenheimer, the group product planner for Microsoft's Visual Studio Team System. I am finding the book very helpful and thought-provoking, so I want to share my thoughts as I work through the book. This essay contains my thoughts on the first chapter. The standard models of software project management--in particular, the "waterfall" methodology at the root of the Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC)--are based on ...
Countdown till the 2008 launch in Belgium and the start of the TechDays summit has started. Proud to see loads of great Belgian speakers here. Here a list speakers I like, collegeas, community (visug) friends, Microsoft.be guys and other certified trainers and people I met at other Microsoft events. Gill Cleeren : A collegea at Ordina, MVP, SilverLight geek presenting Next Generation Web Applications. Dandy Weyn : A Redmond based SQL Guru with Belgian roots has multiple sessions on SQL 2008. Peter ...
Reading the news that Ruby.NET is dead although doesn't feel the best thing to hear, is still logical, and more explicitly it's even "right". After all, it reminded me with the other story about the death of AJAX.NET Professional. I wrote a detailed take on that earlier (in my former blog) and although you might consider this spamming, I feel the same talk needs to be brought back into conversation, because I feel like I want to say the same things, so, I'm quoting it entirely here in this blog. ...
Few hours ago, Michael Schwarz, the creator of AJAX.NET Professional (A.KA. AJAXPro), the most successful AJAX framework for ASP.NET after Microsoft's ASP.NET AJAX Framework (A.K.A., ATLAS) has stated that he'll no longer be working on the project. Furthermore, he even recommended users to move to Microsoft's AJAX Framework instead!! The reasons Michael mentioned why he will stop the project used by 13.3% of ASP.NET developers doing AJAX work include the fact that ASP.NET AJAX is part of ASP.NET ...
Hey all, it's official, VS and TFS 2008 are available today for download, there are so many new things it's hard to do the product justice in a simple blog. I've had the pleasure of testing and giving Microsoft a lot of feedback on this and future release of VSTS and I'm happy to say they listen to our feedback. Feel free to send me your comments I'll make sure they are aware of them. Jeff as a great post on all the new feature available Visual Studio Team System 2008 ships! so go have a look. Brian ...
Microsoft just launched a Tester Center on MSDN. It will be interesting to see if this results in an increase in uptake of MS ideas and tooling around testing. Within my employer, we have little uptake of any MS testing technology outside of MSTest for unit testing. With testing getting expanded in VSTS Rosario, will see if this investment translates to uptake/sales to the test oriented crowd. Do you think HP/Mercury is scared? Should they be ...
I'm really happy to announce that last week our good friend Bartosz Pampuch received the MVP award in Visual Developer - Team System category. I think this is a well deserved nomination. I've met Bartek few years ago at one of our first .NET user group meetings (KGD). From the outset he was a very active member and throughout the years delivered many outstanding presentations. Bartek is currently leading the RND team for one of the largest software houses in Poland, where he researches new technologies ...
I've just been informed that I am now an MVP for Team System! I'm very honored with this award and pumped because the TFS VSTS team has great stuff coming out continuously (blog posts, power tools, etc) and are VERY hard chargers. They are a pleasure to work with and I'm excited to continue to spread the goodness of all that is Team System!!!
I just got a nice letter from Microsoft letting me know I got awarded as MVP for the 3rd year in a row. I feel really good about last year and all the stuff I did for the community. I'll try to do as much this year again. I love meeting new people and helping them network or solve their problem (If I can ;-)). Looking forward to talking (virtually) to some of you tomorrow in the Webcast, this autumn at the code camp and devteach and throughout next year. Thanks Microsoft for the 3rd vote of confidence. ...
Clark Sells, whom I believe is part of the VSTS team, has created an excellent "mind map" around all of the VSTS resources available online. This map shows bloggers, tools, MSDN references, and other community pages. Along with the VSTS Resources map, he has also created a map that shows the target stack for the TeamBuild targets. If you do anything with VSTS, these are excellent resources ...
Some of you may or may not have heard of Steve Porter. Steve is becoming one of the foremost experts in VSTS here in Canada, and has already helped many organizations learn how to implement and utilize VSTS efficiently. In case some of you are VSTS junkies, I wanted to recommend his blog to be added to your RSS feeds. Now, don't let the URL scare you...yes, he's passionate about his new Macbook Pro but he's not one of "those" Mac-heads. http://homepage.mac.com/ste... D ...
Well it's been a while since I've last posted, I'm in my eyeballs with stuff to do. We have finally released our internal Team Build offering and I will hopefully soon start my series of post on Team Build. We have just bought a house so getting everything ready running around to see what we need to do, mortgage, boxes, phone numbers, address changes... you know what I mean. I'm preparing my presentations for the fall, I'll be a panelist on the "Ignite your career" Webcast series offered by MSDN ...
Some time ago I posted my Unit Testing ASP.NET Applications notes. This post is to put togeter a few links that I found useful about general Unit testing frameworks. MbUnit vs. NUnit Vs. Team System Unit Testing - Choosing a unit test framework NUnit vs Team System Unit Test In our solutions we are using both NUnit and VSTS Unit testing. I like VSTS for the ability to generate test stubs code. But our build server has only VS Professional installed, that doesn't allow to include VSTS projects to ...
Scott Guthrie earlier today announced the availability of Visual Studio 2008 (Codename Orcas) Beta 2 for download. The downloads available are separate installation disc image for each of VS 2008 editions (including Express), and a couple of more disc images for MSDN library and TFS; also, included separated VPC image for VSTS and TFS. Quote from the download homepage: Installation Disc Images If you prefer to install the software yourself, you can download separate disc images for the following ...
So I'm still working hard on the build series, I'm up to a 26 page document right now just showing how to create a build ;-). But there are just so much new stuff happening that I'm going to skip to that and go back to document after. The whole Team System stack has been renamed check out Rob Caron's blog entry here for all the names. Essentially Visual Studio Team System 2008 - product name. Next I'm featured here on the Canadian Developer Blog there is a short questionnaire I answered about myself ...
So I haven't blogged in while, I've been so busy I can't tell when it's night or when it's daytime... Well not really but you get the idea. I have been toying about the idea of actually coming up with some content (instead of just reporting other people's content ;-)) and I've decide it was time to do so. In the next few months (weeks if I can kick myself hard enough to do it) I'll write a series of post on Team Build. I've been playing quite a bit with it and I think there is a lot to talk about. ...
Join members of the Visual Studio Team System product group to discuss features available in Visual Studio Team Foundation Server, Team Editions for Architects, Developers, Database Pros, and Testers. In addition, discuss what's new in the upcoming Orcas CTP. We will be holding two sessions: Join the chat on Tuesday, July 3rd , 2007 from 10:00am - 11:00am Pacific Time. Add to Calendar | Additional Time Zones -or- Join the chat on Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007 from 4:00pm - 5:00pm Pacific Time. Add to Calendar ...
If you still haven't upgraded to TFS SP1 because you where reading articles, blogs and forum entries with people have problems then you should now be ready to proceed. Microsoft just released a new version of the GDR Quiescing patch (what's with that name anyway?). Brian talks about it here and you can download the new version here. I'll update my install scripts to use that one and send to my good friend Stephen Borg at Accentient to host them. Cheers, ET Technorati Tags: VSTS, TFS ...
I will be a speaker at the Micrsoft "Enterprise & Development Summit 2007" in Luxembourg on June 12th. This is equivalent to the Belgian DevDays or the French TechDays. You can find the agenda and details here (in French). My session is about Team System. I will probably give a general overview and a few short demos since there haven't been many event on VSTS in Luxembourg before. This is my first (and hopefully not last) time as a speaker. Let's hope I don't get too nervous! :) Technorati tags: ...
If you're using both TFS & Project Server (god bless you BTW) the Project Server Connector has been released on CodePlex. The Visual Studio Team System Project Server 2007 Connector is designed to integrate the project management capabilities of VSTS with Project Server 2007. It's been developed by the Visual Studio Team System Rangers in response to significant customer demand for a connector solution. Future versions of Team System will have native integration with Project Server, in the meantime ...
I have been working on a CSLA project for the last few months. We are working on refining our unit testing now that we have implemented our authorization rules. All good. We are working VS2005. Honestly, I like CSLA in many ways, but there are few gotchas we've seen along the way. This post outlines one of them. However, we noticed something today. We establish our starting conditions in our ClassIinitalize in the TestClass. When we have only one TestMethod in the class, this works fine. We recently ...