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Monday, May 18, 2009 #

Well it look like it’s finally upon us.  Soma just announce the availability of it for today on MSDN.  Read all about it here.

I’ve been busy evaluating it and giving feedback on it for the last 3 years and we finally have some bits that we’ll be able to install and play with on real hardware.

There are just soooo many new good stuff in there that I can’t name it all.  Brian Harry as a few good post already on this which you can read all about Team System 2010 Overview, TFS 2010 Admin, Operations & Setup Improvements, Team Foundation Server 2010 Key Concepts and TFS 2010 Work Item Tracking

I’m extremely exited about this version because of all the new stuff that’s coming.  It’s going to so cool I’m can barely wait for RTM.

I’ll give you my impressions once I have it installed. 

I’m going to do a talk on it at our user group in June.

Good times ahead…



Well I obviously couldn’t resist the temptation to install the Windows 7 RC.  Well I’m actually speechless (which says a lot if you know me).  This is a great OS I mean I was expecting good even great but I’ve been extremely pleased.

It’s fast, I mean really fast. I didn’t really have issues with Vista on that front when it was booted but it did feel sluggish at times.  Windows 7 is very snappy I sold.  I almost never reboot (If I can avoid it) and coming back from sleep is very fast in Windows 7 it was fast in Vista but it’s faster in windows 7 so that’s nice.

The new interface eye candy is pretty cool.   I like the new superbar it takes a little getting used too but once you “get it” it’s very cool.  The shake feature is interesting but mostly for demos.  The side snapping is nice too.  The new wifi features work great it reconnects real fast which is nice.

I’m running the 64bit version on my Fujitsu laptop and it found all but 3 drivers.  not bad.  I used the vista driver and all works great.

The new Windows Virtual PC is pretty cool but I think still need a bit of work.  it’s a bit slower then Virtual PC 2007.  BTW don’t install Virtual PC 2007 on the RC is says it’s not compatible.  I tried installing anyway and it won’t start.  Once I did that, Windows Virtual PC would not load any integration services anymore.  So I reinstalled (I did that on the first day and I had not installed anything but those apps).  Hope this saves you the headache.

All others apps I use work great. (I’ll go a post on those apps)

So I’m running “in production” and I don’t think I’ll go back to Vista

Great Job Microsoft.




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So we’re throwing together a new code camp in Montreal at the end of May (May 30th actually) and I’m going to be speaking

Check out the site here

Here’s my session (It’s going to be in French as you can see by the Bio)

Etienne Tremblay

Etienne Tremblay

Etienne Tremblay

Etienne Tremblay est Directeur Associé en charge du centre de technologies Microsoft chez DMR. Il as plus de 17 ans d’expérience en technologie des TI. Au cours des 10 dernières années il s’est spécialiser dans les technologies Microsoft, spécifiquement dans la gestion des procéder de développement, il a aussi une expertise dans les industries minières et manufacturières. Il a été conférencier pour DevTeach et je participe au conseil facultatif Visual Studio Team System en tant qu’expert et MVP Microsoft. Il est aussi Juge pour la compétition Imagine Cup depuis 3 ans et cette année pour la compétition Ignite IT.

Démystifions les stratégies de branche et comment elle s’arrime avec les stratégies de livraison
Vous vous demander comment vous devriez gérer vos branche correctement? Vous n’êtes pas sur comment les branches et la livraison de version vont de paire? Joignez-vous a moi et nous allons discuter des différentes stratégies qui s’offre a nous et comment s’assurer que notre équipe de développement et notre équipe de livraison vont bien s’entendre.

I’m speaking again at DevTeach this year in June in Vancouver.  Here is a comprensive list of things going on.

Party with Vancouver IT community Monday June 8th


Vancouver IT community  is hosting Monday june 8th in Vancouver a DevTeach kick off party. This is the official social event  for DevTeach Vancouver. The event is not just for the attendees of DevTeach Vancouver it’s  a free event for everyone. It’s a unique chance for the attendees, speakers and locals  to meet and talk with a free beer and play pool.   The event will be held at the Soho location and you need to RSVP to attend.


Alt.NET and DevTeach Back to Back… May 11, 2009 10:35

We are very happy to be sponsoring the popular ALT.NET in Vancouver. In fact the free Agile event will be happening in the same location as DevTeach just the weekend after. This means that you can attend the DevTeach conference (June 8-12) and stay for the weekend to attend two more days of training on Agile practices. This represent a unique opportunity to save on travel expenses and maximize your training. Registrations will open on May 20th and DevTeach attendees will have a special registration code that will insure 50 seats at the ALT.NET event.

Top ten ways to convince your boss that you need to go to a conference May 6, 2009 10:47


I know how hard it is to convince your boss to send you to a conference. This is why I've asked the developer's community to help me find good reasons. Click here to read or play the Video result.


Top 10 ways to convince your Boss to go.
DevTeach SQLTeach Why You Must Register.

Special event in Toronto: How to improve testability with a modular architecture

May 25th 2009 in Toronto: This workshop has been designed to give you a head start in modular architecture practice with abstractions such as the “layer”. You will acquire fundamental knowledge about how to partitions into layers the concerns of the application. We will demonstrate how to apply “top-down” as well as “test-driven” design techniques. You will learn how to correctly design the “velcro”, the visible interface of a module. In the same way, you will learn how to conceive a “fake” implementation, an efficient practice to test a module in an autonomous way. At the end of this workshop you will understand why architects require a unit of modularity that goes beyond object.


Pre-Conference: Three essential full days workshop on June 8th

Take advantage of our great workshops in our Pre Conference day. The essential workshops will bring you up to speed with the new technologies and best practice of the industry. First we have the Build Business Applications with Silverlight 2.0 also Amanda Laucher will do a full day on F# and finally James Kovacs will be doing a workshop on Agile Development with loC and ORM.

Keynote: Visual Studio 2010 — Your Development Happy Place

Join Tim Huckaby at DevTeach and SQLTeach Keynote on June 9th. For more than 20 years developers have relied on Microsoft for the most powerful and productive tools. Visual Studio 2008 has already been widely adopted by many developers as their platform of choice. Now, Visual Studio 2010 is on the horizon and presents even greater opportunities for the creation of applications that target new platforms such as Windows 7 and innovative technologies like the Cloud and Parallel computing. This keynote will take a look at some of the best software built in the Visual Studio 2008 product family as well as preview some of the great innovations coming in Visual Studio 2010.

It's a jam pack 3 days conference schedule!

Take a look at the DevTeach/SQLTeach Vancouver impressive conferences schedule. 136 sessions will be presented in 8 rooms from June 9th to June 11th. The schedule is jam packed with advanced sessions. We are also including a Silverlight track and tracks on new application live-cycle. This three day schedule includes 37 SQL Server and Server product sessions, 17 Agile sessions, 17 on software architecture and 57 .NET sessions. DevTeach/SQLTeach Vancouver is the yearly event you can't afford to miss!

Bonus Sessions / User group night Monday June 8th


Free for everyone just before the Party.

Beth Massi present from 6pm to 8pm

Future Directions for Microsoft Visual Basic and C#

· Presents Microsoft’s new managed languages strategy

· Demonstrates Language features in VB and C#

· Also shows off some VS2010 code editor features

Post-Conference: Three fantastic full day workshop on June 12th

Maximize your training time by taking advantage of our great Post-Conference. On June 12th, you have the exceptional chance to enhance your skills with three unique workshops. First we have Julia Lerman presenting Entity Framework (EF) also Mario Cardinal is presenting a full day on Best practices to design a modular software architecture and Peter Debetta and Don Kiely are presenting a full day on Security from ASP.NET to SQL Server.

Hello everyone still listening… I know I’ve been a little silent for a while, well almost 6 months actually.  Let’s say I’ve been busy ;-).

The first big news is that I have left my old employer after 17 years.  I’d like to say that it’s been a great time and I wish them good luck.  I was offered a position has director of the Microsoft practice here in Montreal at DMR and I needed a change so I accepted the position.  It’s been great and I’ve been real busy.  I’m getting my head out a little bit now and will try to blog a bit more.

Lots of news coming from Redmond in the last few months.  Lots of things I’m exited about.  I’ll try to separate in different posts so It’ll look like I’m blogging more ;-).


It’s all good!



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