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  • Blog Post: Visual Studio ALM vNext announced at TechEd 2011, Atlanta

    I am very excited – we just announced the vision for Application Life Cycle Management (ALM) in the next version of Visual Studio, at TechEd 2011 North America, at Atlanta. In his key note address on May 16, Jason Zander shared the vision and the roadmap, and demonstrated some of the cool features you...
  • Blog Post: Extending the Chronometer Windows Phone 7 app – introducing NuGet, Pivot, and the TimeSpanPicker control!

    I am back to coding this weekend, and would like to add a second feature to the Chronometer application – a countdown timer. You will remember that I started building the application a few weekends back, and you will find the opening post here . I have since added a series of posts that has introduced...
  • Blog Post: Continuing with the Windows Phone applications–.NET Serialization

    The Chronometer application I have been building for Windows Phone 7 is coming along nicely! This has mostly been a weekend project, as I don’t find time to get to it during the working days. The Stopwatch functionality is almost complete. In the last post I introduced the concept of data binding and...
  • Blog Post: Building a Windows Phone 7 Application–Data Binding and Persistence!

    The IPLT20 cricket championship is currently in progress – this means there is a lot of cricket on Television. Usually a couple of games from 4pm to almost midnight! If you don’t have any other plans, these games are a great option to while away your evenings. I spend some time on the weekends watching...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 app: Adding “portrait”/“landscape” modes to Chronometer

    This one is a short update to the Windows 7 Phone application that I have been building and blogging about – you can find the starting of the series here . The application that we have built, so far, does not respond to flipping the phone on to it’s side. For example, below are two views of the phone...
  • Blog Post: Building a Windows Phone 7 Application

    It’s a lazy Saturday afternoon, and was the perfect time for me to do something that I have been meaning to get to for a while now. That is, to develop a Windows Phone 7 application. No, I don’t have a brilliant application idea in mind (I will get to that another day), but this was more to just get...
  • Blog Post: Eurostar 2010 at Copenhagen – Cool show, beautiful city, freezing weather!

    I enjoyed my visit to Eurostar last year , and this year’s conference in Copenhagen was a very good experience too! It is always great to witness the passion around testing and quality in Europe, and the Copenhagen show was pretty cool! There were about 50 exhibitors at the Expo, and over 900 attendees...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 Beta Released–information on Test and Lab Management Changes

    The Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 Beta is now ready for download! General availability as well as download for MSDN subscribers is now ready and you can access them via the links below. Service Pack 1 Beta of course comes with a “ go live ” license which means you can start using the product in production...
  • Blog Post: Eurostar 2010 in Copenhagen: November 29–December 2

    Eurostar – Europe’s largest conference for testers – is being hosted in Copenhagen, Denmark this year. You can find out full details about the conference here . I am really looking forward to this conference, and hope to meet with customers and partners, and hear about their adoption...
  • Blog Post: Archie!

    August has been a emotional roller coaster of a month for me. It started on an extremely happy note. We announced the Lab Management capability of VS 2010 on August 4 at VS Live, and we released the feature on August 19. The capability is now available to all users of Visual Studio Ultimate and Visual...
  • Blog Post: Final Release of Visual Studio Lab Management announced!

    Just a short while ago at the VS Live event in Seattle, Dave Mendlen – Senior Director of Developer Marketing at Microsoft, announced the final release of Lab Management in the Visual Studio 2010 release. We are announcing the general availability of the Lab Management capability as end of August...
  • Blog Post: VS2010 Launched – great launch event in Bangalore, India

    April 12 was of course a big day for us. VS 2010 and .NET Framework 4 was launched with great fanfare – in 5 cities around the world (Las Vegas, Bangalore, Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, and London) on that day. In all, the launch event will be held in 30 countries around the globe, and we will be reaching out...
  • Blog Post: Dogfooding Visual Studio Test and Lab Management Products ….

    Dogfooding is a rich tradition at Microsoft. It essentially stands for “eating your own dogfood”. That is, product development teams are expected to use the product that they are building in their day to day work life, to ensure that the product is really ready for paying customers. You can find more...
  • Blog Post: Have you tried out the Lab Management Product in the VS 2010 Beta 2 release?

    Have you tried out the Lab Management product that is part of the Visual Studio 21010 Beta 2 release? It is a really cool product! I have blogged about its capabilities earlier, and would really encourage you to try out the product. The product development team has recently posted a four part series...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 is now available!

    I am very excited that Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 is now available to our customers for testing and deployment. MSDN subscribers have access to download the bit immediately, and general availability is tomorrow (October 21). The Beta can be downloaded from here Beta 1 was shipped in May 2009, and you...
  • Blog Post: Lab Management Tutorials and Manual Testing Video

    Greetings! It has been a while since the last post – I and my team have been preoccupied with work of course, wrapping up the Beta 1 release of VSTS 2010 and finishing up the remaining features for the Team Test and Lab Management products. The team also took a well deserved long weekend off to celebrate...
  • Blog Post: The Lab Management Product – An Overview …

    A lot is going on. The VSTS 2010 Beta 1 bits are out (as I had noted in my last post) and with that the interest in the product, both internally and externally, is peaking. The product team is busy interacting with customers and getting their feedback. There are also few feature modifications that are...
  • Blog Post: VSTS 2010 Beta 1 download now available for everyone …

    The VS 2010 Beta 1, the VSTS 2010 Beta1, and the .NET Framework Beta 1 is now available for all to download. Here are a few links that you will find useful: The Beta 1 download site (the homage page this beta program) The VSTS Beta 1 Suite Installer (includes the Team Test client components...
  • Blog Post: Announcement MSDN subscribers: VSTS 2010 Beta 1 now available!

    The Beta 1 download of VSTS 2010, along with Beta 1 bits for Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4.0, are now available here . MSDN subscribers can download the beta today, while the rest will have public access starting this Wednesday. I’ll post the public links for non-MSDN subscribers on Wednesday. ...
  • Blog Post: Reporting on Test Management Data

    You have been following along the innovative set of features and capabilities that we are providing with the Test product in the VSTS 2010 release. In this post, I want to explore with you the rich and flexible options you have for reporting on various aspects of test data and test results, and its management...
  • Blog Post: Official Names for the 2010 Test Products now announced!

    This is an exciting day for me and my team. We have just announced the official names for the 2010 Test Products that I have been talking about in this blog. You can see the announcement here by Jason Zander. Let me elaborate on the announcement in the context of the component block diagram that I...
  • Blog Post: A Side Show: Back from the Power Lab at Cape Cod, MA

    So I have been incommunicado for a while, though for a specific reason. I was out for a week, at Cape Code, Massachusetts attending the Power Lab – an executive development program. The program is organized as a fully immersive societal experience. The society has a class hierarchy – Elites you own almost...
  • Blog Post: Diagnostic Data Adapters: Changing how Developers and Testers work together (Part 2 of 2 - The Diagnostic Trace Collector)

    This post finishes up the two part topic on Diagnostic Data Adapters in VS 2010, and how they help developers and testers to work together. In the last post I talked about the “Test Impact Collector”, and today I will talk about the “Diagnostic Trace Collector”. In an earlier post , I had talked about...
  • Blog Post: Diagnostic Data Adapters: Changing how Developers and Testers work together (Part 1 of 2 - The Test Impact Collector)

    Last time I talked about remote execution and introduced the concept of Diagnostic Data Adapters in Visual Studio 2010. In this post and the next, we will jump right into working with two of our favorite Diagnostic Data Adapters: the Test Impact Collector and the Diagnostic Trace Collector. Both of these...
  • Blog Post: Remote Execution and Data Collection

    As promised, I will spend a few posts talking to you about remote execution and data collection. So far I have talked about specific features related to testing in the upcoming release of the VS 2010 product. While running tests on one’s own desktop is great for development of your product or your tests...
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