Brian Keller

Director of ALM Evangelism for Microsoft

June, 2008

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    Register to attend the Visual Studio Team System pre-con at PDC2008


    If you're headed to PDC2008 in October (and I hope you are!) you should consider registering for one of the pre-conferences. The pre-conferences are focused on helping you get the most out of Microsoft technologies which are available today, so that you bring home knowledge that you can apply immediately. The pre-conferences happen the day before PDC2008 officially starts (October 26). By attending a pre-conference you can get up to speed on all of the latest technologies so you are best prepared to hear about all of the the future technologies being discussed during the rest of the week at PDC.

    There are many great pre-conferences to choose from. I wanted to highlight one that I am particularly excited about: Getting More Out Of Visual Studio Team System 2008. This all-day pre-conference is being presented by one of the Team System MVP's, Brian Randell. If you've seen Brian present then you know that he's a great instructor with a lot of passion for teaching people about developer technologies.

    The full pre-conference description is below. I hope you can make it!

    Get More Out of Visual Studio Team System 2008 Presenter(s): Brian Randell

    This pre-conference will focus both on implementing best practices and avoiding worst practices when working with Team Foundation Server and the suite of client tools. Throughout the day you will cover end-to-end life cycle management. Begin with guidance on defining your team project, source code control, and project classifications system, tips for customizing your process templates and using work items to drive your teams progress. From there you will learn effective techniques for getting your builds set up and running, using quality practices and tools including unit testing, web testing, test publication, profiling and load testing. We close by covering how to move forward once a major milestone is complete. This session assumes familiarity with Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio Client Tools; each section of the session will provide practical guidance so that you are getting the most of VSTS and you leave prepared for changes coming in future releases of Team System.

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    Updated links for Visual Studio Team System 2008 VPC Images


    I have made a long overdue update to my earlier post, A More Reliable and Faster Download Experience for Rosario / VS08 VPC's. These files were updated on March 31, 2008. The new VPC images have an expiration date of December 31, 2008. There are also some great hands-on labs available for use with the Team Suite + TFS images.

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    Come "Show Off" at PDC2008!


    If you were at PDC05 or MIX08 then you already know about the now-popular Show Off event which features fun, innovative, and inspirational projects developed by you and your peers. Today we announced that Show Off will be returning to PDC2008 - so now you can take credit (and maybe even win some cash!) for all those late-night coding projects you've been working on. Dan Fernandez and I will be your hosts for PDC2008 Show Off, so we hope to see you there!

    Check out the PDC2008 Show Off Details and Rules. Note that you do NOT have to attend PDC2008 in order to submit an entry.

    If you're planning on submitting a Show Off entry or just showing up and supporting your fellow PDC attendees, here's some blog bling:


    (This year's creative was inspired by Mystery Science Theater, one of my personal favorite shows of all time!)

    To get some inspiration for your project, check out the top 5 audience favorites from MIX08. (courtesy of Mike Swanson's blog):

    1. Crayon Physics Deluxe - like many of the comments on the voting forms, I want this game now!
    2. Real Time Physics in Silverlight - a very cool open source physics library for Silverlight hosted on CodePlex
    3. Wii Data Visualization and Multipoint Nonsense - using the Wii for some Minority Report fun
    4. 40 - My Life in Silverlight 2 - probably the only computer application that's ever caused me to have this kind of emotional reaction
    5. Social Retailing - how we'll shop for clothes in the future


    Finally, I would be remiss without mentioning that Mike Swanson and Thomas Lewis started this whole Show Off thing in the first place. They must be getting old and senile since they trusted Dan and myself to carry on with the tradition... I hope we don't let them down!
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    This Week on Channel 9 from TechEd Developers 2008


    Last week Dan and I headed down to TechEd Developers 2008 and while we were down there we filmed an episode of This Week on Channel 9. As you'll see from the preview image below, we had a bit of fun while we were filming.

    By the way - congrats to the Channel 9 for rolling out v4 of the site! Now you can subscribe to an RSS feed of This Week on Channel 9 with attachments for your favorite media format.

    RSS | iPod/MP4 | Zune

    This Week on Channel9: TechEd, Bill Gates, Data Mining, IronRuby and more


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