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  • Blog Post: TFS and VS 2013 Released

    2013 is shaping up to be another big year for releases especially around the developer tool sets. Visual Studio (VS) and Team Foundation Server (TFS) have been substantially updated and both pack a lot of functionality into their latest incarnations. Check out what’s new with Visual Studio 2013...
  • Blog Post: Building a Release Pipeline with TFS

    Leaders in the world of online businesses have shrunk the timeline for software delivery from months to days or even hours. No matter what size business you have, customers now expect features such as real-time customer service and frequent releases of services. Enter: The patterns & practices...
  • Blog Post: Team Foundation Server 2013 Power Tools

    It seems just yesterday that I mentioned the Power Tools for TFS 2012 and the benefits that it provides. Fast forward to today and the Power Tools for TFS 2013 are now available and have all been updated to work with VS 2013 and TFS 2013. As is the norm, these tools are a set of enhancements, tools,...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure SDK v2.1 for .NET

    Trying to keep up with the latest and greatest SDK's is sometimes a dizzying task but such as life when dealing with technology. That said, SDK v2.1 of the Windows Azure SDK for .NET was recently released. This is a major refresh of the Windows Azure SDK and it includes some great new features and enhancements...
  • Blog Post: InRelease for Visual Studio 2013 Preview

    Microsoft has announced the availability of a free downloadable preview of InRelease for Visual Studio 2013. I would encourage all developers to try it, along with their Visual Studio 2013 Preview, and share their feedback. The download of InRelease for Visual Studio 2013 Preview is available here .
  • Blog Post: Holy //BUILD Batman!

    I thought the previous //BUILD conferences ( 2012 | 2011 ) had a lot of content but this year definitely surpassed it. Although I couldn’t do the whole conference justice in a single blog post, here are a few key highlights: Windows 8.1 Preview Windows 8.1 Preview is the next step forward...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2013

    Today, Microsoft announced Visual Studio 2013, the next release of is integrated developer tools solution for building modern applications for devices, the cloud and on the client. Visual Studio 2013 Preview software will be released at Build 2013. Visual Studio 2013 will incorporate a wave of new...
  • Blog Post: WebMatrix 3 Released

    For those that aren’t aware, WebMatrix (available for download here ) is a free, lightweight web development tool that was first introduced in 2010 which provides a great, focused web development experience for ASP.NET, PHP, and Node.js. New Features Summary Windows Azure Integration ...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2012 Update 2

    Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 (VS2012.2) is now available for download. Just as with VS2012.1, this release contains important fixes as well as a wealth of new functionality, addressing feedback received from the community and aligning with key software development trends in the market. The new functionality...
  • Blog Post: Build 2013 Developer Conference

    I can't believe almost 6 months has passed since the last Build conference . This year the event will be held between June 26–28 in San Francisco where Microsoft will share what's next for Windows, Windows Server, Windows Azure, Visual Studio, and more. Visit the Build site to get yourself...
  • Blog Post: ALM Summit Content Available On-Demand

    January's ALM Summit on the Microsoft Campus brought together some of the greatest minds in application development, methodologies, and application lifecycle management. All of the sessions were recorded and are now available for on-demand viewing on Channel 9 . Watch these videos to learn about the...
  • Blog Post: OooooooData

    The past couple of days have been big for OData as we saw the RTW release of not one but TWO OData stacks. Congratulations are in order to the Web API team, who just released a flexible open source stack that supports OData using the same underlying libraries as WCF Data Services. You can read their...
  • Blog Post: TFS and VS 2012 Update 1 Released

    Since I’ve been using the Team Foundation Service more frequently I almost tend to forget to look for updates/bug fixes for my local TFS instance. If you’ve launched Visual Studio (VS) recently you’ve probably noticed that some updates are available, namely “Update 1.” Usually...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 App Contest

    The holidays are definitely for spending time with family and friends however for me, when there’s an app/dev contest to win I can’t help but think about coding. It started innocently enough as a few members of my team said they had some ideas for an app and that building them and comparing...
  • Blog Post: Team Foundation Service is Live

    We all knew this day would come and so it has. Well actually that day was yesterday (10/31) but due to Hurricane Sandy I’m a day late. The Team Foundation Service (TFService) is now in production and pricing information can be found here . A few noteworthy items: The new URL for the service...
  • Blog Post: CTP for Visual Studio 2012

    A quick post to let you know that a community technology preview (CTP) for Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 was released. These cumulative updates to Visual Studio 2012 include a variety of bug fixes and capability improvements. So if you're using TFS/VS 2012 (in a non-production environment) then you'll...
  • Blog Post: Team Foundations Server 2012 Power Tools

    If you’ve been using Team Foundation Server (TFS) then you're probably familiar with TFS Power Tools. I mentioned the BETA version of these tools a while back but now the 2012 version of these Power Tools are available and you can download the bits here . As with every new incarnation of...
  • Blog Post: Kanban Introduced to TFS

    There are a number of Agile methodologies when it comes to software development. Some may argue that there are too many flavors but I’ll leave that discussion for another day. Today however is all about Kanban and how it is now a part of the Team Foundation Service and according to Brian Harry...
  • Blog Post: A Sea of Change

    Momentum is a fickle friend. When you have it you don’t want to lose it and when you don’t have it you’ll give almost anything to get it. I’d say Microsoft has the momentum because wow, what a week this is shaping up to be. First, Windows 8 releases to manufacturing (RTM), then...
  • Blog Post: Team Foundation Server 11 Power Tools Beta

    If you’ve been using Team Foundation Server (TFS) combined with Visual Studio (VS) then most likely you’ve installed the TFS Power Tools . Prior to this latest incarnation, it provided quite a bit of functionality and was almost not an optional component but rather a necessity when it came...
  • Blog Post: Team Foundation Service White Paper

    While the Team Foundation Service (previously known as TFS Azure) is still in preview mode that doesn’t mean that guidance and best practices should not be addressed. I’ve created quite a few blog posts on the features and capabilities that the TFService provides as well as some components...
  • Blog Post: The Team Foundation Service Build Service

    Even though the Team Foundation Service can be updated more frequently than a typical boxed product (current updates are scheduled approximately every 3 weeks), there were some gaps between this service and Team Foundation Server . One of which was building solutions and projects in the cloud . Prior...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio ALM Rangers Report

    Visual Studio ALM Rangers always produce some incredible content and this latest round is no exception. 70 v olunteer Rangers worked together with product group members to create 20 Ranger solutions. This number broke all their past records and is a great example of the “Ranger muscle” at...
  • Blog Post: Team Foundation Server Express

    If you’re a developer who has been trying to get your organization on the TFS band wagon and the stumbling block has always been cost/budgetary constraints, nirvana is almost here. With the soon to be released Visual Studio (VS) / Team Foundation Server (TFS) 11 Beta, an Express edition of the...
  • Blog Post: Technical Readiness

    Fortunately I’ve had the chance to attend many events dealing with technology but my favorite, for a number of reasons has to be a semi-annual internal Microsoft conference held in Seattle that brings together all ‘softies from all over the world. I recently attended this conference (which...
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