ALM and Beyond

Application Lifecycle Management and Beyond.

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    SQL Server 2012 Virtual Labs

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    I enjoy learning by doing as opposed to a lecture based format so having access to a free lab environment via Microsoft Virtual Labs is too good to pass up. Combine this with SQL Server 2012 RTM and it’s the perfect time to learn about some of the...
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    Windows 8 Consumer Preview

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    The wait is over and the Windows 8 Consumer Preview (CP) is available and can be downloaded here . The Developer Preview (DP) which has been available since last year made a tremendous impact at the Build conference and now the CP continues that momentum...
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    Team Foundation Server Express

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    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...
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    Windows Phone 7 Guidance

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    Over a year ago the Microsoft patterns & practices (p&p) team released the Windows Phone Developer Guide as part of a series on Windows Azure service and client application development. The guide described a scenario concerning a fictitious company...
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    ASP.NET Web API

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    For those that aren’t familiar with ASP.NET Web API it represents the joint efforts of the WCF and ASP.NET teams to create an integrated web API framework. You can get the bits and find articles, tutorials, samples and videos on the new ASP.NET...
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    SQL Server Power View (aka Project Crescent)

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    I remember when creating reports were a daunting task and one that I generally left for last to complete. I think almost every developer I’ve come in contact with throughout the years is under the same impression (although there are exceptions to...
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    Metro UI – 21st Century Revolutionist

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    Microsoft has not so suddenly introduced the Metro style user interface (UI) to the masses via the Windows Phone, updated Xbox menu navigation and the soon to be released Windows 8 CTP (the developer preview is available here ). A few things come to mind...
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    Technical Readiness

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    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...
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    SQL Azure Import/Export Service

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    Cirrus clouds are certainly beautiful but “the cloud” within technology is truly a wonderful thing. It offers so much versatility and almost limitless possibility that it’s now become a focal point when talking about development (new...
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    Microsoft Certification Program: Looking Back at 2011

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    Some think certifications are just revenue generating schemes created by companies to push more of their product. Others think no certification in the world can replace years of experience “in the trenches” business acumen. While both of these...
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    Visual Studio 11 and the Power of ALM

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    It’s no surprise that I’m a big proponent of Microsoft’s Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) toolset which means that I’m always on the lookout for great content be it video, podcasts, hands on labs, virtual machines, etc. Therefore...
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    Knowing Your Audience

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    I’ve recently embarked on a somewhat new endeavor as a trainer albeit it's only temporary. I’m certainly not new to this type of role as I’m always evangelizing Microsoft technology and helping customers understand and use these products...
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    ALM Summit 2011 Materials Now Available

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    The ALM Summit in November 2011 reaffirmed Microsoft’s position of thought leadership in Application Lifecycle Management and Agile Practices. Luminaries from across the software industry presented, covering the evolution of practices across both...
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    The Benefits of an Architecture Review

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    Creating an architecture review has many benefits not only to an enterprise application but also to the multiple levels of people within an organization. This can be seen by decomposing the design into 3 general areas which ultimately reduces the failure...
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    Windows Server AppFabric Logging

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    Using Windows Server AppFabric makes it easier to build, scale and manage Web and composite applications that run on IIS but when it comes to error logging, tracing and performance analysis, things can get a bit tricky. Therefore let’s discuss how...
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    Team Foundation Service Updated

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    Even though TFS is still a preview I’ve been thoroughly impressed with the work that’s been done to migrate what the server product offers to the cloud. Recently there was an update to this service and while not a major overhaul there’s...
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    Enterprise Library Integration Pack for Windows Azure

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    For years the Enterprise Library application blocks have helped developers address the typical cross-cutting concerns of enterprise development (such as diagnostic logging, data validation, and exception handing). With over 3.5 million downloads , they...
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    Creating Custom Rule Sets to Improve Code Quality

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    Using the code analysis feature that comes with Visual Studio (VS) 2010 is definitely beneficial as it improves application and code quality by providing the ability to discover potential issues in your code, such as non-secure data access, usage violations...
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    Team Foundation Server Training Kit

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    Training is paramount when you’re either creating or implementing software. This is precisely why I like Microsoft Virtual Labs so much because it offers training on multiple technologies and what's better than training that's free, can be done...
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    Exploratory Testing with Test Manager (Developer Preview)

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    A long time ago I remember a tester telling me that “one of the best tests of a system is when I’m not following a script per say but just ‘playing around’ with it.” I think that statement resonates to a lot of testers and...
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    Tracing in Team Foundation Server 2010

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    After becoming blurry eyed and looking for two aspirin after reading through mounds of documentation and links on how to enable tracing for TFS 2010, I thought it might be helpful to have one concise blog post to reference. Therefore, while some aspects...
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    Windows Phone SDK on a Virtual Machine

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    Having a WP7.5 phone (ala mango ) I wanted to start development on an idea I had for a new phone application. Seems simple enough but there’s always a catch (more on that later). First off, in order to conduct any mobile development for a Windows...
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    Scrum Master/Developer Certification

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    Having been indoctrinated in the use of Agile principles a long time ago in a galaxy far far away, it was about time that I became Scrum certified. To that end, I just finished attending a week long class which was delivered by Rod Claar (from RippleRock...
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    Roslyn CTP Released

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    I’ve wrote quite a few blog posts about Anders Hejlsberg (i.e. Visual Studio Asynchronous Programming , Visual Studio 11 ) and deserving so as he’s one of those people that once you meet him you soon realize just how much knowledge he has...
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    Best Workplace in the World

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    Allow me for a moment to digress from technical jargon and “how to tutorials” so that I can relay an award that was recently given to Microsoft. Fortune Magazine published their first annual list of the World's Best Multinational Workplaces...
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