ALM and Beyond

Application Lifecycle Management and Beyond.

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    Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 SP1

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    A quick post to mention that the Office Sustained Engineering and Release team has released the first service pack (SP) for Office and SharePoint 2010. Note : For SharePoint customers planning to deploy Service Pack 1, it is also recommended to install...
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    Importing Custom Work Item Types into TFS

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    Today a colleague of mine asked me for some help with a problem revolving around Team Foundation Server (TFS) so of course I said “sure, no problem.” I figured it’d be a no-brainer but as anyone will tell you, life often has other plans...
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    Exploring Project Estimation

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    If you ever have the pleasure of working here at Microsoft you’ll find that there is certainly no shortage of passionate people who have great ideas and want to share them with you. I was recently introduced to such a team that was comprised of...
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    Dreaming about ALM

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    If you’re like me then you probably dream about ALM and wake up running to get your laptop to update a work item. Wait, what? You don’t? OK, so maybe there’s a bit of hyperbole in the aforementioned statement but in all seriousness,...
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    Performance Testing Quick Reference Guide

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    This version of the quick reference guide (QRG) is a PDF file with a total of 241 articles (51 of these are either new or updated from version 3.5) that are all meant to provide quick information about various aspects of performance testing with Visual...
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    Visual Studio Web Standards Update

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    Putting aside the debate on whether or not developers should use Silverlight or HTML5 with regards to Windows “8” ( BUILD will be here soon enough), if you’re currently using Visual Studio and are trying to implement some HTML5 features...
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    Making a Case for TFS

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    Successful software projects manifest themselves when teams work together. When a team has good communication and transparency, it tends to find problems sooner. Teams want to come to work and are excited about what they’re building when things...
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    Visual Studio Productivity Tools

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    If you’re coding with the Visual Studio 2010 Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for hours and hours on a daily basis then you should definitely download and install this free extension . There’s quite a lot of functionality that’s...
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    Bridging the Gap with ALM

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    Our friends at TechNet Edge captured some great conversations on the ground at TechEd North America 2011. Check out Jason Zander talking with Richard Campbell about Visual Studio vNext, specifically the upcoming ALM features. Jason talked about bringing...
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    Deep Dive into TFS Reporting

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    If you haven’t used the reporting capabilities of Team Foundation Server (TFS) then you’ve certainly been missing a big piece of the product. There are standard reports but more importantly you have the ability to customize and extend those...
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    Don’t Call it a PDC

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    Ahhh, I remember it just like yesterday; my first Professional Developers Conference (PDC). It was a week of geeky tech talk, gallons of soda and lots of great information to be had. Who could ask for more? Well a date with Halle Berry might top that...
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    Windows 8

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    Even though most people dread hearing the words “a new version of Windows is soon to be released,” I on the other hand think of all the possibilities that a new operating system (OS) brings with it. Having a lessons learned meeting at the...
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    Visual Studio 2010 Events

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    Our friends “across the pond” seem to have the right idea as they’re conducting numerous in-person and Live Meeting seminars on all aspects of software development using Visual Studio (VS). If you’re passionate about ALM (and you...
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    Premier Support for Developers

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    Good managers know 2 things – 1) surround yourself with knowledgeable personnel and 2) enact processes to enable support when things go south. Whether you use a pure Microsoft stack for your application development or a heterogeneous one, Premier...
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    SharePoint 2010 Deployment Using Automated Processes

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    Ever wonder how Microsoft configures and deploys SharePoint? Well, Microsoft IT recently completed its migration to SharePoint 2010. When sensible, the team automated its process to improve efficiency. Scripting is shared, including remote installs using...
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    Getting Started with HTML5

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    Now that all of the major browsers support most of the HTML5 specification, it’s time to start exploring what all the fuss is about. At MIX11, HTML5 was one of the hottest topics whether about development, IE9, IE10 or Mango’s native browser...
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    SAP Process Extension using .NET

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    Recently at TechEd , Ted Kummert, Senior Vice President BPD, announced a partnership with SAP that showcased tighter integration for application development and cloud deployments. This announcement describes SAP and Microsoft’s plans to focus on...
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    WiX’in Up with XML

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    Creating installation packages is not something any developer likes to see on their task list because of the complexities that present iteself but it is a necessary evil to get software installed on an end users machine. There are some very good third...
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    “To the Cloud” with TFS

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    The more time I spend using Team Foundation Server (TFS), the more I believe it’s an integral component of the Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Framework. Now while most organizations employ some sort of source control and change management...
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    Java SDK for TFS

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    So you don’t use Visual Studio as your main IDE and instead use Eclipse with Team Explorer Everywhere but want to tailor TFS to suite your (and/or your teams) needs. Not a problem as with this new SDK it’s now possible to fully customize,...
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    SharePoint 2010 SP1

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    A quick post to mention that the SharePoint team has been hard at work putting together the first service pack (SP) for SharePoint 2010. Highlights Site Recycle Bin Shallow Copy Storage Space Allocation Check out the team’s blog...
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    Enterprise Library - Silverlight Integration Pack

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    For years the Enterprise Library (EL) application blocks have helped developers address the typical cross-cutting concerns of enterprise development (such as diagnostic logging, data validation, caching, and exception handing). With over 3 million downloads...
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    Visual Studio vNext Application Lifecycle Management

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    Today kicked off TechEd 2011 and there’s no shortage of news coming out of the conference. Most notable is what Visual Studio has to offer concerning application lifecycle management (ALM). During the keynote session, Jason Zander (corporate vice...
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    Visual Studio LightSwitch

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    Full disclosure: I’m a big proponent of Visual Studio but when it comes to creating data screens over and over again is, what’s the word I’m looking for – tiresome. Combine that with having to find and tweak some code because this...
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    Microsoft Virtual Labs

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    I’m always looking for training on new Microsoft technology and while white papers and sample code have their place they do leave something to be desired. Videos are definitely an improvement and when combined with the aforementioned items work...
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