ALM and Beyond

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Copying TFS Work Items

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    So you want to copy a work item (WI)? Well TFS does indeed have a copy command via the UI which will create a new work item based upon a certain type. The issue here is that this could be a timely process based upon the number of copies that need...
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    IIS Application Warm-Up Module

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    First the good news: This module/add-in/extension (pick your favorite naming convention) for Internet Information Services (IIS) is one that helps ease an age old problem: the first user to request a page from a site that’s not currently loaded...
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    Office 2013 Preview

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    This is going to be a tremendous year for Microsoft. Steve Ballmer equates this year to when Windows 95 was released by saying: “ The new, modern Office will deliver unparalleled productivity and flexibility for both consumers and business customers...
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    Lync IM an Expert

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    If you’ve ever used an instant messaging (IM) client then you’re probably familiar with the functionality that such software provides. What you most likely don’t know is that Microsoft has released a new enterprise-ready unified communications...
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    Me and My Surface RT

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    What do you get when you combine a legendary company meeting with an edict from Steve Ballmer? Why you get a Surface RT of course (you were thinking of something else, weren't you? Admit it!). Seriously though, there’s no denying the fact that 2012...
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    Visual Studio 2013

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    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. ...
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    Aspirin for Developers: Microsoft All-In-One Code Framework

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    Developers worldwide get All-In-One code relief Every day, developers scour the Internet to make short work of typical programming tasks, only to find questionable, if not unreliable, sample code. Enter the Microsoft All-In-One Code Framework, a free...
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    WebMatrix 3 Released

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    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...
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    Developing a Windows Store Business App

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    Microsoft patterns & practices recently announced the latest addition to the patterns & practices library of software architecture guidance: Developing a Windows Store Business App using C#, XAML, and Prism. This guidance illustrates how to...
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    ASP.NET MVC 4 Roadmap Announced

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    The ASP.NET MVC team recently announced their roadmap for v4 . The roadmap contains a lot of topics but the general themes for the next release include: Development and deployment : We want to smooth out the development and deployment workflow to...
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    Team Foundation Server “in the cloud”

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    Remember when you were a kid and saw the beginnings of snow falling and y ou watched it cover each branch of the big evergreen in your backyard and thought: “SNOW DAY!” Or when the holidays came around and gifts were opened and family and...
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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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    OData Service for TFS 2010

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    A lot of developers who I speak to have come up with some very creative ways to interact with Team Foundation Server (TFS) and while some of these methods aren’t fully supported it just goes to show that if there’s a need then there’s...
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    TFS Build Service Dependencies

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    Anyone who has had to deal with services failing to start (i.e. logon permissions, setting recovery responses [run a program], verifiying dependencies, etc.) knows what a real PITA it can be to track down the culprit of the failure. Having said that I...
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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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    Upgrade or Die

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    Enhancements in technology move at a blistering pace now a days and before you know it that device which was once “state of the art” is now a museum piece. Of course there’s some hyperbole to that statement but some of it holds true...
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    Hyper-V on Windows 8

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    Virtualization was for a long time considered a technology closely associated with enterprises that needed to maximize their hardware investment. Those benefits that come with virtualizing an operating system (OS)/applications weren’t exclusive...
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    A New Microsoft

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    To say the past few weeks were chock full of Microsoft announcements would be an understatement. First came the Surface , then Windows Phone 8 and recently the acquisition of Yammer . Add in the fact that there's new entertainment experiences for XBOX...
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    The Team Foundation Service Build Service

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    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...
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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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    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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