ALM and Beyond

Application Lifecycle Management and Beyond.

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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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    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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    MSF for Agile Software Development

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    While there are many different types of Agile implementations I think using MSF for Agile or Scrum is ideal. Before going to deep into both of those methodologies let’s start with what is “conventional software development” (CSD). CSD...
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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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    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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    SQL Server Reporting Services

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    Users demand high performance reporting along with real-time data so when the reports they use are slow or even worse not functional, you’re sure to hear about it. Because performance issues, especially in a distributed product such as SQL Server...
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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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    Team Foundation Server 2013 Power Tools

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    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...
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    Windows Phone – Mango Update

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    To quote the great and all-knowing Lionel Richie: “ Well my friends the time has come; raise the roof and have some fun …” Yes, it’s Mango time! A lot has been said about this update and while this technically is an update, the...
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    Entity Framework - Stored Procedure Mapping

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    I recently was asked a question about the Entity Framework’s (EF) “Stored Procedure Mapping” context menu from the designer. There were actually two issues wrapped into one question. The first part of the question was around the ability...
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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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    TFS Branching and Merging Guidance

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    Visual SourceSafe (VSS) was a good tool for code management. Almost too good in fact as development teams weren’t in a rush to migrate away from it (although anyone using VSS could easily rattle off its flaws). Is it on par with Team Foundation...
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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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    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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    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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    Introduction to TypeScript

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    I enjoy developing software in a multitude of languages although I will freely admit that I’m not a huge fan of JavaScript (or should I say ECMAScript?) by any stretch of the imagination. However , if you’re more familiar with that language...
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    Creating Custom Team Foundation Server Reports

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    If you’re currently using Team Foundation Server (TFS) then you already know about the standard reports that come with a specific template (e.g. Scrum, MSF for Agile, etc.). If these canned reports (or even a customized work item query) retrieve...
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    Building with VS11 and Team Foundation Service Preview

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    Now that a preview of the Team Foundation Service is available, let’s start talking about how to take your Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) to the cloud with it. While the service doesn’t currently offer everything that the typical server...
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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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    TFS and SharePoint Integration

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    There’s no doubt that enabling the integration between Team Foundation Server (TFS) and SharePoint has numerous benefits (source control, workflows, document storage, collaboration, report dashboards, etc.) but of course there are always situations...
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    Visual Studio Agents

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    I immensely enjoy working with the “latest and greatest” software but as is always the case, being on the cutting edge does mean that there are certain nuisances that are to be expected. Having said that I fully expected a knockdown, drag...
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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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    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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    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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