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  • Blog Post: When is a bug a bug and when is it an incomplete feature

    Had a fascinating conversation with one of our partners today, the meeting was about how they should be integrating all the new test artifacts in VSTS 2010 (Test Cases, Test Plans, Test Configs, Shared Steps, Test Points, Test Results) into their customised process guidance. They already have some Test...
  • Blog Post: PDC: D-1

    Spent this morning at the convention centre getting some help from the onsite Tech Support guys with a demo hardware disaster that had an unfortunate impact on my codecamp session. Apologies to the attendees for the lack of focus on the session as I was fighting the hardware all the way! However folks...
  • Blog Post: PDC: D-2

    Its Saturday and I am hanging out in the fabby LA weather, high 80's today. I spent the day at the SoCal CodeCamp , no sessions for me to present today so I got spend the day listening to other folks. There is nothing more educational than watching other people present on the product you work on every...
  • Blog Post: Yipeeeeee, PDC time!

    Yep I'm off to LA at the end of the week. Originally I was supposed to do a session on Software Quality and Diagnostics for Services, but we gave that slot to some other folks, then I was not going, then I was added to the booth/lounge team and now I also have lunch panel on the future of unit testing...
  • Blog Post: Unit Testing for Silverlight...

    Jeff has a follow up post to the demos from Mix here . The silverlight unit test framework is based on a special build of mstest's infrastructure, targetted at CoreCLR. How cool is that :-)
  • Blog Post: Quick Link: WCF Load testing Follow up from Seattle Code Camp

    If you were at Seattle Code Camp this morning and heard me mention the new WCF load testing work that our Ranger team has been doing, Jeff has a great summary post here .
  • Blog Post: Rosario Nov CTP: Great Walkthrough of Planning and Executing Tests from one of our MVPs

    I love our MVPs (most of the time <g>) I was about to sit down, after watching the Seahawks win the division again, and write a lap around the November CTP from a test perspective. However Grant Holliday has 2 great posts. In general he gets it all right, including the speculation about what Shared...
  • Blog Post: Data Dude Power Tools V1 Available

    Stealing shamelessly from the mail Gert sent internally, I'm downloading now... The Power Tools contain an impressing first set of new features; Dependency Viewer Refactoring Move Schema Expand Wildcard Fully Quality Name Refactor in to strongly typed DataSet definitions...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Team System Codename "Rosario" Aug CTP, is now live

    Jeff Beehler sent the big mail, long blog post with lots of screen shots to follow over the weekend. The game is afoot!
  • Blog Post: Rosario: Next Generation of Team Test (almost) out in the wild - Rosario Aug CTP

    Brian let the cat out of the bag earlier today, then Doug confirmed it . The project I came over to VSTS to focus on is starting to get shared. As Brian discusses in his post we demo'd live code from the Aug CTP and the CTP that will follow Aug this week to our Technical Field and it was very well received...
  • Blog Post: Service Release of Data Dude now out

    Gert has all the details .
  • Blog Post: Launch Date <> (or != if you prefer) RTM Date

    At the World Wide Partner Conference (WWPC) this week Kevin Turner announced a launch date for the 2008 Wave of Products(Longhorn, Orcas and Katmai). There has been a lot of conjecture about products slipping and stuff like that. To be clear this is all about a marketing launch, the RTM dates for...
  • Blog Post: Using Excel as a source for manual Tests in VSTT

    We get asked for this a lot and we are looking to address it in the future, for now Michael has a workaround that I have copied below. 1) In Excel : - Create new file in excel - File->Properties - Go to the Custom page - In the Name edit box type: TestType - In the Value edit type: Manual...
  • Blog Post: Analysis Services Load Simulator

    This is a cool project for lots of reasons; There is a real need for this It has already been used by some MCS consultants so we know it works Its being released as a community project For me its cool because its for Analysis Services, which i worked closely on for many years, and it uses...
  • Blog Post: Database Diagrams, Feedback and Usage

    Database Diagrams in SQL Server 2005 and VS 2005 were one of the more *ahem* controversial issues. If you remember at one point they were cut, then they came back, mostly as a result of the overwhelming feedback on them. Well (Data Dudette) Mairead now owns them and is looking for feedback, here is...
  • Blog Post: Data Dude is now available to MSDN customers

    You can get it here , more details from Gert here Congrats to the team, its less than 2 years since data dude was a series of box and lines on a whiteboard, its a great product, enjoy.
  • Blog Post: Lots of Data Dude (and Dudette) action

    The final CTP of DataDude is now live, Gert blogged lots of info here . Matt clarifies the licensing issues around using developer edition here . And finally, Mairead is now blogging here , thats a pretty cool header she has for her blog I might have to try and steal that CSS...
  • Blog Post: Actioning Feedback: Data Dude CTP5 Refresh

    While it always sucks to reship something the Data Dude folks have made the right call with the refresh on CTP 5. You can read about it here .
  • Blog Post: Data Dude CTP 5 is out

    In case you missed the 1,000s of other posts you can find it here . Highlights so far (for me at least) more stability, lots of copol options via project properties and the start of support for SQL 2005 features/objects, they are not all there yet but its a good sign. Gert and Cameron have more info...
  • Blog Post: Data Dude CTP 4 is out in the wild

    Get it while its hot!
  • Blog Post: FAQ: Do I have to have a named SQL Express instance to use Data Dude?

    No And now the explanation. I have seen a fair number of folks having problems getting data dude running because by default it looks for a named instance of SQL Express. (I actually hit this myself when I started playing with it but I was lucky enough to be able to go bug the guys on the team). ...
  • Blog Post: Tech Ed SQL Goodies

    Data Dude CTP bits can be got here , its an .img file which I a cd image, hence needs either exploded or burnt to cd before installing. I have been playing with this a lot the last few days and I am very impressed with the schema diff which I have been using to test a sample I have been working on. ...
  • Blog Post: Data Dude is out in the Wild!

    Today we announced Microsoft Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals (guess we let the branding people out of their cage again...) formerly known as "Data Dude" internally and by a few select outsiders. All if the info is now live here on MSDN . Data Dude is the result of a side conversation...
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