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  • Blog Post: Dev/Test with Microsoft Azure & Visual Studio 2013

    So, I have been working a lot with customers on DevOps and one of the quick and easy way to achieve a Dev/Test environment is using Microsoft Azure and Visual Studio. This scenario applies broadly to every type of organization. Whether you’re a single developer or a one-person startup getting your...
  • Blog Post: Modern DevOps Tools

    Hey everyone, Been awhile since I posted anything, been really busy. I just wanted to update everyone on a CodePlex project I have created with some of my co workers - Modern DevOps Tools . The site is based around building tools that uses recommended practices that will work inside of your continuous...
  • Blog Post: Channel 9 video - Introducing DevOps Workbench Express Edition for Visual Studio 2012

    You can watch the full video here: http://channel9.msdn.com/Blogs/VisualStudio/Introducing-Deployment-Workbench-Express-Edition Interview: Brian Keller interviews Casey O'Mara about another great Visual Studio Rangers project - DevOps Workbench Express Edition . This free tool available on...
  • Blog Post: DevOps Workbench Express Edition Release for Visual Studio 2012

    The ALM Rangers currently released the DevOps Workbench Express Edition guidance to Codeplex ( here ) and the download to Visual Studio Gallery . DevOps Deployment is based around build once, and deploy to multiple environments. DevOps Workbench Express Edition specifically targets the small organization...
  • Blog Post: BRDLite V2.0 is Released to the Public!

    After a few weeks of silent ship, which did not reveal any showstoppers, we would like to announce the general availability of BRDLite on Codeplex . Kudos to John Jacob and Myself, the co-leads of the project, and the team, for this achievement which is especially important for our future ambitions in...
  • Blog Post: Using ReverseGeocodeQuery for Windows Phone 8

    So, I started writing some of my apps I had for Android and WP7 for Windows Phone 8 and to my surprise Nokia Maps are looking to be a really good thing. With the New Nokia Maps, there are Maps services that come with the Windows Phone 8 SDK. One in particular is ReverseGeocodeQuery. This is great as...
  • Blog Post: Presented at the Virginia Software Developers Group

    Hello, had a great time seeing all the Virginia developers at the September version of the Virginia Software Developers Group. We talked about what's new in TFS 2012 and my special topic "BRDLite Suite v2.0". We had a great turnout and I hope BRDLite will catch on and they will be able to implement some...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk 2010 Real World Example - Part 1

    Introduction I wanted to write this blog for the benefit of anyone trying to dip their toes in the BizTalk pond. BizTalk is a great tool and has many different uses. The example that I will present is based on my work at the Dept. of Corrections. This example will be broken out into 4 different parts...
  • Blog Post: Handling Exceptions when Sending Mail via System.Net.Mail

    I am sure alot of us when sending mail from a web application, we sometimes run into some unforeseen error becuase the mail being sent threw an exception. How do we solve this? Do we just throw the exception and that's it. No, If we look into this problem a little closer, the majority of mail server...
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