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  • 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: Targeted for Visual Studio 2012 – DevOps Deployment Workbench Express Edition

    New Video posted today by my good friend and team mate on YouTube about the DevOps Workbench Express Edition and how to do your very own custom deployment. Casey and I will be doing several more, and interviewing people from the team on how to use the Workbench for everyday deployments, and even going...
  • 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: BRDLite for SharePoint v2.0 - What's New

    In my previous post, What is BRDLite? I talked about what is BRDLite and what is coming in the next release. Today, I am going to tell you about BRDLite for SharePoint that is part of the BRDLite Suite. Remember, this is a overview of the template, Please keep a eye for the HOL, so you can learn and...
  • 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: Learn how ASP.NET apps scale via the cloud

    I just watched a great webcast on learning how to scale your asp.net applications with Windows Azure. Below is a snippet from the cast. Common scenario: you suddenly need to increase the horsepower behind your application (or some combination of compute, storage and bandwidth). The following week...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 on the horizon!

    So, many of you have seen or heard about the sneak peek of the new version of Windows. I have read some of the articles and I have to say it looks pretty cool! One of the big things is how they integrated HTML5 and Javascript, so if you wanted to write new applications specifically designed for “Windows...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio ALM videos at Microsoft TechEd 2011

    Hello Everyone, Here is a blog post from Visual Studio Architecture, Visualization, Modeling, and UML Tools blog site. This blog post talks about what was presented at TechEd 2011 for Visual Studio ALM. Take a look... http://blogs.msdn.com/b/vsarch/archive/2011/05/27/visual-studio-alm-at-microsoft...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: My first blog post

    Hello Everyone! This is my first blog post on my new official MSDN blog site. I am very excited to be part of a great company and help other developers like me with topics like ALM, TFS and Windows Azure. As more time pasts, you will find me posting blogs about my experiences and events that will...
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