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  • Blog Post: Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Catalyst Live Workshops

    If your into Visual Studio Team system or thinking about it then check out this link to the free ALM Catalyst Live Workshops series. These workshops consist of four two-hour interactive workshops that are repeated over a period of sixteen weeks (starting last week and running through the end of...
  • Blog Post: Unplugged - Take your Applications to the Cloud and Beyond

    MSDN UNPLUGGED Developer Event: Take your Applications to the Cloud and Beyond – PDC, Visual Studio, Azure, Office 14 and Windows 7 Today we will be sharing principles, practices, patterns and tools announced at PDC in October. Come and join us to start your applications journey to the cloud...
  • Blog Post: October Power Tools now available - Visual Studio Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2008

    Following up on my Team system user group talk on Power Tools earlier this year I am stoked to see that the new edition of power tools previewed earlier in Brian Harry's blog here have now been released and are available for download here . These Power tools just keep getting more and more useful...
  • Blog Post: Acceptance Test Engineering Guide (BETA1) – From Codeplex

    This guide in BETA1 form is a document that will help with both the understanding and execution of acceptance testing. It provides useful role definitions, process models and decision making guidance in a form that is relatively easy to digest compared to other works I’ve seen on the same subject. At...
  • Blog Post: Using Team Foundation Server to Develop Custom SharePoint Products and Technologies Applications

    I get asked reasonably often - "How can I use Team Foundation server (TFS) to support Sharepoint application development?” Guidance is now available on MSDN which promises to help you provide an integrated development environment and single source code repository for process activities, integrated...
  • Blog Post: Preview of the next TFS Power Tools release

    One month after after our NZ Team system users group talk on Visual Studio Team system power Tools, over on Brian Harry's blog there is a new post previewing the next TFS Power tools release . Here are seven good reasons to talk with your Team system's admin about looking out for this power tool release;...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Team System 10 on Channel 9

    I will be covering some of this material in a fortcoming New Zealand Team system Users group session later this year. In the meantime this session is well worth watching as an early 'heads-up' for what is coming in Visual Studio Team System 10 (aka Rosario). Norman Guadagno, the Director of Product...
  • Blog Post: Model Driven Development – Microsoft joins OMG

    Object Management Group (OMG) are a modelling standards group. Last week at Tech-ed 2008 I gave a talk that included, amongst other things, a quick demo of the UML designers in the April CTP of Rosario (the next version of Visual Studio Team System). Lots of people have asked since what is our direction...
  • Blog Post: VSTS 2008 Team Foundation Server (TFS) – SP1 Preview

    Brian Harry recently put up this blog post on what is coming in TFS 2008 SP1. There are some very useful and downright cool things coming – some personal favourites are; - Visual Source safe migration tool (lots of folk have been asking about this) - SQL 2008 support - Ability to create Team...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2008 Team Foundation Server Power Tools Released

    I love the power tools available for VS 2008 TFS - they add an incredible number of features and functions both for specilaist roles and for meeting specific needs in the areas of configuration integration and administration. The latest release is available here (Yes I know it says March release ...
  • Blog Post: Coming up - Team system user groups in Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland

    The next round of Visual Studio Team system user groups are getting underway – we have Richard Vowles of Developers Inc speaking this time around; Title: How does your team manage its work? In this talk we will be discussing how various team members can keep track of work allocations, progress...
  • Blog Post: VS2008 RTM week – some good VS Team System links

    A Busy week. This one is for Visual Studio Team system users - I've extracted a number of blog posts and downloads that are most relevant for Team system users. Dont forget that if you wish to join the mailing list for the NZ Visual Studio Team systems users group you can do this by sending an email...
  • Blog Post: Test Driven Development on NZ ARCast

    Two guys who can talk on a subject they love equals one Podcast gem . Recently, in a role reversal, Lukas Svobda host of NZ Arcast shoved a microphone under Ron Jacobs (hoster of worldwide Arcast) nose and they discussed mainly Test Driven development (TDD). Both of these guys are friends of mine...
  • Blog Post: Unexpected Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 VPC Timeout - Fix available

    I know I encouraged some folk to download the VPC of Beta 2 because it provided a an easy way to 'sandpit' VSTS / TFS on the same Windows 2003 machine. Problem is that the March 2008 expiration date came earlier than unexpected due to a production flaw of the VPC. For a solution to this problem...
  • Blog Post: Team Development with TFS Guide (Final Release)

    Some excellent guidance on various TFS 'tips, tricks and how-to's' has just been released on codeplex. As a PDF download the document is quite large but worth getting hold of - it features some great guidance along with some FAQ how tos including; - how to create new reports; - migration tips...
  • Blog Post: Code Analysis and Code Metrics - Orcas Team Developer & Suite

    Building quality in ! - The next release of Visual Studio Team developer has some very nice features for those 'true practitioners of software quality' in the form of Code Analysis and Code metrics. I say 'true practitioners of software quality' because there is a whole community out there who believe...
  • Blog Post: Calling Visual Studio Team users in the Canterbury area - VSTS DB-Pro session 17 May

    As I've mentioned on a number of occaisions a number of folk out there are keen to get something akin to a VSTS/TFS users group up and running - if you are interested in such a group and you live in Canturbury then check this out (Note that AKL and WLG based folk will get a chance later) Title...
  • Blog Post: Using a well known Expression ! - Team system editions & suite with MSDN Premium just got a whole lot better

    If you are looking at one of the Visual studio team system editions (architect, developer, Test, DB-Pro) with MSDN Premium you'll be pleased to know that Expression Web and Blend will now be included as part of an accompaning MSDN Premium subscription. Best news though is for those with Team Suite with...
  • Blog Post: VSTS Guidance from Patterns and Practices on Codeplex

    The Patterns and Practices team have been busy working on upgradeing the following content in VSTS guidance. There is some really good stuff in here espeically if you are wanting to perform some of the more 'intricate maneouvres' associated with source control and Build control - some advice on continuous...
  • Blog Post: Jolt awards for Visual Studio Team System DB-Pro and VSTS storyboarding tool

    Its true to say that there are now probably more developer aids and tools out there than you can shake a stick at. One of the ways that folk can seperate the wheat from the chaff is to look at things like the 17th Annual Jolt Product Excellence Awards . Great to see that DB-Pro took out the "Database...
  • Blog Post: Part 3 of 3 : Understanding Application Life Cycle Management (ALM).

    Microsoft’s scalable ALM solution. Having led development teams in the past there are 4 key things that I look for in ALM solutions ; 1) They scale – they make sense for small thru large projects and teams; 2) They are relatively complete at covering the necessary roles including project management...
  • Blog Post: Part 2 of 3: Understanding Application Life Cycle Management (ALM)

    Enter Team Development including the Team of one. Picking up from yesterdays post we see a key component of ALM is multiple activities. Those activities from yesterdays blog post (Part 1) including project management, requirements management, modelling, code creation / change, building ,testing are...
  • Blog Post: ALM using VSTS / TFS - More links than you shake a stick at !

    Configuration and Management of Team Foundation Server http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/teamsystem/team/quickstarts/configure/default.aspx Microsoft IT Showcase: Visual Studio 2005 Team System http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=43e098e5-9087-44d2-846f-d33ab3dd966a&displaylang...
  • Blog Post: Part 1 of 3 : Understanding Application Life Cycle Management (ALM).

    The Top down and bottom up perspectives. ALM is really two things depending on whether you are looking ‘Top down’ – from the business ownership perspective or ‘bottom up’ from the IT professional’s perspective. 1: Top Down – Business Ownership perspective – Asset Management: ALM is an IT governance...
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