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  • Blog Post: Code profiling IIS sites in deployed environments with Visual Studio code profiler

    So, you’ve run a load test against your web site (you are performance testing your site, aren’t you?…), on your system test rig and you’ve found that the performance isn’t what you were hoping for. What do you do next to improve the sites performance? You could try guessing where the problems are and...
  • Blog Post: Generating Load Tests for WCF Services with the WCF Load Test Tool

    The Visual Studio ALM Rangers have just released a new version of the WCF Load Test tool. The tool has been maturing over the last 3 years and the occasion of a new release seems like a good time to post a walkthrough of how to use the tool. What Does WCF Load Test Do? WCF Load Test is a tool that auto...
  • Blog Post: CodePlex Community Projects

    Listed below are the community projects that are currently being undertaken by the Solution Development Team and posted to the CodePlex site. Project Name Description Coordinator(s) WCF Load Test This tool takes a WCF trace file and a WCF client proxy, or a WCF interface contract, and generates a unit...
  • Blog Post: Deploying a .NET 4 MVC 2 Application to Windows Server 2003 Using WiX 3.5

    Warning: WiX 3.5 is still under development, so you may encounter things that do not work with your specific build of WiX, this article is based on build 1602. When you are in a tightly controlled corporate environment it is not always possible to deploy your web applications to Windows Server 2008....
  • Blog Post: Crash course on the TFS Integration Platform

    If you are somehow involved with TFS and ALM, I bet you have heard about TFS Integration Platform ( http://tfsintegration.codeplex.com/ ). This is one great project allowing you to integrate TFS with other systems – including older versions of TFS. It is a well documented project and there are 2 wonderful...
  • Blog Post: Using Reflection and Attributes for better Tracing and Logging data rendering

    In most projects there is always a requirement for tracing and/or writing debugging information along with writing out log information. When dealing with objects it is usually up to the developer to override the ToString() method to ensure meaningful information is presented. However this does not always...
  • Blog Post: The Extreme Retrospective

    Most agile methodologies have some way of analysing past behaviour, recording it for future reference, and modifying that behaviour for the betterment of the team dynamic. SCRUM uses something called a ‘retrospective’. This takes the form of a meeting at the end of each sprint where the team write down...
  • Blog Post: Keep your Eye On Earth

    Last November saw the release to web of the project I led for the 8 months previous. Eye On Earth is a portal to the masses of environmental data that the European Environment Agency collect. Initially launched in 2008 as ‘Water Watch’ our team have re-designed and re-architected the system to allow...
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