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  • Blog Post: 5 Questions: Build a Ticketing System Using Exchange and Team Foundation Server

    In the current (August 2011) issue of MSDN Magazine, Mohammad Jalloul wrote a feature titled " Build a Ticketing System Using Exchange and Team Foundation Server ," which looks at how Team Foundation Server and Exchange can be used together to bridge the gap between work item tracking and email correspondence...
  • Blog Post: Gone With The Week (Mar 15 – 19, 2010)

    What did media have to say about .NET and development in general while most of attention was caught on MIX 2010?   How to Build Mobile Websites with ASP.NET MVC 2 and Visual Studio 2010 Jess Chadwick teaches variety of approaches for customizing web pages for mobile devices. ( DevConnections ) Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Gone With the Week (Mar 8 – 12, 2010)

    Here we highlight some topics that media was covering about general development (and .NET in particular) this week now ending. XNA Game Studio 4.0 to Windows Phone 7 arsenal Mary-Jo Foley tells about MS next gaming development platform, unveiled at Game Developers Conference 2010 in San Francisco. (...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Team System Process Templates

    A team project is simply a bucket that stores and partitions all of the artifacts you track and use within a Team Foundation Server (TFS) project. In the December 2008 issue of MSDN Magazine , Brian A. Randell explains how you can use and customize the MSF Agile and MFS CMMI process templates to get...
  • Blog Post: Team System: Team Build 2008 Basics

    Visual Studio 2008 Team Foundation Server Build (better known as Team Build) is a core feature of Team Foundation Server 2008. Microsoft designed Team Build to be an industrial-strength build automation tool. In the November 2008 issue of MSDN Magazine , Brian A. Randell introduces you to Team Build...
  • Blog Post: Parallel Programming with Visual Studio

    Multicore systems are becoming increasingly prevalent, but the majority of software today will not automatically take advantage of this additional processing ability. And multithreaded programming, for anything but the most trivial of systems, is incredibly difficult and error prone today. In the October...
  • Blog Post: Team System: Essential Power Tools

    Microsoft has a long history of introducing new features to shipped products, often under the banner of Power Toys or Power Tools. In the August 2008 issue of MSDN Magazine , Brian Randell takes you on a tour of some useful tools for Visual Studio Team System that are available today. For more coverage...
  • Blog Post: Visual C++ 2008 Feature Pack

    Although the Visual C++ compiler has been improved in a areas including performance, security, and standards conformance, seemingly little has been done in the way of new library and productivity features for quite some time. That has changed with the Visual C++ 2008. In the May 2008 issue of MSDN Magazine...
  • Blog Post: Find Application Bottlenecks with Visual Studio Profiler

    Whether you write your applications in native C/C++, C#, or Visual Basic, Visual Studio Profiler significantly simplifies performance investigations and helps you write faster and more efficient applications. In the March 2008 issue of MSDN Magazine , Hari Pulapaka and Boris Vidolov introduce you...
  • Blog Post: Redefine Your Build Process with Continuous Integration

    A growing number of development shops are adopting Continuous Integration (CI) as a best practice, and many more would get on the wagon if the cost of adoption was lower. It can take a veteran programmer a couple of days to get a basic CI server up and running; a neophyte might take up to a week. In...
  • Blog Post: Test Run: Custom Test Automation with Team System

    Custom test automation scripts have the advantages of being quick to write and providing maximum flexibility. However, a downside to using custom test automation is manageability. Your testing effort can become overwhelmed by the sheer volume of test scripts, test case data, and test results. In the...
  • Blog Post: Office Business Apps with Visual Studio 2008 and VSTO 3.0

    Visual Studio 2008 includes VSTO 3.0, which lets you begin solution development for both Office 2003 applications and the 2007 Microsoft Office system, such as developing Microsoft Outlook customizations. In the Launch issue of MSDN Magazine , Steve Fox shows you what you can do with a new type of form...
  • Blog Post: Team System: Team Foundation Server (TFS) check-in notes and policies

    In the past editions of our Team System column, Brian A. Randell has used the Team Foundation Server (TFS) version control and work item tracking APIs to build a Microsoft Word 2003 add-in that provides support for check-ins and work item association of Word documents similar to what's available via...
  • Blog Post: What's New for WCF in Visual Studio 2008

    Visual Studio 2008 and the underlying .NET Framework 3.5 offer new tools and support for Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), extending the functionality and making WCF easier to use in your own applications. In the February issue of MSDN Magazine , Juval Lowy walks you through the new WCF features...
  • Blog Post: Test Run: The Microsoft UI Automation Library

    There are several techniques you can use to test the user interface of a Windows application such as the System.Reflection classes or Win32 API functions such as FindWindow. But the development of the UI Automation library may be one of the most important advances in test automation to date. Compared...
  • Blog Post: A Custom Expression Encoder Publishing Plug-In

    Microsoft Expression Encoder helps you encode and publish Silverlight experiences for the web. In addition, Expression Encoder includes an extensible plug-in architecture -- you can easily write plug-ins that enhance the encoding and publishing process. In the February issue of MSDN Magazine , Laurence...
  • Blog Post: Custom check-in policies for Visual Studio Team System

    In the past three editions of our Team System column, Brian A. Randell explored the Team Foundation Server (TFS) version control and work item tracking APIs. Brian used the APIs to build a Microsoft Word 2003 add-in that provides support for check-ins and work item association of Word documents similar...
  • Blog Post: Creating a Custom Fuzz Test Interface Provider

    These days, fuzzing is most frequently used to validate file and network parsers - literally piping a random source of binary data into the parser and then seeing what happens. In the November issue of MSDN Magazine, Dan Griffin takes a look at the extensibility of Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for...
  • Blog Post: Team System: Work Items and Undo Support

    In our Team System column , Brian Randell shows you how to extend and enhance Visual Studio Team System on both the client and server. Continuing the project Brian started in our January 2007 issue , we'll delve further into building a Word 2003 add-in that works with the Team Foundation Server version...
  • Blog Post: More LINQ coverage: a custom query provider

    In the August installment of the Basic Instincts column in MSDN Magazine , Scott Wisniewski provides background on some of the key concepts that drove the design of the Language Integrated Query (LINQ) features introduced in Visual Basic 9.0 . To provide an example of what you can achieve with LINQ,...
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