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    Build Conference 2012

    In January Tim O’Brien, General Manager of Developer & Platform Evangelism outlined the path forward for Microsoft developers in his blog post titled: “Thinking About Developer Events.” Today he announced that BUILD 2012 will be...
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    Office 2013 Preview

    This is going to be a tremendous year for Microsoft. Steve Ballmer equates this year to when Windows 95 was released by saying: “ The new, modern Office will deliver unparalleled productivity and flexibility for both consumers and business customers...
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    Windows Server 2012 Editions

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    Technology is a fickle beast. One minute you’re the darling of everyone’s delight and the next you’re a has been. While Windows Server 2008 R2 is a very capable operating system, being years old it was time for its successor to make...
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    Windows Azure Spring Release

    Since I mentioned this new release in my other post I figured I’d expand a little bit more on some of the features that it provides. The Azure team recently unveiled the biggest update to Windows Azure since its release, including new Windows Azure...
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    Testing for Continuous Delivery with Visual Studio 2012 RC

    Testing has changed dramatically over the last several years, and what the Microsoft patterns & practices team learned has changed our tools and our workflows. While the goal of a testing organization is to continuously test a system to ensure the...
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    Capturing Webcam Images

    It seemed like a simple task really; capture a still image from a webcam and save it to a file. Unfortunately something that appeared so simple was quite complex. If you’re familiar with C++ and want to use the Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) API...
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    Microsoft Leader in ALM Technology

    If you’ve been following this blog then it should come as no surprise that I’m a big proponent of Visual Studio (VS) and Team Foundation Server/Service (TFS). While the days of VB6 and Visual Source Safe (VSS) were classic and grand, the capabilities...
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    Visual Studio Agents

    I immensely enjoy working with the “latest and greatest” software but as is always the case, being on the cutting edge does mean that there are certain nuisances that are to be expected. Having said that I fully expected a knockdown, drag...
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    Avoiding Technical Debt

    Among the myriad of reasons why I like employing Scrum for software development, I think the main reason is the frameworks ability to remove what is often called Technical Debt (TD) or Design Debt. Ward Cunnigham was the one who coined the term and simply...
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    An Introduction to ALM - Architecture

    Hey everyone! Yes yes, I do realize it's been forever since I've posted, but hopefully you haven't forgotten about this humble little blog-the thing about the ADM role is, it's never a guarantee when things are gonna start popping up like tulips in spring...
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    Team Foundation Server 11 Power Tools Beta

    If you’ve been using Team Foundation Server (TFS) combined with Visual Studio (VS) then most likely you’ve installed the TFS Power Tools. Prior to this latest incarnation, it provided quite a bit of functionality and was almost not an optional...
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    Windows Server AppFabric 1.1

    I’ve created a few posts on Windows Server AppFabric as well as Windows Server AppFabric Logging as it provides fantastic functionality if your organization wants full control of the environment and is not ready to move “to the Cloud.”...
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    Windows Phone “How Do I? Videos”

    “Keeping up the Joneses” is generally associated with materialistic goods (i.e. your neighbor purchases a new car so you do as well) but now that same metaphor can be easily related to technology. In today’s ever increasingly connected...
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    Team Foundation Service White Paper

    While the Team Foundation Service (previously known as TFS Azure) is still in preview mode that doesn’t mean that guidance and best practices should not be addressed. I’ve created quite a few blog posts on the features and capabilities that...
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    Lync IM an Expert

    If you’ve ever used an instant messaging (IM) client then you’re probably familiar with the functionality that such software provides. What you most likely don’t know is that Microsoft has released a new enterprise-ready unified communications...
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    Synchronize SQL Server and SQL Azure using Sync Framework

    Zafar Kapadia is back with a new blog post on synchronization between an on premises SQL Server and SQL Azure. The sample code illustrates how to successfully implement this functionality via the Sync Framework and is a great starting point if you're...
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    Migrating an On-Premise Database from SQL Server to SQL Azure using SSIS

    Zafar Kapadia who is a Technical Account Manager here at Microsoft has created a fantastic blog post showing, as the name implies, exactly what steps need to be completed to migrate an on-premise database from SQL Server to SQL Azure using SSIS. ... read...
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    Windows Azure and Office 365 Price Reduction

    It seems nowadays that nothing ever goes down but rather quite the opposite. So when I learned that not only Windows Azure pricing was reduced but also Office 365 I just had to spread the good news. That said, Microsoft has halved the price of its entry...
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    The Team Foundation Service Build Service

    Even though the Team Foundation Service can be updated more frequently than a typical boxed product (current updates are scheduled approximately every 3 weeks), there were some gaps between this service and Team Foundation Server. One of which was building...
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    Windows Phone SDK 7.1.1 Released

    If you’re doing a lot of Windows Phone (WP) development then you’re certainly going to be happy to know that the release of the Windows Phone SDK 7.1.1 Update is now available for immediate download on the Microsoft Download Center. ... read...
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    Visual Studio 11 Beta

    The Visual Studio Beta has been released and if you think it’s just a new skin think again. I’ll leave it to the VS team’s blog to list all of the new features although I will provide my color commentary on some of them. ... read more
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    Visual Studio ALM Rangers Report

    Visual Studio ALM Rangers always produce some incredible content and this latest round is no exception. 70 v olunteer Rangers worked together with product group members to create 20 Ranger solutions. This number broke all their past records and is a great...
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    SQL Server 2012 Virtual Labs

    I enjoy learning by doing as opposed to a lecture based format so having access to a free lab environment via Microsoft Virtual Labs is too good to pass up. Combine this with SQL Server 2012 and it’s the perfect time to learn about some of the new...
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    Windows 8 Consumer Preview

    The wait is over and the Windows 8 Consumer Preview (CP) is available and can be downloaded. The Developer Preview (DP) which has been available since last year made a tremendous impact at the Build conference and now the CP continues that momentum with...
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    Team Foundation Server Express

    If you’re a developer who has been trying to get your organization on the TFS band wagon and the stumbling block has always been cost/budgetary constraints, nirvana is almost here. With the soon to be released Visual Studio (VS) / Team Foundation...
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