Steve Lange @ Work

Steve Lange's thoughts on application lifecycle management, Visual Studio, and Team Foundation Server

June, 2008

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    Rocky Mountain Windows Technology User Group: Open Protocols


    In July, the Rocky Mountain Windows Technology User Group (RMWTUG) will be entertaining Keith Hageman who will speak about Open Protocols and the effect on product development.  If you're a developer, you'll want to know more about this.

    The full details, including dates/times/locations (there is one in both Denver and Colorado Sprngs) can be found on the RMWTUG site HERE.

    Here is the description:

    Navigating Microsoft’s Open Protocols – How will product development change in the new world of Open Protocols, Keith Hageman, Microsoft

    Microsoft recently provided open access to a huge amount of protocol documentation to aid third parties to interoperate with Microsoft high-volume products at the wire protocol level. However, due to the sheer volume of the documentation, it can be a time consuming task to wade through them all, let alone understand how the protocols work “in the wild”. This talk will focus on what protocol documentation, tools, and forums are available to help the developer. In addition, a brief overview of Microsoft’s Patent Pledge for Open Source Developers and Protocol Patent licensing program, including the “Protocol to Patent Maps” tools, will also be provided.

    The goal is to help the community to navigate and utilize Microsoft’s open protocol documentation, enable them with tools to debug wire protocol issues, and provide a forum to answer questions and to foster a community approach to understanding how to interoperate with Microsoft high volume products including Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Exchange Server 2007, SQL Server 2008, Office 2007 and Office SharePoint 2007.

    Keith Hageman is a Senior Technical Evangelist for Microsoft Open Protocols team ( Keith works with a variety of partners in the IT industry to license and implement open protocols. Keith also works with Microsoft's product development groups developing product protocols.

    Keith has been in the technology industry for 30+ years at StorageTek, NBI, GTE Communication Systems and on contract to AT&T and U.S. WEST as a member of technical staff in various development roles. Keith joined Microsoft in 1997 working with partners to develop products that integrate with Windows client and server operating systems.

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    VSTS Seminar Series - Thank you, Phoenix & Denver!


    Thank you to all of you who attended the VSTS seminar in Phoenix last week (June 12th, 50+ attendees) and in Denver (May 22nd, 30+ attendees).  The event was very well-attended, highly-interactive, and received some excellent evaluation and feedback.

    We hope you found it worth your while!  For an additional thank you, plus links to follow-up content and the seminar's slide deck, please click here.


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    Collecting Code Coverage Data from a Load Test


    So I was asked an interesting question today at our VSTS/ALM Seminar in Phoenix:  Is code coverage data collected as part of a load test?

    Well, yes and no. 

    • No:  Code coverage info is collected as part of running a unit test, not a load test.
    • Yes:  If you run a unit test as part of a load test, code coverage is implicitly collected because the load test is calling that unit test (over and over).

    Last element to note:  When viewing code coverage results for a load test run (again, collected when unit tests are included in the test mix for a load test), the data you're viewing is aggregated from all the unit test runs.  This is actually a good thing - I can run a load test that executes a unit test 100,000 times very quickly.  I don't want to look through each run, but rather the cumulative result for code coverage.  This is possible because code coverage is primarily a percentage value.

    This aggregate view is based on the unit test, regardless if the unit test is a "static" or data-driven test (a data-driven test can alter the code coverage results between runs, so again, and aggregate view is easiest to interpret).

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    DB Pro ("DataDude") June CTP


    Are you ready for this?  No more design DB, meaning no longer are you required to have a local instance of SQL Server running on your machine.

    There are a ton of other things here, but that's my favorite.  Read more here, and download here.

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    VSTS Architect Edition Gets a Boost


    Brian Harry discusses some of the great new stuff coming down the chute for the Architect Edition of Team System in his notes from TechEd.

    His post can be read here. My favorite looks to be the "Architecture Explorer".

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    Visual Studio Myth Week


    Check out the creative videos driven by our Public Sector team, themed "Myth Week" (

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