Steve Lange @ Work

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

November, 2008

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    In the Sky! It’s your Local Cloud Computing User Group!


    [Updated 12/17/08:  The Salt Lake City date has changed to 1/20/2009]

    You’ve heard buzz about “the cloud”, and your interest was further heightened with the announcement of Azure, Microsoft’s new cloud computing platform. 

    Now you can jump in head first with other technical and business minds in your area!  The national Cloud Computing User Group is launching local groups around the country.  The forums page lists all the local meeting announcements.

    Here are the kickoff meetings that are local to my area:

    City When/Where Registration
    Denver 12/9/2008, 6-8PM
    Microsoft Denver Office
    Phoenix 12/11/2008, 6-8PM
    Microsoft Phoenix Office
    Salt Lake City *DATE CHANGE*
    1/20/2009, 6-8PM
    Microsoft SLC Office

    Other cities include:

    Chicago Dallas Los Angeles New York
    Orange County Philadelphia Redmond San Diego

    While you’re at it, join the Windows Azure group on Facebook!

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    Recap: MSDN Event Series: SQL 2008, VSTO, & Silverlight 2


    This recap can be summed up in one sentence: 

    If you didn’t go, you missed out.


    I tagged along to two of these events, in Denver and Billings.  All the presenters completely blew away the audiences covering topics around SQL Server 2008, VSTO and Silverlight 2.

    In Denver, thanks to Paul Bloom from Statera for doing the SQL Server 2008 session, Jerry Nixon from American Systems Group for covering the VSTO session, and Rob Bagby for delivering the Silverlight 2 segment.

    I couldn’t help myself – I snapped 5 quick pictures from the front during a break and let Live Photo Gallery stitch together a panorama for me (above).  How easily this was done is just another tidbit testament to Vista & Live.  I took these pictures, walked over to my laptop, plugged in my camera, 1-click imported all of them to Live Photo Gallery, and let it create the panorama.  To quote John Madden, “Boom!”

    Stitched panorama of attendees in Denver


    Stitched panorama from BillingsBillings

    In Billings, huge thanks go to Jason Mauer for delivering all three sessions.

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    Phoenix Event - MSDN Events Unleashed: The Best of PDC


    Please join us as we present some of the highlights of PDC!

    We’ll review some technologies first discussed at PDC -- such as Windows Azure, C# 4.0 and ASP.NET 4.0. 

    But we will not only be talking about the future.  We will also discuss some recent releases that you can take advantage of now, including the WCF REST Starter Kit and the Silverlight Toolkit. 

    Wednesday, December 10, 2008
    Wells Fargo Conference Center
    100 West Washington Street, MAC S4101-017
    Phoenix Arizona 85003

    Time: 11:00 am – 5:15 pm



    1-877-673-8368, reference Event ID 1032395730

    The afternoon will be broken down as follows:




    11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Registration, Box Lunch and Networking

    12:00 pm – 12:15 pm


    12:15 pm – 1:15 pm    

    What to expect with C# 4.0 (Joe Guadagno)

    1:15 pm – 1:30 pm      

    Break ; Raffle

    1:30 pm – 2:30 pm      

    Overview of REST in WCF and The WCF REST Starter Kit  (Rob Bagby presenting his session at PDC)

    2:30 pm – 2:45 pm

    Break ; Raffle

    2:45 pm – 3:45 pm        

    ASP.NET 4.0 and the Silverlight Toolkit (Scott Cate)

    3:45 pm – 4:00 pm       

    Break ; Raffle

    4:00 pm – 5:00 pm        

    Overview of Windows Azure (“The Cloud OS”) and Azure Services  (Rob Bagby)

    5:00 pm – 5: 15 pm      

    Final Raffle

    Every attendee will receive a free “.Net REST in WCF” T-Shirt and will be entered in drawings to win great Prizes.

    **Please Note: Conference Center parking is limited to the garage at 303 N. 2nd Avenue (N.E. corner of Van Buren).  All attendees who park in the Plaza Garage located above the Conference Center are subject to towing.

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    New TFS Power Tools – October 2008 Release


    Now that’s what I call a power tool!  Building on all the other great features previously released, this new batch includes a lot of new stuff, with these as my favorites:

    • Team Members
      • You can now view all participants in a project via a new “Team Members” node in Team Explorer.  Among other things, you can use this to see their information, send IM’s, see their current shelvesets, check-in history, and their pending changes (sweet!).  You can also view team/group groupings and do some fun stuff with that too.
    • Windows Shell Extensions
      • Now you can check-in/out via Windows Explorer!

    Check out Brian Harry’s blog post on the announcement, as well as his previous post describing the new features in detail.

    You can download the new power tools from here:

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    Get your feet wet with Application Lifecycle Management (ALM): 11/12


    (I have to plug anything Neudesic does in this arena!  You won’t be disappointed!)

    Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Presented by Rick Garibay, Neudesic

    Find out how utilizing Application Lifecycle Management in your environment gives you consistent predictable developments processes, increased quality in service delivery, cost savings, superior reporting and traceability and much more. We will provide an overview of ALM, give an understanding of Neudesic’s ALM Program and talk about ways to successfully enable ALM in your organization.

    Featured Products/Topics: Microsoft Office Business Scorecard Manager, Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server, Business Intelligence, Reporting Solutions

    Recommended Audiences: Technology Executives, IT Professionals, Business Executives, CIO, CTO, Business/Reporting Analysts, CFO, Business Managers, Business Decision Maker, Technical Decision Makers


    Application Lifecycle Management

    Wed., November 12, 2008

    10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Pacific Time

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