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

January, 2009

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    Take the Mystery Out of Team System and Team Foundation Server


    Visual Studio Team SystemAttend this upcoming webcast, “MSDN Webcast: Taking the Mystery Out of Visual Studio Team System and Team Foundation Server (Level 100)” presented by John Sanderson.

    Microsoft Visual Studio Team System means a lot of things to different people. In this webcast, we provide a non-technical overview of the Team System family of products, including Team Foundation Server and MSDN Subscriptions. Get a high-level understanding of what Team System is, how Team System differs from Visual Studio alone, and who uses Team System and why. Whether you are a technical professional, a development team manager, or an individual contributor, we take the mystery out of Team System and give you a complete view of what Team System is and how it is packaged.

    Presenter: John Sanderson, Developer Tools Sales Specialist, Microsoft Corporation
    John Sanderson is a developer tools sales specialist who manages the Microsoft developer tools business in the Southwest United States from his office outside Denver, Colorado. John is responsible for supporting Microsoft Visual Studio, Visual Studio Team System, Visual Studio Team Foundation Server, MSDN Subscriptions, and the Microsoft Expression family of design tools.

    Duration: 60 minutes

    Date:  Tuesday, February 10, 2009 9:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

    Attendee Registration URL:

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    Get your VSTS Demo Here! Visual Studio Team System Webcast Series


    Visual Studio Team System Notion Solutions, one of our stellar partners in the Team System area, is hosting a series of webcasts.  Free for anyone to attend, just register!  Look at the schedule below and click on the date/time that will work for you..

    Notion Solutions – Visual Studio Team System Webcast Series

    Visual Studio Team System 2008 Overview

    Team Foundation Server - 2008 Overview

    Visual Studio Team System 2008 Developer Edition Overview

    Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Professional Edition Overview

    Visual Studio Team System 2008 Tester Edition Overview

    For Event descriptions and to sign up, just click on the date you want, and you will be directed to the correct link on Microsoft’s website. We can also be contacted at

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    The Best of PDC is Rolling Through Colorado!


    MSDN Unleashed is making its second tour through Colorado at the end of this month (January). 

    Location Date Registration Link
    Colorado Springs, CO 1/26/2009 Register
    Denver, CO 1/27/2009 Register
    Fort Collins, CO 1/29/2009 Register

    Here’s what you can expect:

    We will be providing overviews of 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. 

    Microsoft .NETWhat to expect with C# 4.0

    We will take a look at some of the new and exciting features that are being planned for the next release of C#.  Some of the features that we will look at are dynamic lookup, the ability to program against fields, methods and types without C# static type checker and the new named and optional parameter support.

    Silverlight The Silverlight Control Toolkit

    The Silverlight Toolkit is a collection of Silverlight controls, components and utilities made available outside the normal Silverlight release cycle.  This 30 minute session will illustrate some of these new tools.  The session will illustrate the use of the ImplicitStyleManager and the new themes to skin your applications, charting controls, the expander and more.  This session is 100% demo-driven.

    REST with WCF and the WCF REST Starter Kit

    This session will provide a broad overview of REST support in WCF, including some key new features available in the recently released WCF REST Starter Kit.  The session will begin with a theoretical discussion of what REST is.  It will continue by illustrating WCF support for developing LO-REST and HI-REST APIs.  This session will be largely demo driven, with specific demos demonstrating consuming LO-REST services being consumed by AJAX clients, as well as developing HI-REST services being consumed by Silverlight 2 clients.  This session is 60% demo-driven.

    Windows Azure Demystifying Azure

    This goal of this session is to provide a framework for understanding the Azure namespace.  This namespace comprises Windows Azure (“The Cloud OS”), Live Services, .NET Services, SQL Data Services, and more.  The session will begin with a discussion of the hi-level features of Windows Azure (“The Cloud OS”), including scalable storage, a rich developer experience, automated service management and service hosting.  The session will then provide a high-level overview of the services available in Live Services and .NET Services.  The session will conclude with a brief overview of SQL Data Services.  This session will demonstrate the use of Azure Table Services, SQL Data Services and will illustrate the Developer Fabric.

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    Finding Microsoft Developer Events in the West – something better’s coming!


    Just a heads up.  Your committed Developer Technology Specialists in the Western US are working to bring you a “first-stop-shop” for finding events, activities, and links specific to the Western Region.

    Historically, when a customer of mine would ask, “Can you tell me where to find events happening in my area?”.. I’d have to send them 3 or 5 links.  MSDN Events, WW Events, TechNet, custom events.. Ugh. 

    We’re working on a good way to aggregate event calendar that will allow you to filter by geography and event engine.  Cross your fingers!

    We hope to have something for you in the next couple of months..

    Stay Tuned - Steve

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    Microsoft and Intertech Present: Load Testing with VSTS Webcast


    I know this isn’t exactly taking place in the Desert Mountain geography, but it’s a webcast open to anyone..  Intertech is a great partner and promises a great session!

    Microsoft and Intertech Present: Load Testing with VSTS Webcast

    Event Overview

    During this session we will look at the various types of load tests, setting up and running these load tests, and analyzing the results.  We will focus on testing web pages and web services and we will also take a look at some best practices.


    Tim Star – Intertech

    Tim Star is a senior consultant at Intertech.  His 15 years of software experience includes over 10 years building an enterprise Manufacturing Execution System where his responsibilities included several load test engagements with Boeing and a load test trip to the Microsoft Technology Center. 



    None, thanks to Microsoft for sponsoring the event.


    Wed, Jan 21, 2009


    11:00 AM (Central Time)




    Visual Studio / Team Foundation Server


    Business Decision Maker, Developer, Testers, Project Managers


    120 minutes


    Register Now

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    Leading Industry Analyst Firm Assesses the ALM Market Offerings and Their Providers


    In keeping you informed of third-party evaluations of our products and technologies, I wanted to draw your attention to recent research from Gartner, Inc.. The report – released December 17, 2008 under the title “MarketScope for Application Life Cycle Management” by analysts Jim Duggan, Matt Light  and Thomas E. Murphy – delivers valuable information about the Application Life Cycle Management (ALM) market segment. 

    In this ALM MarketScope, Gartner rates Microsoft as Positive. According to Gartner, “ALM is the practices, processes and tools that aid in the management of the application life cycle, specifically the workflow of producing or maintaining an application. Key capabilities include change management, workflow and work item management, and an integration backplane that allows an organization to establish traceability and accountability across multiple processes, multiple locations, multiple tool types, and multiple tools of each type across the stages of development and delivery.”

    Gartner estimates “that sales of ALM tools totaled $1.26 billion for calendar year 2007, with a growth rate of 11.2%. Although current economic conditions will suppress many projects, we believe that the ALM market will stay relatively strong because of the value that ALM returns to a company in productivity, predictability, automation and governance.”

    About Microsoft Visual Studio Team System:

    Microsoft® Visual Studio® Team System 2008 provides multi-disciplined team members with an integrated set of tools for architecture, design, development, database development and testing of applications. Team members can continuously collaborate and utilize a complete set of tools and guidance at every step of the application life cycle.

    I hope you find this information helpful. Please let me know if you have any questions. You can find the full independent report on Microsoft PressPass, “MarketScope for Application Life Cycle Management” at:

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    MSDN Events Unleashed Series: The Best of PDC (Salt Lake City)


    We will be reviewing some technologies first discussed at PDC -- such as Windows Azure and C# 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. 

    We’re offering this session twice in one day, so that you can chose the one that fits best into your schedule.

    Please only register for the session that you will attend.

    8:00 am – 12:30 pm



    1-877-673-8368, reference Event ID 1032399782

    Thursday, January 15, 2009
    Salt Lake City Microsoft Office
    123 Wright Brothers Drive, Suite 100
    Salt Lake City, Utah 84116


    1:00 pm – 5:30 pm



    1-877-673-8368, reference Event ID 1032399784

    The sessions will be broken down as follows:






    1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

    Welcome / What to expect with C# 4.0

    2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

    The Silverlight Control Toolkit

    2:30 pm – 2:45 pm


    2:45 pm – 4:00 pm        

    REST with WCF and the WCF REST Starter Kit

    4:00 pm – 4:15 pm       


    4:15 pm – 5:30 pm        

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

    Every attendee will receive a free “.Net REST in WCF” T-Shirt.

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