Steve Lange @ Work

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

March, 2009

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    XAMLFest in Salt Lake City


    Event Date: May 1st, 2009

    Are you excited about the WPF but concerned about the learning curve? Have you seen Silverlight but don’t know where to get started? Or are you curious about how tools like Visual Studio and Expression Blend help designers and developers work together to deliver great user experiences? If so, join us at XamlFest!

    XamlFest is an interactive event where you’ll learn about the platforms, tools, and processes used to deliver differentiated user experiences. It’s a chance for you to mingle with UX-minded Microsoft folks.  To register, please send an e-mail with the names and e-mail addresses of your attendees to

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    New Release: Teamprise Client Suite 3.2


    I am constantly impressed by these guys.  Teamprise provides a compelling set of products that complement Team System and Team Foundation Server for the non-Windows developer.

    Now they have added even more with their 3.2 release.  See below:

    Now available: Teamprise Client Suite 3.2

    Teamprise Client Suite 3.2

    With the new Teamprise Client Suite 3.2, you get more features, more platforms, and more flexibility when accessing Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server from Java and cross-platform environments.

    • New Command-line Client features include Branch, Merge, and Diff
    • Map projects outside your Eclipse workspace
    • Build Maven projects from Team Build
    • Kerberos authentication support on Linux and Mac OS X
    • HP-UX on IA64 (Itanium 2) support for Teamprise Clients

    Teamprise 3.2 is a free upgrade for all Teamprise 3.x customers.

    Get Even More... a Free Remote Accelerator


    Save money and get blazing fast access to your version control data. For a limited time, each license or upgrade purchase of Teamprise Explorer, Plug-in for Eclipse, Command-line Client, or Client Suite 3.2 qualifies you for a free copy of Teamprise Remote Accelerator.

    Act now - offer ends April 30, 2009. Offer subject to change without notice

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    I told you it was coming! “Team System Big Event”


    TeamSystemBigEventI mentioned before, but couldn’t give away the details until now.. We’re covering all aspects of Application Lifecycle Management, and I hope to see you there.  We plan to pack in each venue, so tell your friends..  There will be presenters from both Microsoft and the development community, including Team System MVP’s, so you’re bound to be entertained and learn something in the process!

    Be sure to register below, and download the attached PDF to distribute as you see fit!

    How do you take an idea from conception to completion? How can you truly do more with less?

    Please join us for this FREE unique, invitation-only event to discover how both product and processes help your organization succeed in today’s environment. We will explore how Team System assists teams across the board to be successful in today’s tough times. This “break through” event will not only provide you with best practices around development and testing, but will demonstrate key capabilities of both Visual Studio Team System 2008 and the upcoming 2010 release. It’s a day that promises to have something for everyone!

    Team System Big Event



    • Test Driven Development: Improving .NET Application Performance & Scalability
      • This session will demonstrate how to leverage Test Driven Development in Team System. We’ll highlight both writing unit tests up front as well as creating test stubs for existing code.
    • "It Works on My Machine!" Closing the Loop Between Development & Testing
      • In this session, we will examine the traditional barriers between the developer and tester; and how Team System can help remove those walls.
    • Treating Databases as First-Class Citizens in Development
      • Team System Database Edition elevates database development to the same level as code development. See how Database Edition enables database change management, automation, comparison, and deployment.
    • vstsbigevent_characterArchitecture without Big Design Up Front
      • Microsoft Visual Studio Team System 2010 Architecture Edition, introduces new UML designers, use cases, activity diagrams, sequence diagrams that can visualize existing code, layering to enforce dependency rules, and physical designers to visualize, analyze, and refactor your software. See how VSTS extends UML logical views into physical views of your code. Learn how to create relationships from these views to work items and project metrics, how to extend these designers, and how to programmatically transform models into patterns for other domains and disciplines.
    • Development Best Practices & How Microsoft Helps
      • Sometimes development teams get too bogged down with the details. Take a deep breath, step back, and re-acquaint yourself with a review of current development best practice trends, including continuous integration, automation, and requirements analysis; and see how Microsoft tools map to those practices.
    • "Bang for Your Buck" Getting the Most out of Team Foundation Server
      • Today’s IT budgets are forcing teams to do as much as they can with as little as possible. Why not leverage Team Foundation Server to its full potential? In this session we’ll highlight some capabilities of TFS that you may or may not already know about to help you maximize productivity.

    Welcome: 8:00 AM

    Seminar: 8:30-5:00 PM


    Denver, CO April 22, 2009 Click here to register with invitation code: DD1A7F
    Mountain View, CA April 28, 2009 Click here to register with invitation code: 80D459
    Irvine, CA April 30, 2009 Click here to register with invitation code: A86389
    Portland, OR May 5, 2009 Click here to register with invitation code: 2DC0A9
    Phoenix, AZ May 7, 2009 Click here to register with invitation code: 90BC47

    To Register by Phone – Call 1.877.MSEVENT (1.877.673.8368) with invitation code.

    PS - This event is Free!

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    Application Lifecycle Management for Sharepoint Development


    In case you Sharepoint development shops out there haven’t noticed, we’ve recently released some development guidance on using Team System and Team Foundation Server for Sharepoint Development.

    At the Application Lifecycle Management Resource Center for Sharepoint Server site, you’ll find helpful resources such as:

    And most recently published:

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    Check out these Free ALM Catalyst Workshops



    Ignite a Positive Reaction


    There is continual pressure for IT departments to accomplish more for the business with fewer resources. Make sure your business application development projects are advancing with the greatest possible efficiency, consistency, quality, and time to market with free ALM Catalyst Live Workshops.

    ALM Catalyst Live Workshops are a series of two-hour interactive workshops; repeated over a period of sixteen weeks giving you the flexibility to fit with your schedule.

    The ALM Catalyst Live Workshops are designed to enable development teams and achieve these key goals:

    • Understand the potential of Team Foundation Server in the enterprise
    • Identify gaps in current use of Team Foundation Server
    • Create higher-quality, applause-generating software—with less time and stress

    Topics covered include:

    • Keeping Projects on the Rails (Reporting)
    • Avoiding Unpleasant Surprises (Deployment)
    • Quality Matters (Testing)
    • Making Process Stick

    These workshops will help you understand and implement Team Foundation Server (TFS) to help simplify and accelerate the software development process and improve quality for teams of all sizes.


    The intended audiences for these workshops are software development leaders and team members who want to maximize the impact of their current Microsoft Team Foundation Servers and Team System projects.


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    Get Started! Free Hosting & Tools on the Microsoft Web Platform


    Hey, newbie!  Want to see how easily you can envision, create, and deploy web applications on the Microsoft platform?

    Check out this site to get started!



    • Free hosting for 60 days
      • Choose from three options:
        • Shared hosting: Basic Web presence and content management.
        • Virtual dedicated hosting: Custom Web application development and high traffic.
        • Dedicated hosting: Content and applications on your hardware
    • Free Microsoft Expression Web** ($299 value) and Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition
    • Free $100 Microsoft adCenter search advertising credit
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    Sssshh!!! The Team System Big Event is Coming..


    We’ve got a cool event in the works.  Covering all aspects of Team System.  Presented by Microsoft, partners, and community influentials.

    Where?  Denver, Phoenix, Irvine, Mountain View, Portland.

    Don’t tell anyone! (Okay, do tell people – bring them along, but don’t give up your seat!)

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