Steve Lange @ Work

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

December, 2009

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    New Virtual Images for you (yep, Happy Holidays!)


    I’ll let Brian Keller’s blog give you all the details, but we’ve got new Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 virtual images (now with sample data!) ready to go.  More here.

    And also, if you’re still monkeying around with VSTS 2008, you may have noticed that your current images are about to expire.  Here is a link to updated ones.

    These images are downloadable via several large files.  Be sure to use a download manager (Brian gives you instructions for how to use FDM)!

    Ready? Set? Go!

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    Update on VS2010 & .NET 4 Release


    I’ll let you read more details on ScottGu’s blog, but here’s the gist:  We’ve had tons and tons of terrific feedback about the current Beta 2.  Based on all that feedback, in order to make the RTM of this version of Visual Studio as stellar as it can be, the official release of VS 2010 and .NET 4 will be pushed back a few weeks.

    A Release Candidate (RC) is planned to be made available in February, which will give us all the opportunity to take one more test drive before RTM.

    So while it’s a slight bummer that VS 2010 is getting pushed back a little bit, I think it’s a good thing overall.  Personally, I’d rather get the product right, rather than “right now”.

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    Check Out Bytes by MSDN


    Bytes by MSDNListen or watch many influential community and Microsoft developers interviewed at PDC 09 talk about Azure, Visual Studio 2010, Silverlight, Windows 7, and a variety of additional topics that they are passionate about.


    Check back every week, or subscribe to the RSS feed.  You can watch the interviews online, or download (in a variety of formats) for viewing at your leisure.

    Guests include Scott Guthrie, Andrew Brust, Time Heuer, David Yack, Scott Hanselman, Tim Huckaby, Loke Uei Tan, and many others!

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    TFS 2010 Beta 2 Power Tools & BPA now Available


    Per the announcements on Brian Harry’s blog, there are some new downloads available for you to use with your TFS 2010 Beta 2 installation:

    • TFS 2010 Power Tools (Brian’s post):  Power Tools are “out of band” releases of new functionality to enhance your TFS experience.  Available are:
      • TFPT (Team Foundation Power Tools), which includes
        • Process Template Editor
        • Check-in Policy Pack
        • Alert Editor
        • Windows Shell Extension
        • PowerShell Support
        • TFPT Command line
        • TFS 2010 Best Practices Analyzer (BPA) Tool (Brian’s post):  The BPA tool helps you identify potential/existing configuration issues with on TFS servers, either pre- or post-install.
    • TFS MSSCCI Provider


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    Registration is Open for the 2010 Rocky Mountain Tech Trifecta


    If you didn’t go last year, you probably regretted it, right?  Well, now’s your chance to redeem yourself!

    The 2010 Rocky Mountain Tech Trifecta is officially open for registration HERE.  Go to the website for full details, but what you really need to know:

    • Date/Location: Saturday, February 27th, 2010 at Metro State College in downtown Denver.
    • What’s Covered:  .NET, SQL Server, and Windows – lots of sessions!
    • Cost:  FREE!

    This terrific event is organized by volunteers from the local Colorado .NET, PASS, and Windows Server User Group Chapters.

    I’ll be there, will you?

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    Scrum For Team System Process Template Released for TFS 2010


    You probably know it as the “Conchango Scrum Template” for Team Foundation Server.  EMC acquired Conchango a little while back, and it’s great to see that the “Scrum for Team System” process template has not been forgotten!

    The latest release, V3.x Beta 2 (x86 / x64), is an updated template designed to work with TFS 2010 Beta 2.

    You can browse the discussion forum and download the template HERE.

    Also included:


    This Scrum template & process was also delivered as a session at PDC.  You can watch it on-demand here:


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