Steve Lange @ Work

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

February, 2010

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    Reminder to Register for the Rocky Mountain Tech Trifecta


    As I mentioned before, the Rocky Mountain Tech Tri-Fecta is coming at the end of this month!  Last year saw several hundred attendees, and this year promises to be even bigger and better.

    .NETWhat is the Tri-Fecta?  It’s effectively 3 camps in 1 (and this year, it may be 5 camps in 1!).. a Code Camp, PASS Camp, and ITPro Camp.  Plus this year, a SharePoint Camp and Beginner Camp.  (whew, that’s a lot of camping!)

    In case you didn’t know, here’s the skinny:

    When:  Saturday, February 27th, 2010 | 7:30am-5:00pm

    WhereMetro State College in Denver


    SharePointThere are several tracks for the day, including:

    • .NET
    • SQL Server
    • Windows
    • SharePoint (new this year!)
    • Beginners (new this year!) 

    SQLServer 2008Register today!  You won’t be disappointed.

    And not that this will motivate you to come any more, but I’m currently slated to deliver two sessions:

    • BoF:  Team Foundation Server “Free-For-All”
    • Session:  Team Foundation Server:  Team Development on Crack

    Visual Studio 2010Check out sessions from my teammate Daniel Egan as well!

    There will be various other Microsoft folks hanging around, as well as many other community leaders and industry partners.  If you see me wandering around, stop by and say hello..  Just don’t heckle me in my sessions.. :)

    I hope to see you there!  Don’t forget to register!  If you didn’t notice, it’s FREE.. :)

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    Happy Valentine’s (Early): Visual Studio 2010 RC is Available


    vs2010logo The Release Candidate (RC) for Visual Studio 2010 is now available for download and exhaustive tinkering.  :) 

    You can grab it off of MSDN Subscriptions site today, or get it from the public VS 2010 site on Feb 10th. 

    Start here:

    I’ve received a few questions from customers asking why we’re doing an RC so close to the (April) launch of VS 2010.   While we received a lot of positive customer feedback on VS 2010 and .NET 4, the performance of the IDE, especially around loading solutions, building, and debugging, wasn’t as great as expected.  So we took that feedback and worked more on Beta 2 from a performance perspective.  The result?  The RC release.

    So while you won’t find many new features in the RC (again, the predominant focus was on performance), there are a couple niceties in the testing tools (Microsoft Test Manager) that I think you’ll like:

    • Compose Environment from running VMs (Lab Manager)
    • Links list in Test Plan properties (Test Manager)
    • Create any new work item (Test Manager)

    We’re not exactly done with the feedback, either.  We’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions (both bad and good) about this RC so we can make the finished/launched VS 2010 product everything you hope it to be.

    Want to learn more?  Check out S. Somasegar’s Blog and Jason Zander’s Blog for more technical details about the RC.

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    Ready for a Read? VS 2010 Licensing White Paper is Available


    So you’ve probably heard me talk about it before – VS 2010 is simplified from VS 2008 in terms of SKU choices, MSDN subscriptions, prices, etc.

    Too good to be true?  Kinda.  While the product and licensing model became more simplified, the licensing white paper became longer (up from 11-13 pages to about 30).  Personally, I blame font size, margins, and lots of example scenarios.

    That all said, the Visual Studio 2010 Licensing White Paper is now available on Microsoft Downloads.

    This white paper provides an overview of the Visual Studio 2010 product line and the licensing requirements for those products in common deployment scenarios.

    For volume licensing customers who need a definitive guide to licensing terms and conditions, they should reference the Microsoft Licensing Product Use Rights (PUR) and applicable licensing agreements. For retail customers the license terms are specified in the End User Licensing Agreement (EULA) included with your product.

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    Power Tools are Available for TFS 2010 RC


    Yup, they’re here!  We didn’t know if there would be any as the team preps for the impending launch, but…


    Quick Tip:  If you have any other 2010 TFS Power Tools installed remove those first (if you have 2008 tools, you should be fine).


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    Developer Evangelist Needed in Phoenix! (+ a couple other openings)


    My team (Developer & Platform Evangelism) is looking to hire a Developer Evangelist based out of Phoenix.  You can read all about the job HERE on Microsoft’s Careers page.

    Know of anyone, or interested for yourself?  If so, either apply for the job directly or ping me if you have any questions!

    But wait, that’s not all!  We have other openings on my regional team:

    Scott Kerfoot has posted all three jobs on his blog, along with a brief FAQ.

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