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

November, 2010

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    Event: Come learn about TFS Build 2010 at the “Build & Brew”


    vs glassMicrosoft & Neudesic have partnered to deliver this half day seminar & private happy hour. In this course, we will give you a tour of the newly revamped build system in Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2010.  Learn how you can take advantage of TFS Build in your organization as we walk through new capabilities such as workflow, automated testing, architectural validation, gated check-in, virtual lab deployments, and customization.  See how TFS Build 2010 can also help you get the most out of Visual Studio Ultimate and Test Professional 2010.

    The afternoon will wrap with a private happy hour where you can network with the group and presenters.

    Seating is very limited!  Email me ( if you’re interested!


    November 30th – Phoenix
    Sun Up Brewery
    December 2nd – Denver
    Wynkoop Brewing Co.

    Welcome & Registration: 11:30 AM

    Build: 12:00 PM-5:00 PM

    Brew: 5:00 PM


    • Anatomy of Team Foundation Build 2010
    • Making Build Your Team’s Heartbeat
      • Minimizing Code Breaks
      • Running Automated Tests in Build
      • Ensuring Architectural Design
    • Advanced Topics with Visual Studio Ultimate & Test Professional 2010
      • Eliminating the Broken Build with Gated Check-in
      • Custom Build Activities
      • Building & Deploying to Your Virtual Test Environment

    Again, this is a limited-seating event.  Think of it as half education (“build”), half thank-you-for-being-our-customer (“brew”) event.  Please email me ( for the registration info.

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    Get your VS Feature Pack 2 Here (or at least from here)


    That’s right!  The next Visual Studio feature pack is now available on MSDN downloads here.  It builds upon the first feature pack, and delivers some terrific support in the testing & Coded UI space for Silverlight and Firefox

    Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Feature Pack 2 brings more advanced platform and tool support for both manual and automated testing scenarios, powered by Visual Studio 2010 Premium, Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate, or Visual Studio Test Professional 2010. Now you can test your Silverlight 4 and Firefox applications more thoroughly and have better control over your coded UI tests through an intuitive graphical editor. Feature Pack 2 enables you to expand test coverage of platforms for your applications through world-class tool support.

    In particular, Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Feature Pack 2 enables the following scenarios:

    Silverlight 4:

    • Capture and playback of Action Recordings for Silverlight 4 Applications
    • Automated coded UI tests to be written and executed against Silverlight 4 applications
    • Ongoing edits to coded UI test projects using a graphical editor


    • Fast Forward of action recordings from Microsoft Test Manager for Mozilla Firefox 3.5+
    • Automated testing from Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 for Mozilla Firefox 3.5+ (playback only).

    Feature Pack 2 is a cumulative feature pack where Visual Studio 2010 Feature Pack 1 (“Visual Studio 2010 Visualization and Modeling Feature Pack”) features are included.

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    Steve’s Development Tools Newsletter – November 2010


    Visual Studio 2010I receive a lot of email each week from you asking very specific, and valuable questions.  It’s my hope that a newsletter like this will help me communicate important announcements, tips/tricks, and other items to help you and your team ultimately be more successful!  Whenever I post a new newsletter, I will send email notifications to those of you who would like to be contacted.  If you don’t want to receive email notifications, just let me know!

    This installment is a little light – but there are still some goodies below, so enjoy!


    Did you know that you actually have TFS hosting options?  There are several companies out there that you can use to host your TFS projects, saving you the effort of managing your own TFS server.  For a good list, check this out.

    At PDC last week, Brian Harry presented a new concept for TFS.  TFS on Windows Azure.  A lot of companies want this, and Brian discusses the challenges and successes of this endeavor in this blog post.

    If your team is using Eclipse, or working on a non-Windows OS, then perhaps you’ve heard of Team Explorer Everywhere.  Well, now there’s a new Beta (2010 SP1) available for you to try.  Some key new features include localization, gated check-in support, and rich text (plus bug fixes).

    Upcoming Events & Training

    The ALM Summit is this month in Redmond, November 16-18.  If you are an ALM practitioner, lead, or manager who is passionate about mastering your craft, you should register to attend the ALM Summit at the Microsoft Conference Center in Redmond, Washington.

    When you attend the ALM Summit you will gain deeper insight into your application lifecycle. You will also discover and learn about industry best practices that address additional development challenges, and how Microsoft's ALM Solutions enable and support those best practices . You'll have the opportunity to interact directly with the Visual Studio team, top engineers from other Microsoft product groups, and industry luminaries - both at the event and at evening receptions. Attending the ALM Summit will provide you with new tools for making better design, implementation, and technology selection decisions.

    The Build & Brew event series is coming to Phoenix on November 30th, and Denver on December 2nd.  Come join us for a half-day event at a local brewery (Sun Up Brewery in Phoenix, and Wynkoop Brewery in Denver) to learn about the new build system in TFS 2010.  Afterward, we’ll have a hosted happy hour to mingle and network with other companies that use TFS.  Registration info:  Phoenix  |  Denver


    Final Thoughts

    Thanks for reading, I really do appreciate it!  I’ve seen the hit stats for this newsletter going up, and have received a lot of email from people asking to be added to the mailing list.  Please let me know what else you’d like to see in this newsletter, and I’ll do my best to accommodate!

    Also, I’d love to hear what else you’d like from the website.  My team maintains that site and are always looking for ways to improve it!

    Reminder:  If you’d like me to email you when I post a newsletter, just send me a note at  I won’t email you directly otherwise!

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    Team Explorer Everywhere (TEE) 2010 SP1 Beta is Out!


    That’s right!  If you’re on Eclipse, or a non-Windows platform and are using TFS, then Team Explorer Everywhere (TEE) should be on your radar.

    And if you’re using it already, then you’ll be even more excited to know that the Beta for SP1 is now available.  Full details are available on Brian Harry’s blog, but below are some highlights:

    • Fully localizable product.
    • Full Gated check-in support for TFS 2010.
    • Support for rich work item descriptions
    • Bug fixes and other improvements.

    Again, Brian has full details and screenshots, so I don’t want to poach his post, so check it out.

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