Steve Lange @ Work

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

July, 2011

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    LightSwitch 2011 is Here! No More Excuses!


    untitledWoot!  Visual Studio LightSwitch 2011 RTM’d today, marking a great day for the Visual Studio family.

    Visual Studio LightSwitch is the latest edition of the Visual Studio family and is by far the simplest way to build business applications for the desktop and the cloud.  This has benefits for both the “end user” developer and the professional developer.

    For the end-user developer, you can quickly create professional quality business applications with minimal (or perhaps no) code. Think “screens over data”, LightSwitch allows you to easily construct line of business applications that not only just work, but are automatically built in a way that is scalable and maintainable.

    For the professional developer, you can customize LightSwitch with your own controls, code, and extensions.  (Not to mention that LightSwitch takes some of the “hey can you build this for me real quick” –type requests that come from the business off your plate.)

    Looking for additional details?  Read Jason Zander’s announcement post, or the notice on the LightSwitch Team Blog.

    Still not sure exactly what LightSwitch is?  Maybe this video will help:

    If you have an MSDN subscription, LightSwitch is in your subscriber downloads area and is ready for you to grab.  If you don’t have an MSDN subscription, take it for a test drive today (90 days).

    There are several ways to get started:

    If you played with any of the betas,  you’ll notice several new, welcome additions to LightSwitch.  One of my favorites is the inclusion of starter kits, templates to get you quickly ramped toward solving common business needs.  These kits include templates for:

    LightSwitch will give your team a leg up in enabling all breeds of developers to quickly and reliably build LOB applications for both the desktop and cloud.  Welcome to the Visual Studio family, LightSwitch!

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    Event: Accelerate Testing with Lab Manager 2010 Summer Roadshow!



    Microsoft and Sirk Technologies are proud to offer this half-day live event – during which we will demonstrate the testing and quality assurance lifecycle using Visual Studio 2010 and Team Foundation Server.  Join us as we dive into the testing tools and testing process you can use to dramatically improve the effectiveness of your QA and Test efforts.

    Attend this half-day event to discover:

    • Using Lab Manager 2010 to provide a platform to accelerate the test and development cycle by providing the rapid provisioning of virtual environments using templates.
    • Automated deployment of software builds and testing in virtual environments from Visual Studio Ultimate.
    • Using Lab Manager and Test Manager 2010 to eliminate the “No Repro” scenario.
    • Leveraging Lab Manager 2010 and Visual Studio Ultimate for Load Testing your web applications.

    Now come see it all. In action. Today.

    This training event is geared towards QA managers, technical and non-technical testers, business analysts, and quality-conscious developers working on cross-functional teams.

    Register for a date & location near you!

    Welcome: 8:00 AM (Local Time)
    Seminar: 8:30 AM-12:30 PM (Local Time)

    Seating is limited. Register online with Event Code or call 1-877-MSEVENT.





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