Steve Lange @ Work

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

October, 2011

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    Announcing My New Virtual Office Hours!

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    In an effort to continually help you get the most out of your investment in Microsoft development tools, I am happy to announce that I have set up regularly-scheduled virtual office hours!

    Please join me at any of his scheduled hours to ask questions, view quick demos, or learn more about upcoming products, technologies, and events.  You can also use this time to collaborate with other customers who may have stories or advice to share.

    I've created a page on this blog that lists my office hours dates/times, as well as information on how to join.  I've scheduled them roughly every two weeks or so for one hour.

    My current office hours schedule runs through the end of January 2012.  If enough people participate each week, I would love to extend them another six months!

    I hope to "see" you in my "office"!

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    Free Webinar – Load Testing in the Cloud

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    I normally include stuff like this in my monthly newsletter, but given that this is coming up next week I thought I’d post it now!

    This event is coming up on November 1st at 11:00am PST.

    Load Testing in the Cloud Using Lab Management 2010 with Windows Azure

    Presented by Sirk Technologies.

    With the introduction of Visual Studio 2010 and Windows Azure we now have the ability to easily create load testing scenarios on the cloud. Using the infrastructure of Windows Azure can provide a cost effective way to performance test your application.

    In this session we'll explore:

    • The strategy behind using a compute infrastructure for testing
    • How to create and deploy lab and test agents in the cloud which will enable the machines as load testing targets
    • Create scenario-based load testing using web performance test
    • Setup performance monitoring to capture metrics for servers and applications under load
    • Use Microsoft Excel to explore the results of Load Testing

    Register here, and I’ll see you online!

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    Steve’s Newsletter – October 2011

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    I 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!

    Thanks for bearing with me through the summer!  Summertime at Microsoft usually involves a lot of planning, meaning I was either heads-down in an Office document or on vacation. :)

    Announcements

    A lot has happened in the last couple of months!  A quick recap:

    //Build conferenceIf you’ve been hiding under a rock, you probably didn’t hear about the //Build conference in September in Anaheim, CA.  It was at that conference that Microsoft took off some of the covers surrounding Windows 8; and more specifically the developer experience around Windows 8.

    We released not only a Windows developer preview guide (PDF | XPS), but an ISO containing a preview build of Windows 8 and configured dev tools.  Pick your poison here!

    Also at //Build we announced the availability of the Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview for MSDN subscribers.  Jason Zander’s post does a great job previewing some of the notable capabilities in Dev 11.  Oh, did I mention this Team Foundation Server 11 is also available as an early preview?  There is also a pre-configured VM for you to check out if you don’t feel like doing any heavy lifting.

    And while we’re talking about TFS, another preview you should really take advantage of is TFS on Azure (yup, hosted TFS in the cloud).  Brian Harry has more details.

    Visual Studio LightSwitch 2011 released as well in July.  LightSwitch is the newest member of the Visual Studio family and is the easiest way to build business applications (think “screens + data”) for both the desktop and the cloud. Read more in my post about it.

    Upcoming Events & Training

    Here’s what’s coming up in October!

    Windows Phone CampsComing soon to a city near you!  Take advantage and learn everything you need to know about developing on the latest version of the Windows Phone OS, including tips for monetizing your application.

    Webcasts

    QuickAnswers

    • What’s this ‘System.Runtime.DurableInstancing’ exception all about?  There’s a Windows Update (KB2468871) that interferes with TFS 2010 if you aren’t running TFS 2010 SP1.  You can read more about it here.
    • Can I set up a build server using TFS on Azure?  Yep, you can!  Brian Harry explains..
    • Can Test Professional test Java applications?  Yes and no.  You can author and execute test cases against a Java application, take screenshots, record bugs, and take video, but you won’t be able to bind your steps to the application for fast-forward.

    Final Thoughts

    I want to end with a quick note about my role – it’s changing! Okay, not too much, but my focus is shifting in terms of territory and customer account alignment. Before, I was focused on larger accounts in our Southwest District. Now my role is taking me across the Western US (basically Colorado and westward) working with smaller and mid-sized customers. So it’s by no means a goodbye as I’ll most likely just be next door.. As always, if you’re not sure who your Microsoft developer tools contact is, just ping me and I can get you in touch with the right person.

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