Steve Lange @ Work

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

May, 2014

  • Steve Lange @ Work

    Heads up: DEVintersection is in Vegas this November!


    If Your Passion Is Keeping Pace with Technology
    Take Your Experience to the Next Level!

    This fast growing conference in its second year is a collaboration between Microsoft, .NET Rocks, SQLskills and NextGen Conferences. Together, we created the next generation of conferences that will meet the expectations of developers and IT professionals alike. The intersection of tools and technologies today create a need for a conference that allows you to go in-depth with experts on the technologies you’re using today but also cross over and hear what's happening with other technologies and how they affect you; keeping you on the cutting edge.

    Last time this conference came around, you said we didn't give you enough notice to get the cost approved by your company.  Well, now you have plenty of time. Especially those of you in SoCal, if you go to one paid conference a year, this should be it.

    DEVintersection - Nov 10-13 2014 Las Vegas

    Everyone you want to see will be speaking here :

    • Scott Guthrie
    • Steve Guggenhimer
    • Scott Hanselman
    • John Papa
    • Michele Bustamante
    • Richard Campbell
    • Dan Wahlin
    • Paul Sheriff
    • Mark Minasi
    • Billy Hollis
    • Juval Lowy

    And many more. If you are a .Net Developer in the western US, this is really an event you don't want to miss!

    You can find out more and register here: 

    If you use the code SoCal at registration, you will get an additional $50 off of your registration.

    And remember.. this is not just DEV, its also: SharePoint, Office 365,, Visual Studio, Azure, SQL too.

    Follow DEVintersection on Twitter, as well.

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    Already here: Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 CTP 1


    Yep!  Fresh on the heels of the RTM of VS 2013 Update 2 (I just finished delivering “What’s New” presentations on Update 2 a couple weeks ago), the first CTP for Update 3 is available!  CTP 1 means it’s early, and may not be completely production-ready.  But heck, it’s at least worth checking out!

    Mary Jo Foley mentioned some of the key targets for Update 3; but check out this KB article for the full run-down of features.


    Here is the short list of my favorites:

    • You can use Windows PowerShell or the Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) feature to deploy and manage configuration data. Additionally, you can deploy to the following environments without having to set up Microsoft Deployment Agent:
      • Windows Azure environments
      • On-premise environments (Standard environments)
    • CodeLens authors and changes indicators are now available for Git repositories.
    • You can drag binaries from the Windows file explorer to a code map, and then start exploring binaries by using Code Map.
    • You can skip straight to the details of performance events that are exported from Application Insights to IntelliTrace.

    My absolute favorite piece is the added flexibility to customize test plans and test suite artifacts.  Full details here.


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    Visual Studio Online: Migrating from TFS on-premise


    We’ve been providing means to migrate your data from VSO to an in-premise TFS, but not the other way around.  Until now!

    We just announced a new integration service from OpsHub that allows you to migrate your data from your on-premise Team Foundation Server implementation to Visual Studio online.  Full details can be found here, in the Visual Studio Gallery.


    While you’re at it, take a look at the other capabilities that OpsHub offers.  They have an amazing line-up of ALM systems that they can integrate with their Integration Manager solution.

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