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  • Blog Post: Upcoming Events & Webcasts for You

    Northwest Cadence is on the move with a slew of great webinars and live events over the next few weeks. Take a peek below and see what grabs you! Webinars Double Feature: Test Professional; Intellitrace and Test Impact Analysis Webinar January 27 th , 9:30AM – 11:30AM Free Event...
  • Blog Post: Free Webinar – Load Testing in the Cloud

    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...
  • Blog Post: Utah Event: Using the Visual Studio 2010 ALM Tools to Improve Your Software Lifecycle Management

    Come join Microsoft and Notion Solutions on May 24th in our Lehi office as we present the latest tools and techniques for managing your software process to attain quality software using Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 and the Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) tools provided with this release. ...
  • Blog Post: Using Oracle and Visual Studio together?

    It’s about to get a heck of a lot easier! Both of what I’m about to discuss below are in beta, so please exercise your normal caution when using these tools. Oracle Data Access Components for EF and LINQ - Access Oracle databases using Entity Framework and LINQ Toad Extension...
  • Blog Post: Content from My DevExpress Webinars this Week

    Thanks to those of you who attended the DevExpress webinars I delivered this week. I hope it was worth your 60 minutes! As promised, below is the content from each webinar. I’ve posted the slide decks on SlideShare.net , and the sample code from my second webinar on SkyDrive. Feb 22nd - Team...
  • Blog Post: Holy Accelerated Training, Batman!

    Hey Denver!  Our friends at IT Boot Camps have two sets of accelerated trainings coming up that you will want to check out.  This is just a subset of courses offered, ones that focus on developers.  Team Foundation Server 2010 Administration This 2-day accelerated program covers all the...
  • Blog Post: Don’t Forget to Try the VS 2010 Service Pack 1 Beta

    You can get it here:  http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=11ea69cb-cf12-4842-a3d7-b32a1e5642e2 The installer covers all editions of Visual Studio 2010 – Express, Professional, Premium, & Ultimate.  The what’s new covers some of the benefits of SP1, but here is a...
  • Blog Post: Turn It On! My Visual Studio LightSwitch (Beta1) Presentation

    Tonight I presented to the Denver Visual Studio .NET User Group on Visual Studio LightSwitch .  Thank you to those who attended! For those of you who missed it, or just want the content anyway, below are links to my presentation.  You can find it on SkyDrive or on my profile at SlideShare ...
  • Blog Post: Ordered Tests in TFS Build

    In an earlier article I discussed how to use and Ordered Test to control the execution order of Coded UI Tests (the same can be applied to other test types as well). I received a few follow-up questions about how to do this in TFS Build so tests run in a particular order as part of a build. Here’s...
  • Blog Post: Lab Management is now Available

    You’ve been waiting for it for months.  You’ve been wondering how much it will cost.  Wait no more! VS Lab Management is now available via MSDN.  So if you have Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN or Visual Studio Test Professional 2010 with MSDN, you can use the Visual Studio 2010 Lab...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft .NET 4.0 Framework and Visual Studio 2010 Boot Camp for Developers

    [Update 7/27:  The next course’s new start date is September 18th] [Update 9/14:  The next course’s new start date is October 18th] Looking to get certified, but short on time?  Take a look at the upcoming Visual Studio 2010 Accelerated Learning Program (geek speak: Boot Camp).  It...
  • Blog Post: It’s Not Too Late! See “The Full Testing Experience”

    It’s still not too late to register for “ The Full Testing Experience: Professional Quality Assurance with Visual Studio 2010 ”.  It’s a packed 1/2 day event at a Microsoft location near you.  Come learn all about MTM (Microsoft Test Manager) and Lab Management and how these products help you...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 Feature Packs are Here

    There are two feature packs releasing today, with a third on its way in the coming weeks.  If you’re using VS 2010 Ultimate and are an MSDN subscriber, enjoy the Visualization and Modeling Feature Pack! You can get ‘em here:  http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=192777 Jason Zander has blogged...
  • Blog Post: Ordering Method Execution of a Coded UI Test

    There’s often no discernable, consistent pattern that dictates the execution order of automated tests ( Coded UI in this example, but the same applies to Unit Tests).  Some argue that it may be a good thing that there isn’t an inherent pattern for the execution of CodedUI tests (and unit tests,...
  • Blog Post: Event Series: The Full Testing Experience - Professional Quality Assurance with Visual Studio 2010

    This is a follow-up to a webcast I previously mentioned .  If you’re in the area, why not see it live? Microsoft and Northwest Cadence are proud to offer this four hour live event – during which we will demonstrate the testing and quality assurance lifecycle using Visual Studio 2010 and Team Foundation...
  • Blog Post: Free Webcast: The Full Testing Experience – Professional Quality Assurance with Visual Studio 2010

    I hope you can make this Webinar on June 15 - we’ll review all of the great new TESTING functionality of Visual Studio 2010. If you are using other Testing solutions from HP, IBM or providers (including open source solutions), you will want to learn more about what comes “in the box” with Visual Studio...
  • Blog Post: Hey South Coloradans! Did you miss the launch?

    Well, no worries!  The South Colorado .NET User Group is putting on their own Visual Studio 2010/.NET 4.0 event on Thursday, 5/6 in Colorado Springs. You’ll enjoy presentations from local subject matter experts such as David Yack, Ely Lucas, Joe Wilson, Erik Lane, Ben Hoelting, and Dave Milner....
  • Blog Post: Hey Slange, where have you been?

    I received a few emails and tweets asking why my blog has been so quiet lately.  Well, I promise there’s a good reason. My wife and I welcomed our second child into the world in March.  As a result, I was able to take advantage of a Microsoft benefit giving me 4 weeks of paid leave.  So...
  • Blog Post: Support for VS 2010 from Micro Focus

    Visual Studio 2010 is packed with capabilities.  If you’re still yearning for more and have some of the below products, this may interest you! The folks at Micro Focus have announced four product integrations with Visua Studio 2010, which are planned to be released before the end of May. If you...
  • Blog Post: New Virtual Images for you (yep, Happy Holidays!)

    I’ll let Brian Keller’s blog give you all the details, but we’ve got new Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 virtual images (now with sample data!) ready to go.  More here . And also, if you’re still monkeying around with VSTS 2008, you may have noticed that your current images are about to expire. ...
  • Blog Post: Update on VS2010 & .NET 4 Release

    I’ll let you read more details on ScottGu’s blog , but here’s the gist:  We’ve had tons and tons of terrific feedback about the current Beta 2.  Based on all that feedback, in order to make the RTM of this version of Visual Studio as stellar as it can be, the official release of VS 2010 and...
  • Blog Post: TFS 2010 Beta 2 Power Tools & BPA now Available

    Per the announcements on Brian Harry’s blog, there are some new downloads available for you to use with your TFS 2010 Beta 2 installation: TFS 2010 Power Tools ( Brian’s post ):  Power Tools are “out of band” releases of new functionality to enhance your TFS experience.  Available are: TFPT...
  • Blog Post: Scrum For Team System Process Template Released for TFS 2010

    You probably know it as the “Conchango Scrum Template” for Team Foundation Server.  EMC acquired Conchango a little while back, and it’s great to see that the “ Scrum for Team System ” process template has not been forgotten! The latest release, V3.x Beta 2 ( x86 / x64 ), is an updated template...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 is Here + The New MSDN

    You’ve probably read a lot about this already, so I’ll keep it short:  VS 2010 Beta 2 is available via MSDN – details here:  http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/dd582936.aspx .  Full availability is scheduled for 10/21. Here’s what you should do to get started: Visit the Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Sweeping Changes in Visual Studio 2010 and MSDN - 60 Minute Webcast Series

    Visual Studio 2010 and MSDN are BIG – and they are getting bigger! In this session, we’ll explore all the changes to the Visual Studio family of products, including Team Foundation Server as well as recent upgrades and changes to our MSDN line-up. Please join us for a 60 minute “CAN’T MISS” – high level...
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