The Quality Enablement through Agile Testing roadshow has been extended to make a stop in Boise!
Producing high quality software, closely aligned with the constantly changing requirements of business stakeholders is more important than ever. Especially in an Agile development setting, every team member has to ensure that their work is of the highest quality – all the time. Testers can verify quality but not ensure it – proper QA procedures and a quality mindset are essential for high performance development teams.
During this event, your local Microsoft Developer Technology Specialist will provide you an inside look at Black Box Testing, show you the capabilities of Microsoft Test Manager, and address the Developer’s experience in quality enablement through white box testing. Furthermore, we’ll cover how quality is an accountability and addressable by the entire development organization.
You’ll also have an opportunity to learn the value of Build, Deploy, Test, and Lab Management from our ALM Partner, Accentient. We look forwarding to seeing you there!
I hope you can make it!
REGISTER NOW WHEN: Tuesday October 29, 2013 9:30AM – 3:00PM WHERE: Microsoft Boise Office
401 W. Front Street, Suite 600
Boise, ID 83702
Complimentary Food & Beverages Provided
You may not have noticed, but last week a number of extensions were released to the Visual Studio Gallery to support VS/TFS 2013 RC:
There aren't necessarily any new features in these updates, but they do support 2013 RC for all the items you know and love, like the Best Practices Analyzer, Check-in policies, Process Template Editor, TFPT, and more.
And don’t forget to take advantage of the MSSCCI providers to allow integration with TFS from a myriad of other environments, such as VS 2005, VB6 (yup!), SSMS, PowerBuilder, and other SCCI-compliant IDE’s.
Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday!
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Join us at this free, one-day technical workshop on Microsoft Virtualization for VMware IT professionals. Experienced Technical Evangelists will guide you through key scenarios and cover equivalent technologies from Microsoft and VMware. Complete all the hands-on labs and you'll walk away ready to build your own lab environment for further evaluation and testing.
This event will help you to:
At a high level, as part of this course, you'll learn about the following topics:
Session Requirements: In order to participate in the labs, please bring a modern laptop. Click HERE for more detailed system specs. All participants registering for the event should download Microsoft Hyper-V 2012 R2 Preview.
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You CAN have the best of both worlds! With Windows Azure, IT Pros can easily extend an on-premises network to embrace the power and scale of the cloud – securely and seamlessly. These Hybrid Cloud scenarios present real solutions that you can implement today to solve pressing IT issues such as:
Join us at this FREE full-day hands-on event to experience the power of Hybrid Cloud. Our field-experienced Technical Evangelists will guide you through the process of jumpstarting your knowledge on Windows Azure Storage, Virtual Machines and Virtual Networking for key IT Pro scenarios. Complete all of the hands-on labs and you'll walk away with a fully functional Windows Server 2012 cloud-based test lab running Windows Azure!
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As the summer winds down, I hope to get more active with my blog again (At Microsoft, summer often brings a slew of internal conferences, trainings, planning, and vacation). I think Visual Studio 2013 is the perfect topic with which to jump back in!
If you didn’t already know, Visual Studio 2013 RC is available for download.
More specific downloads links:
An RC is a Release Candidate, meaning it’s basically done; but we’re just looking for any outlier issues and may put a little extra polish on the experience before release.
And speaking of release, tag your calendar for the virtual launch event on November 13th at 9AM EST! (Add to Outlook | iCal). Hope to (virtually) see you there!
“Okay, I have TFS.. Now what?”
If you or anyone in your organization has asked that question, this free training from Aspenware may be your answer!
Check out the training page on their site for full details, but here are the basics:
Lunch will be provided between 11:30AM-12:00PM
Full details here: http://events.aspenware.com/tfs-2012-training
You’ll also have an opportunity to learn the value of Build, Deploy, Test, and Lab Management from our ALM Partner, Imaginet, and gain exposure to cross platform GUI test automation tools with froglogic’s Squish. We look forwarding to seeing you there!
REGISTER NOW WHEN: Thursday August 22, 2013, 9:30AM – 3:00PM WHERE: Microsoft Denver Office , 7595 Technology Way, Suite 400, Denver, CO 80237
Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 brings a number of new features into the integrated ALM toolset. With new features like PowerPoint Storyboarding, Integrated Code Review Features, Stakeholder Feedback, and a newly integrated Developer / Operations Workflow, you will quickly find many reasons to upgrade to Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server 2012! In this webinar, we'll briefly discuss the breadth of new ALM features. Come join us for this free Webinar!
July 11, 2013 1:00 - 2:30 pm CT
Why should your business focus on Application Lifecycle Management? What benefits will you see to your overall business? How does ALM impact your bottom line? Come attend this free webinar to discover all the answers!
July 17, 2013 1:00 - 2:00 pm CT August 14, 2013 1:00 - 2:00 pm CT
This training seminar will demonstrate how to record tests run against various types of application user interfaces using Microsoft's Visual Studio's Coded UI Tests and how to replay them at any time. Additionally, we will explore how to embed validations, either simple or elaborate, to ensure your application is producing the correct results. Learn how to improve the quality of your applications by having a repeatable set of Microsoft Coded UI Tests available to ensure defects don't go unnoticed!
September 5, 2013 1:00 - 2:30 pm CT September 19, 2013 1:00 - 2:30 pm CT
The newest release of Visual Studio 2012 is rich with new tools that enhance standard developer activities. In this session, we'll review and demonstrate some of these new features, such as Unit Testing, Code Reviews, Code Clones, and other developer tools. Come join us for this free Webinar!
August 8, 2013 1:00 - 2:30 pm CT August 22, 2013 1:00 - 2:30 pm CT
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Consider this scenario:
In Team Foundation Server 2010 (and previous releases for that matter), support for multiple users editing the same work item at the same time was simple and blunt.
When User A makes a change (based on a now out-of-date version of the work item), he’s presented with the TF237079 error (again, I’m looking at TFS 2010 currently):
This occurs regardless of the field you modify (i.e. if User B changed “Description” and User A changed “Title”, this condition still rears its head).
Dang! Now what? You need to refresh the work item (to suck in the updated version), and lose your proposed changes (well, you have to input them again). The work around for this is simple: If you like to keep work items open (for reference, or whatever) and don’t want to get “blocked” should you decide to make a later change, click the refresh button prior to making your changes. This will reduce the chance that someone else slides in an update before you do.
Team Foundation Server 2012 handles this scenario more smoothly.
Let’s revisit the scenario I listed above. When user A makes his change and clicks “Save”, TFS will check to see if the work item has already changed. If it has, but User B’s change (say to “Description”) doesn’t conflict with User A’s proposed change (say to “Title), it just works (this condition is equivalent to merging in version control when there are differences but no conflicts). TFS will save the User A’s change and refresh the work item for him (so now User A can see his save, as well as the updated field values from User B). Basically, TFS will auto-merge work item updates when different fields are updated (i.e. no stepping on toes).
If the same field is has been updated by User B and User A, now you effectively have a true merge condition. In this case, TFS will give you this message, TF248023:
Look at what the message is saying. It’s not blocking you – it’s warning you that you may step on someone’s toes (i.e. there’s a direct conflict with a field you’re trying to update). If you close this dialog and try to save the work item again, it will allow you to save! Now ideally, you’d take a look at the work item history (per the dialog message) to see check on what changes you’re potentially overwriting before saving; so consider this message as a warning from TFS 2012 saying “I’ll let you save this if you really want to, but don’t say I didn’t tell you so if someone gets mad!”
So again, in previous versions of TFS, the above scenario doesn’t really work. You’re forced to refresh the work item and re-enter your changes. In TFS 2012, if there are no direct field-level conflicts, it works just fine. If there is a direct conflict, you’ll get warned first.
Hope this makes sense!