The “Day in the Life of Scrum with Team System” event in Phoenix finally has a new date! It’s June 2nd at the Microsoft office in Phoenix.
Use this link to register, and provide this invitation key: 4DEAA2
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.
You can get the full details here: http://www.southcolorado.net/journal/2010/4/24/meeting-notice-ndash-thursday-may-6th-2010.html
patterns & practices Summit 2009 is Here! It will be held in Microsoft Conference Center, Redmond, WA between October 12th and 16th 2009.
We are putting together a strong line up of technical sessions from p&p team members, Microsoft product groups and industry experts. This year we are also introducing “Lightning Talks”. If the sessions are the gourmet food for your brain, these lightning talks are the gourmet snack, the energy bar kind. We will provide you more details on the lightning talk in our next update. Today we want update you with our line-up of keynote speakers.
p&p Summit Keynote Speakers
This year’s keynoters include industry luminary Martin Fowler and Microsoft technical leaders Scott Guthrie, Brian Harry, David Campbell, Wolfram Schulte and Douglas Purdy. Microsoft General Manager Emma Williams will kick off this year’s p&p summit.
When you attend the patterns & practices Summit you will gain deeper insight into the p&p guidance that you are already using. You will also discover and learn about p&p guidance offerings that address additional development challenges. You'll have the opportunity to interact directly with the p&p team, top engineers from other Microsoft product groups, and industry luminaries. Attending the patterns & practices Summit will provide you with insight into making better design, implementation, and technology selection decisions.
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As I mentioned before, the Rocky Mountain Tech Tri-Fecta is coming at the end of this month! Last year saw several hundred attendees, and this year promises to be even bigger and better.
What is the Tri-Fecta? It’s effectively 3 camps in 1 (and this year, it may be 5 camps in 1!).. a Code Camp, PASS Camp, and ITPro Camp. Plus this year, a SharePoint Camp and Beginner Camp. (whew, that’s a lot of camping!)
In case you didn’t know, here’s the skinny:
When: Saturday, February 27th, 2010 | 7:30am-5:00pm Where: Metro State College in Denver Cost: FREE
When: Saturday, February 27th, 2010 | 7:30am-5:00pm
Where: Metro State College in Denver
There are several tracks for the day, including:
Register today! You won’t be disappointed.
And not that this will motivate you to come any more, but I’m currently slated to deliver two sessions:
Check out sessions from my teammate Daniel Egan as well!
There will be various other Microsoft folks hanging around, as well as many other community leaders and industry partners. If you see me wandering around, stop by and say hello.. Just don’t heckle me in my sessions.. :)
I hope to see you there! Don’t forget to register! If you didn’t notice, it’s FREE.. :)
The Release Candidate (RC) for Visual Studio 2010 is now available for download and exhaustive tinkering. :)
You can grab it off of MSDN Subscriptions site today, or get it from the public VS 2010 site on Feb 10th.
Start here: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=151797
I’ve received a few questions from customers asking why we’re doing an RC so close to the (April) launch of VS 2010. While we received a lot of positive customer feedback on VS 2010 and .NET 4, the performance of the IDE, especially around loading solutions, building, and debugging, wasn’t as great as expected. So we took that feedback and worked more on Beta 2 from a performance perspective. The result? The RC release.
So while you won’t find many new features in the RC (again, the predominant focus was on performance), there are a couple niceties in the testing tools (Microsoft Test Manager) that I think you’ll like:
We’re not exactly done with the feedback, either. We’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions (both bad and good) about this RC so we can make the finished/launched VS 2010 product everything you hope it to be.
Want to learn more? Check out S. Somasegar’s Blog and Jason Zander’s Blog for more technical details about the RC.
So you’ve probably heard me talk about it before – VS 2010 is simplified from VS 2008 in terms of SKU choices, MSDN subscriptions, prices, etc.
Too good to be true? Kinda. While the product and licensing model became more simplified, the licensing white paper became longer (up from 11-13 pages to about 30). Personally, I blame font size, margins, and lots of example scenarios.
That all said, the Visual Studio 2010 Licensing White Paper is now available on Microsoft Downloads.
This white paper provides an overview of the Visual Studio 2010 product line and the licensing requirements for those products in common deployment scenarios.
For volume licensing customers who need a definitive guide to licensing terms and conditions, they should reference the Microsoft Licensing Product Use Rights (PUR) and applicable licensing agreements. For retail customers the license terms are specified in the End User Licensing Agreement (EULA) included with your product.
Yup, they’re here! We didn’t know if there would be any as the team preps for the impending launch, but…
Quick Tip: If you have any other 2010 TFS Power Tools installed remove those first (if you have 2008 tools, you should be fine).
My team (Developer & Platform Evangelism) is looking to hire a Developer Evangelist based out of Phoenix. You can read all about the job HERE on Microsoft’s Careers page.
Know of anyone, or interested for yourself? If so, either apply for the job directly or ping me if you have any questions!
But wait, that’s not all! We have other openings on my regional team:
Scott Kerfoot has posted all three jobs on his blog, along with a brief FAQ.
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 don’t remember, Micro Focus last year acquired Borland Software and Compuware’s testing business. They’re doing something with their new assets!
For additional info, check out: http://www.microfocus.com/products/VS2010.
The following products are expected to be released with Visual Studio 2010 integration before the end of May:
Last Saturday I had the opportunity to present two sessions at the Rocky Mountain Tech Trifecta in downtown Denver. The event itself was incredibly well-attended, with well over 400 people showing up early on a Saturday morning. What a successful day!
Dave and Julie Yack involved me in the keynote as well (probably against their better judgment, but it was fun all the same).
I had mentioned earlier that I’d be doing two sessions, the second of which was entitled, “TFS: Team Development on Crack”. About 40 people showed up, so it either must’ve been the outside hope of actually getting crack swag, or that there were no other intriguing sessions at that time. But I had a blast presenting on Team Foundation Server 2010 with a “crack-centric” slant.
Here is my presentation on SlideShare (for some reason, embedding isn’t working too well, so you get a link instead): http://www.slideshare.net/stevenl/tfs-2010-team-development-on-crack
To those of you who attended, thanks for stopping by!