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

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    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 (Team Foundation Power Tools), which includes
        • Process Template Editor
        • Check-in Policy Pack
        • Alert Editor
        • Windows Shell Extension
        • PowerShell Support
        • TFPT Command line
        • TFS 2010 Best Practices Analyzer (BPA) Tool (Brian’s post):  The BPA tool helps you identify potential/existing configuration issues with on TFS servers, either pre- or post-install.
    • TFS MSSCCI Provider


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    Check Out Bytes by MSDN


    Bytes by MSDNListen or watch many influential community and Microsoft developers interviewed at PDC 09 talk about Azure, Visual Studio 2010, Silverlight, Windows 7, and a variety of additional topics that they are passionate about.


    Check back every week, or subscribe to the RSS feed.  You can watch the interviews online, or download (in a variety of formats) for viewing at your leisure.

    Guests include Scott Guthrie, Andrew Brust, Time Heuer, David Yack, Scott Hanselman, Tim Huckaby, Loke Uei Tan, and many others!

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    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 .NET 4 will be pushed back a few weeks.

    A Release Candidate (RC) is planned to be made available in February, which will give us all the opportunity to take one more test drive before RTM.

    So while it’s a slight bummer that VS 2010 is getting pushed back a little bit, I think it’s a good thing overall.  Personally, I’d rather get the product right, rather than “right now”.

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    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.  Here is a link to updated ones.

    These images are downloadable via several large files.  Be sure to use a download manager (Brian gives you instructions for how to use FDM)!

    Ready? Set? Go!

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    Event: SharePoint as a Development Platform


    Maximize Your SharePoint Investment: Leverage It as a Development Platform!

    Join us at this in-person event that will assist your agencies and organizations in further realizing the return on your existing SharePoint investment via Enterprise SharePoint Development. Enterprise Application Development on the SharePoint Platform enables a multitude of SharePoint benefits to be coupled with the power of the .NET platform. This combination allows the creation of flexible, integrated and secure line-of-business applications to be built in a fraction of the time of traditional development. So join us at a city near you as we explore Microsoft’s current and long term strategy for the Microsoft SharePoint Platform and supporting Development Tools. Seize this opportunity to immerse yourself in the exciting world of Enterprise SharePoint Development!




    8:30 AM–9:00 AM


    9:00 AM–10:00 AM

    Keynote: Taking your SharePoint Investment to the Next Level with Visual Studio 2010

    This keynote session will provide an overview of the new platform capabilities in SharePoint 2010. You will also be among the first to see Visual Studio 2010’s tightly integrated experience for application developers building and deploying SharePoint solutions.

    10:00 AM–11:00 AM

    Realizing SharePoint as a Development Platform

    This session will focus on how SharePoint Products & Technologies can contribute to the acceleration of the solution development process by taking advantage of out-of-box capabilities in order to deliver composite business applications for your organization.

    11:00 AM–12:30 PM

    Unleashing the Power of SharePoint Apps with Visual Studio 2010

    This demo-oriented session will provide a deeper look at SharePoint Development concepts, techniques & best practices. 

    12:30 PM–1:00 PM


    1:00 PM–2:30 PM

    Managing the SharePoint Application Development Lifecycle

    The final session of the day will provide a look at strategies and best practices for Team based SharePoint development

    Who Should Attend

    Developers, Architects, Web Designers and technical managers and stakeholders who wish to gain a better understanding of the long term vision of SharePoint as a platform and the benefit of developing for SharePoint.

    Attend for your chance to win a 16GB Zune HD!


    Phoenix, AZ

    February 9, 2010

    Event ID: 1032439113


    Denver, CO

    February 10, 2010

    Event ID: 1032439113


    San Diego, CA

    February 18, 2010

    Event ID: 1032439116


    Portland, OR

    February 23, 2010

    Event ID: 1032439115


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    patterns & practices Summit 2009



    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.















    Why Attend?

    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.

    What Previous Attendees Have Said...

    "This was a wonderful experience."

    "Overall, conference was great, gave us good roadmap to follow."

    "Thank you for all the great ideas. I am looking forward to going home and applying them."

    "Many of the things I learned here will revolutionize our practices, processes, designs, and patterns. THANKS!"

    "Speakers were great"

    "Humor was refreshing"

    "Great event! Do it again!"

    "Excellent conference, just first day alone was worth the money. Thank you."

    "This was an excellent value and I would recommend it to everyone!!"

    "All speakers were very knowledgeable and they addressed many issues that I face every day."

    "This was an excellent conference for me. I'm taking away some useful tools."


    Special Offer ($400 off until June 30th and $200 off after that)

    We are happy to extend a special offer to you via this email. This is only available to the recipients of this email. With this offer, you will save $400 of the best available open registration price until June 30th and $200 off after that. Register now to take advantage of this special offer.

    Price Information:

    $1695 $1295 - Early Bird (thru June 30th)
    $1695 $1495 - Early Bird (thru August 31)
    $1895 $1695 - Standard Registration

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    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?

    Visual Studio

    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 Server. Join us as we dive into the testing tools and testing process you can use to dramatically improve the effectiveness of your QA and Test efforts. You’ll see the Microsoft Test Manager and Lab Management in all its glory as we explore how to manage your test environment, organize test suites, test cases, requirements and bugs, and how to manage both automated and manual test runs. In addition, you’ll see how to easily create an automated test from an existing manual test run. Finally, and most importantly, you’ll discover how insanely easy it is to create bugs that can be simply and reliably reproduced by developers – Visual Studio 2010 is that powerful.


    • Imagine knowing which manual regression tests you had to run, given the code changes in the recent build…
    • Imagine being able to quickly and completely capture bugs in such a way that developers can reproduce them…
    • Imagine being able to record your exploratory testing and turn that exploration into detailed test steps – with just a few commands…
    • Imagine taking a manual test run and, in seconds, turning it into an automated test…
    • Imagine using an intuitive interface to design, organize and execute your test plans…
    • Imagine seeing your testing progress on one simply dashboard, and drilling into critical details…
    • Imagine testing your application more effectively, in less time, and with less pain…

    Now come see it all. In action. Today.

    This training event is geared towards QA managers, technical and non-technical testers, business analysts, and quality-conscious developers working on cross-functional teams (or, gasp, organizations without testers).

    Register for a date & location near you!

    Welcome: 8:00 AM (Local Time)

    Seminar: 8:30 AM-12:00 PM (Local Time)

    Microsoft Partner Events:






    July 7, 2010

    Bellevue, WA


    July 8, 2010

    Portland, OR


    July 13, 2010

    Mountain View, CA


    July 14, 2010

    San Francisco, CA


    July 15, 2010

    Irvine, CA


    July 27, 2010

    Phoenix, AZ


    July 28, 2010

    Denver, CO


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    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.

    You can get the full details here:

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    Reminder to Register for the Rocky Mountain Tech Trifecta


    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.

    .NETWhat 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

    WhereMetro State College in Denver


    SharePointThere are several tracks for the day, including:

    • .NET
    • SQL Server
    • Windows
    • SharePoint (new this year!)
    • Beginners (new this year!) 

    SQLServer 2008Register 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:

    • BoF:  Team Foundation Server “Free-For-All”
    • Session:  Team Foundation Server:  Team Development on Crack

    Visual Studio 2010Check 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.. :)

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    Happy Valentine’s (Early): Visual Studio 2010 RC is Available


    vs2010logo 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:

    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:

    • Compose Environment from running VMs (Lab Manager)
    • Links list in Test Plan properties (Test Manager)
    • Create any new work item (Test Manager)

    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.

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    Ready for a Read? VS 2010 Licensing White Paper is Available


    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.

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    Power Tools are Available for TFS 2010 RC


    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).


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    Developer Evangelist Needed in Phoenix! (+ a couple other openings)


    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.

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    Support for VS 2010 from Micro Focus


    VS 2010 LogoVisual 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:

    Micro Focus logo (from following products are expected to be released with Visual Studio 2010 integration before the end of May:

    • Visual COBOL 2010 is Micro Focus’s world-class COBOL environment. The product includes support for both native and managed code (full support for multi-targeting & .NET 4.0); new lighter-weight COBOL syntax that permits COBOL programs to be written in a style similar to Visual Basic.NET; includes new features in Visual Studio 2010, such as editor adornments. This product will also form the basis of the new managed code mainframe migration offering, which is scheduled for a July 2010 announcement at the WPC.
    • SilkTest integration permits tests authored using Borland SilkTest to be integrated with Team Foundation Server build processes, and managed through Microsoft Test Manager in Visual Studio Test Professional 2010. Micro Focus plans to offer the SilkTest integration add- free of charge to existing SilkTest customers on maintenance.
    • Micro Focus DevPartner provides additional static and run-time analysis capability within Visual Studio, enhancing the quality & reliability of both managed and native applications. It is in use currently by a number of internal Microsoft development teams.
    • Analyzer Express is a first offering of the Modernization Workbench technology acquired from Relativity Technologies. It provides enhanced code understanding such as data flow analysis and code slicing.
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    Rocky Mountain Tech Trifecta – Thank you and goodnight!


    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):


    To those of you who attended, thanks for stopping by!

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    Interested? March Architect Innovation Cafe Webcasts


    In case any of this interests you, there are a couple of great webcasts coming this way during this month.  See below!


    March 25, 2010 at 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST

    Title: Extending Your Sites Reach with IE8 Add On Features

    Abstract Today's users are getting more sophisticated and they expect more features from the sites and services they use. In this session learn about how to implement low effort, high value add-ons that expand your sites reach and bring value to your customer base .

    Link to Register:

    Jim Cirone
    Architect Evangelist, Microsoft

    Jim Cirone is an Architect Evangelist with Microsoft's Developer and Platform Evangelism team. He joined the DPE team 3 years ago after spending 10 years in Microsoft's services group architecting and delivering complex solutions. In his current role he is focused on new and emerging web technologies.


    March 26, 2010 at 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST

    Title: Windows Azure Design Patterns

    Abstract: One of the challenges in adopting a new platform is finding usable design patterns that work for developing effective solutions. The Catch-22 is that design patterns are discovered and not invented. Nevertheless it is important to have some guidance on what design patterns make sense early in the game.

    This webcast attacks the problem through a set of application scenario contexts, Azure features and solution examples. It is unique in its approach and the fact that it includes the use of features from all components of the Windows Azure Platform including the Windows Azure OS, Windows Azure AppFabric and SQL Azure. In this webcast you will learn about the components of the Windows Azure Platform that can be used to solve specific business problems.

    Link to Register:

    Bill Zack
    Architect Evangelist, Microsoft

    Bill Zack is an Architect Evangelist with Microsoft. He comes to this role after serving as a Solutions Architect in the Financial Services Unit of Microsoft Consulting Services. His experience includes developing, supporting and evangelizing .NET/SOA based frameworks used to jump-start development projects for financial services companies.

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    Released: Visual Studio Performance Testing Quick Reference Guide (Version 2.0)


    vs2010logo A great new updated reference from the VSTS Rangers group!

    This guidance is a collaborative effort by VSTS Rangers, Microsoft Services, and VSTS Product Team.
    VSTS Rangers.  This guidance was created in a VSTS Ranger project. VSTS Rangers is a special group with members from the VSTS Product Team and Microsoft Services. Their mission is to provide out of band solutions for missing features or guidance.

    What is in the package?

    This version of the QRG is a PDF file with a total of 160 articles (93 of these are either new or updated from the previous version) that are all meant to provide quick information about various aspects of performance testing with Visual Studio. Here is a list of categories that these articles pertain to:

    • How It Works
    • Items new to VSTT 2010
    • Configurations and Settings
    • Networks, IP Spoofing, Test Startups
    • Performance Counters and Data
    • Performance Counter Considerations on Rigs with slow links
    • Data and Results
    • Errors and Known Issues
    • Troubleshooting
    • Extensibility
    • Items not specific to the VSTS testing platform

    You can get the guidance in its full glory from it’s project site on CodePlex.

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    The Visual Studio 2010 & .NET 4 Launch is Here




    Join us for a free, in-person event you won’t want to miss
    Join a select group of developers for an event near you and get hands-on experience with Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2010.
    Learn about the rich application platforms that Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 supports, including Windows® 7, the Web, SharePoint® 2010, Windows Azure, and Windows Phone 7 Series. Visual Studio 2010 is packed with new and enhanced features that simplify the entire development process from design to deployment. From all new multi monitor support to SharePoint and Silverlight tools out of the box, there’s a lot to love in 2010.
    Attend presentations, demos, and training from Microsoft engineers, evangelists and partners and see for yourself the power of Visual Studio 2010:

    • Learn how Visual Studio 2010 helps drive tighter team collaboration across the entire software development lifecycle.
    • See how quickly you can build rich websites with ASP.NET MVC 2 and Dynamic Data.
    • Learn about the powerful capabilities of the new Windows Phone 7 Series application platform and the familiar tools experience that Visual Studio 2010 provides for developers.
    • Find out how easy it is to leverage your existing code and move to the cloud with Windows Azure.



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