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  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Feature Walkthrough – Part 1

    Abstract This is a series of posts that goes through the new features of Visual Studio. This specific post focuses on some of the new features of 2013. With 2015 coming soon and the CTP being available I will doing the same for 2015 once it is released. This first article covers the use of some of the...
  • Blog Post: Getting Started with Azure and/or VS Online using your MSDN benefits

    During the last month we delivered some sessions around DevOps as well as software quality. One of the discussion points was around leveraging Azure and Visual Studio Online, and I received a number of queries subsequently around how to leverage this. STEP 1  - Assign and activate your MSDN subscriptions...
  • Blog Post: A Day of DevOps, Release Management, Software Quality and Agile Project Requirements Management (Cape Town and Johannesburg)

      Registration Details Cost: Free Cape Town – 10 Sept: Book here Johannesburg – 15 Sept (yes a Monday):  Book here If you have any issues, please Call: 0860 22 55 67 or Email: saevent@microsoft.com   Are you looking to improve the way you manage software projects, or release software?...
  • Blog Post: Team Foundation Server Training

    Recently, I seem to be receiving a decent number of requests around training for Team Foundation Server. This has been across the board including: Planning and Managing Work/Requirements. Agile Project Management Source Control Developer Practices Build Testing – Manual, Automated Release Management...
  • Blog Post: Events–PTA and JHB - Application Lifecycle Management with TFS and Visual Studio

    We are delivering some small events focussed around using Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio to improve your application lifecycle processes. These events are small and were by invite. We do have some spare capacity, which we are opening up the broader community.  To register (the events are...
  • Blog Post: [Guest Post] - IntelliTrace Tips and Tricks: IntelliTrace Everywhere–Part 2- Colin Dembovsky

    This two-part series of blog posts will show you how to get the most out of IntelliTrace – a historical debugger that allows you to record (and replay) program execution. A third post on some advanced IntelliTrace tips is already posted here . In my previous post I showed you how to enable IntelliTrace...
  • Blog Post: [Guest Post] IntelliTrace Tips and Tricks: The Basics–Part 1–Colin Dembovsky

    This two-part series of blog posts will show you how to get the most out of IntelliTrace – a historical debugger that allows you to record (and replay) program execution. A third post on some advanced IntelliTrace tips is already posted here . Using IntelliTrace You can use IntelliTrace in the following...
  • Blog Post: Assign those MSDN subscriptions–and fully leverage your benefits

    I work with many customers around their development and application lifecycle management requirements. That is a core part of my job. One of the other aspects is educating customers around leveraging the benefits when they purchase Visual Studio on MSDN. One of the areas that many, many South Africa...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Update 1 Videos and Testing for Continuous Delivery Book

    Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 was released last week. There is a decent amount of new bits in there. Check http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudioalm/archive/2012/11/26/visual-studio-and-team-foundation-server-2012-update-1-now-available.aspx Also we released some nice short videos to introduce some of the...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio & TFS 2012 Overview Training 2-Day Class (and techdays reminder)

    We have received a few requests around training for Visual Studio and TFS 2012. One of our Application Lifecycle Management partners, Imaginet, is delivering a course locally. The session is being delivered by Colin Dembovsky, who is also an MVP on the topic Side Note : Colin and I will also be presenting...
  • Blog Post: South African Software Development Firm banks on Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server 2012

    One the nice case studies for the Visual Studio launch involved a South African company, Global Kinetic. Here are some snippets from the case study “ It builds confidence because with Team Foundation Server 2012 our client has a real-time view of our progress and can check on the project status anytime...
  • Blog Post: Lessons Learnt at Microsoft Developer Division adopting TFS/Agile and Improving Processes–sample chapter

    I often get asked about how Microsoft develops software, and how we look to improve our processes. I generally end up talking about MQ and you can find out more this via this search . This weekend I came across a sample chapter from the book Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012: Adopting Agile Software...
  • Blog Post: Brian Keller in JHB talking about ALM with Visual Studio and TFS 2012

    The ALM guy, Brian Keller is in Johannesburg next week. He is here for just 2 days before he flies off, so this if your opportunity to come listen to him talk about application lifecycle management with TFS and Visual Studio. Below is the full details Application Lifecycle Management with Visual Studio...
  • Blog Post: Knowing your WinRT from your Azure - A Guide to the Microsoft Developer and Platform Roadmap

      Industry trends, new technology and rising customer expectations are all shaping our strategies. These innovations, across social media, cloud and mobility brings new opportunities as well as questions. The session focusses at developer managers, CxOs and technical decision makers, will delve...
  • Blog Post: Events, Events! Scrum, Testing, Sharepoint ALM

      We have a number of events during Feb and Mar. Below you find the details of these various events. This is all Johannesburg   Scrum for Managers (2 Mar, free) The role of the manager in a software company is changing. No longer is it about driving people to achieve results. Now it is about...
  • Blog Post: Developer and Platform Insights Event with Jason Zander, Corp VP, Visual Studio–Johannesburg

      Who is Jason Zander? Check out his blog . From his simpler bio there “I'm the corporate vice president for the Visual Studio team in the Developer Division at Microsoft, including Visual Studio Pro, Premium, and Ultimate. I've been in the Developer Division for a long time…..” Jason will be out...
  • Blog Post: Confused about VS,MSDN, TFS and licensing of pre-production environments?

      One of the common pieces of feedback we get from customers and partners is that they do not fully understand how the licensing of Visual Studio, MSDN and TFS – as well as what the story is around the licensing of non production environments. With that in mind, we are running the following session...
  • Blog Post: Devs4Devs Cape Town Registrations are Open

    Devs4Devs is by developers for developers where anyone can participate and presenters can volunteer to present a session on any developer topic. Attendees get to hear from their fellow developers about something new and cool in a short, 20 minute presentation by one of their peers. Presenters get to...
  • Blog Post: A lap around .Net 4.0

    Deep and broad tour of the .NET 4 release, with a focus on making your development experience easier. See lots of demos (and very few slides) showcasing the key new features in the .NET Framework 4 including MEF, improvements in ASP.NET, threading, multi-core and parallel extensions, additions to the...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 9 Released!!!

    Internet Explorer 9 RTW is now available for download. After a first preview at PDC 2009, a first Platform Preview at MIX 2010, a Beta in September 2010 and RC in February 2011: we’ve gone through a lot to bring a more beautiful web. A more beautiful web We are also bringing more content to the local...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Camps–26th and 27th of March

    Good day everyone we will be running a Windows Phone 7 Training Camp on the 26th & 27th of March at the Microsoft Offices in Bryanston Johannesburg. Windows Phone 7 Camps is a two day event which will enable you to do Windows Phone 7 Development. This training course is geared for beginners who want...
  • Blog Post: Slides from Application Lifecycle Management event

    We recently delivered, with Notion Solutions , an event focussed around Application Lifecycle Management using Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio. Most of the day was demos, done by Chris Menegay and Colin Dembovsky, showing various aspects of ALM including requirements management, project management...
  • Blog Post: Watch the PDC2010 opening Keynote LIVE

    The PDC is our key developer conference and it’s all about Developers, Developers, Developers! You’ll see the latest and greatest of Microsoft tools and technologies being showcased and it gives great insight into what’s now and what’s coming in the pipeline. This year it’s being held at our Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Yes! - Search in Add Reference Dialog, Get the Pro Power Tools for VS2010

    A picture says a thousand words. Check out this “Add Reference Dialog:/ If you look at the top right, you will see a textbox where you can type to filter the list. Yes!!       Where do you get this? Download the Visual Studio 2010 Pro Power Tools. You can find it via the Extension Manager...
  • Blog Post: DevDays 2010 Guest Blog Post: Robert MacLean

    Besides being a Twitter fiend , Robert is a technology specialist with BB&D in their research and guidance team. He spends time playing with a variety of technologies and helping teams and customer deliver solutions. He is a Microsoft ALM Ranger and a Microsoft Team System MVP and blogs on many development...
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