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Todd Mancini's discussions about Microsoft developer tools (especially Visual Studio).

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About Shake to Develop

My name is Todd Mancini and I am a Developer Technology Specialist for Microsoft serving the northeast USA (New England + upstate New York).  I am a member of the Developer and Platform Evangelism (DPE) team and it's my job to educate our customers on the suite of Microsoft development tools.  My primary focus is educating development teams to be successful -- generally with the aid of Visual Studio, of course!

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    The Ultimate Event – The Ultimate Slides

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    As promised, I have uploaded the slides from The Ultimate Event. These are being hosted on SkyDrive. I know, I know – some of you cannot reach SkyDrive from your corporate networks. Tell you IT folks to lighten up a bit… …or just wait ‘til you get...
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    Do you find the WPF Editor to be too fuzzy?

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    Several years ago, Microsoft introduced ClearType . I've generally been a big fan of ClearType since it's introduction. However, if you are visually impaired, have high color sensitivity, are not using an LCD monitor, or just don't like the 'feel' of...
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    Having proxy problems with a web test in Visual Studio 2008?

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    One of the features of a Visual Studio web test (in the Tester edition or in Team Suite) is to specify the outbound proxy server. You may have even successfully used this feature in VS2005. If you upgraded to VS2008, you may have found that these tests...
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    Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 + Expression Blend 2 August Preview -- Now Working!

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    Have you attempted to use Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 and Expression Blend 2 August Preview together to create a Silverlight 1.1a .NET application and not gotten very far due to various errors? I sure did... Well, the issue has been resolved with a refresh...
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    Todd Installs TFS - 03 - Install SQL Server

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    Nothing like a good 'ol vacation to get in the way of posting for a blog series. So, where were we? Ah, yes -- time to install SQL Server. Technically, we've got two choices: some flavor of SQL Server 2005 or some flavor of SQL Server 2008. Now, some...
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    New TFS Power Tools–Sep 2010 edition

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    We indicated earlier this year that our intent was to have more regular releases of the TFS Power Tools. With the latest release, so far, so good! Lots of cool new features this time around, especially an all new backup/restore wizard in the admin console...
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    Want Some Great TFS Training?

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    Okay, you've got Team Foundation Server. Now what? Well, you could prove your ability to install, configure, administer TFS in a secure way by earning your Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist (MCTS) Visual Studio Team Foundation Server certification...
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    Sandcastle : Sandcastle Source Code published in Codeplex

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    If you are not familiar with Sandcastle , it is a tool which takes your source code XML comments and produces beautiful MSDN-style documentation.  Not so long ago, Sandcastle was pulled off of Codeplex because it was in violation of the Codeplex...
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    Potential Issue When Upgrading to TFS 2010

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    In case you missed it, there is a potential issue when you perform an upgrade from a prior version of TFS to TFS 2010: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/bharry/archive/2010/06/25/tfs-2010-upgrade-issue.aspx . Please read Brian’s blog posting and follow the instructions...
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    Webcast: Intro to TFS

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    My good friend and trusted colleague Sajee Mathew will be hosting an Introduction to TFS webcast on Friday, July 11th at 1pm (ET).  From the event description: “Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Foundation Server is an integrated collaboration...
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    Where Do I Get the Project Server Connector?

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    I promised those who attended my webcast today to supply a link to the Project Server Connector download. It's located here: http://www.avanadeadvisor.com/TFS-ProjectServerConnector.zip . I got some great questions, both during the presentation and via...
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    Another Windows Phone 7 Development event

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    I know some of you were upset that you missed the WP7 Firestarter event in Waltham a few weeks ago (although there is a repeat in Farmington on Sept 30 ). Well, never fear, for we’ve got an even larger WP7 Developer Launch event coming to Cambridge, MA...
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    Testing Event coming to Cambridge (and other places, too)

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    Interested in learning more about Microsoft’s new software testing tools? And I’m not just talkin’ about a little bit of testing, I’m talkin’ about the entire testing lifecycle – the full testing experience . Well Microsoft has teamed up with out good...
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    Visual Studio Team System 2008 -- Coming this Month

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    You've likely heard the new by now -- as Soma has said in his blog , Visual Studio 2008, and the corresponding .NET Framework 3.5, will ship this month (November). You remembered to add Software Assurance to all of your Visual Studio 2005 purchases, right...
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    Data Dude : Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition GDR - RTM

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    In case you missed it, Gert sent word last week that the newest version of the Visual Studio Database Edition has been released.  I’ve been talking to you a lot about this release and you’ve been patiently waiting for it to be delivered.  Wait...
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    Webcast: Integrating TFS & Enterprise Project Management

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    David Scruggs will be presenting a fantastic webcast on integrating TFS and EPM.  From the session abstract: Project Managers and Development teams may be the “Odd Couple” of the 21st century, working together but having different approaches and...
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    ALM with VSTS/TFS Workshop – More Free Goodness

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    Showing a little love to our friends in Connecticut – Tallan is holding a complimentary full-day workshop entitled “Adopting ALM with Visual Studio Team System and Team Foundation Server” on February 26th at Microsoft’s Farmington office.  Tallan...
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    Where to find my VS2010 slide decks

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    If you’ve attended any of my recent overviews on Visual Studio 2010 or .NET 4 and would like a copy of the slide decks, I have started to post all of them here . Feel free to download a copy.
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    Registration open for Code Camp 8

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    The days are starting to become noticeably shorter, the first hint that summer will not last forever. As summer gives way to autumn, the weather cools, the leaves start to change and, as always, Code Camp returns. And what could be better than the New...
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    Fantastic Scrum with Team Foundation Server Event! Free!

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    I’m very excited to announce that we’ll be hosting a free Scrum and Team Foundation Server event in our Waltham office on March 6th.  Dynamics Research Corporation , a leader in Scrum training, has put the event together and I personally think the...
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    FIRESTARTER - Free Events to Ignite Your Skills

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    In case you were not aware, we’ve got some free Firestarter events coming to Waltham and several other cities. These are free, day-long technical training events covering topics such as Web, SharePoint, Windows Phone and Windows 7 development. I recently...
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    Silverlight is Here

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    Have you been following the evolution of the technology that was previewed under the codename 'WPF/E'? Well, it now has an official name, and that name is Silverlight . Silverlight is a cross-platform, cross-browser solution for delivering rich, interactive...
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    Todd Installs TFS - 00 - Why?

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    As I travel about, talking to you good people about software engineering practices and how to realize your development methodologies through Team System,  I often find occasion to demonstrate the product. My demonstration environment is volatile...
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    Now available: Enterprise Library 3.0

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    I've been a huge fan of the Enterprise Library since its start as the Application Blocks. And now version 3.0 is released and ready for downloading. Congrats to the patterns & practices team, a group of individuals I hold in high regard. Tom Hollander...
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    Todd’s Useful TFS Links

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    Here are a bunch of links that I routine share with folks; I’ll update this post as I discover other worthy links. The Team System Home Page Visual Studio Team System Installation TFS 2008 Installation Guide (download) Troubleshooting Team Foundation...
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