Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) for C++ in Visual Studio 2010

Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) for C++ in Visual Studio 2010

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Ale ContentiHi! I’m Ale Contenti and I’d like to show you here a session on Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) for C++ in Visual Studio 2010 I presented last November at TechEd Europe, in Berlin.

People often wonder how we expect C++ developers to take advantage of the many ALM scenarios enabled in Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate.

Today it's true that some features remained tied to managed languages (although we listened you and we are working toward a language parity in that and other senses), this talk will illustrate all the value that is available "out-of-the-box" for managing today large native code bases. In addition, the talk will survey best of breed open-source and free tools that fit within VS in order to provide a complete ALM experience for C++ and provide a peek into the complex ALM world of Visual Studio itself! Join us to see how, with the advent of great language improvements and great native tools, managing a C++ code base has never been easier.

You can watch this session directly here or, if your browser doesn’t show any video element below, you may try to go to the TechEd site and attempt to watch or download the video there (*).


(*) We were told by TechEd site admins that by early January, the site was to count with HTML5 video streaming if your browser doesn’t have the Silverlight plug-in installed.

  • Presumably ALM = application lifecycle management?

    I know the phrase/concept but the acronym isn't commonly used (among anyone I interact with at least) so I had to search the web to find out what this post was about. :)

  • Same here - ALM? What is it?

  • What on earth is ALM meant to be? 4 minutes into the talk, the speaker does not expand the term. Not everyone is a buzzword-compliant twitteratti.

  • Nice mugshot photo.

  • Thanks for the feedback, @Leo, @Tadeusz & @IUknown. We expanded the acronym.

    For all of you guys not familiar with this concept, you may learn more about it here:

  • FYI: The right-hand-side of this video (including the volume and maximize controls) are clipped off on this page, but are fine over on the TechEd page.

    Nice presentation, by the way. I'm still reeling at Visual Studio's 200 GB source tree.

  • while the scale of VS (and Windows, of course) is cool, it will be interesting to see

    how well VS can perform in a scale of Google where all code in one tree, and anyone

    can modify any module and everyone is on head, every build goes production directly,

  • @Leo, Tadeusz, IUknown: Ah, sorry, you're right. I should have expanded the meaning of ALM at the beginning of the talk. The acronym is indeed pretty obscure. Good feedback.

    @Random Guy: thx :-) it's the pic I have on my MS badge...

    @dripfeed: thx!

    @Guest, re: Google tree: Let me check with Aaron Bjork from the TFS team. You can also see other ALM talks from Aaron at

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