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  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Cloud Load Testing & Error codes

    Building a Service/App right the first time is something everyone tries to do. However, sometimes we end up making it too complex or sometimes too simple. And either can be wrong depending on who your customer is. Error messages in Cloud Load Testing is one such aspect. What we have today for the...
  • Blog Post: Application Insights tools in Visual Studio 2013 Update 3

    Application Insights Tools 2.1 comes pre-installed in the Visual Studio 2013 Update 3, released last month. When you create a new project with it, analytics reports appear in the new Microsoft Azure Preview portal , instead of the older Visual Studio Online portal . Existing projects are unaffected....
  • Blog Post: Enhance your Application Availability Monitoring with VS 2013 Web Test Plugins

    You may be aware Application Insights in Visual Studio Online provides you with the capability of monitoring the availability of your web applications through the use of Visual Studio Web Tests . If not, you may want to take a peek at this post before continuing. Now, let’s assume your application...
  • Blog Post: Get Application Performance Counters of your choice during load runs with Visual Studio Online

    Goal of a load testing activity is to identify and fix performance bottlenecks. Visual Studio Online integrates Cloud Load Testing with Application Insights to give deep insights into performance and diagnostics data of your application which dramatically decreases the discovery and resolution of any...
  • Blog Post: How to deploy to Standard or Azure environments in Release Management 2013 with Update 3 RC

    With Microsoft Release Management 2013 Update 3 RC, you can now use Windows PowerShell or Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) for deploying and managing configuration data. We now support deploying to On-premise environment (Standard) and Azure environments without having to setup Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: How to setup environments for Agent-less deployments in Release Management 2013 with Update 3 RC

    With Microsoft Release Management 2013 Update 3 RC, you can now use Windows PowerShell or Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) for deploying and managing configuration data. We now support deploying to On-premise environment (Standard) and Azure environments without having to setup Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: CodeLens for Git improvements in Visual Studio 2013 Ultimate Update 3 RC

    In Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 CTP1, we introduced some CodeLens for Git indicators . In this RC update we are completing the work by: Automatically refreshing the CodeLens for git team indicators to reflect the current source control state Improving the user experience in the case of big files with...
  • Blog Post: Code Map improvements in Visual Studio 2013 Ultimate Update 3 CTP1

    Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 CTP1 brings improvements to Code Map and Debugger Map that you have requested via various feedback channels ( user voice and connect in particular). In this Blog post I'll present: Improvements to the Debugger map zoom experience Link styling on Code Map Drag & Drop of...
  • Blog Post: Code Lens for Git in Visual Studio 2013 Ultimate Update 3

    Yesterday we released Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 CTP1. This CTP brings new features in the area of CodeLens Team indicators. In this Blog post I'll present the CodeLens Team indicators for Git. CodeLens Team indicators CodeLens is a heads-up display in your Visual Studio 2013 Ultimate editor where you...
  • Blog Post: Diagnosing memory issues with the new Memory Usage Tool in Visual Studio

    As part of our continued effort to provide great diagnostic tools for developers, Visual Studio 2013 introduces a new Memory Usage tool as a part of the Performance and Diagnostics hub . The Memory Usage tool supports Windows Store and Windows Phone Store apps using C#/VB/C++ and XAML. This blog post...
  • Blog Post: New CodeLens Indicator–Incoming Changes

    Introduction CodeLens has been a blockbuster feature in Visual Studio 2013. Consistently it is listed among the best loved features for the release. We continue to work on it and in Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 CTP2 , we are releasing a new indicator called Incoming Changes .   To recap, CodeLens...
  • Blog Post: IntelliTrace MVC Navigation

    The Microsoft Monitoring Agent allows you to collect reliability and performance data for web applications and to review the data using IntelliTrace. For Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 Ultimate, Update 2, we have added the ability to easily navigate to Actions and Controllers for Model View Controller...
  • Blog Post: Announcing new Application Lifecycle readiness content by the ALM Rangers

    The ALM Rangers have been involved with a bunch of recent Visual Studio 2013 readiness content to help people get up to speed. 1. The Better Unit Testing with Microsoft Fakes – eBook update v1.2 .  Big thanks to Michael Fourie , we have been able to action the backlog of community feedback for recent...
  • Blog Post: Investigating Memory Leaks in Azure Web Sites with Visual Studio 2013

    One of the cool new features in Visual Studio 2013 is the ability to analyze managed memory issues . Recently, Azure Web Sites added support to programmatically get mini-dumps and “diagsession” files that have heap information from Azure Web Sites in production . In this walkthrough, I’ll show you how...
  • Blog Post: A handful of ALM Ranger solutions landed to close off another exciting VS ALM year

    The Visual Studio ALM Rangers are pleased to highlight a number of new and updated practical guidance, practical experience and out-of-band solutions that have landed in recently. latest (new or upgraded) solutions Unit Test Generator v1.2 and Tim’s Gremlins TFS Upgrade Guide comes out of silent BETA...
  • Blog Post: Just My Code for ASP.NET in Visual Studio 2013

    Posting this on behalf of Patrick Nelson who is a developer on the Visual Studio Debugger team, and also thanks to Rob Paveza for his help with both of our post regarding JavaScript Just My Code Do you develop web apps? Do you hate when the debugger keeps stopping in code you don’t care about...
  • Blog Post: Implementing Deployment Markers in Application Insights

    Application Insights is a set of services that integrates production monitoring data with development tools. In many of the demos you will see us opening the solution and code file directly from the production data. For instance in the screenshot below I can click on those blue dots it will take me directly...
  • Blog Post: Coded UI Test Gesture support in Visual Studio 2013

    As part of Coded UI Test’s support for windows store apps introduced in Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 as detailed in this blog , there is now playback support for touch gestures on Windows Store Apps. These gestures are only a simulation and hence one would not need to have a touch monitor to use...
  • Blog Post: Launching a Windows Store Application using Coded UI Test

    This blog assumes that you have a prior understanding of Coded UI Test for Windows Store Apps. If not, Please read the " Introduction " blog of Coded UI Test for Windows Store Apps. This blog explains how to launch a Windows Store Application using Coded UI test. API Definition and Usage: In Visual...
  • Blog Post: HTML UI Responsiveness tool in Visual Studio 2013

    (Posting this on behalf of Jonathan Carter who authored this post) Performance is a critical aspect of any 5-star rated app. Users expect pages to load quickly , interactions to respond immediately and animations to be fluid . While it’s easy to recognize the importance of these qualities, achieving...
  • Blog Post: Debugging Asynchronous Code in Visual Studio 2013 - Tasks Window

    In an earlier post, I described how enhanced call stacks in Visual Studio 2013 can be used to help you debug asynchronous code. In this second post, I will describe the additional asynchronous debugging improvements through the Tasks window in C#/VB, JavaScript, and C++. The Parallel Tasks window was...
  • Blog Post: Debugging Asynchronous Code in Visual Studio 2013- Call Stack enhancements

    Asynchronous code is ubiquitous in Windows apps. While asynchronous code can be great for creating responsive apps, it can also make it difficult for developers to understand the flow of their application. In Visual Studio 2013 and Windows 8.1, we have added new features that make it easier to understand...
  • Blog Post: Using Coded UI to test XAML-based Windows Store apps

    In the last few months since Windows 8 RTM’ed, we have seen the number of apps on the Windows Store grow significantly. There are several different aspects to shipping a great app to the Store. One of these is testing your app to ensure that the bugs are flushed out and you have automated tests...
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