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  • Blog Post: Smart Unit Tests - a mental model

    Our previous post introduced Smart Unit Tests . Please read that first if you have not already done so. Now let us continue. How is “Smart Unit Tests” able to generate a compact test suite with high coverage? How does it work? Having a mental model of how it works will help us interact...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Smart Unit Tests

    If you have not already seen the brief video on the Smart Unit Tests feature , I urge you to do so; this feature can help you overcome any inertia in getting started writing unit tests. But there is much more to it than what is shown in the video and we intend to complete that picture through this series...
  • Blog Post: Code Lens for Git "Team Activity View"

    How to contact the most knowledgeable people about some code? Let's assume for a minute that I've cloned the Entity Framework open source code, a bit more than half a year ago and started leveraging it. Recently I pulled the latest version, and I now get a bug when disposing the DbContext. I'm interested...
  • Blog Post: What’s new in Release Management for VS 2013 Update 4?

    I'm excited to announce Release Management for Visual Studio 2013 Update 4. This update includes several new features and performance updates that will make it easier than ever to deploy your app from development through to production. This update is the latest in a cumulative series of feature additions...
  • Blog Post: Using Release Management VSO service to manage releases

    With Release Management for Visual Studio 2013 Update 4 RTM, you can use Visual Studio Online(VSO) service to set up and manage your releases to Azure. This means you can configure Release Management client to connect to Visual Studio Online service instead of Release Management server used for on-premises...
  • Blog Post: Deploying and testing web applications using Release Management

    Summary You have downloaded the Release Management for Visual Studio client , and are connected to either your Visual Studio Online account or to an on-premises Release Management Sever. You have either imported your Azure environments or created on-premises environments to be used in the various...
  • Blog Post: How to install RM Azure extension and use the Azure VM in Release Management

    RM extension enables PowerShell DSC and WMF configuration required for Release Management Server to perform actions on the VM. By installing RM Extension to Azure VM, the user can add this VM as a vNext Azure Server in Release Management once the corresponding Azure subscription added. Steps to install...
  • Blog Post: Release Management Console times out when launched

    When the Release Management Console application is loaded, it defaults to the Traffic Overview page. If the database is not optimized, the query used to load such statistics may take a long time to execute. This may be due to recent updates such as an upgrade of your Release Management Server where existing...
  • 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: CodeLens Team Indicators - Processing Pipeline

    Introduction CodeLens is a heads-up display in your Visual Studio Editor where you can find information about your code in-context. See this MSDN article for an introduction to CodeLens - Get history and other info about your code . You can use the CodeLens Indicators to quickly identify the changes...
  • Blog Post: How to configure Team Foundation Server with Release Management

      Release Management for Visual Studio 2013 (RM) is tightly integrated with TFS. In order to communicate with TFS, RM uses a service account to access different functionality of TFS. Here are the necessary minimal permissions that the account must have. If possible, to keep things simple, we recommend...
  • Blog Post: How to debug Release Management components

      Enable logs on Microsoft Deployment Agent: The first and most easy way to debug why an action/component is failing is to open the logs available through the deployment step of your release within Release Management (RM) client. To do this, open your release, access the View Log section, click...
  • Blog Post: Configuring Release Management to work across untrusted domains

    There are times when you will want Release Management (RM) to interact with machines that are not part of the same domain. This post details the steps required to configure RM to work across untrusted domains.   Configuring the Microsoft Deployment Agent   Follow these steps to configure the...
  • Blog Post: Start learning the concepts of DevOps & Release Management

    This blog post has moved to ALM Rangers blog on http://aka.ms/vsarNews4 , where we introduce the solution in combination with the upcoming the Patterns & Practices book “Building a Release Pipeline with TFS ” – it’s a great way to start learning the concepts of DevOps &...
  • Blog Post: XAML UI Responsiveness tool in Visual Studio 2013

    (Posting for a team mate and friend Pratap Lakshman) From the perspective of interaction-performance applications need to be “fast” and “fluid” - fast to launch, to navigate between pages, to react to changes in orientation, and fluid in scrolling, in panning and in animations...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Cloud-based Load Testing with Team Foundation Service

    Update: As announced with Visual Studio 2013 launch, cloud based load testing with Visual studio Online is in Commercial Preview. This is open to all Visual Studio Online users. You can read more about it here Performance and load testing is a very important part of the application lifecycle. You’d...
  • Blog Post: Enabling Tracing and HtmlLogger in Coded UI Test

    Enabling HtmlLogger & Tracing in Coded UI Test There have been a few changes in Visual Studio 2012 how Coded UI Test are run & how to enable logging. Now we can have both .NET v4.0 & v4.5 type Coded UI Test projects. Note this is an extension to previous blog on enabling tracing for...
  • Blog Post: ALM Rangers ship the new Branching and Merging Guide v2.1

    We are pleased to announce that we have released the new Branching and Merging Guide using the new ALM Rangers documentation style as discussed in ALM Rangers – Raising the Quality Bar for Documentation (Part 2) .   For more information on this project, please visit the Codeplex project. Please...
  • Blog Post: Customizable Process Guidance for VS ALM 2012

    Customizable process guidance is now available for each of the default process templates that VS ALM Team Foundation Server provides. You can download and unzip these files, modify them to support your team processes, and redirect the process guidance link to your customized content. For downloads...
  • Blog Post: Choosing the Right Tool for the Task to Manage Projects, Collaborate, and Monitor Progress in Visual Studio ALM

    If you are using Visual Studio TFS 2013, you can find this level of information in the following topic: Choose the Team Foundation client to support your tasks . In Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012 you have a number of tools to perform some familiar tasks as well as excercise new tasks. In...
  • Blog Post: Introducing an Integrated Work Item Field Reference for Visual Studio ALM and TFS

    Have you ever wanted a single place to see what all the fields are that are defined in Team Foundation Server? Well now you can. Here are two new resources you can use to look up a definition and quickly see which fields are written to the relational database and which are stored in the Analysis...
  • Blog Post: Work Item Field Attributes - What You Can and Can't Change

    As a project administrator, you may need to modify a field that's being used in your team project. This post provides a quick reference as to what you can and can't change and how you make the change. Attributes That You Can Change Across a Team Project Collection Here are the attributes that you...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to Visual Studio 2012 ALM Rangers Readiness “Wave”

    JasonZ announced the Visual Studio 2012 RTM, which triggered a final SIM ultaneous- SHIP ping event for the Visual Studio ALM Rangers Readiness solutions wave ALM Ranger Solutions Find the latest list of all ALM Ranger solutions here and a list of all ALM Ranger projects on CodePlex here . For...
  • Blog Post: Using the IntelliTrace Standalone Collector Remotely

    This post pertains to the IntelliTrace Standalone Collector, a new feature associated with Visual Studio 2012. The Standalone Collector allows you to collect IntelliTrace logging information on one machine (e.g. a production server) and analyze the log on another machine (e.g. the dev machine in your...
  • Blog Post: Quick Response Sample – Command line utility to manage Team Foundation Server Teams and Users

    Q uick R esponse samples provide information directly from Visual Studio ALM Rangers working with the Microsoft Visual Studio Product Group, in response to feature gaps to supplement the product and knowledge base information. Issue The Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server VM Factory automation...
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