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  • Blog Post: IntelliTest - hands on

    In practical terms, white box unit test development includes an iterative workflow informed by code coverage - write a unit test, see what parts of the code are not covered by the test, write more tests to cover those parts, repeat until all of the code is covered – a workflow not different from...
  • Blog Post: Unit Test Generators Extensibility - hats off to our community

    It was the early feedback and support from the community that encouraged us to ship IntelliTest and the Create Unit Test method stubs features. That feedback continued as we got clear asks to support (1) the xUnit.net and NUnit test frameworks , and (2) emit tests into existing test projects . Our intent...
  • Blog Post: Code Map: From Visual Studio 2013 Ultimate to Visual Studio 2015 Enterprise

    When you want to understand specific dependencies in your code, visualize them by creating code maps . You can then navigate these relationships by using the map, which appears next to your code. Code maps can also help you keep track of your place in the code while you work or debug code, so you'll...
  • Blog Post: IntelliTest - One Test to rule them all

    In traditional unit test suites, each test case represents an exemplary usage scenario, and the assertions embody the relationship between the input and output. Verifying a few such scenarios might well be enough, but experienced developers know that bugs lurk even in well-tested code, when correct but...
  • Blog Post: CodeLens and Team Project Rename

    On April 24th, Brian announced the availability of Team Project Rename in Visual Studio Online. This is now available in Team Foundation Server 2015 RC as well. The good news is that CodeLens just works after you rename a project . When you re-open a file after renaming its team project, you will see...
  • Blog Post: Code maps now differentiate test projects, and bring code context into map elements

    Today Soma announced the Release Candidate of Visual Studio 2015. It adds two useful improvements to the Code Maps feature, which can make it easier to create better designs and architectures for your applications. The first improvement is in the way that code maps display and interpret test assets within...
  • Blog Post: What’s new in CodeLens for Visual Studio 2015 RC?

    On April 17, 2015, we announced the General Availability of CodeLens in Visual Studio Online . However, the biggest news by far is that, in addition to Visual Studio Enterprise, CodeLens is now available in Visual Studio Professional 2015. This is one of the top requests we’ve had from customers...
  • Blog Post: Smart Unit Tests - Test to Code Binding, Test Case Management

    [Editor’s note: "Smart Unit Tests" has been renamed to “ IntelliTest ” with effect from Visual Studio 2015 Release Candidate (RC).] In an earlier post we had mentioned how Smart Unit Tests can emit a suite of tests for a given code-under-test, and how it can manage this test suite...
  • Blog Post: New ways to quickly create a Code Map

    Code Maps , previously known as Directed Graph Documents, are a great way to visualize the relationships and interdependencies between the components of your applications. They make it much easier to understand the architecture of your (or, even more useful, somebody else’s) application, and where you...
  • Blog Post: Deploying Azure Cloud Service using Release Management

    Summary You have downloaded the Release Management for Visual Studio client , and are connected to either your Visual Studio Online account. You have an Azure Cloud Service project and want to use Release Management to update the same using the latest drop from a TFS build In the current state, you...
  • Blog Post: Smart Unit Tests - a mental model

    [Editor’s note: "Smart Unit Tests" has been renamed to “ IntelliTest ” with effect from Visual Studio 2015 Release Candidate (RC).] 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...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Smart Unit Tests

    [Editor’s note: "Smart Unit Tests" has been renamed to “ IntelliTest ” with effect from Visual Studio 2015 Release Candidate (RC).] 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...
  • 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 created environments (either imported your Azure environments or created on-premises) to be used in the...
  • 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...
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