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  • Blog Post: Restrict Team Foundation Build permissions

    Do you have code that should be seen by only a subset of members of your on-premises team project collection? Do you use Team Foundation Build (TFBuild) ? If so, you must create some custom groups to reduce the risk that unauthorized team project collection members can use a build process to bypass team...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio ALM Community Widgets (aka.ms/widgets)

    Based on popular demand, the Visual Studio ALM Rangers   have restarted a list of cool, productive and recommended community widgets for Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server. The listed widgets are either free or available on trial . The list on aka.ms/widgets will be updated monthly. For more...
  • Blog Post: Conduct a Git pull request on Visual Studio Online

    When you want people on your team to review code in a Git team project on Visual Studio Online , you can use a pull request to review and merge the code. Pull requests enable developers working in topic branches to get feedback on their changes from other developers prior to submitting the code into...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Engineering Stories - How We Build Software at Microsoft

    Before I joined Microsoft , I worked with many companies over many years helping them with transforming & improving their application lifecycle management practices. I was also very fortunate to have been awarded as a Microsoft MVP for many of those years and had the opportunity to interact closely...
  • 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: Hosting TestController and TestAgents on Azure

    We have recently seen a surge in the number of users trying out the TC TA based testing on Azure. Since this product has a long history which predates Azure, or any other cloud service for that matter, there are some additional not-so-obvious steps needed to get the setup up and running on Azure. In...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2013 Team Foundation Server version control and build

    As Charles announced earlier today, we've just released Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server 2013. I'm here today to briefly highlight what's new in version control and TFBuild and to advise you about a known issue in TFBuild that we're working to fix. From your on-premises Team...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Unit Test Generator v1 “lands”

    The ALM Rangers are pleased to announce the landing of the Visual Studio Unit Test Generator v1. Looking for unit test code generation? The Visual Studio Unit Test Generator helps to increase developer productivity by decreasing the setup work involved in creating new unit tests. It takes away the routine...
  • Blog Post: ALM Readiness Treasure Map – Release 2 available in the Windows Store

    The ALM Rangers are pleased to announce the landing of the second release of the ALM Readiness Treasure Map Windows Store App, which was certified and released on August 1st and is now featured in the Windows Store.  It provides a master catalogue (treasure map) of the available ALM Readiness content...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Unit Test Generator is feature complete – v1 Release Candidate lands!

    The ALM Rangers are pleased to announce the landing of the R elease C andidate for the Visual Studio Unit Test Generator. Overview Once you’ve moved to Visual Studio 2012, what’s a developer to do without the Create Unit Tests feature? Based on the high demand on User Voice for this feature to be restored...
  • 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: Energy Consumption tool in Visual Studio 2013

    (Posting for a team mate: Shiv Prashant Sood) Battery draining applications result in bad customer experience and poor ratings. Optimal battery usage is an important aspect that a developer must consider. This post introduces the Energy Consumption tool, a new tool in the Visual Studio Performance...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2013 Preview: Git version control and Team Foundation Build

    I'm here today (and trying real hard to not be jealous of those of you reading this from beautiful San Francisco ) to share some new information about version control and Team Foundation Build (TFBuild) in Visual Studio 2013 Preview . Version control Git built in to Visual Studio and TFS ...
  • Blog Post: Use the Git command prompt to supplement Visual Studio

    By: Andy Lewis and Matthew Mitrik In Visual Studio Tools for Git we aim to offer the fundamental features you need to develop an app in a Git version-controlled codebase. We explain how to perform these tasks in previous posts such as Create, Connect, and Publish using Visual Studio with Git and in...
  • Blog Post: core.ignorecase corruption issue fixed in Visual Studio Tools for Git 0.8.0.0

    --> By: P. Kelley On 30 January 2013, we released the first preview version of the Visual Studio Tools for Git downloadable plugin for Visual Studio 2012. We recently became aware of two bugs in this initial preview release that we felt warranted public disclosure. The second preview version of...
  • Blog Post: Use Git 0.8.0.0 to run scheduled builds and resolve conflicts

    --> By: Andy Lewis and Matthew Mitrik Today we released Visual Studio Tools for Git 0.8.0.0. Install this release to get not only fixes to numerous bugs, (for details see the release notes on the gallery page ), but also an enhanced conflict resolution experience. You can now also create scheduled...
  • Blog Post: Customize Git settings in Visual Studio

    By: Andy Lewis and Matthew Mitrik Today we're here to help you: Specify how you identify yourself on the changes you commit Specify the default location for Git repositories Use images (from either TFS or Gravatar) to identify authors of commits Use a .gitignore file to block clutter...
  • Blog Post: Run CI builds in your Git team project

    --> Run CI builds in your Git team project --> Does your team use continuous integration (CI)? Are you an early adopter of the new Git capabilities in Visual Studio and Team Foundation Service? If so, you'll be glad to hear that you can define a CI build process that automatically builds and...
  • Blog Post: Create, Connect, and Publish using Visual Studio with Git

    Create, Connect, and Publish using Visual Studio with Git --> By: Andy Lewis and Matthew Mitrik (MS) In the few days since we announced Visual Studio and Team Foundation Service support for Git , it's been exciting to see so much interest, along with a lot of great feedback and questions. We will...
  • Blog Post: Getting Started with Git in Visual Studio and Team Foundation Service

    By Matthew Mitrik (MS) , Andy Lewis , and Martin Woodward Today we announced the availability of Git for Visual Studio and Team Foundation Service. In this post, we'll walk through the new experiences. Get set up: Get the free service , and then you can use it with any Git client tools you want...
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