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  • Blog Post: What’s cooking in the ALM Rangers home?

    We are completing the seventh triage and are on the verge of starting the new project wave. We currently have a few great projects in-flight, a few with landing lights on and getting ready to bring out the landing gear. Flight – vsarVersionControl … remember Bill Heys cooking up a branching strategy...
  • Blog Post: Localised video gems for Visual Studio 2013 … get the popcorn!

    There is a great collection of Visual Studio 2013, available in several languages, developed by the Cloud & Enterprise Intl. Team . Special mention for Carsten Kneip, for making me aware of these gems on Channel9, and Shawn Donat, for being the main driver. Important : “Error: Unsupported video type...
  • Blog Post: Better Unit Testing with Microsoft Fakes – eBook update v1.2 posted

    Thanks to Michael Fourie , we have been able to action the backlog of community feedback for recent versions and package as part of the v1.2 eBook update. where can I get the new stuff? what has changed? Issue Reported on Resolution Assembly not loaded properly CodePlex Issue No-Repro . Have closed and...
  • Blog Post: Testing Mobile Applications using Perfecto Mobile's MobileCloud … v2 is available!

    We are pleased to announce the second revision of Device Testing , focused on mobile device testing using Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server along with our Industry Partners. This release uses Perfecto Mobile's unique cloud-based approach to mobile quality enablement, based on real devices and...
  • Blog Post: Pirates ship ALM Readiness Treasure Map v2.1 release for Windows 8.1

    We are pleased to announce the third release of ALM Readiness Treasure Map v2.1 to the Windows Store. “ Hello, fellow pirates!  Hopefully you have had a chance to use version 2.0 of the ALM Readiness Treasure Map application  and are enjoying the improvements that it brought over v1.0. Our...
  • Blog Post: Unit Test Generator v1.2 and Tim’s Gremlins

    The vsarUnitTestFx (Unit Test Generator) team has just finished the testing of the latest version of the extension v1.2. Start exploring the extension by Exploring the Unit Test Generator VS Extension v1.RC . v1.2 – What’s New? Similar to v1.1 this latest release is a bug fix release, which resolves...
  • Blog Post: Vladimir talks about Microsoft Fakes and Team Build on his new English blog

    Vladimir Gusarov recently stepped forward (he always does if there is a debugging challenge) to investigate why the builds for the TFS Branch Tool turned red (failed) even though no changes were made to the code base … “obviously nothing has changed” … Vladimir has been blogging in Russian for years...
  • Blog Post: Unit Test Generator v1.1 resolves two bugs

    The vsarUnitTestFx (Unit Test Generator) team has just finished the testing of the latest version of the extension v1.1. The Exploring the Unit Test Generator VS Extension v1.RC is still a good “getting started” post and also shows how to use the configuration dialog, which does not show by default....
  • Blog Post: Building a Release Pipeline with Team Foundation Server 2012

    A real gem! If you fire up your v1 (yes I am still running that one on my Surface RT) you may not notice the latest gem, but if you are running v2 of the ALM Readiness Treasure Map , wander through the guidance or use search to stumble over Building a Release Pipeline with Team Foundation Server , then...
  • Blog Post: Testing Mobile Applications using Perfecto Mobile's MobileCloud

    We are please to announce the release of the first version of the new Testing Mobile Applications using Perfecto Mobile's MobileCloud solution, which gives you the guidance and direction you need to understand testing of mobile device applications using a cloud based solution with full Visual Studio...
  • Blog Post: Practical guidance on the concepts of DevOps, continuous delivery and release management

    The ALM Rangers introduced the DevOps Workbench solution and practical guidance in collaboration with the Patterns & Practices book Building a Release Pipeline with TFS , as a great way to start learning the concepts of DevOps & Release Management for TFS 2012 and to kick the tires. Introducing...
  • Blog Post: Branching and Merging Guide … are we on track with our strategies?

    Updated: 2013-09-06 The Branching and Merging Guide team has embarked on an adventure to upgrade the guidance to embrace Team Foundation Server 2013, TFVC, NuGet and Git. The plan is to ship four focused eBook styled guides, walkthroughs, hands-on labs and an upgrade of the TFS Branch Tool . In this...
  • Blog Post: ALM Rangers ship the Unit Test Generator v1 … now what?

    The Unit Test Generator is not about pure feature re-enablement, but instead embraces the new test architecture, provides additional functionality and support for other frameworks. - Joshua Weber, August 13, 2013. v1.0.13.0820 (RTM) has shipped! See aka.ms/ vsarNews3 , download and dog-food it today...
  • Blog Post: Francisco adds Spanish Poster to ALM Assessment Community Content

    Francisco Xavier Fagas Albarracin adds a Spanish translation of the ALM Assessment poster to the ALM Assessment Guidance community value-add downloads . Get your copy today!
  • Blog Post: Exploring the Unit Test Generator VS Extension v1.RC Feedback and Bug Resolutions

    We are busy with the final bug bash for  Unit Test Generator and in this post we will look at some of the feedback and bug resolutions. Why do we not have 1:1 feature parity with the previous in-the-box feature? The Unit Test Generator is not about pure feature re-enablement, but instead embraces...
  • Blog Post: Exploring the Unit Test Generator VS Extension v1.RC

    We are busy with final signing of the Unit Test Generator release candidate (RC), previously discussed in Unit Test Generator under the bonnet (hood) … aka vsarUnitTestFx ...‎ and Announcing the Unit Test Generator Visual Studio Extension BETA‎ . In this post we will take a peek at some of the features...
  • Blog Post: RangerTalk - What's new and exciting in .NET 4.5 and Visual Studio 2012, by Robert MacLean

    Are you wondering what shipped with .NET 4.5 and Visual Studio 2012? If yes, you are not alone! Get some popcorn, a large mug of coffee and join Robert MacLean , Technology Specialist, ALM MVP and Distinguished ALM Ranger, who takes us on an Epic journey with three exciting adventures filled with lots...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Unit Test Generator Visual Studio Extension BETA

    With Unit Test Generator under the bonnet (hood) … aka vsarUnitTestFx ...‎ we met the first of three major milestones when we shipped the internal Alpha. Today our product owner gave us the and announced the public Beta. Here is a copy of his announcement: I’d like to announce the Beta release of the...
  • Blog Post: Extending Visual Studio Team Explorer 2012 + MyHistory Extension Article by Mike Fourie

    Michael Fourie takes us on adventure of extending the Visual Studio Team Explorer in a captivating MSDN Magazine article. Extending Visual Studio Team Explorer 2012 … but there is more. As part of the article Mike created a productivity Visual Studio Extension that is a “must have”. Sample Code (as referenced...
  • Blog Post: Better Unit Testing with Microsoft Fakes Guide a la mobi and epub

    After the team delivered the Better Unit Testing with Microsoft Fakes guide‎ (PDF) back in March, they silently dropped the mobi and epub eReader formats of the eBook in the downloads last week. As no show-stoppers have bubbled up, we are herewith announcing the availability on the long-awaited eReader...
  • Blog Post: Unit Testing Delay Signed Assemblies on the Hosted TFS Build Service

    Rob Jarratt , our dev lead on the Unit Test Generator project, has been rolling up his sleeves to get the forthcoming BETA release verified and signed. He has shared his experience with Unit Testing Delay Signed Assemblies on the Hosted TFS Build Service … an invaluable and interesting read!
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio ALM Ranger Solutions Catalogue (aka.ms/vsarsolutions)

    The following catalogue summarizes the Visual Studio ALM Rangers out-of-band solutions for feature gaps and value-add guidance for the ALM community. eBooks (latest versions)   BETA   BETA   BETA   *COMING* *SOON* CAUTION: Wandering into ALPHA or BETA territory could ruin anyone's...
  • Blog Post: Unit Test Generator under the bonnet (hood) … aka vsarUnitTestFx

    Once you’ve moved to Visual Studio 2012, what’s a dev to do without the Create Unit Tests feature? Based on the high demand on User Voice for this feature to be restored, the Visual Studio ALM Rangers have introduced the vsarUnitTestFx Visual Studio Extension. It is time that we talk about this exciting...
  • Blog Post: Localised videos for Visual Studio 2012

    I was recently asked whether there are videos on Visual Studio 2012 for the Spanish community. After a quick “ping” to the ALM Rangers I managed to create the following list of localised videos for you to enjoy: Localised guidance for 2012 Rangers Guidance Localizations … Sprechen Sie Deutsch? … ¿Habla...
  • Blog Post: ALM Rangers Dogfooding – Code Review and Build process

    As part of our dog fooding we have been working on improving the Quality Bar , Definition of “DONE” and knowing when it is safe to sleep peacefully , project principles and more recently code reviews with the overall objective of shipping better solutions and creating happier users. Updated : 2014-04...
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