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  • Blog Post: TFS upgrade guide revision and the new process guidance paper landed safely

    A quick summary of recent releases (landings) of ALM Ranger solutions and other flights we were involved in: TFS Upgrade Guide v3.3 revision , includes feedback from the field, a few typo/grammar corrections and additional guidance steps. Last update was made to the guidance on 2014/09/10. Flight code...
  • Blog Post: ¿Habla Español? … Version Control Guides v3

    Juan Maria Lao took it upon himself to translate the three available version control guides to Spanish. The result is are three eBooks that will deliver immense value to the Spanish speaking communities in Spain and Latin America. Juan, you “ROCK” as always! Explore Juan’s blog: http://speakingin.net...
  • Blog Post: Building a Release Pipeline with TFS 2012 now includes HOLs for TFS 2013

    We are pleased to announce that the Building a Release Pipeline with Team Foundation Server 2012 hands-on labs now support both TFS 2012 and 2013 . what’s next? There are currently no plans to further enhance the book, hands-on labs or sample application. Our focus will be shifted to other DevOps initiatives...
  • Blog Post: ¿Habla Español? … Testing Unitario con Microsoft® Fakes v1.2

    Juan Maria does it again by updating the localised Testing Unitario con Microsoft® Fakes v1.1 guide and releasing v1.2 - Better Unit Testing with MS Fakes (Spanish) . English –> Español –> Explore Juan’s blog: http://speakingin.net !
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio ALM Community Widgets (aka.ms/widgets)

    Based on popular demand, we have restarted a list of cool, productive and recommended community widgets for Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server recommended by the Visual Studio ALM Rangers . The listed widgets are either free or available on trial . The list will be updated monthly. Last update...
  • Blog Post: TFS Planning, DR avoidance and TFS on Azure IaaS guidance embraces build

    We are pleased to announce that the v1.4 BETA of the TFS Planning and DR Avoidance Guide now included the build supplement and the team is essentially “content complete”. what’s new? We now include practical, scenario-based guidance for the implementation of Team Foundation Server (TFS) on Azure Infrastructure...
  • Blog Post: Version Control Guidance v3.0 flight has landed delivering three great guides and lots of visuals

    We are pleased to announce that the v3.0 of the Version Control (ex Branching and Merging) Guide has shipped, after Bill Heys completed the intensive copy-editing. v3.BETA   –> stable v3.0! Also see: The first Rangers guide emerges from new copy-edit program … worth it? Delving into the new Version...
  • Blog Post: Unit Test Generator v1.3 and a chat about its origin and future

    We are pleased to announce that the v1.3 of the Unit Test Generator has shipped. It is a bug-fix revision and does not introduce new features. why bug fix? This bug fix release addresses and resolves an elusive gremlin: Bug 9814: Unit test generator breaks nuget [ vsarguidance: 20485 ] and finally brings...
  • Blog Post: ALM Community shipped the Flight Plan … a simple, known and informative view!

    Our ALM community leads from South-Africa, Robert MacLean and Gordon Beeming , have just shipped the Flight Plan application to the Windows Store. Laduma ! Description as quoted from their overview: “ Flight Plan works with Visual Studio Online to provide an at a glance review of the status of your projects...
  • Blog Post: Delving into the new Version Control Guidance … what’s changed (1) and where is Git?

    As mentioned in Version Control guidance v3.BETA flight has landed the team has done a great job re-organising and updating the guidance.  Other than the “cool” cover, what has really changed under the hood / bonnet? separate guides The separate guides are all based on the crisp eBook template created...
  • Blog Post: Version Control guidance v3.BETA flight has landed

    We are pleased to announce that the v3 BETA has of the Version Control (ex Branching and Merging) Guide has shipped. Update 2014-05-14 : See Delving into the new Version Control Guidance … what’s changed (1) and where is Git if you are looking for news on the Git for TFVC User eBook. what’s new? Third...
  • Blog Post: Software Development with Feature Toggles

    Bill Heys is cooking up a storm! He just published his latest articles focused on feature toggling in the May edition of MSDN Magazine, which is a “must read”.  COWABUNGA Bill and thank you for a great article !
  • Blog Post: What happened to the vsarPlanningGuide and vsarVersionControl silent releases?

    We introduced the concept of silent releases‎ introducing  early BETA bits to a small group of “friends”, for early feedback and possible re-alignment. Two projects have received invaluable feedback, which means that we will continue the concept. However, for two projects it is time to prepare for...
  • 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...
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