The ALM Forum is happening in Seattle in around 5 weeks from now and I am scheduled to deliver one of the pre-conference workshops. This year I have decided to deliver a workshop with a goal to help bring people up to date with all the recent updates and improvements that Microsoft have rolled out in the Visual Studio product suite. Let me tell you, there are PLENTY!In writing this workshop, I have discovered that there have been a huge number of improvements in the product. I have seen announcements about all of the updates but when you start listing them out, the list is quite substantial.Visual Studio 2012 RTM, update 1, update 2, update […]
In both the classroom while training and in the field while consulting over the past year I have heard all sorts of rumours about Microsoft moving away from Team Foundation Version Control (TFVC) over to Git. I have even had students in my class struggling with a change to Git and when asked why they were changing they answered “because Microsoft is moving away from TFVC”. The incorrect assumptions that people have been making are often leading to incorrect choices when it comes to choosing a version control provider.I do not have anything against Git or TFVC – they both offer great features to development teams. I simply ask that you choose based on which […]
Are you interested in learning about Build, Release Management and Application Insights? Our popular course is running in a couple of weeks as an online course in the Eastern European time zone. You can attend remotely from your home or office and increase your knowledge in these “in-demand” topics.To register visit the registration page and download the course outline for more information.If the times/dates don’t suit you or your team, Ask Shane for alternatives dates and courses you can attend.
Brian Harry announced today on his blog that Visual Studio 2015 CTP6 and TFS 2015 CTP 1 were both available for download. As you can see from the CTP numbers, there have been a number previous CTPs for Visual Studio but this is the first time we’ve got to take a look at TFS 2015.I have recorded a very quick video showing how to install TFS 2015 CTP1 on a fresh installation of Windows Server 2012 R2. It covers installing SQL 2014 followed by TFS 2015 CTP1. I finish off by creating a new Team Project using Visual Studio 2015 CTP6.
2015 started in positive way with news today that Microsoft have re-awarded me as a Visual Studio ALM MVP for the next 12 months. This is the 9th year that Microsoft have acknowledged the contributions I make to the community in the Visual Studio ALM discipline. Congratulations to all the other new and renewed MVPs that have also found out today. Its a great community to belong to.
At TechEd Australia 2014 in Sydney this year I presented a session titled “Build for the cloud, using the cloud: A look at Visual Studio Online”. This video is available on Microsoft’s Channel9 property for anyone interested in watching it.Here’s the session abstract.Configuring a development environment, including a version control repository and build environment, can be complicated and time consuming. Using Visual Studio Online, you can go from zero to online in just 40 minutes! Developers will love just how quick and easy getting started really is. In this demo-heavy session, we start from scratch and quickly build up a solution using Microsoft Visual Studio, Team Foundation Server, and Microsoft Azure. We’ll store our code […]
If you can spare 2 minutes in the next couple of days, could you please take a quick look at the Visual Studio ALM Rangers – Unit Test Generator “quick poll” survey? You may recall that up to and including Visual Studio 2010 you could right-click on a method and choose “Generate Unit test” from the context menu. This simply created the scaffolding for you to write your unit tests. It was a simple thing but it has been missed a little by the community. The ALM Rangers are considering a project to bring this back and need your input to determine if you would find it useful and what it should do if the […]
The ALM Forum conference is happening again in Seattle in May 2015. This conference is a must-see event for serious ALM practitioners especially those focusing on the Microsoft ALM suite.The event is moving from the Washington State Convention Center to the Bells Harbor Conference Center which is around a 7min drive away. For those people familiar with the Seattle waterfront, the conference center is halfway between the Seattle Aquarium and where the Victoria Clippers depart from.Registration for the ALM Forum has just opened on the event website. Here are some important dates to remember for some great savings if you act soon.Super Early Bird ($1295) for registrations up until December 1st.Conference Early Bird ($1595) for […]
On a recent comment on one of my blog posts, a reader wrote the following;Been trough the jumpstart and since my collagues also have been trough them and tried out the exam also. Seems Jumps start is not covering anymore the areas the exam nowadays includes. Seems more and more TFS 2013 related questions are coming in exams. Hearing what was in the exam from collagues (“best” example was around 15 questions of 48 were not covered by current jumps start at all) I am a bit worried if I should go and try anyhow.Is there anything of this uncovered area available (I have the current (TFSadmin and TFS instal helps available aleready)? Or plans […]
While I put the finishing touches on part two of the exam 70-499 exam prep guide, I wanted to share the news of a discount on Microsoft certification exams that is available for exams between now and December 31, 2014.If you’re preparing for the MCSD:ALM Recertification exam (70-499) or any of the other exams on the Microsoft Certification exam list, a little discount isn’t a bad thing.To find out more about how to get the discount, visit the Born to Learn Blog. If you are preparing for 70-499, you can read part one of my prep guide now with the next part only a day or two away.