17 Feb 2016

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An ALM/DevOps consultant’s life – Working for clients big and small, near and far

I am writing this as I sit in a small Inn in North Adelaide and wonder at the wide range of clients I work for. As an IT professional specialising in Microsoft’s Application Lifecycle Management suite I tend to travel a lot and work with clients that range from small teams of 3-5 developers to incredibly large multinational organisations. This is an aspect of my job that I absolutely love. Working with small teams is very rewarding as you can usually bring about change much more quickly and easily see the results of your work. Working with large organisations is...

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5 Oct 2015

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Speaking at CodeCamp NYC this Saturday–Tickets still available for just $10

This Saturday 10th October I’ll be presenting two talks at CodeCamp NYC. Held in the Microsoft Midtown offices, this is a great event with nearly 70 sessions to choose from during the day. Your $10 ticket gives you this all-day event with refreshments served, including breakfast, lunch, and beverages throughout the day. These are the two talks I’ll be delivering.Talk #1 - TFS Build 2015 - What every developer needs to knowTime: 1:00pm-2:15pm   Room: AmbassadorTalk #2 - Enhancing application quality using Visual Studio 2015 EnterpriseTime: 2:30pm-3:45pm   Room: AmbassadorWhen I’m not presenting you’ll find me at the QuickLearn stand. Stop by...

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15 Sep 2015

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Visual Studio 2015 – Brisbane launch event 21-Sep-2015

Join members of the Brisbane .NET users group and the QLD ALM Users Group for this special Visual Studio 2015 launch event. In this special meetup, sponsored by Microsoft, you’ll see some of the new and improved capabilities of Visual Studio 2015. Learn about changes to the IDE as well and improvements to web and cloud development. You’ll also see what’s new for Windows 10 development before we wrap up the meeting. Places are limited so please RSVP early so you don’t miss this event! Speakers: Anthony Borton Anthony is an ALM consultant/trainer for Enhance ALM. He is a Microsoft Visual Studio ALM MVP and...

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15 Aug 2015

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Presenting at VSLive Redmond and a special discount for VSLive New York

Earlier this week I have the privilege of presenting at the VSLive! conference held on the Microsoft Campus in Redmond. The event was held in the Microsoft Conference Center which is a venue I’ve been in many times over the past few years.This was my first VSLive event and I was very impressed with how well organised the event was. If you’re in the US and considering attending a developer conference, this is certainly a good one to consider. They have 6 events running across the US this year so you can choose to attend the event at a convenient...

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19 Jul 2015

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Team Project Rename: Local workspace support for Visual Studio 2012, 2013 & 2015

Microsoft has been pretty good in terms of supporting functionality between different versions of Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server. While all the buzz at the moment is focused on the RTM release of Visual Studio 2015 (20th July), there are still many developers working on earlier versions of Visual Studio.One of the most frequently requested features on the Connect website was to allow people to rename Team Projects in TFS and this was finally made possible in TFS 2015. As part of the rename process, the steps required for each Visual Studio client are dependant on whether they are...

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10 Jul 2015

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VSLive Redmond–Early bird is over but you can still save $500 off ticket price

Early Bird registrations have now closed for the Visual Studio Live! event on August 10-14 at Microsoft HQ in Redmond.As a presenter I can help you save you $500 on the 5-day package. You just need to use my speaker code (RDSPK03) when you register to receive the discount. Register here: http://bit.ly/RDSPK03REGHere are the two sessions I’ll be presenting at the conference:Enhancing Application Quality Using Visual Studio 2015 Premium Features   Not Your Grandfather's Build - A Look at How Build Has Changed in 2015...

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8 Jul 2015

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Book: Continuous Delivery with Visual Studio ALM 2015

Fellow ALM MVPs Mathias Olausson and Jakob Ehn are in the process of writing a new book for publisher Apress. The new book titled “Continuous Delivery with Visual Studio ALM 2015” is in the early stages at the moment but should be available in Q3 2015. I’ve been lucky enough to be asked to help with the technical proofreading which means I am in the process of reading every single page very closely. The guys are doing a great job of authoring this book and it contains many real world examples that I am sure will help everyone reading this...

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14 May 2015

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Presenting at VSLive conference in Redmond, WA

I’ll be speaking at Visual Studio Live!, August 10-14 at Microsoft HQ in Redmond, WA. Surrounded by your fellow industry professionals, Visual Studio Live! provides you with immediately usable training and education that will keep you relevant in the workforce.I’ll be presenting the following sessions:Enhancing Application Quality Using Visual Studio 2015 Premium Features   Not Your Grandfather's Build - A Look at How Build Has Changed in 2015SPECIAL OFFER: As a speaker, I can extend $500 savings on the 5-day package. Register here: http://bit.ly/RDSPK03HomeAmplify your knowledge at Visual Studio Live! Redmond — bring the issues that keep you up at night...

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13 Apr 2015

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ALM Forum Seattle May 18-22, 2015 – Pre conference workshop

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...

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12 Mar 2015

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Microsoft is committed to BOTH Git AND Team Foundation Version Control

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...

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9 Mar 2015

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Build, Release Management & AppInsights online course in European timezone

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....

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24 Feb 2015

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Installing TFS 2015 CTP1–A quick video walkthrough in <3 minutes

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...

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