12 Nov 2012

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Power Tools are your best friend

Power tools are an awesome way for Microsoft teams to release out-of-band utilities and tools that can really help round out rough edges and missing features from a product. Here are a few of the Power Tools you should really consider installing if you use any of these products. Productivity Power Tools for Visual Studio 2012 (NEW) The Productivity Power Tools for Visual Studio 2010 were both very popular and very useful for any developer using Visual Studio 2010. The long wait for the updated 2012 version of these great power tools is now over. Read the full details on The Visual Studio...

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1 Nov 2012

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Becoming a Microsoft Quality Enablement Specialist

Earlier this week I had the opportunity to sit for Microsoft exam 70-497: Software Testing with Visual Studio 2012. Having successfully passed this exam (my 56th MS exam), I am now officially a Microsoft Quality Enablement Specialist. Here’s a copy of the certificate. From the Microsoft Learning website, they state the audience for this exam is software testers. Typically those people that manage the process of running tests, creating and monitoring bugs, and managing and mitigating issues that a software organization has in controlling test coverage for project requirements. In short, basically it focuses on Microsoft Test Manager 2012. What’s the best...

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29 Oct 2012

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Microsoft exam 70-497 preparation

Microsoft has recently release three new exams for TFS 2012. This is a big change from the single exam that has been available for previous versions of TFS. As the author of 6 comprehensive training courses for TFS 2012, I wanted to let anyone studying to take the 70-497 exam know that the following 2-day course is a great way to prepare yourself to take the exam. Software Testing with Microsoft Visual Studio 2012(View course outline | Download Course outline – PDF) The course pre-dated the release of the exam and the primary purpose of the course...

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28 Jun 2012

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What are you waiting for? Try out Team Foundation Service

Up until recently, users wanting to try out Microsoft’s new hosted TFS offering have required a much sought after invitation code. The reasoning behind this was to control the load on the new and unproven service during it’s initial development phase. From early June 2012, Microsoft have removed the requirement to have an invitation code to sign up for the hosted Team Foundation Service. At the time of writing there was no news on when the service was expected to go live and what the pricing model might be but for now it’s a great way to start working with...

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20 Apr 2012

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Visual Studio “11” Beta makes it easier to be an early adopter

As one would expect, each new release of Microsoft Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server brings a range of exciting new features and capabilities. Unfortunately many of us may still remember the pain of moving from VS2002 (.NET 1.0) to VS 2003 (.NET 1.1) and then to VS2005 (.NET 2.0). This has caused us to be especially weary of changing to newer versions before we really need to. With the release of Microsoft Visual Studio “11” Beta, Microsoft have made big investments in ensuring the smoothest possible transition to the next release. Here are a number of ways Microsoft are...

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4 Oct 2011

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Team Foundation Services Preview for all Australian ALM conference attendees.

Get access to Microsoft’s next generation in application lifecycle management, agile project management and software development collaboration services based on the next version of Team Foundation Server running on the Windows Azure platform called: Team Foundation Service Preview   Every attendee of the Australian ALM conference will receive one of the most sought after previews in the Software Industry -an invitation code for access to Team Foundation Service Preview. For more information about the conference please see www.australianalm.com.au...

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1 Apr 2011

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Visual SourceSafe Migration Events around Australia

Enhance ALM’s very own, Richard Angus, has joined forces with Migration to deliver a “hands-on” workshop to teach you about pre-migration considerations for moving from Visual SourceSafe to Team Foundation Server 2010. We will walk you through an end to end migration and ensure you're well equipped to handle to task back in your workplace. Simply bring along your own laptop with Visual SourceSafe 2005 and TFS 2010 Basic installed. We'll provide you with a VSS Database and then walk you through a complete migration during the workshop. (Don't worry if you don't want to bring your laptop along,...

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2 Jan 2011

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Awarded Visual Studio ALM MVP for 6th year

This morning I woke to find an email from Microsoft telling me I have been presented with the Microsoft MVP award in the Visual Studio ALM competency for 2011. This will be my 6th year as an MVP and I’m honoured to be a part of such a vibrant and active community. 2011 is shaping up to be a busy year with a number of initiatives demanding my attention already including: New Zealand Visual Studio ALM Conference Australian ALM Conference New training partnerships to deliver my courses in overseas markets Congratulations to all other MVP’s awarded on the...

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10 Dec 2010

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Enhance ALM joins forces with QuickLearn

Enhance ALM is pleased to announce we have joined forces with QuickLearn to make our Visual Studio ALM courses available in the United States and Europe. Through this partnership the following courses are now available in these overseas markets. Configuring and Administering Team Foundation Server Fundamentals of Team Development with Visual Studio Developer Managing Team Projects with Visual Studio Project Manager Managing Virtual Lab Environments with Visual Studio Testing Applications with Microsoft Test Manager These are all 2-day courses that are scheduled as public courses and also available as onsite closed courses for your...

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6 Dec 2010

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Lunch Bytes with Anthony Borton: Streamlining your Development Process with Visual Studio

Most organizations fall into the trap of optimizing a part of their development process while failing to look at the end-to-end development process. Although this low-hanging fruit approach can sometimes result in positive change, it very often misses the big gains that can be made when focusing on the entire end-to-end process. Visual Studio 2010 and Team Foundation Server 2010 provide deep visibility across the entire end-to-end process, creating real change that impacts an entire organization instead of just a single team. Join us as Microsoft Valued Professional Anthony Borton talks about how to improve the development process throughout...

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3 Dec 2010

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New VS2010/TFS2010 Evaluation VHDs coming soon

If you’re currently using the evaluation VHDs from Microsoft to try out Visual Studio 2010 and TFS 2010, you will know that the VM’s are due to expire in the next two weeks on or around the 15th December 2010. Brian Keller, the Microsoft Sr. Technical Evangelist that creates and maintains these Virtual Machines has posted on his blog that the new release of the evaluation virtual machines is expected to be downloadable sometime next week. (Week commencing 6th Dec). New VHD’s Coming Soon...

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17 Nov 2010

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Visual Studio 2010 Feature Pack 2 now available

Microsoft has just released Visual Studio 2010 Feature Pack 2 for MSDN Subscribers. This new feature pack has delivered a number of much anticipated features aimed at the testing area of Visual Studio 2010. In summary the keywords for this feature pack are SILVERLIGHT 4, FIREFOX 3.5/3.6 and CODED UI EDITOR. More specifically, here’s a list of what’s included in the feature pack. Use Microsoft Test Manager to capture and playback action recordings for Silverlight 4 applications. Create coded UI tests for Silverlight 4 applications with Visual Studio 2010 Premium or Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate. Edit coded...

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