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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6 Jul 2015

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Team Explorer Everywhere 2015 has been released

With the Visual Studio 2015 and Team Foundation Server 2015 releases just around the corner, Team Explorer Everywhere 2015 has jumped the gun and is already available for download.If you’re using Team Explorer Everywhere and want to upgrade to the latest version, it is available from the following locations.Microsoft Download CenterEclipse MarketplaceAs per Brian’s blog post, the TEE2015 release is not a big one but the changes will be very welcome by users. The changes include:Support for Build vNext  (I love Build vNext)Support for Project Rename  (Worth the long wait)@CurrentIteration work item tracking macro (Super convenient)Performance improvements and bug fixes...

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4 Jul 2015

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The _PublishedWebsite folder is missing in 2015

“Where has the _PublishedWebsite folder gone in 2015?” This is a common question I have been seeing from people that have started using Visual Studio 2015 and the new Team Build 2015. If you’ve been building web applications using Team Foundation Server 2013 or earlier, you’ll know that a folder named _PublishedWebsite is automatically created and copied to the Drop folder specified in your build definition. This has allowed us to easily write scripts to simply copy the content to a folder on our IIS server. If you create a new Build Definition using Visual Studio 2015 and Team Build 2015,...

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29 Apr 2015

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New TFS 2015 Training Curriculum now available

To coincide with the just-released Visual Studio 2015 and TFS 2015 Release Candidates, we’re pleased to release our new TFS 2015 training curriculum. Dates for these courses are now available in the United States and dates will soon be announced for Australia and Europe.DevOps using Visual Studio ALM 20153 DAY I DEVELOPERS & ADMINSWe’re very excited about our newest course offering. It covers topics including PowerShell and PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC), Azure Automation, Application Insights, Release Management, Application Diagnostics and troubleshooting, IntelliTrace and much more.Visual Studio 2015 Developer Enterprise Features2 DAY I DEVELOPERSThis new 2 day course has been...

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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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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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