Building a Release Pipeline with TFS

Leaders in the world of online businesses have shrunk the timeline for software delivery from months to days or even hours. No matter what size business you have, customers now expect features such as real-time customer service and frequent releases of services. Enter: The patterns & practices (p&p) team. The goal of this new guidance…


Team Foundation Server 2013 Power Tools

It seems just yesterday that I mentioned the Power Tools for TFS 2012 and the benefits that it provides. Fast forward to today and the Power Tools for TFS 2013 are now available and have all been updated to work with VS 2013 and TFS 2013. As is the norm, these tools are a set of…


InRelease for Visual Studio 2013 Preview

Microsoft has announced the availability of a free downloadable preview of InRelease for Visual Studio 2013. I would encourage all developers to try it, along with their Visual Studio 2013 Preview, and share their feedback. The download of InRelease for Visual Studio 2013 Preview is available here.  


Holy //BUILD Batman!

I thought the previous //BUILD conferences (2012 | 2011) had a lot of content but this year definitely surpassed it. Although I couldn’t do the whole conference justice in a single blog post, here are a few key highlights: Windows 8.1 Preview Windows 8.1 Preview is the next step forward for a truly modern computing experience with…


Visual Studio 2013

Today, Microsoft announced Visual Studio 2013, the next release of is integrated developer tools solution for building modern applications for devices, the cloud and on the client. Visual Studio 2013 Preview software will be released at Build 2013. Visual Studio 2013 will incorporate a wave of new hybrid Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) features, many of…


Developing a Windows Store Business App

Microsoft patterns & practices recently announced the latest addition to the patterns & practices library of software architecture guidance: Developing a Windows Store Business App using C#, XAML, and Prism. This guidance illustrates how to create a Windows Store business app using C#, XAML and the Prism library. The release includes documentation, and source code…


WebMatrix 3 Released

For those that aren’t aware, WebMatrix (available for download here) is a free, lightweight web development tool that was first introduced in 2010 which provides a great, focused web development experience for ASP.NET, PHP, and Node.js. New Features Summary Windows Azure Integration When you create local projects, you’ll be able to instantly get a companion website in…


Better Unit Testing with Microsoft Fakes

The ALM Rangers have released the eBook: Better Unit Testing with Microsoft Fakes and it’s available via Codeplex. This eBook contains practical guidance for migrating to and unit testing with Microsoft Fakes. Practical walk-throughs allow you to navigate basic and advanced concepts, giving you a comfortable and confident start in implementing Microsoft Fakes as a…


ALM Summit Content Available On-Demand

January’s ALM Summit on the Microsoft Campus brought together some of the greatest minds in application development, methodologies, and application lifecycle management. All of the sessions were recorded and are now available for on-demand viewing on Channel 9. Watch these videos to learn about the latest trends in agile development, ALM leadership, testing, and DevOps….


ALM Readiness Treasure Map

If you’re not familiar with the ALM Rangers then you’re certainly missing out on some of the most important content/guidance being offered when it comes to Application Lifecycle Management (ALM). I’ve mentioned them before on numerous occasions as I’ve personally used their guidance on TFS branching and merging, build customization and additional technical readiness. That…