TFS Tidbits–The Atomic Check-In

In a previous article, I talked about how TFS treats check-ins as atomic transactions. In a nutshell, when the check-in is initiated, Visual Studio will provide TFS with some basic information about the check-in. like the number of files and the work item(s) associated with it. When the transmission is complete, all the elements will…

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TFS Basics–Changeset

When I talk to customers about how they keep track of changes of their source code, you may (or may not) be surprised with what I hear. They range from using some source code control management (SCCM) tool to archive files using ZIP or RAR files. Hopefully you’re using a SCCM tool. As part of…

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TFS Basics–Branching Visualization

I’ve been talking to a lot of customers recently about Team Foundation Server (TFS) as a source code control management (SCCM) tool. Some are coming from Visual SourceSafe while others are coming from other SCCM tools. Regardless of what SCCM tool they’re coming from, the subject of branching always comes up, and the question of…

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DevOps - Building Healthy Systems with Visual Studio Ultimate

DevOps, as mentioned in one of my previous articles, is about Developer-Operations. One aspect of DevOps people overlook is about ensuring your building healthy systems. When I was previously responsible for Quality Assurance and Operations Developers, I become really focused on ensuring our team was building healthy systems, not just quality systems. What’s the difference…

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Microsoft’s DevOps Story Just Got Better

Last week, Microsoft released System Center 2012 Service Pack 1. Having been an operations manager before, there’s a lot of enhancements that would have made me happy in that former life. What really gets me excited is that this service pack are the features added to the Operations Manager because it really expands the DevOps…

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Learn how to develop for Windows Phone 8

With the recent launch of the Windows Phone 8 devices, a lot of customers are asking about what does it take to develop to the new devices. There’s a lot of blog articles and individual sessions throughout Channel 9; however, two that I would recommend are the Windows Phone 8 Training Kit and Windows Phone…

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Programming for Beginners

Last week, I had the opportunity to speak in Denver at our Visual Studio 2012 Launch Roadshow. If you don’t know what they are, check out my earlier blog post to find out when the next one is. It might be in your area. During one of the Q&A sessions we had, one of the…

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Windows 8 Developer Camps are Coming Soon! March - June

You’ve just downloaded and installed the Windows 8 Consumer Preview and Visual Studio 11, you’ve watched the Channel 9 videos, and read all the articles, but you still want more! Then get ready for the upcoming series of Windows 8 Developer Camps! These are free, full-day, developer focused events featuring a combination of sessions and…

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Free Azure/VS 2010 Event in Denver and NYC

Cloud computing is one of the hottest topics in information technology today.  Spend some time with Microsoft to see how your business can benefit from the cloud.  Learn Microsoft’s vision of cloud-computing and experience the Windows Azure cloud platform in-person.  The agenda for the day will be as follows: 9AM – 1PM Cloud computing overview…

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Updated Windows Azure Platform Training Kit Available

In case you missed the announcement, I know I did, we made a new Azure Platform Training Kit available on Dec 23. December Training Kit Contents: Hands On Labs Introduction to Windows Azure Exploring Windows Azure Storage Deploying and Monitoring Applications in Windows Azure Windows Azure: Worker Role Communication Federated Authentication in a Windows Azure…

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