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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Virtualization on Windows 8

As a software developer, I always found that Windows Server was the better operating system to use because I had access to IIS, could install the full version of SQL Server, and most importantly, Hyper-V. When ever I first got a workstation and installed Windows Server on it, depending the version of Windows Server, I…

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Test Manager Tip: Screen Capture Menus and Drop-Downs

As a tester, more times than not you need to prove to the developer that just because the application compiled and worked on their machine, its not working in the Test Environment (or even the Dev Environment for that matter). Depending on the application, some times testers will right test cases to verify that menus…

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Visual Studio and ASP.NET UserVoice Forums

During one of the SoCal VS 2012 Launch Roadshow events, one of the participants had asked how can they provide feedback to the Visual Studio team. Martin Hinshelwood, one of the presenters at the event mentioned that there is a way. It’s call the Visual Studio User Voice. It’s a forum that allows you to…

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Windows 7 Tip: Aero Snap Feature and Multiple Monitors

Most of the time, I’m working on either a notebook or a desktop. So the whole multi-monitor thing is not something as fluent with me like it is with some of my friends. One my notebook, I’ve started to use a second monitor because I’m constantly working on multiple things where I can use the…

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Changing your VSTS Test Projects defaults

The other day while I was writing some code (yeah, I still do that occasionally) and added a Test Project to my solution, I thought it was odd that although I was writing my solution in C#, the default Test Project is always VB? So I poked around the Options setting within VSTS and found…

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Win7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 general availability date is set!

On the Windows Team Blog, the Windows 7 Team announced that Windows 7 will be in stores beginning October 22, 2009, just in time for the holidays. This date marks the general availability (GA) date, which means that the Release To Manufacturing (RTM) bits will be made available to OEM system builders probably by mid-…

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Win7 and ISO Images

There are a lot of utilities out there that will allow you to burn ISO images to a CD or DVD like Nero and Power2Go. But if you don’t want to waste the time or plastic to make disc, your best bet is use a program that can mount an ISO just a like it…

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Dynamic Disks: Use with care

I recently had a Windows XP desktop computer die on me a while ago, so I basically cannibalized the parts (memory, video, and hard drives). I couple of days ago, I was looking for some data and realized that it was on one of the hard drives from the dead computer. So I attached the…

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