Announcing the Release Candidate (RC) of Visual Studio 2012 and .NET Framework 4.5

I’m happy to announce the Release Candidate of Visual Studio 2012, Team Foundation Server 2012, and .NET Framework 4.5. You can find these releases available for download on our Visual Studio product website. In conjunction with today’s Visual Studio release, Windows has made available a Windows 8 Release Preview. Please visit the Building Windows 8…

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Welcome to the new blog design

Redesigning our blogs reminded me of painting the walls at home. It’s one of those things you never have the time to get around to, but are happy when you finally do! (source) Here’s a picture of my old blog theme, as a reminder: We updated the design for a number of the developer tools…

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My Favorite Features: Managing Projects with the Backlog, Sprint Planning and Taskboard Features in Team Foundation Server 11

In my earlier post on Continuous Value Delivery, I talked about the role that features like the backlog, sprint planning, and taskboard play in tracking requirements and managing the development process. In this post, I’ll dive deeper into what this all looks like in action. I’ve been using these features in my personal coding projects…

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My Favorite Features: Creating Storyboards with PowerPoint

In my last post on Continuous Value Delivery, I talked the importance of communication between the customer and the engineering team to arrive at a clear project definition. How many times have you built exactly what was asked for, but not what was wanted? Agile teams need the right communication tools to eliminate waste at…

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Continuous Value Delivery with Visual Studio 11 ALM

In the next couple of posts, I’m going to dive into some of my favorite ALM features coming in Visual Studio 11. In this post, I’d like to first provide some framing on the larger context for the release, so you can see how these features fit in. At each stage of the application lifecycle,…

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My Favorite Features: Unit Testing Enhancements in Visual Studio 11

I’ve been writing a set of posts on some of my favorite Visual Studio 11 features that I’m using in my personal development. In my last post, I talked about JavaScript tooling enhancements. In this post, I’d like to talk about the new unit testing features. Unit testing is an important step in the development…

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Find out what’s in store for the Visual Studio 11 UI in the RC release

After announcing the Visual Studio 11 Beta developer experience, we received considerable feedback on the UI. I want to thank you for all the comments you provided on this topic, and for taking the time to evaluate the beta release. At this point in the product cycle, we’ve been reviewing all of the beta feedback,…

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