VSTS is dead, long live VisualStudioUK – renaming and moving this blog

We’ve decided that this blog finally needs to be renamed as the VSTS (Visual Studio Team System) designation has long since gone now. The new blog is therefore called VisualStudioUK: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudiouk/  and if you want to change your feed reader then the RSS feed is: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudiouk/rss.aspx  This will be the last post that we’ll put…

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EVENT: Implementing the Secure Development Lifecycle in your ALM Process

One of our ALM partners, Black Marble is running a free event on implementing the Microsoft SDL process this Thursday (26th Jan) at the Holiday Inn Leeds/Bradford Security should be at the forefront of minds when developing Enterprise-grade solutions, however, it rarely is. This session will look at how implementing Microsoft’s Security Development Lifecycle (SDL)…

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Testfest 2012, sponsored by Visual Studio

Some exciting news about a brand new testing event that we are sponsoring. To quote from the Testfest website: “Testfest is a new and exciting event, bringing testing and QA communities of the ‘traditional commercial’ teams and the game industry teams together to learn from each other and network into one big community. Testfest will…

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An introduction to Agile development with Team Foundation Server: TFS Support for Agile practices

TFS support for Agile practices Tailoring TFS to support your Agile process with process templates Iteration planning Information radiators But I’m not a .NET developer Agile support in TFS 11 A topic that comes up reasonably often is how Team Foundation Server supports Agile development. This series of posts provides my response to that query….

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ALM Research Project

I met Rob Myers at an event recently and he would like to get some anonymous information on ALM for his MSc research project. If you can spare a few minutes to complete the survey he’d be very grateful: “I am working on a research project as part of an MSc with the Open University…

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ALM On-line Assessment Tool launched

We’ve just launched a new on-line tool to help provide feedback and inputs into your Application Lifecycle Management strategy and adoption. The tool will take you through the different areas of ALM and provide a report as a summary. There’s no need to complete it all in one sitting, you can log back in and…

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GoingNative 2012 Conference

GoingNative 2012 is a 48 hour technical event for C++ developers. Distinguished speakers include the creator of C++, Bjarne Stroustrup, C++ Standards Committee Chair, Herb Sutter, C++ template and big compute master, Andrei Alexandrescu, STL master Stephan T. Lavavej, and more! The agenda will be released over the next month or so. Either attend the…

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Fixing the TFS SharePoint integration after a password change

I run TFS 2010 and SharePoint 2010 on my laptop so that I can demonstrate TFS without needing to be attached to a network (when on a customer site for example). My laptop is (rightly) subject to the corporate management policies so I need to change my password regularly and when I do so, because…

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Bag yourself an Xbox360 by writing Windows Phone 7 apps

Got an idea for an awesome WP7 application?  Well, get writing it before the end January 2012 and you can earn points (and we all know that points make prizes) in addition to the riches your app could generate in the marketplace. More details from our good buddy, Paul And of course you can get…

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Introducing the Microsoft Application Lifecycle Management Assessment

Microsoft UK have just launched the Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Assessment which is designed to quickly identify how an organisation approaches software development from requirements to release.  Based on your answers, the assessment will suggest simple but effective improvements that can be made to the way you develop software and offer best practice resources. The…

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