British Computer Society Agile SCM Event

This week I presented a session at the British Computer Society Configuration Management Specialist Group’s Agile SCM Event.  It was an excellent day with a number of speakers from various backgrounds talking about the challenges and best practice of Agile development but what really struck me while listening to the speakers was that Visual Studio Team System is going…

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A New Job

After two years in the Dev Tools Team, I have recently changed role and moved into the Microsoft Technology Centre as an Architect. In this role get to play with all of Microsoft’s latest and greatest technologies while developing Proof of Concepts for our customers. It also means that, after specialising solely in VSTS for…

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Testing with Visual Studio Team System

I recently attended and presented at both TestExpo and the Software & Systems Quality Conference and at both events people seemed surprised to see a Microsoft stand.  In my experience testers don’t seem to be as aware of our tools as developers so hopefully I introduced a few more people to them at these events. …

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Visual Studio Team System 2010

Woohoo! It’s all going off today!  I can finally start talking about what’s coming next in VSTS Rosario! Check out these links for more information: Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0 Overview  Visual Studio Team System 2010 Week on Channel 9! And finally we have just announced the merger of the Database and Development…

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Visual Studio Events, Microsoft Campus, Reading – 17th & 14th Sept

Hello to anyone who attended one of the Visual Studio Events in Reading over the last couple of weeks.  I promised to upload some links to useful resources, training and the presentation so I will try and get that done by the end of the week. In the meantime I’ve added some links to the…

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Could not load file or assembly ‘System.Data.SqlServerCe’

Have you installed the Microsoft® Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition GDR August CTP so that you can target SQL Server 2008 with your Database Projects and found this error message when you create a new project? —————————Microsoft Visual Studio—————————Could not load file or assembly ‘System.Data.SqlServerCe, Version=3.5.1.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=89845dcd8080cc91’ or one of its dependencies….

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Should everyone get the Power Tools for Free?

I don’t like to talk much about licensingy things – it’s not my area and I’m no expert, but this is important. Brian Harry (TFS overlord and all round good egg) has posted a blog entry around the future of the TFS power tools. I would strongly recommend having a read of it and feeding…

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Update to the Scriptable Web Test Plugin

I’ve updated my web test scriptable parameters plugin to fix a bug with scripted context parameters and extracted tests and add the ability to to script the file name property of any file upload params. For more information see:   http://forums.microsoft.com/MSDN/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=3006040&SiteID=1 Many thanks to Lewis for his hard work in developing a repro and to…

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Regular Expression Builder

I only found this feature of DB Pro the other day – must remember to spend more time exploring menus – so thought I should share. When you are creating a Data generation Plan, one of the options on how to control the shape of the data is to use a Regular Expression. To help…

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Test Expo Follow Up – Visual Studio Team System Testing Resources

As promised I have listed a number of useful links to get you started or help expand your existing knowledge of Testing using Visual Studio Team System   General Resources   Visual Studio Team System 2008 Test Developer Center http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-gb/vsts2008/test/default.aspx Visual Studio Team System 2008 Test Edition provides a comprehensive suite of testing tools for…

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