How Microsoft DevDiv Builds Visual Studio

This is an older series of blog posts by Gregg Boer, Principal Program Manager for the TFS project group. I love reading the inside stories about Visual Studio and TFS. Posting these so others can learn from their example of building a large scale project with TFS. How Microsoft/DevDiv uses TFS – Chapter 1 (Our…

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Headed to Dog Food!

So years and years ago I helped a buddy, Danilo Casino, start an event called Dog Food Con. The purpose was to provide a two day event, during the work week, that enterprise customers of Microsoft could learn all of the latest and greatest about the platform. It is geared for IT Pros and Developers,…

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ALM Lunch: Implementing the Scaled Agile Framework with TFS 2013

I’m excited to announce the latest ALM Lunch event from Polaris Solutions. As you can tell from my previous post, I’m a big fan of SAFe. So much so, that I led the development of a custom TFS 2013 process template to fully implement the framework for Polaris and our clients. Here are the details…

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An Introduction to SAFe and Why You Really Should Care

The Scaled Agile Framework, pronounced “SAFe”, is a framework for implementing lean and agile methods at scale. It was pioneered by Dean Leffingwell and fully described in his book Agile Software Requirements. SAFe provides prescriptive guidance for the individual roles, teams, activities and artifacts necessary to scale agile from the team to program to the…

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Slides from St. Louis Day of .NET 2013

Another amazing year for the St. Louis Day of .NET. We set a new attendance record this weekend with over 1000 attendees. I want to give a big shout out to the organizers, speakers, and sponsors for the world class experience they delivered and a HUGE thank you to the attendees, especially those who attended…

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Windows 8 App Spotlight: I Want My Mummy

I wanted to shine a spotlight on one of our local development studios this week and share some of their story. Pig Out Productions has released the first of their many games to the Windows 8 store. I Want My Mummy is a 70 levels of rock breaking, TNT exploding physics puzzle fun. You tap…

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Windows Azure shown to have the best IaaS performance value

I just stumbled upon an industry report by Cloud Spectator (www.cloudspectator.com). They ran a test on the top IaaS providers, looking for who had the best performance for the buck. As far as I know Windows Azure and Microsoft had nothing to do with this report. The abstract of the report: With a lack of…

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The Windows 8 Store Application Object Model

While working on my latest Windows Store application, I found that I needed a better mental model of the relationships between the framework classes. Here are some quick sketches that cover the core objects and their interactions during application launch. Core Objects The diagram below shows the core objects common to all store applications:               …

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Migrating a Blog to Windows Azure Web Sites

For many years, I’ve hosted my blog on Orcsweb.  I moved there about 5 years ago or so, after outgrowing webhost4life.  Orcsweb is a huge supporter of the community and has offered free hosting to MVPs and MSFTies, so it seemed like a no brainer to go to a first class host at no charge. …

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Taking your Apps to Market

I’ve written a lot of apps (and have used a lot of apps) so one thing I’m always on the lookout for is what is working when it comes to top apps – getting users, feedback, and ultimately monetizing your apps.  The market is always changing and the trends are different in different app categories,…

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