Microsoft exam 70-497: Software Testing with Visual Studio 2012

  We just released a new Microsoft Exam  “Software Testing with Visual Studio 2012” which covers manage the process of running tests, creating and monitoring bugs, and managing and mitigating issues that a software organization has in controlling test coverage for project requirements. Mainly focusing on Microsoft Test Manager 2012. What’s the best way to… Read more

Team Foundation Service is out of Preview

Earlier this morning at the Build conference here in Redmond we announced that Team Foundation Service is now out of Preview!  The new URL for the service is You can read about the changes here: With this change, your accounts are now accessible at… Read more

Introducing Cross Browser Testing with Coded UI Tests

Coded UI Tests help automate browser based applications built on Internet Explorer. We are now enabling cross-browser testing of such applications. Users will be able to perform functional testing of web applications across IE/Firefox/Chrome.  One can use IE to record tests and validate control properties using Coded UI Test Builder. Users also have an option… Read more

Directory of common test tools and utilities

  One of the common challenges with getting started with a new technology is discovery of the tools and resources that can help you get started and increase your productivity…With that in mind the team has collected their list of favorite test tools:   Area Utility UI Test 1. CUITe (Coded UI Test enhanced) Framework… Read more

Testing SharePoint 2010 with Visual Studio 2012 Update 1

Another in my MVP series of blog posts: This post is by one of the most active of the Canadian MVPs, Wes McDonald.  I find it interesting that Wes and our neighbors up north have taken the spirit of the US code camps and turned it in to arguably Canada’s best developer conference that is… Read more

Final CTP for Visual Studio 2012 Update 1

  11/26/2012 Update.  Note The final release of Visual Studio Update 1 now available, please see: Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server 2012 Update 1 now available       Summary This week we are releasing the final CTP for Visual Studio 2012 Update 1.  This release is a Consumer Technology Preview of the forthcoming… Read more

Introducing Code Map in Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 CTP

Another one of the ALM MVPs, Kris Lankford, has written a quick getting started with Code Map in Visual Studio 2012 Thanks Kris and sorry this has taken so long to publish!!!   Introducing Code Map for Visual Studio 2012 CTP  By Kris Lankford As part of the Visual Studio 2012 CTP for September, Visual… Read more

Quick Response Sample – Command line utility to create TFS Branch Scenarios

Quick Response samples provide information directly from Visual Studio ALM Rangers working with the Microsoft Visual Studio Product Group and Microsoft Services, in response to feature gaps to supplement the product and knowledge base information. Update 2012/11/22 – Please refer to the Quick Response Sample – Visual Studio Extension to support the ALM Rangers Branching… Read more

Heterogeneous dependencies: what’s a development team to do? Migrate or integrate!

With the launch of Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012, I have seen a lot of dev teams wanting to move to this latest release, yet for most software development organizations, they are likely already using some other system to help them manage the development process. What’s a development team to do? Migrate or integrate!… Read more

Error TF254027: TFS Install and Language Restrictions in SQL Server (Express)

The new Team Foundation Server Express product is designed to work with the Express version of SQL Server.  It conveniently installs SQL Server Express automatically during configuration on machines where it is not detected.  However, SQL Server and SQL Server Express impose additional restrictions on a system’s language settings that TFS by itself does not normally… Read more