Visual Studio & Xamarin event: Visual Studio and Visual Studio Online: The App developer’s toolbox

I spent last Thursday afternoon in Kensington Olympia with Mike Taulty, Steve Hall and Dave Hathaway from Xamarin. The event was looking at developing cross-platform apps using Visual Studio, C# and Xamarin and the topics were: Mike Taulty demonstrating how to structure and develop your apps for maximum reuse and portability Me covering how Visual…

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My top 5 Visual Studio Features

Colin’s posted about winning Visual Studio goodies and started things off with his favourite 5 features in Visual Studio, and so I thought I should chip in with mine. It turns out it’s quite hard to narrow down, but here are what I’ve decided to go with. No doubt you’ll suggest some other great ideas,…

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12 reasons to use the Jolt award winning Visual Studio Premium 2013

Visual Studio 2013 Premium won the 2014 Jolt Award, which is nice, and it seems like a good time to revisit a common question; what’s the difference between Visual Studio 2013 Professional and Visual Studio Premium 2013? The comparison matrix shows everything but I’ve been thinking about the top capabilities that I value, and came…

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Monitoring apps in the wild with Visual Studio Online Application Insights

We don’t like double posting content usually, however as I wrote the article (https://t.co/f8HhewlWu9) I feel somewhat justified re-posting out to our own blog… Sometimes in my learning I come across a killer book that will really resonate, and for me one such book was The Lean Start-up by Eric Reis which completely revolutionised the…


Removing weekends from the burndown chart

I don’t generally like to just repeat content from other sources but this has been such a common question/request that I thought it was worth shouting about. In the latest Visual Studio Online release (January 22nd) you can now configure your working week to exclude weekends, or define which days you do you want to…

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Free spaces available at Visual Studio ALM, Test and Project Management Events in January and February

We have some spaces still available for free sessions in January and February in London, Edinburgh and Reading covering the Application Lifecycle Management tools in Visual Studio 2013 as well as some specific sessions targeting Test teams and Agile Project Management. Feel free to sign yourselves up at: http://events.msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/#fbid=WiyDCpHn1HH


What does Team Foundation Server 2013 offer the non-Windows user?

With the recent launch of Team Foundation Server 2013, I thought it would be a good time to take a step back and look at what Team Foundation Server (TFS) now provides to the non-Windows desktop user. There are plenty of scenarios where some part of the organisation is using different technologies that don’t involve…

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Installing Team Explorer Everywhere in Eclipse

This is one of two “side posts” that have come out of putting together What does Team Foundation Server 2013 offer the non-Windows user? This post covers connecting to the Eclipse Marketplace and getting hold of Team Explorer Everywhere (TFS integration for Eclipse) also known as the TFS plug-in for Eclipse. In Eclipse, select Help…

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Installing Linux in Hyper-V

This is one of two “side posts” that have come out of putting together What does Team Foundation Server 2013 offer the non-Windows user? In order to take a look at the new Web Test capabilities in TFS 2013 I wanted to try them out in a non-Windows environment, so I decided to create a…

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