Register for Visual Studio 2013 UK Launch

Please join us on the 3rd of December for the launch of Visual Studio 2013 and find out how these tools will help you create your applications or to modernize existing applications. Registration here: http://vs2013uk-Blog.eventbrite.com During the day you will hear from Nicole Herskowitz (Senior Director of VS Product Marketing) and David Carmona (Director of…


Upcoming Webinars – Azure, Team Foundation Service and VS2013

Soon I will be joining one of our ALM Gold Partners – Testhouse in delivering some Webinars on Azure, Team Foundation Service and Visual Studio 2013. Please feel free to register using the links below… Fri, 25th Oct @ 12:00pm (BST) – Introducing Azure & Team Foundation ServiceMicrosoft’s Colin Beales in conjunction with Testhouse present…


Certified ScrumMaster Training and Scrum with TFS course

Our Gold Application Lifecycle Management Partners RippleRock are running two courses at Microsoft Campus in Reading at the end of this month If you are adopting Scrum and would like to have your ScrumMasters certified then sign up for: Certified ScrumMaster with Colin Bird http://ripplerock-csm-colin-bird-oct-2013-eorg.eventbrite.co.uk/ Tuesday 22nd October – Wednesday 23rd October 2013 If you…

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Free "Application Lifecycle Management with Visual Studio" Event returning to Edinburgh (10th October)

I seem to have posted a lot of events today, but I’m really excited that due to popular demand we are heading back to Edinburgh in October (10th) to run our Application Lifecycle Management with Visual Studio session. I’m even more pleased as we approach Visual Studio 2013 launch we’ll be able to demonstrate our tools…


Free “Testing with Visual Studio” event in London (14th Nov 2013)

We continue to run free ALM sessions at various places around the country however feedback from the testing community has requested we run specific sessions for this audience to drill down specifically on their needs from functionality in Microsoft Team Foundation Server, Microsoft Test Manager and Visual Studio. We have added a specific session for…


New free Agile Project Management event for Project Managers/Scrum Masters

We continue to run free ALM sessions at various places around the country however feedback from the project management community has requested we run specific sessions for this audience to drill down specifically on their needs from functionality in the Microsoft Team Foundation Server toolset. We have added a specific session for project managers, scrum…


Exploring Work Item Charting in Team Foundation Server 2013

With today’s announcement of Team Foundation Server 2013 Release Candidate, I thought I would quickly take a look at the new feature “Work Item Charting” that is enabled in this release and has shipped out on Team Foundation Service. Work Item Charting allows you to use a browser based interface to create visual chart representations…


Visual Studio 2013 – My 3 favourite new code editor features

Every version of Visual Studio seems to improve and integrate new ways of interacting in the code editor to improve and smooth the process of inputting and refactoring code. Some of the new code editing features. Here are 3 of my favourite 2013 code editing improvements: 1)     Auto Brace Completion Another feature (like my previous post)…


Visual Studio 2013 – Enhanced Scrollbar

When a Visual Studio edition releases much work is undertaken with the Visual Studio Productivity Tools to experiment and try new features that may be broadly useful to developers to incorporate into the Visual Studio product. One such new feature that falls in this category is the enhanced scrollbars that have now been incorporated into…


Provisioning a Visual Studio Ultimate 2013 Preview machine in Azure

One of the great scenarios enabled by Windows Azure is the fast provisioning of virtual machines and environments being used for is for training and evaluation instances of software and solutions. If you have followed my recent posts (Making the most of free Azure benefits with MSDN & Getting setup on Azure with MSDN benefits) then…