March 9, 2011
Last week I was in Seattle for the MVP Summit where I was one of the present 78 Visual Studio ALM MVPs to explore the future of the Application Lifecycle Management platform.
On Sunday I already enjoyed a full day of interesting MVP to MVP sessions and I do want to highlight one particular session from Sven Hubert, a German Visual Studio ALM MVP. He did a nice talk on extended dependency management with Team Foundation Server. Many of us will certainly have been in the situation where a custom solution was required to manage internal/external dependencies, but this type of automated solution really rocks. Be sure to check out his blog article where he described his solution to manage dependencies with Team Foundation Server. If you understand German, you might also want to have a peek at the AIT TFS blog.
The other days were filled with a bunch of interesting sessions about the (near) future of Microsoft’s ALM offering, given by the ALM/TFS product team. Good to see that the people at Microsoft are really listening to the customer/community feedback. They are also extremely passionate about the new features they want to introduce in the product. I had a blast to be part in this gathering at Microsoft and made a few extra important connections.
Meanwhile, a few important releases have been made:
A few Visual Studio ALM MVPs and Microsoft people have been working hard to publish new ALM books:
Really exciting times to be involved in the ALM space!
August 7, 2010
As announced at VSLive last week in Seattle, Visual Studio Lab Management will go RTM at the end of August 2010. On top of the general availability, the Lab Management capabilities will become available to all customers who have licenses for Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN or Visual Studio Test Professional with MSDN. This really rocks because it means that companies won’t have to pay additional licenses (as communicated in the past) for using Lab Management if they already have one of the above products.
I did setup Visual Studio Lab Management already twice in the past and after experimenting with it for a few months I must say this product has a big future. At many customers I have seen the pain of deploying and testing applications during the development phase. Many of these pains are properly addressed with Visual Studio Lab Management 2010.
To present you a small teaser of the product features I did prepare a 20’ screencast about the build-deploy-test cycle in Visual Studio Lab Management. The screencast is available at Channel 9. Note that the sound is a bit dusty during the first two minutes.
Summary of demo in the screencast:
The solution that’s used for the demo contains a web application project and a database project. Some automated UI tests with assertions are part of a dedicated Test Suite in a Test Plan with Microsoft Test Manager. A virtual environment has been created with 2 virtual machines (one will serve as the web server and the other will be the database server) in which a clean snapshot has been taken for deployment. The Lab Build will take the latest binaries of the solution and will deploy the web application to the web server (msdeploy) while the database project will be deployed to the database server. After deployment the automated UI tests will run in the virtual environment.
[screencast has been recorded and edited with Camtasia Studio]
Sharing some extra links:
April 13, 2010
This week I’m in Las Vegas (on invitation by IDesign) for the launch of Visual Studio at Devconnections. The Launch Day of Visual Studio 2010 was great but on Tuesday and Wednesday there’s also a promising Application Lifecycle Management track I want to follow.
- Improving Your Software Development Processes with Visual Studio 2010 (Joel Semeniuk)
- Defining and Managing Software Requirements with Visual Studio Team System (Joel Semeniuk)
- Implementing Scrum Using Team Foundation Server 2010 (Richard Hundhausen)
- Agile Database Techniques Using Visual Studio Ultimate 2010 (Richared Hundhausen)
- Modeling and Visualization in Visual Studio 2010 (Joel Semeniuk)
- Team Foundation Server 2010—Migrate or Integrate? (Richard Hundhausen)
- Lab Manager – The Ultimate “No More No Repro” Tool (Steven Borg)
- Visual Studio 2010 Quality Tools for Developers (Steven Borg)
I will also be present at the IDesign booth to promote IDesign’s unique Training Classes in Europe. A training class that’s already announced is the Architect’s Master Class with Juval Lowy in Belgium in the week of October 11, 2010.
And this all happens in the Bellagio at Las Vegas! Looking forward to a great week here!
November 6, 2009
So, you are playing around with VS2010/TFS2010 and you have some remarks, suggestions, bugs, … Please go the Microsoft Connect site for product feedback and bug reporting.
Today I filed a suggestion for the next release of Team Foundation Server: Build Definition History. Unfortunately it’s still not possible to view history of changes made to the Build Defintion: “Drop Location”, “Build Agent”, “Trigger”, … On the Microsoft Connect site, you can easily look up other wanted featured and vote for them … but first vote for my suggestion!
Since a few weeks, there’s also a feedback survey running on Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4 Beta 2. If you care about the product and want your voice heard, please take some minutes to complete this online survey!
May 10, 2009
As from July 1, 2009, I will leave Compuware and start my own company Sparkles to head for some new challenges.
Sparkles wil offer high quality consultancy services on managing the Application Lifecycle with Visual Studio Team System and Team Foundation Server. Sparkles will also offer advanced training classes by international experts on software development.
Next planned exclusive seminars in Belgium (Crowne Plaza – Antwerp):
April 23, 2009
A few days ago the GDR R2 was released of the VSTS 2008 Database Edition. One of the interesting features of this release is the fact that the Database Edition doesn’t require a physical SQL Server Database anymore on the development machine. It is no longer necessary to install an instance of SQL Express or SQL Server prior to using the Database Edition.
In my opinion the Database Edition is one of the most underestimated Team System Client Edition. It’s THE tool to manage database changes and to extend your team’s productivity and to improve collaboration with the database team. On top of the inner strength of the standalone edition, it’s now free if you already have a license for the Development Edition. Be sure to check it out if you’re faced with all kinds of custom work to manage your different database environments in your development lifecycle.
December 19, 2008
In case you didn’t know about the VS2010 CTP Expiration : now is the time to disable time synchronization under Virtual PC 2007! Otherwise, after January 1, 2009, you will no longer be able to launch the Visual Studio 2010 CTP …
Read more how to do this.
December 8, 2008
Taken from the Microsoft Developer and Designer Tools 2008 Product Guide :
Microsoft Visual Studio Team System is an integrated Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) solution comprising tools, processes, and guidance to help development teams improve their skills and work more effectively together. Visual Studio Team System enables your development teams to collaborate and communicate more effectively, ensure software quality, and gain visibility into the software development lifecycle.
What will be different in Visual Studio Team System 2010? VSTS 2010 will bring some new capabilities that make it easier for all contributors on the software team to participate throughout the life cycle; from the core developers and testers to the wider team of project managers, designers and business analysts.
The picture shows that there will be only 3 client editions of Visual Studio Team System. Hey, what happened to the Database Edition? Well, in VSTS2010, the feature set of the Development Edition and the Database Edition will be merged into 1 single product : the Development Edition. Read more on this in the press release of September 29, 2008. New is that there will now be support for working with Team Foundation Server in the Expression Tools. There will also be more support for SharePoint development and on the other side SharePoint won’t be required anymore to install Team Foundation Server. The Test Lab Managementproduct is a new server product that targets large organizations who want to test a variety of configurations in a virtual lab environment. With that new product you will get the ALM experience on top of virtualization.
In my journey so far to explore VSTS2010 I’ve seen a strong focus on the Team Architect Edition and the Team Test Edition. There are also some big improvements in the Team Foundation Server product. VSTS2010 can really be seen as a very big release : v2 of Team System after v1.5 in 2008 and v1 in 2005. Before the release of Visual Studio Team System in 2005, Visual Studio was only a tool for developers to write code. With the release of Team System in 2005, Visual Studio became an integrated collaboration tool for all stakeholders in the development process and that was a big change! With the upcoming release of VS2010, Microsoft continues to focus and invest in a solution for managing the entire application lifecyle.
Stay tuned for what’s new in the different editions of Visual Studio Team System!
November 9, 2008
The TFS Power Tools (October 2008) are released …
The Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Foundation Server Power Tools is a set of enhancements, tools and command line utilities that improve the Team Foundation Server 2008 experience.
3 major new components are included in this release :
- Team Members
- Windows Shell Extension
- PowerShell Support
Read more about this release on the blog of Brian Harry.
Download the release here.
October 2, 2008
On September 29, 2008, Microsoft unveiled the next version of Visual Studio : codename Rosario will now officially be replaced by Visual Studio 2010, pronounced as Twenty-Ten or Two Thousand Ten.
Highlights of the new version include the following :
- Modeling tools
- Improved efficiency throughout the test cycle
- Substantial improvements in collaboration capabilities
Another announcement was that the feature sets of the Team System Edition for Software Developers and the Team System Edition for Database Developers will be merged into one single product for the release of Visual Studio 2010. As from October 1, 2008, owners of a license of VSTS Team Dev 2005/2008 become now also the owners of a license of VSTS Team Database as a benefit to Software Assurance agreements.
More information on Visual Studio 2010 can be found here.
A bunch of videos on the next version of Visual Studio Team System have also been posted on Channel 9 due to the Week of Team System 2010. Good stuff! Can’t wait to see some live demos at PDC in Los Angeles. On November 27, 2008, I will try to redeliver some content on the new features of Visual Studio 2010 on the Visual Studio User Group event at Compuware.
A little bit of codename history :
- Whidbey became Visual Studio 2005
- Orcas became Visual Studio 2008
- Rosario became Visual Studio 2010
More on Microsoft codenames at Wikipedia.