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:
- Release of new TFS Power Tools
- Release of new Load Testing Feature Pack which brings unlimited load testing for MSDN Subscriptions with Visual Studio Ultimate.
- Release of VS/TFS 2010 Service Pack 1
- Release of TFS Project Server Integration Feature Pack
A few Visual Studio ALM MVPs and Microsoft people have been working hard to publish new ALM books:
- Software Testing with Visual Studio 2010 (Jeff Levinson)
- Inside the Microsoft Build Engine (Sayed Ibrahim Hashimi, William Bartholomew)
- Professional Team Foundation Server 2010 (Ed Blankenship, Martin Woodward, Grant Holliday, Brian Keller)
- Agile Software Engineering with Visual Studio (Sam Guckenheimer, Neno Loje)
Really exciting times to be involved in the ALM space!