Microsoft Exams: 2 down 2 To Go

Wow, a new years resolution I’m following through with! This year I’ve already passed 2 Microsoft Exams. The first exam was “Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012”, and some of the skills I learnt from studying for this exam has helped me write better scripts, 1 of which was posted yesterday. So I’m 1/3 of the way towards achieving the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) SQL Server Solutions Associate certification.

The second exam I passed is the “Delivering Continuous Value with Visual Studio 2012 Application Lifecycle Management”, which (along with the testing and TFS exams) is necessary for achieving the Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer Certification. Continue reading “Microsoft Exams: 2 down 2 To Go”

Associating changesets and Work Items Since the Last Successful Build

Way back in 2008, a post on the blogs.msdn site showed how to create a custom MSBuild task to associate changesets and work items only since the last successful build. Recently I needed to write this custom task myself, but for builds that were “PartiallySuccessful” as well as “Successful”, and was pleased to find such a complete target available. However as it is written for TFS 2008 it won’t work with TFS 2010 onwards. As the blog appears to be inactive now I’ve made the changes and put the code below. Hopefully anyone who needs it for TFS 2010 onwards can use the pingback to get here for the up to date code. The rest of the solution works fine.

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The Story of Synchronized Settings – The Visual Studio Blog – Site Home – MSDN Blogs

The Story of Synchronized Settings – The Visual Studio Blog – Site Home – MSDN Blogs.

This blog from the Visual Studio team provides an insight into how and why synchronized settings came about.

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SQL Server 2014 CTP1 Released

This week has been the week of the release: We’ve had the Visual Studio 2013 Preview and now the SQL Server 2014 CTP1. And that’s just the ones I’m focusing on! There’s the Windows 8.1 Preview as well as Windows Server 2012 R2. What with all the keynotes from Build and both TechEd’s this month,  it is clear that Microsoft have certainly accelerated the release cycle and embraced a cloud-first development model. For me this is most noticeable in Team Foundation Services, the Azure based Source Control solution. Features were turned on regularly before they were released in the three updates we’ve had since the release of TFS 2012 back in August. This is a big change from the Microsoft’s previous strategy of developing for its products hosted on the premises first and then being pushed to them to the cloud afterwards.

At a later date I’ll dig more into features of SQL 2014, as this week my focus has been on Visual Studio 2013, which is out sometime this year, as well as doing my job in real life. The duties of blogging…

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Visual Studio 2013 Ultimate Preview Released

Barely a month has gone by since the announcement at Tech Ed North America 2013 yet Visual Studio 2013 Preview is available to download. TFS 2013 Preview is also available, however as I use the Team Foundation Services hosted by Microsoft, I’m just going to focus on VS 2013. .NET 4.5.1 preview is also available, which is installed when you install the VS 2013 preview. .NET 4.5.1 is also included in all installations of the Windows 8.1 preview. These products are classified as “go-live” by Microsoft, so they will support them in production.

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Visual Studio 2013 Announced

Well, that was unexpected: the team behind The Microsoft product family of Visual Studio have announced that a new version will be released this year! Seeing as we tend to upgrade our version of TFS in December, there goes my hopes of a quiet Christmas. This post is going to explore the change in the cadence of releases from the ALM Team at Microsoft and discuss some of the features that have piqued my interest, and my frustrations at the lack of info surrounding the most significant changes at the tail end of the LifeCycle. I’m also going to do a short demo of one of the features that was switched on when the announcement was made for TFS 2013.

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