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7 08, 2014

Quick and Easy Test Environments with Microsoft Azure

By | 2014-08-07T09:37:11+00:00 August 7th, 2014|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Azure|0 Comments

The Three Deadly Words: Quick, Easy and Cheap I know what you’re thinking. “He said ‘quick’ and ‘easy’ in the title – he must be lying.” I’ve said that myself from time to time while listening to, or reading some presentation about a new technology. Those two words together almost guarantee the beginning of a [...]

6 08, 2014

Microsoft Azure 101

By | 2014-08-06T12:45:03+00:00 August 6th, 2014|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Azure|0 Comments

I have been using Amazon’s AWS for the last couple of years. I grew accustomed to the interface and felt pretty comfortable spinning up new images to help in my development work or creating demos for clients or just to research some new technology. However, as a proud owner of a MSDN subscription it was [...]

25 07, 2014

TFS Customization – Pitfalls and Payoffs

By | 2014-07-25T14:36:53+00:00 July 25th, 2014|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Team Foundation Server|5 Comments

There is a fairly meaningless battle that goes on in many shops (even here at Northwest Cadence) when it comes to Team Foundation Server process templates and customization. The prevailing viewpoint is that most customizations are evil and wrong; they will cause only pain and suffering in the future when upgrading to the newest release [...]

15 05, 2014

Databases and Agile: Confessions of a Recovering DBA

By | 2014-05-15T08:11:12+00:00 May 15th, 2014|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM)|3 Comments

The Confession Database development is one of the last bastions of traditional development practices. The traditional large design up front with inflexible schema and structure are still mainly the rule. It feels good to do database work with huge up-front planning and piles of architectural drawings and data models. It’s safe, familiar and comfortable. That may [...]

1 12, 2013

Manually Backing up and Restoring TFS

By | 2013-12-01T00:00:53+00:00 December 1st, 2013|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM)|15 Comments

I have encountered a great deal of companies that are at risk when it comes to backing up their TFS databases. Some just turn it over to the DBA team without any conversation about data loss risk or the periodicity of backups. Many of these customers put their databases in Simple recovery mode and perform [...]

14 11, 2013

Announcement Highlights: VSO and more!

By | 2013-11-14T13:05:29+00:00 November 14th, 2013|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Visual Studio 2013|0 Comments

Since I was already in New York working with a client, I was very excited to get the opportunity to attend the Visual Studio 2013 launch in Manhattan. As I walked in to the Highline Stages building where the launch event was taking place I was immediately greeted and asked a question that most definitely [...]

15 07, 2013

What’s New in Visual Studio 2013: Git Repositories for Source Control

By | 2013-07-15T11:20:00+00:00 July 15th, 2013|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Visual Studio 2013|0 Comments

Microsoft recently released a preview of Team Foundation Server 2013 and Visual Studio 2013. An exciting facet of this new release is the fully integrated, on premise support of Git as a bona fide source control option for Team Foundation Server hosted Team Projects as well as stand alone Visual Studio software development projects not [...]

24 06, 2013

Git – TFS Integration – Why it matters

By | 2013-06-24T10:22:57+00:00 June 24th, 2013|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM)|0 Comments

Microsoft recently announced the support of Git, the ubiquitous Distributed Version Control System with Visual Studio, and even more significantly, with Team Foundation Server. Scott Hanselman, on his blog, beat me to the punch in using the prolific geek quote from Ghostbusters, “Dogs and cats, living together...mass hysteria!” to describe the enormity of this development, [...]