Author Archive for: Kris Lankford

Team Foundation Server 2012 – Update 2 – Step-by-step

April 26, 2013 | No Comments

As many of you know the cadence for Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio are becoming a regular occurrence (quarterly). Having said that the team has gotten feedback on upgrade your TFS instances and have made some changes this time around. The first thing you will notice is that TFS will display your previous settings if you are doing an in-place upgrade. This is important and …

Visual Studio and TFS 2012 Update 2 is here!

April 25, 2013 | No Comments

We folks it is finally here. Update 2 for Team Foundation Server 2012 and Visual Studio 2012 we are getting a lot of new features and some fixes. Below I have highlighted some of the Update 2 features I think are the best. There are 30+ enhancements for this update so I will only be touching a few of them in this post. I will be …

Build a Coded UI Test without a UI Map

March 20, 2013 | 9 Comments

So I ran into a customer recently that was getting pretty advanced with Coded UI and they were having trouble maintaining the UI Map technology as part of Visual Studio. One the things that I had noticed is that the UI Map does store lots of information including page names, URL’s and many other things that are interesting but not needed. This technology is great for …

Setting up Lab Management 2012 with an ISOLATED lab network

February 17, 2013 | No Comments

I was working with one of my customers to setup lab management with Microsoft Lab Management 2012 in an isolated lab scenario. All components of lab management including System Center Virtual Machine Manager and Controllers and agents are running in that isolated network. Everything was going smooth until we tried to create an environment using an already deployed virtual machine. Wasn’t as easy as I thought. …

Documenting your database with Visual Studio 2012 SSDT tools

November 16, 2012 | No Comments

The title of this post is interesting and something I am wishing you and your colleagues had a better way to do. I understand as I am asked this question frequently. I couple of weeks ago I was asked the same question by a customer who documents their database using the ApexSQL Doc tools which uses the extended properties on objects to create automated documentation. I …

Introducing Code Map for Visual Studio 2012 September CTP

October 23, 2012 | No Comments

As part of the Visual Studio 2012 CTP for September, Visual Studio got a little sexier at helping you discover and visualize your code. The introduction of the Code Map feature helps compliment the variety of other tools that are included with Visual Studio to help you analyze and visualize your projects and solutions. Code Map leverages the dgml format within Visual Studio that is currently …

Visual Studio 2012 Coded UI technology matrix updated!

October 5, 2012 | No Comments

The Visual Studio 2012 support matrix for Automated UI Testing (Coded UI) has been released by Microsoft and the full post can be found here. Thank you Shubhra! There are a couple of items on the list that you should definitely keep your eye on. The first item is the support for Silverlight 4  and 5. This should make the Silverlight community happy. I would also …

SQL Server 2012 Express LocalDB – How to get started

October 5, 2012 | 1 Comment

As many of you aware, SQL Server can be a bit of a pig when it comes to system resources on your development machine. As part of the 2012 products Microsoft has added SQL Server 2012 Express LocalDB which is a happy medium for myself when thinking about having to install a full blown SQL Server on my box. This however does not work in all …

Visual Studio 2012 and Team Foundation Server 2012 moving to continuous delivery!

October 5, 2012 | No Comments

For those of you who like the new features of Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server 2012, you will need to get ready for continuous delivery. Microsoft is ramping up to start delivering a CTP for the mentioned products every 3 weeks and having those roll up to quarterly updates. That is going to be an amazing change! You can find the list of the first …

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