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There are many great updates for the TFS 2015 release!

December 1, 2015 | By | No Comments

There’s now an updated version of Release Management for Visual Studio 2015 which provides improves performance in the following areas: The release management client launch page Interactivity and rendering in other release management client pages Integration of TFS security groups and Active Directory Creation of new release Scriptable Build System The new scriptable build system is awesome because it’s a lot easier to develop and customize …

Migrating Release Management 2013/2015 to Release Management Service

November 25, 2015 | By | No Comments

A lot of stuff has happened in the wonderful Microsoft world in the past few weeks. If you weren’t aware, Visual Studio Online is now Visual Studio Team Services! And in VS Team Services, the next-gen Release Management Service is now in public preview! If you’re starting to look into the Release Management Service, you’ll probably note that it’s a bit different than the old agent-based …

Are you planning on upgrading your Visual Studio Team Foundation Server? Have you lingered on an older version of TFS?

November 13, 2015 | By | No Comments

Those who have stayed on an older version of TFS many times have the greatest challenges. Good news! There are direct upgrade paths from TFS 2010 SP1 and up, and system requirements haven’t changed from TFS 2013. This means TFS 2015 could support the same SQL Server versions as well as support the same operating systems of your current TFS 2013 instance. Why such a slow …

Building ASP .NET 5 Applications on Linux with TFS 2015, Part 1: TFS setup

August 13, 2015 | By | No Comments

I recently left my Windows-centric comfort zone a bit and took a journey into Linux-land to see how I could get an ASP .NET 5 application building on a Linux machine. This was a surprisingly tricky process, so I figured I would blog about what I did so that other people could get up and running easily. This involves some set up on the TFS side, …

Team Foundation Server 2015 Released Today

August 6, 2015 | By | No Comments

We’re excited (along with everyone else) that Team Foundation Server 2015 has been released TODAY! This is the biggest release in a long time! Now Available to Everyone! We know many people have been patiently waiting because prior to this 2015 release, these features were only available if you were a Visual Studio Online (VSO) customer. Release Management for Visual Studio 2015 There’s now an updated …

Visual Studio 2015 RTM is due July 20th

June 30, 2015 | By | No Comments

Earlier this week, Soma, Microsoft CVP of the Developer Division, shared that the final releases of Visual Studio 2015 — which includes Visual Studio, Team Foundation Server, Release Management, and .NET 4.6 — will be available for download on July 20th, 2015. In Soma’s announcement, he said “Visual Studio 2015 is a big release.  We are opening up Visual Studio to developers targeting new platforms – from …

Build vNext is in public preview

May 29, 2015 | By | No Comments

If you’ve talked to me about TFS at all in the past 6 months, I’ve probably talked your ear off about “Build vNext” or “Build Preview”, the new cross-platform, cross-technology build system coming in TFS 2015 that’s going to totally replace the awkward, hard-to-modify XAML build system that we’ve had since TFS 2010. If you’re a Visual Studio Online user, you may have noticed a “Build …

Calculating return on investment of software development – 3/3 Value and Conclusion (for now)

April 30, 2015 | By | No Comments

“Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future” Niels Bohr I like the analogy of the lottery ticket (heard at an Agile user group, just don’t remember who said it, sorry), you know the cost of the ticket, you just don’t know how much it will pay, if anything. The challenge of defining value is that you can only really measure it after the …

Calculating return on investment of software development – 2/3 Cost

April 30, 2015 | By | No Comments

“The fog of war” – What we don’t know does not hurt us – Carl von Clausewitz Of course cost of software development is relatively easy to calculate right? Many studies, models and methods exist to estimate the cost of the development organization; things like number of lines of code (LOC), K-LOC, function points, weighted micro function points, price systems, wideband Delphi paired with cost of …

TFS/Visual Studio 2015 Release Candidate and more from //Build/

April 29, 2015 | By | No Comments

Brian Harry has a massive blog post about everything announced today at //Build/. For those who haven’t heard yet, I’ll list some highlights, but I highly recommend going and reading Brian’s blog. This is truly exciting stuff! Visual Studio & Team Foundation Server 2015 Release Candidates are out — production-supported! Visual Studio & Team Foundation Server 2013 Update 5 Release Candidates are out — also production-supported! …

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