Now Available: BK’s Visual Studio 2013 RTM ALM Virtual Machine + Hands-on-Labs & Demo Scripts

27 11 2013

Brian Keller has just published his new dev VM.

This virtual machine replaces the previous Visual Studio 2013 ALM virtual machine which was based on Preview bits. This is a publicly downloadable set of content, so you may feel free to share this with your customers, partners, etc. It’s designed to be both a tool for demonstrating our ALM story and as a self-paced training environment for learning how to use our ALM tools.

This virtual machine is configured with:
• Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Standard Evaluation
• Microsoft Visual Studio Ultimate 2013
• Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2013
• Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013 (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook)
• Microsoft Visio Professional 2013
• Microsoft Release Management for Visual Studio 2013
• Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Standard
• Sample users and data required to support hands-on-lab scripts which accompany this download and exercise 4 new ALM scenarios.

Public URL: http://aka.ms/vs13almvm

Enjoy!





Quick tip: where is IISAPP?

26 01 2013

IISAPP.vbs was a nice script that listed the applcation pools running in a box. This information is quite usefull, namely for debugging processes. The command is no longer available in the most recent versions of the OS, bu there is a work around: appcmd.

open a command prompt and run “c:\windows\system32\inetsrv\appcmd List WP” and you’ll get a list of running application pools with the corresponding process IDs.

Have fun debugging! :)





A day in the field: my usual tools and the new goodies

11 04 2012

Being a senior consultant in the Information Worker area, Sharepoint and development are my middle names on a day-by-day basis.  Every year I actively work on 15 to 20 projects, most of them in different clients, with different teams.

As most of you, I simply feel repetitive work is a serious waste of time and resources, for which I don’t have a miracle cure, but I do have a couple of what I like to call good practices, that help  me reduce repetitive work and thus elevate my productivity levels to a reasonable self-satisfying level. Here are some of them:

This pretty much covers my main project day life with Visual Studio and TFS 2010!

Now, if you want to have some fun, check out the new wave of Visual Studio 2011 coming out. New EDI, TFS and the TFServices are better than ever. Also the VS ALM Rangers team has shipped a new set of projects ready for the new platforms that are really worth wile. Here are some links for your greedy thirst for coding fun :) :

No GO And have fun :D





TFS Services (Azure) online ad available

11 10 2011

It has been made available the Azure version of the Microsoft TFS (Team Foundation Services), also known as TFS Services preview. You can create a free account with a live account and use it in your projects. For the time beeing it is free. I don’t have an idea of the business model of this offer, so don’t crussify me if it changes from free to something else :).

Acess it at http://www.tfspreview.com

BTW, I’m already using it with several projects and my feeling for it is that it is great! Source control is stable. Remaining available features are quite stable. Other features should be released over time.

Cheers!





Internet Explorer 9 Beta is out

16 09 2010

Yesterday (Sept 15th), the latest version of IE was out on the street. First impressions: Fast and very clean. Your bars are all disabled onfirst load. You will have to enable them IF you really need them.
With a little smaller memory print and a rendering engine that really is faster than IE8.
This browser is HTML 5 enabled and there is where all the fun will be in the time to come :)
Very worthwile taking a peak: http://www.beautyoftheweb.com/





Integrating SPDisposeCheck with your visual studio

10 08 2009

I don’t know about you, but I like to have my tools handy :)
With this in mind I suggest the approach described here: http://www.sharepointdevwiki.com/display/public/How+to+integrate+SP+Dispose+Check+into+Visual+Studio+Solutions.

Simple and neet.





Sharepoint designer is now FREE!

8 04 2009

Although a feered tool for a loto f sharepoint developers, IMHO it hás its use and gives you he chance to have a multi-disciplinary team integrated in the same development process. Anyway, if you like it/need it, you can now get I for free from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=baa3ad86-bfc1-4bd4-9812-d9e710d44f42.





Extend your Visual Studio

5 04 2009

If you are developing for Sharepoint, chances are that you are using Visual Studio J. So do I. Having a couple of free time, I was looking for some addins to help me get rid of some boring or repetitive tasks. Take a look at codeplex (www.codeplex.com) and to http://www.visualstudiogallery.com. You will find some valuable addins for your daily routines. I’ll try to post my favorite ones soon.





Profiles and Forms Based Authentication: Connecting the hard way

10 11 2008

Recently I had to store some user information that made sense to be present in the use profile. The plot got thicker as I added the FBA (Forms Based Authentication) variable to this formula. Why? Because out of the box the only way to create the profiles is to import them from the active directory. Although you can find connector for LDAP, and BDC they only work in append mode to add extended information to the already created profiles.

Don’t panic! there’s a solution for this. The trick is to create the profiles through object model. There is a project in codeplex called “MOSS 2007 Profile Import Tool“, that provides you with the source for a connector. The implementation is based on a command line tool that can be called on demand or included in some scheduler mechanism. It is up to you if you want this flavour or for example, want to have some fun with sharepoint timer jobs :).

No big news here, but can keep you from throwing some time out the window, trying to find out why the FBA profiles aren’t available.





Debugging tips for SharePoint

27 09 2008

I came accross a great post that realy reflects the Sharepoint day-by-day: debugging. You can find it at

http://blog.thekid.me.uk/archive/2007/07/25/debugging-tips-for-sharepoint-and-wss-exceptions.aspx

Take a GOOD look at it. Follow any links to tools you don’t know yet.

Great post!








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