Well, the last 3 weeks were busy. We announced our Azure Continuous Deployment support and removed the invitation codes to open the service up to everyone. As I wrote in my Spring wrap up post, we’ve kind of emptied the pipeline of all of the big stuff we’ve had in progress.
Visual Studio has a variety of ways to test your code. – one of them we call “Coded UI”. Coded UI testing is useful when you want to automate a full functional test, as a user would do it, against the UI of your application.
There are a couple of new books out now – one on overall application lifecycle management with Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server 2012 and the other a deeper drill into TFS. These were written by some of the best authors I know – combined they know as much about how to explain VS and TFS as any group of people I can imagine.
The Patterns & Practices team has just published a document on best practices for implementing Continuous Delivery using VS & TFS 2012. It’s a great overview of how to think about the problem and how to implement it. Check it out…
OK, so maybe I didn’t need to tell you that. Or maybe, you observe that it isn’t quite true because summer officially starts in about a week. But then that’s not really what I mean.
I’ve written little tidbits about our transition from an organization shipping a box product every couple of years to one still shipping a box product but also shipping a cloud service every 3 weeks.
Since we announced the Team Foundation Service Preview at the BUILD conference last year, we’ve limited the onboarding of new customers by requiring invitation codes to create accounts. The main reason for this has been to control the growth of the service to make sure it didn’t run away from us and end up with a bad user experience.
A couple of years ago, we partnered with TeamDevCentral to set up one of the first hosted Team Foundation Server clouds. It was the very beginning of our thinking on what a cloud based ALM solution might look like. Since then Rational eyes,
Clemens Reijnen recently blogged about a new Windows Phone app for working with TFS and the TMap testing methodology. Read more about it on Clemens’ blog here: http://www.clemensreijnen.nl/post/2012/05/11/TMap-for-TFS-Windows-Phone-7-App-available-in-the-marketplace.aspx
I’ve seen a spike in requests for invitation codes following our announcement of the new TFS/Azure Continuous Delivery work at Azure Day this week. I figured, I’d put out another multi-use invitation code just to minimize the wait for additional people who have learned about it and want to try it out.
We’ve finally gotten to shipping an update to VS 2008 SP1 to fully support TFS 11 – including the the hosted service http://www.tfspreview.com. VS 11 has supported it from the beginning, of course. We’ve released updates for VS 2010 SP1 along the way.