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“Reference could not be resolved” error when validating your architecture using Visual Studio architecture modeling tools

When you validate your application architecture in Visual Studio using the modeling tools available from the Architecture menu in Enterprise versions of Visual Studio 2012 and 2013, you may see an error message that the primary reference could not be resolved, and the validation will not proceed. This issue does not affect Visual Studio 2015...

Creating unit test method stubs with “Create Unit Tests”

In Visual Studio 2015 CTP 6 we are introducing the "Create Unit Tests" feature that provides the ability to create unit test method stubs. The feature allows easy configuration of a test project, and the test class and the test method stub therein. It is conveniently available as a context menu item, and can be invoked on product code at the ...

Learn about your app’s usage with Application Insights

We’re excited to introduce our new usage analysis experience for both your web applications and device apps (Windows Phone and Windows Store applications). Using Application Insights, it’s now easy to answer common questions about your app adoption, your users’ profile, the way your users experience the app, your top used features, and ...

Understanding symbol files and Visual Studio’s symbol settings

Symbols are a fundamental requirement for debugging and other diagnostic tools. Fortunately in most cases when you are building and launching your application in Visual Studio you don’t have to think about symbols for your code. However the odds are that at some point in time you’ll need to change how symbols load, where the debugger looks...

Application Insights – Metric Explorer (ME) – Part 2

Segmentation is one of my favorite features in Metrics Explorer in Application Insights. It helps you slice and dice the telemetry about what users are doing with your application, as well as helps you understand performance metrics. Segmentation Let me show you how easy it is to answer some basic questions by using segmentation. This is for...

New whitepapers for migration and security … with more to come

We are pleased to announce two new whitepapers have landed, sharing real-world experience and research feedback. Extracting effective permissions from TFS whitepaper and sample Practical guidance and sample code based on extensive research to address two of the commonly heard requests on Team Foundation Server security:   (1) ...

Code Lens for Git “Team Activity View”

How to contact the most knowledgeable people about some code? Let's assume for a minute that I've cloned the Entity Framework open source code, a bit more than half a year ago and started leveraging it. Recently I pulled the latest version, and I now get a bug when disposing the DbContext. I'm interested in understanding two things: ...

Introducing Visual Studio’s Emulator for Android

This post was updated in July 2015 to reflect the latest changes. Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 now has options for Android development: C++, Cordova, and C# with Xamarin. When choosing one of those Android development options, Visual Studio will also install the brand new Visual Studio Emulator for Android to use as a target for debugging ...

What’s new in Release Management for VS 2013 Update 4?

I'm excited to announce Release Management for Visual Studio 2013 Update 4. This update includes several new features and performance updates that will make it easier than ever to deploy your app from development through to production. This update is the latest in a cumulative series of feature additions and bug fixes for Release Management...

Connecting Microsoft Application Insights from “behind the firewall”

 One of the members of our happy ALM Family, Stuart Preston, did a great post on setting up Application Insights to an Application running from behind the firewall. Thanks Stuart!! ****************************Microsoft Application Insights: Connecting from “behind the firewall”Working with Visual Studio Application ...