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DevCast 08 – Nyheterna i Visual Studio 2012 ALM (SWE)

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Förra veckan hade jag och min kollega Magnus Timner den stora glädjen att få prata med Dag König på Microsoft om det kära ämnet Visual Studio ALM 2012.

Dag spelade in våra diskussioner i en Pod Cast som finns att lyssna på här:

Så lyssna in och hör mer om vad som är nytt i senaste versionen av Visual Studio och TFS!

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October 31st, 2012 at 5:01 am

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Testing for Continuous Delivery with Visual Studio 2012

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Microsoft Patterns and Practices just release a new "blue book”, this time covering many testing practices using Visual Studio ALM 2012 as the foundation. The book has a nice scenario-oriented approach with good practical examples to get you started.


The book is available for free and can be downloaded here:

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October 21st, 2012 at 3:12 am

Custom Work Item Controls for TFS 2012

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Update: Ed Blankenship correctly pointed out to me that the control model is only changing for web client controls so there should be little work upgrading existing windows work item controls to 2012.

I’ve been hearing requests for some additional work item control types for TFS 2012. Years ago I added a few controls to the open-source project at and these have been maintained up to TFS 2010. With TFS 2012 the model for web client custom controls on the web has changed and with that in mind I’ve been considering putting some effort into implementing a few common controls for both Windows and Web.

I’m curious what the most wanted set of custom controls would be. My guess is that atleast these would be useful:

  • Multiselect control
  • Checkbox
  • Radiobutton
  • Aggregation control. Based on rules show a sum of values (i.e. time remaining for a user story based on the sum of child tasks).
  • Data-bound list. Based on a data source list a set of values (i.e. customer names from a CRM system)

Ideas? Comment this post or discuss at

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October 6th, 2012 at 7:12 am

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