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Chicago ALM User Group Meeting: Bob Martin on Software Professionals

January 10, 2015

The Chicago ALM User Group will start off the New Year with a non-technical topic for January. Robert “Uncle Bob” Martin will be talking on being a Software Professional. He will be discussing disciplines, attitudes and practices and will recommend approaches to follow.

The meeting will be on Wednesday, January 14th from 5:30PM until 8:00PM at the Microsoft Office in Downers Grove. To make sure they have enough food and drinks for everyone, please RSVP by Tuesday January 13th.

Software Development Community January Meeting: Octopus Deploy

January 10, 2015

Start off the year right by learning how you can automate you application deployments with Octopus Deploy. The Software Development Community (SDC) in the Chicago suburbs will be having their January meeting with Ian Paullin giving you an intro on how to use Octopus. Octopus is a great tool for deploying your .NET applications and SQL Server database components.

The meeting will be held at Northern Illinois University (NIU) campus in Naperville starting at 12:30pm on Sunday January 11th. RSVP at the SDC site.

Renewed as a Microsoft ALM MVP for 2015

January 7, 2015

It was great to see on New Years morning that I was renewed as a Microsoft Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) MVP for my third year. Additionally I found out on December 30th that I was considered a Distinguished Microsoft Visual Studio ALM Ranger.

In 2014


November 10, 2014

Microsoft will be holding a two day virtual event, Wednesday November 12th and Thursday November 13th, called Connect(); which covers Visual Studio vNext and Azure.

In the first three hours on Wednesday you’ll hear from these thought leaders:

  • Scott Guthrie will discuss development in the mobile-first, cloud-first era
  • S. “Soma” Somasegar will talk on how Visual Studio addresses a world of multiple devices
  • Scott Hanselman talks about Cloud development with Azure and Visual Studio
  • Brian Harry will talk on evolving software engineering practices

After that there will be interactive Q&A sessions with keynote speakers hosted by Channel 9.

Microsoft is providing over 40 on-demand technical sessions giving you a deeper technical detail in the upcoming product updates.

Check it out and Connect!

ALM Rangers release PowerShell DSC guidance

October 21, 2014

This summer I was the project lead on the Microsoft Visual Studio ALM Rangers Desired State Configuration (DSC) guidance. Our product owner, Keith Bankston, describes PowerShell DSC very well in the forward:

“PowerShell DSC is a set of extensions to the PowerShell language that enable creating PowerShell functions that are repeatable, and by design scripts into are separated into components for repeatable actions, structural configuration, and environmental data. In PowerShell DSC, the separate components are called Resources, Configurations, Configuration Data. This separation of action from structure from data is a new way of scripting, and requires changes in thinking. PowerShell is new to most Developers, and the style of coding is new to experienced PowerShell users.”

Our guidance focuses on getting users familiar with PowerShell DSC:

  • For people new to PowerShell our guidance provides links learn about PowerShell
  • The guidance describes what DSC is and how utilize existing resources in the community to apply DSC concepts
  • In addition to the guidance we produced posters, walkthroughs and code examples

We appreciate your feedback.

Team Foundation Server on Azure IaaS Guidance Released

May 16, 2014

For the last few months I’ve been involved with the Microsoft ALM Rangers on the TFS on IaaS project. The guidance provides details on how to configure and test TFS on Azure Infrastructure.

TFS on IaaS is the ability to get the benefits of TFS without having to have on-premise hardware or virtual machines to manage. You may think this is the same as Visual Studio Online (VSO). A major difference is that

  • you don’t have access to the underlying TFS databases with VSO
  • you can’t use SharePoint with VSO
  • you don’t have Reporting Services reports with VSO

There a cost benefit analysis you should perform to determine is TFS on IaaS is right for you.

Chicago ALM UG: Automating your .NET deployments with Octopus Deploy

May 16, 2014

May’s Chicago ALM User Group meeting is being led by Ian Paullin of Avanade. Ian will be reviewing how automated deployments using Octopus Deploy can benefit your application lifecycle. Octopus works in conjunction with build servers and NuGet to version packages from build output. Once in NuGet, Octopus is used to manage the deployment of your application to dev, test, stage and production servers.

This will be a very beneficial meeting to attend so register early. The presentation is at the Microsoft Office in Downers Grove Illinois (3025 Highland Pkwy, Ste 300) .

6:30pm Dinner
7:00pm Presentation


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