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Software Development Community April meeting: EF6 and MVC5

April 5, 2014
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The April SDC meeting will have Michael Kappel leading a discussion on best practices with MVC 5 with EF 6. Focus will be on fast development of testable code on an agile team. Reserve here so they know how many are coming.

The meeting is being held @ 12:30 in SWC Technology Partners office (1520 Kensington Road, Oak Brook, IL).

ALM Forum wrapup

April 4, 2014

This week I was at the ALM Forum in Seattle. It was the first time in the four years that it wasn’t on Microsoft’s campus. The content covered software delivery, lifecycle delivery, dev ops and testing. The videos from each of the sessions will be available for viewing in a couple of weeks.

The conference speakers focused on experiences they had in the four main topic areas and there was quite a lot to learn from what they had put into practice.

The vendor expo on Tuesday and Wednesday gave attendees a great opportunity to spend time discussing their particular scenarios and solutions they could look to implement.

On Thursday I talked on enterprise use of ALM tools.



Ken Schwaber and I had a friendly game of rugby with the ball I had won from ;)

Jim & Ken

Check back on the ALM Forum site in the next month or so to see when it will be held next year.

Chicago Code Camp Schedule Posted

April 4, 2014

Check out the schedule of presentations on the Chicago Code Camp site.

Flourish! Open Source Conference 2014 on April 5th

March 30, 2014

Until last week I hadn’t heard of the Flourish! Open Source Conference held by University of Illinois at Chicago.

Back in 2007 the UIC’s CS Department, the UIC Linux User’s Group and the UIC Association for Computing Machinery hosted their first Flourish! Conference on April 6th and 7th. The conference goal was to discuss on the impact of Free Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) in Open Source development.

The conference is used to promote the use and adoption of  FLOSS by demonstrating the practical FLOSS applications in the business and academic world. If you are interested in learning more, register for the free Flourish! Conference here. Topics I find interesting at this conference include Elasticsearch usage with Web API, HTML 5 workshops and a hack-a-thon.

I won’t be able to attend the conference however, I would like to hear feedback from others who did go.

Red Gate’s SQL in the City in Chicago on April 25th

March 22, 2014

Grant Frichey, Red Gate’s SQL Server MVP and Product Evangelist, will be presenting on database deployments in Chicago Illinois on Friday April 25th. He will have three sessions that cover:

  • SQL Server database development
  • Database version control
  • Continuous Integration (CI)
  • Automated testing
  • Database deployment

Grant will show you how Red Gate’s products help you accomplish all of theses tasks. If you are already using them, then your sure to learn how to be more efficient with ones you have.

The sessions are for the intermediate database developer and DBA. Deployments are a challenge and learning how to manage them better with the Red Gate products make this a worthwhile event for a Friday!

Presenting at Chicago Code Camp on TFS 2013

March 4, 2014

I’ll be presenting at the sixth annual Chicago Code Camp on “On Premise Team Foundation Server”. The session will be addressing topics like:

Do you really need someone dedicated to run your on premise TFS environment?
How do you manage remote users?
Does it really need Reporting Services and SharePoint?
What’s the best approach to monitoring?
What’s the best approach to patching?
What’s the best approach to upgrading it?
How do standards get enforced (or can they)?
Should I just go with the Visual Studio online version?
Which is better, TFVC or Git?

Angela Dugan, ALM MVP, will be presenting as well :)

Registration is still open so sign up soon.

Team Foundation Server 2013 Customization book published

February 15, 2014

Right before the Christmas holiday I had the opportunity to do my first technical review of a book. Gordon Beeming is a Microsoft ALM MVP and Microsoft ALM Ranger who wrote Team Foundation Server 2013 Customization for Packt Publishing.

If you are looking for a good book on customizing TFS 2013 work items, the web interface, jobs and build process then this book for you. The examples are very practical and clearly explained. I highly recommend Gordon’s book!

As a nice little part of doing the review I got to call out my wife and kids for patience while I did the review. First time they got their names printed in a book :)


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