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Learn to Customize TFS2015 Build with Environment Variables

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You’ve probably noticed that Team Foundation Server 2015 introduces a new automated build system.  One of the great things about this new system is that it’s based on PowerShell.  At this point, you’re probably thinking “Ok.  PowerShell.  Fantastic.  Why do I care?”  Well, that PowerShell-centric approach allows you to much more easily customize your builds. […]

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Walkthrough: Create a new TFS2015 build server

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With Team Foundation Server 2015, there’s a whole new build system with new build scripts and new build agents (aka. build servers).  It’s 100% different from the old XAML-style builds but it’s also about 100% easier to use and set up.  Ok…so this is going to sound weird but it’s so easy to set up […]

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Manage lookup data using SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT)

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So let’s say that you’ve managed to get your SQL Server database schemas — your tables, stored procedures, views, functions, etc — under source control using SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) in Visual Studio.  Great.  That’s gotten you really far along towards having nice automated deployments and good DevOps practices for your application (because you […]

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Git Cheat Sheet for TFS Users

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More and more of my TFS consulting customers are interested in Git.  If you’re used to a centralized version control system like Team Foundation Server Version Control (TFVC), it can be a little tricky to make the move to Git — not because it’s all that hard — mostly because the terminology is completely different.  So, […]

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CC BOS 2015: “Good to Great Scrum Master”

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As promised, here are the slides from the Top 10 Ways to Go from Good to Great Scrum Master talk that I did last weekend at Code Camp Boston 2015. Here’s the abstract: The Scrum Master role in an organization can be difficult. You live between a rock and a hard place. You’re influential but you […]

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VSLive SF 2015: ‘Better Unit Tests Through Design Patterns’ Slides & Code

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As promised, here are the slides from the Better Unit Tests through Design Patterns: Repository, Adapter, Mocks, and more… talk that I did this week at VSLive Orlando 2015. Here’s the abstract: You’re sold on unit testing. You’re even doing “test first” development – but there are always those nagging questions. How do your user interfaces fit […]

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VSLive Orlando 2015: Enterprise Git Slides

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As promised, here are the slides from the Enterprise Git talk that I did this week at VSLive Orlando 2015. Here’s the abstract: Git is all the rage. All the cool kids are using Git. They seem to like it a lot. They’re downright passionate about it. But is it right for your project? It’s one thing […]

 

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