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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‚Ķ¬†talk that I did this week¬†at VSLive Orlando 2015. Here’s the abstract: You‚Äôre sold on unit testing. You‚Äôre even doing ‚Äútest first‚ÄĚ development ‚Äď 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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VSLive Orlando 2015: Real World SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT)

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As promised, here are the slides and code samples from the Real World SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) talk that I did this week at VSLive Orlando 2015. Here’s the abstract: SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) help you manage your database schemas and let you do it under source control.¬† Great.¬† Got it.¬† But every […]

 

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