A workaround for Windows Store app download issue on Windows 8

Every time I try to purchase or download something from the Windows Store I get the following error: "Your purchase couldn't be completed. Something happened and your purchase can't be completed." This error does not really tell us why it failed, but that things have failed. Pretty useless. Don't you hate such errors. L

Anyway, I searched online for a solution to this problem, but none of the suggested solutions helped me resolve the issue. Then I remembered when this problem started happening. I have started experiencing this problem after I have associated my Live ID with my Windows 8 installation and started logging to my laptop in using my Live ID, instead of a Windows use account. So, I thought it is worth a shot to reverse that change. After I have switched back to Local Account, the problem disappeared. I am now able to download apps from Windows Store without any issues. To me, this seems like a bug in Windows 8 Release Preview. So, until Microsoft fixes this bug, I am going to stick with Local Accounts. ;)

Oh yes, almost forgot. To switch to Local Account:

  • Go to PC Settings
  • Select Users
  • Click Switch to Local Account button. That's all.

What’s new in TFS?

Recently I have been on Tech Days TV and Align IT with some friends of mine.

All the shows, pertain to the next version of TFS coming out in 2012.

If you want to watch them here is the link.

Mobile Testing plugin to Visual Studio

A new Visual Studio plug in SeeTest for mobile testing. You can use Visual Studio (all versions) to test real physical phones including iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile and Symbian. This includes Windows 8 phones. Just connect your device using a standard USB cable to your computer and record tests. SeeTest auto generates a script that you can copy & paste into Visual Studio. Then you can edit, run & view results in Visual Studio.

Check out Charles Sterling blog all about Visual Studio & SeeTest plugin. There is a video on Charles blog that you can watch.

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Agile, Scrum webcasts to join

Agile.org has some create webcasts on subjects concerning Agile, Scrum. You can either sign up to them or go to the archive listing. Couple of interest are:

Agile Practices in a Traditional Organization

Adopting Test-First Development

Release Duration and Enterprise Agility

On May 15th is Agile and Quality: It is not an Oxymoron but a Necessity

Click here to check out the public webcast series.

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Code Coverage for Manual Testing is coming in vNext …

Microsoft is storyboarding the process of code coverage for manual testing. They are also looking for you to complete a quick survey on the subject. The Visual Studio ALM team are asking for our help so let’s give it to them. Click below to do the survey.

Code Coverage for Manual Testing Survey

This is how tools get made that we will use, thanks for helping.

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TFS11 Shelving

If you are like me and a fan of Shelving in TFS you are going to love TFS11.

Here are some new features for Shelving that have me excited about the next release.

Merge

Instead of a copy, unshelve is now a merge. You can take those changes and Merge them in with your current local changes. Also this means that on a Gated Check in the Shelveset is merged with the main base of code prior to the private build.

Work items

In the new Team Explorer you can select work items that are In progress. So that when you check in the changes the changeset is associated to the work item.

If you Shelve this work to do something else the Work item is stored with the Shelveset. When you Unshelve to work on it you will get the work item also.

Switch

Select a shelveset while you have work in progress. Notice the Switch command below. This allows you to take your In Progress work and swap it out with a Shelevest.

Microsoft VS TFS 11 Beta Power Tools are available

TFS11 beta power tools are now available for download.

In the power tool are:

  • Best Practices Analyzer

  • Team Explorer Enhancements
  • Team Foundation Power Tool Command Line (tfpt.exe)
  • Test Attachment Cleaner
  • Process Template Editor
  • Windows Shell Extensions

Read more about what all these power tools give you and download TFS11 Beta Power Tool.

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Microsoft MSDN Forum Gadget

If you are interested in following any of the MSDN Forum’s there is a gadget you can download that makes access to your favourite threads quick and simple.

Download here.

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ALM User Group in Toronto meets May 24th

It is Methodology May at the TALMUG

Methodology. In the world of software development there are not many words that raise contention quite as quickly as this. But why is that? What are the differences between Agile, Iterative, and Rigorous software development methodologies? There has been buzz about Scrum, XP, Lean, Waterfall, Kanban, and RUP for years; how do they fit into this discussion? But most importantly, why should you care? What does the test team think of all this?

In Methodology May the TALMUG brings you a panel of ALM professionals to discuss and debate these very questions and maybe help you see what methodology could work best at your company.

Pizza and Pop will be available at 5:30pm - Come out and join in on the discussions.

Being held at 40 University, Suite 1301, Toronto meeting starts at 6pm.

Follow on twitter @TOALMUG

Click here to Sign Up 

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TFS Work Item History Compare

 

I had a customer that was looking for a way to see the history of a work item in an easier to compare format then the work item itself.  I searched for such a tool, didn’t find one, so I wrote this.

I uploaded it to CodePlex in case anyone would like to use it or extend it. If you just want to try it out you can download the latest version from CodePlex.

The app is pretty simple. Simply run GetHistory.exe select the server and projects you want to query and hit connect.

On the main form below, the Project drop down will be populated with the list of projects you selected from the connection screen.

Enter a Work Item ID from that project and hit enter or click Get History.

The grid will fill with each revision of the work item. If the data in a field is different than the previous revision it will be displayed in red.

Other Options

Go to the Fields to Ignore tab to select work item fields you don’t care to see. Some are obviously pointless and should be turned off by default. (ie: Rev, ID, Area ID, Iteration ID, History, Work Item Type)

Connect to TFS: Use this button to switch to another server or collection or add or remove a project from the drop down.

Clear:  Clears the form of the last retrieved work item data.

Export to Excel: Do I really need to tell you what this does?

I hope someone out there finds it useful.