A new beginning

It was almost 12 years ago that Dave Lloyd and I began ObjectSharp with some shared goals and values. I committed a lot of energy towards those goals and I’m very proud of what ObjectSharp became during that time. I’ve had a chance to work with some fantastic people including our staff, our customers, and our partners Microsoft.

Today I want to let you know that I have some exciting new goals I want to achieve but to do that I’m going to have to say good bye to ObjectSharp. I wouldn’t be able to leave ObjectSharp if it wasn’t in good hands, so this transition has been in the works for more than a year and now I’m able to pursue those goals.

Although I’m saying goodbye to ObjectSharp, I will be staying within the Microsoft Ecosystem  and staying within the Greater Toronto Area, so I will remain a familiar face in these areas.  I hope you will follow me on my personal blog at http://gervin.com/ and twitter @bgervin and will post more news there when the time is right.

Testing for Continuous Delivery with Visual Studio 2012 RC

Microsoft patterns & practices has release Testing for Continuous Delivery with Visual Studio 2012 RC the guide describes how testing has been changing over the years and how Visual Studio 2012 RC helps us achieve continuous delivery. Just to get your interest here is a statement from the preface.

“Testing has always been the less glamorous sister to software development, scarcely noticed outside the software business, and the butt of complaints inside.”

I had the privilege of working on this book with the author’s as a contributor and reviewer.

Visual Studio 2012 RC is available.

VS Ultimate RC

Visual Studio 2012 Application Lifecycle Management Virtual Machine and Hands-on-Labs / Demo Scripts

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Fixing “TF400508: The current process settings are either missing or not valid…” error

We have recently upgraded our TFS 2010 server to TFS 11 RC. The upgrade process was smooth and painless. But (there is always a "but"), when I tried to access new TFS Web Access (which is awesome, by the way), I get "TF400508: The current process settings are either missing or not valid…" error. This error is only happening with old "upgraded" projects and we do not see this error if I create a new project in TFS 11. So, it looks like the problem lies within the older template. To resolve the issue, I had to use updateProject file from Microsoft to update an Agile, Scrum or CMMI team project from Team Foundation Server 2010 to Team Foundation Server 11.

To run the updateProject batch file:

  • Launch Visual Studio 12 command prompt
  • Run updateProject batch file as follows:

    updateProject CollectionURL ProjectName TemplateName

For detailed instruction see http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff432837(VS.110).aspx

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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