Tech Days Online

Next week it all happens again! For the fifth year Microsoft United Kingdom is running its TechDays Online event—at no cost to attend. Covering the top topics in IT today, you can watch all the live stream action May 18th and 19th from 9:30am – 5:30pm. Register to attend or catch-up on all the great content here.

As in past years, this popular event has attracted noteworthy speakers from across Microsoft's technical community, including many, many MVPS. The focus this year will be Intelligence and DevOps.

On Wednesday, May 18th, the presentations will feature Analytics on Azure and Cortana Intelligence and explore Microsoft's Intelligent Cloud and the interconnected services called the Cortana Analytics Suite. Technical experts already building these services will explain what these services are, how they fit together to enable organizations to leverage their data and share their own experiences.

On Thursday, May 19th, the theme shifts to DevOps with the MVPs and community leaders talking about the latest practices to enable organizations to increase efficiency. Throughout the day the main technologies discussed will enable viewers to implement DevOps practices within their own organization. As with day one, technical experts and MVPs already taking advantage of these practices will share their journey and real-world experiences with DevOps.

 Here's the agenda (subject to change):

Day One;

Day Two;

Cleanup the GlobalList.Xml

TFS has been using the GlobalList.xml file to store builds since 2010. This Global List is used in several workitems as the suggested list of values. For example, in the Bug there are two fields that use this Found In and Integrated In. These drop down fields present a list of builds that comes from the GlobalList.

Although it's not the great solution and I hear it's changing. It's what we have had for 6 years so we have used it. I have many clients that rely on these work item fields and therefore the list of builds.

However, when you delete a build it cleans up a lot of stuff, including the label, Drop Folder, Symbols and Test Results. But not the entry in the GlobalList. L

Ours was getting out of hand. So I built a Powershell script that I could run that would clean up the Global List by checking to see if the build had been deleted from TFS. If it was removed it removes the build from the list. Because this list is implemented as a Suggested list in the work items removing them has no effect on the old workitems referring to this build. They will still have their value. It just means the cleaned up build will not be in the list to be selected anymore.

[void][System.Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName("Microsoft.TeamFoundation.Client")

[void][System.Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName("Microsoft.TeamFoundation.Build.Client")

[void][System.Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName("Microsoft.TeamFoundation.Build.Common")

[void][System.Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName("Microsoft.TeamFoundation.VersionControl.Client")

[void][System.Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName("Microsoft.TeamFoundation.VersionControl.Client.VersionSpec")

 

cls

#Add the Entry to the Global List

 

[string] $GlobalListFileName = "GlobalList.xml"

[string] $NewGlobalListFileName = "NewGlobalList.xml"

[string] $RemovedBuilds = "RemovedBuilds.xml"

[String] $GlobalListName = "Builds - MyProject"

[string] $tfsServer = "http://TFSServer:8080/tfs/Collection"

[string] $witadmin = "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 14.0\Common7\IDE\witadmin.exe"

 

 

#Export GlobalList

$arguments = 'exportGloballist /collection:"' + $tfsServer + '" /f:"' + $GlobalListFileName + '"'

write-host $witadmin $arguments

start-process -FilePath $witadmin -Argumentlist $arguments -wait -WindowStyle Hidden

 

#Connect to TFS and get the Build Server

$server = new-object Microsoft.TeamFoundation.Client.TfsTeamProjectCollection(New-Object Uri($tfsServer))

$buildServer = $server.GetService([Microsoft.TeamFoundation.Build.Client.IBuildServer])

 

#Load the contents of GlobalList.xml

[xml]$doc = Get-Content($GlobalListFileName)

$root = $doc.DocumentElement

$node = $root.SelectSingleNode("GLOBALLIST[@name='Builds - MyProject']")

 

#Create a list of builds that are no longer in TFS

foreach ($child in $node.ChildNodes)

{

[array]$items = $child.value.Split("/")

$buildDetail = $buildServer.QueryBuilds("MyProject", $items[0]) | ? { $_.BuildNumber -eq $items[1] }

if ($buildDetail)

{

write-host "$($items[1]) is Valid" -ForegroundColor yellow

}

else

{

add-content -path $RemovedBuilds -value " <LISTITEM value=""$($child.value)"" />"

write-host "$($items[1]) was Removed" -ForegroundColor Red

}    

}

 

#Compare the list of removed builds with the original list spit out the difference into a New GlobalList

(compare-object (get-content $GlobalListFileName) (Get-Content($RemovedBuilds))).inputObject | set-content $NewGlobalListFileName

 

 

#Import the new GlobalList

$arguments = 'importgloballist /collection:"' + $tfsServer + '" /f:"' + $NewGlobalListFileName + '"'

write-host $witadmin $arguments

start-process -FilePat $witadmin -Argumentlist $arguments -wait -WindowStyle Hidden

Trigger a Release add the Build to GlobalList

This was never the best solution but it worked. When a build executed it would be added to the Collections Global List. Then it could be used as the source for drop downs like Found In Build and Integrated In Build.

If you are stuck in that place between TFS 2015 U1 and U2 you have the news builds but you don't have the new Release manager yet these two PowerShell Scripts might come in Handy.

There are so many environment variables you can use to get information about the build that you are a part of, the CollectionURI, SourcesDirectory and so on. You can check them all out here.

To save space I have left out error checking.

  1. Trigger a release in ReleaseManager from the 2015 vNext build

# Environment Variables

Write-Host "URI: $env:SYSTEM_TEAMFOUNDATIONCOLLECTIONURI"

Write-Host "Project: $env:SYSTEM_TEAMPROJECT"

Write-Host "Build Def: $env:BUILD_DEFINITIONNAME"

Write-Host "Build Number: $env:BUILD_BUILDNUMBER"

 

[string] $TFSUri = $env:SYSTEM_TEAMFOUNDATIONCOLLECTIONURI

$TFSUri = $TFSUri.Replace("/tfs/",":8080/tfs/")

write-host "URI - $TFSUri"

 

$binaryLocation = join-path (Get-ItemProperty $registrykey[0]).InstallDir "bin\ReleaseManagementBuild.exe"

 

# Call Release Management Build

&"$binaryLocation" release -tfs "$TFSUri" -tp "$($env:SYSTEM_TEAMPROJECT)" -bd "$($env:BUILD_DEFINITIONNAME)" -bn "$($env:BUILD_BUILDNUMBER)"

 

 

  1. Add the Build to the GlobalList

#Use Environment Variables to get Build Information

[String] $GlobalEntryValue = "$env:BUILD_DEFINITIONNAME/$env:BUILD_BUILDNUMBER"

 

#Some other information that you will need

[string] $GlobalListFileName = "GlobalList.xml"

[String] $GlobalListName = "Builds - MyProject"

[string] $tfsServer = $env:SYSTEM_TEAMFOUNDATIONCOLLECTIONURI

[string] $witadmin = "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 14.0\Common7\IDE\witadmin.exe"

 

#Export GlobalList

$arguments = 'exportGloballist /collection:"' + $tfsServer + '" /f:"' + $GlobalListFileName + '"'

write-host $witadmin $arguments

start-process -FilePath $witadmin -Argumentlist $arguments -wait -WindowStyle Hidden

 

 

#Add the Entry to the Global List

Write-host "Add build $env:BUILD_BUILDNUMBER to $GlobalListName"

[xml]$doc = Get-Content($GlobalListFileName)

$List = $doc.GLOBALLISTS.GLOBALLIST | ? { $_.Name -eq $GlobalListName }

$build = $doc.CreateElement("LISTITEM")

$build.SetAttribute('value',"$env:BUILD_DEFINITIONNAME/$env:BUILD_BUILDNUMBER")

$List.AppendChild($build)

$doc.Save($GlobalListFileName)

 

 

#Import GlobalList

$arguments = 'importgloballist /collection:"' + $tfsServer + '" /f:"' + $GlobalListFileName + '"'

write-host $witadmin $arguments

start-process -FilePath $witadmin -Argumentlist $arguments -wait -WindowStyle Hidden

 

Microsoft Events

TechNet Virtual Summit

3 days of expert content on IT shifts, career insights, security, mobility, tech innovations and more. Hear firsthand where IT is heading, from some of the best tech minds in the business. Join us online March 1-3 right from your favorite connected device. Register here: http://aka.ms/tnvcmvp and share with your community! Note:  sessions will be delivered in PST Time.

Let's Dev This Tour in Montreal

On March 30st, Let's Dev This Tour is coming to Montreal to present 3 different tracks on Web, Cloud and Windows 10. To know more about each session simply click on it.

Microsoft DevOps Hackathon

DevOps Hackathon is happening in Montreal on March 18-19th and in Ottawa on March 31st- April 1stPlease see below call for MVP Proctors.

MVP Open Day 2016 – this year's Canadian MVP Open Day will take place on Friday, May 6th, 2016 (8:30am – 5pm EST). Please make sure you register here

ITI Cloud Roadshows: Join local IT professionals and Microsoft MVPs in the following cities:

MVP Days Community Roadshow: coming to Toronto Feb 29th, Ottawa Mar 2nd, and Montreal Mar 4th, 2016. We are hoping you are able to register for these events. Please help us spread the word.

SharePoint Saturday Montreal: Register for the 4th Edition of SharePoint Saturday in Montreal on April 2, 2016. Five tracks offered: IT Pro, Dev, End-User, Business Customer Showcase and Data SQL. Call for Speakers and Sponsors are open!

Prairie Dev Conference: 2-days Development Conference happening in Winnipeg on April 11-12th, 2016 - http://www.prairiedevcon.com/

MVP Community RoadShow

There's just one week left for MVPDays Community Roadshow in Toronto!

We would love to see you there!

Please use the Promo Code "CDNMVP" to register for FREE !

 

Make Web Not War

 

Make Web Not War brings together Canadian web dev experts to talk about modern web standards, Open Source, and Open Data innovations. Learn about the latest IETF & ECMA web standards, how to run and contribute to open source projects, the importance of open data in the world of journalism, open government, and more. Live online Feb 5, 2016. Participation is free. Register to receive exclusive content to accompany the live presentation.

 

URL: https://aka.ms/mwmvp

LET’S DEV THIS!

#LetsDevThisToronto

 

Awesome apps are built a certain way – that way may be different for each and every one of us. On February 10, Microsoft DX is coming to Toronto with Let's Dev this Tour to help you learn how to build awesome apps for web, cloud and Windows 10 using latest standards and tools. The day will be full of great workshops, hands-on-labs and consultations with experts.

 

1 DAY. 1 VENUE. 3 DEEP DIVE WORKSHOPS – WEB. CLOUD. WINDOWS 10.

 

Pick a primary workshop, then pop in and out of all three based on the topics that interest you the most.

 

 

 

WEB

The boundless web

Build across browsers, devices, and the cloud.      

Sessions and hands-on labs on the latest dev standards and tools‚ Web Apps with Node.JS‚ and Azure.   

 

 

 

 

CLOUD

The fusion of apps and the Cloud

Magic happens when the technologies that you love live on Azure.

Sessions and hands-on labs on App and Data Services‚ VMs, and networks.

 

 

 

WINDOWS 10

One app fits all

One app can fit them all
– mobile, tablet, and PC
– with Windows 10.

Sessions and hands-on labs on Adaptive UX‚ the Universal Windows Platform‚ speech recognition, data binding‚ and Azure.

 

SPACE IS LIMITED per workshop so please reserve you seat now.

MVPDays Community Roadshow 2016

MVPDays is a series of one day events that focuses on content for IT and Dev Professionals sharing their knowledge allowing local communities to learn more and advance their skills based on real world experiences.  The majority of the sessions are Content will focus on the following topics: 

  • Cloud
  • IT PRO
  • SharePoint / Office 365
  • Development

   

It will be held in the following cities:

 

More great resources from Microsoft

 

Announcing the Microsoft Cloud Roadshow

This is a free, two day technical training event for IT Professionals and Developers that provides best practices and insight from those who run cloud services across Office 365, Micros oft Azure, and Windows 10.

Developer Interview Series #1 -

In this interview series, we bring you best practices, anecdotes, and insights from developers who are building creative solutions using Microsoft technologies.

The Power of Cross Platform Development with Universal Apps and Xamarin

We're on the road to self-driving business applications

A blog by Steve "Guggs" Guggenheimer on self-driving ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning software)

Memory Compression in Windows 10 RTM

The OS is doing some clever optimizations that allow your processes to trim some of the memory but not necessarily page it out to disk.

Managing hidden apps, beta apps and visibility of in-app purchases in Dev Center

The unified Dev Center introduced several new options to manage the visibility of apps and in-app purchase.

Looking for some good resources for Windows 10 and VS 2015?

 

You're welcome.

Join Live Q&As and interact with the architects and engineers who are building the latest features. 

Great blog for Universal Windows Platform (UWP) devs to understand .NET Native

The latest Windows 10 developer training contents

How Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 10 work better together in the Enterprise

Download any Visual Studio skus, including VS 2015

All the info developers may need to write apps

Great site to get online courses on Windows 10

Another great online resource for Windows 10 related videos