Build with a Hosted Build Controller: A First Attempt

I am working on some code for the TFS Tester Power Tool with my colleague Anna Russo (who just got her first MVP award!) and we’re using TFS Preview for source control and work item tracking. From the start I wanted to get some unit tests and builds up and running. The challenge for the unit testing side was that the tool works against a Team Foundation Server, so testing required some sort of mocking or faking.

Microsoft Fakes – Customizing the System Whitelist (or, enabling Fakes for classes you’ve always wanted to fake, like WebClient)

So you’re sitting down planning some tests for your shiny new code, only to find that your code uses WebClient to download a file. No problem – you’ve been reading about Microsoft’s new Fakes framework, so you just right-click the System reference in your test project and select “Create Fakes” and you get a bunch of cool fakes to work with.

Code Monkey?

I’ve just spent 4 days in Seattle at my first Global MVP Summit – it’s been great meeting a lot of the other ALM MVPs and putting faces to email addresses! It’s also been great getting an “inside scope” on some of the strategic directions that the TFS and VS product teams are taking.

Using TFS ALM for Sharepoint Development (The Easy Way – with Lab Management)

Visual Studio 2010 has some amazing features for Sharepoint development, like project templates, server explorers, feature and package GUIs to name a few. So you’re tasked with creating a WebPart or a Workflow – no problem, fire up VS, create a new project and you’re coding.
However, just because you’re up and coding quickly, doesn’t mean you’re being productive (necessarily). What about requirements management? Testing? Source control? And if there’s more than 1 of you coding, what Sharepoint site do you code against? Oh wait, I forgot to mention that you need to install Sharepoint on the same machine that you have VS on to actually get the Sharepoint projects to work.


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