Archive for the ‘.Net’ Category

February 29, 2012 / No Comment

In the process of downloading Windows 8 Consumer Preview from a relatively clean windows install I noticed that it suggested I download Silverlight.


Team Foundation Server 11 Support Advanced SMTP Settings

February 29, 2012 / No Comment
CATEGORY: TFS, Uncategorized

Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 11 supports SMTP Settings as shown in the following screen shot.

As shown in the screen capture, it even supports a Certificate Thumbprint.

As a result, you can configure gmail as your email server for Team Foundation Server:, Port 465, Enable SSL.

Visual Studio 11 Search Everywhere

February 29, 2012 / No Comment
CATEGORY: .Net, Visual Studio

One feature new to Visual Studio 11 that you will wonder how you managed without (perhaps instead you wondered why it was missing from Visual Studio for so long) is the concept of “Search Everywhere.”  In Visual Studio 11 search is now supported for the following:

  • Solution Explorer*
  • Add Reference*
  • Integrated Quick Find*
  • New Test Explorer
  • Error List
  • Parallel Watch
  • Toolbox
  • TFS Work Items
  • Visual Studio Commands
  • (* indicates where similar search functionality exists within the Productivity Power Tools – targeting Visual Studio 2010)
    Below we take a look at each search location in a more detail.
    Solution Explorer
    Perhaps the most noticeable manifestation of Search Everywhere appears within the Solution Explorer.  As shown [...]

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    Visual Studio 11 IDE Productivity Improvements

    February 29, 2012 / No Comment
    CATEGORY: .Net, Visual Studio

    In Visual Studio 11, there is a set of IDE productivity improvements that developers across all platforms and languages already be familiar with because earlier versions of them were available in an update for Visual Studio 2010 under the name Productivity Power Tools.  In post we review several of these enhancements.

    In Visual Studio 11 Solution Explorer has been revamped significantly.  No longer is it just a location to navigate files, it now supports navigation over the object model of constructs within the solution, full-text identifier search, and more.  For example, you can now expand a CSS [...]

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    Transitioning between Sprints/Iterations with TFS

    February 6, 2012 / 8 Comments
    CATEGORY: Headlines, TFS

    When transitioning from one Sprint (or iteration) to another it is necessary to modify all “current sprint” queries and any additional custom queries that are sprint/iteration specific. This is not a one time activity per team project but rather something you have to do after every sprint.

    One way to eliminate this step is by creating a “release” called “Current” and moving the specific current sprint (Sprint 1, Sprint 2, or 2012-02-06 for example) under this release. The current sprint is simply moved from its defined release into the Current release when the sprint starts. When the sprint ends, the sprint [...]

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    Windows 8 Development Architecture and Strategy with Mark Michaelis

    September 30, 2011 / No Comment
    CATEGORY: .Net, C#, Headlines, WinRT

    With Windows 8 Microsoft ushers in a new set of technologies designed to challenge Apple’s market share while maintaining the full productivity of the PC.  In this session we discuss what they are offering and what technologies they are introducing to successfully compete – both from a users perspective and a developers perspective.  Don’t miss this session to understand a new breed of applications from Microsoft and the development technology and architecture that makes it all possible.

    Sponsored by the Spokane .Net Programming User Group and Presented by Mark Michaelis

    Management Verses Leadership

    September 28, 2011 / No Comment

    Here are the video and slides from my talk at the Inland Northwest Chapter of the Project Management Institute.

    Download: [Slides (pdf)] [Mid Def. (315 MB)] [FullHD Video (875 MB)] [Full Audio (50 MB)] [Mid Def. Audio (12 MB)– Recommended]

    Project Management Versus Project Leadership

    September 19, 2011 / No Comment
    CATEGORY: Leadership

    On Tuesday, September 20, 2011 I (Mark Michaelis) will be at the Inland Northwest Project Management Institute:


    Project Management Institute – Inland Northwest

    Come ready to make the paradigm shift from success through process to success through leadership – shifting from motivation around procedures to inspiration around vision. Mark provides thoughtful discourse on motivation, vision, excellence, influence and expectations – what moves a leader to become a leader of leaders. Mark challenges status quo thinking that moves you from what you do today to who you are tomorrow.

    Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2011Social Hour: 5:30 pm networking, 6 PM dinnerEvent [...]

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    Remembering TFS Credentials (from a non-Domain Windows Client)

    September 5, 2011 / No Comment
    CATEGORY: ALM, Headlines, TFS

    As a consultant, I am repeatedly connecting to customer Team Foundation Server (TFS) servers that are not on the same domain as my client workstation.  As a result, I am repeatedly prompted for credentials each time I launch Visual Studio or connect to TFS web.


    Notice, there is no “Remember Credentials” check box so seemingly no way to avoid getting prompted every time you connect to TFS.  However, this is not the case.  Richard Banks details a solution the involved opening [...]

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    Subscribing to TFS Alerts with TFS Power Tools’ Alerts Explorer

    September 5, 2011 / 4 Comments
    CATEGORY: ALM, Headlines

    Out of the box, Team Explorer includes the ability to subscribe to Project Alerts (available from the Team->Project Alerts menu in Visual Studio and from the Team Web->Settings Page):


    As the Alerts dialog image shows, Project Alerts only lets you subscribe to 4 alerts:

  • My work items are changed by others
  • Anything is checked in
  • A build quality changes
  • Any build completes
  • My build completes
  • This is a relatively unsatisfactory list, however.  What if you want to subscribe to all work [...]

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