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The QLD ALM users group will not host a meeting in December or January as people are usually busy with Christmas festivities at work or away on holidays. I’d like to personally take this opportunity to wish all user group members a Merry Christmas and may 2015 be a prosperous and successful year for all.

I do have one small request and that is, if you can spare 2 minutes, could you please take a quick look at the Visual Studio ALM Rangers - Unit Test Generator "quick poll" survey? You may recall that up to and including Visual Studio 2010 you could right-click on a method and choose “Generate Unit test” from the context menu. This simply created the scaffolding for you to write your unit tests. It was a simple thing but it has been missed a little by the community. The ALM Rangers are considering a project to bring this back and need your input to determine if you would find it useful and what it should do if the project goes ahead.

Click the following link to get started.

Visual Studio ALM Rangers - Unit Test Generator "quick poll" survey

Thanks


Anthony Borton
User group lead

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TITLE:
What’s New in Visual Studio + TFS. 

PRESENTER:
Adam Stephenson 

SESSION ABSTRACT:

The latest versions of Visual Studio and TFS are packed full of great new tools. Among the highlights are improved tools for Windows Phone 8.1 and Microsoft Azure, tooling support for Apache Cordova, ASP.NET vNext preview, the great new TFS Rest API, Application Insights and well as a bunch of cross-platform additions to make the mobile development experience fantastic. Come along and check out how you should be building your next application.

SPEAKER BIO:

Adam is a Software Architect at SSW, and organiser of http://FireBootCamp.com, the gruelling nine week boot camp for .Net developers. He loves delivering high quality, scalable, enterprise solutions. He has a passion for Scrum, Continuous Delivery, and software craftsmanship. This has led him to mentor and contribute to many .Net projects across a broad range of technologies. Adam is currently excited by the multitude of new tools and platforms coming from Microsoft, especially the combination of Visual Studio Online and Windows Azure.

Date: Friday, 7th November 2014

Time: 7:30am Breakfast – 8:00am Presentation – 9:00am Finish

Where: Microsoft Office – South Stradbroke Island room Level 28, 400 George Street Brisbane

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TITLE:
Build for the cloud, using the cloud: A look at Visual Studio Online.

PRESENTER:
Anthony Borton 

SESSION ABSTRACT:

Configuring a development environment, including a version control repository and build environment, can be complicated and time consuming. Using Visual Studio Online, you can go from zero to online in just 40 minutes! Developers will love just how quick and easy getting started really is. In this demo-heavy session, we start from scratch and quickly build up a solution using Microsoft Visual Studio, Team Foundation Server, and Microsoft Azure. We’ll store our code in an enterprise-class repository, configure both automated build and automated release and have our new application running on Microsoft Azure all during this session.

Some of the objectives I have for this session include;

  • Showing the audience how you can go from zero to online business in 40 minutes or less
  • Use Visual Studio Online to store our source code
  • Configure an automated build and automated release to Microsoft Azure.

SPEAKER BIO:

Anthony Borton is a senior ALM consultant/trainer for Enhance ALM, an Australian based company specializing in helping organisations successfully adopt ALM best practices. He is a Microsoft Visual Studio ALM MVP and a Microsoft Certified Trainer. Anthony is an engaging speaker with experience presenting at conferences around the world including Microsoft TechEd in the United States, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. He is the author of eight TFS 2013 training courses and delivers the most comprehensive range of TFS courses in the world today.

Date: Friday, 17th October 2014

Time: 7:30am Breakfast – 8:00am Presentation – 9:00am Finish

Where: Microsoft Office – South Stradbroke Island room Level 28, 400 George Street Brisbane

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TITLE:
Continuous Integration of SharePoint 2010 and 2013 - A Practical Guide 

PRESENTER:
Richard Angus 

SESSION ABSTRACT:

Everyone loves to bash SharePoint development as being too hard (Hands up those who love SharePoint Development?), and SharePoint development has traditionally been placed into the "to hard" basket when it comes to automated testing and deployments. The rise of open web development and deployment tools has left SharePoint with a perception that it is just too hard to integrate into the "normal" development flow. This session aims to enlighten the average developer about the tools and techniques that can be used to integrate SharePoint 2010 and 2013 development into the dev/test/deploy workflow using either on premises or Cloud infrastructure.

SPEAKER BIO:

Richard Angus is a SharePoint/TFS/Visual Studio consultant at Dev iQ with over 20 years of experience in the IT industry. SharePoint has become a bit of a passion for Richard over the years since he first got introduced to it back in 2003, and he has dabbled on and off with SharePoint and its precursors (who remembers Site Server and CMS 2003?). Some say that I have Stockholm syndrome, and they may very well be right...

Date: Friday, 5th September 2014

Time: 7:30am Breakfast – 8:00am Presentation – 9:00am Finish

Where: Microsoft Office – South Stradbroke Island room Level 28, 400 George Street Brisbane

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TITLE:
Automated deployment with TFS & Octopus Deploy 

PRESENTER:
Paul Stovell 

SESSION ABSTRACT:

Agile software delivery revolves around getting working software in front of people early, and that's easy when you're delivering a small demo application. But when deployments involve delivering multi-tiered solutions to multiple web, application and database servers in production and pre-production environments, deployment itself can be a risky, heart-pounding and time-consuming process. 

In this talk, I'll look at streamlining the delivery of .NET applications all the way from source control to pre-production and production environments. At the push of a button (or a source code commit), we'll take code, compile it, run unit tests, deploy it to multiple servers in a test environment, run smoke tests, and then promote it to production, all with more traceability and accountability than remote desktop. I'll show how TFS and Octopus Deploy can work together to put working software into the hands of users, faster.

SPEAKER BIO:

Paul Stovell is the founder of Octopus Deploy, an automated deployment tool for .NET developers. Paul started Octopus in 2011 as an attempt to help himself and other developers to more reliably and easily deploy software to production. Since then, Octopus has grown up and now helps over 2000 customers around the world to automate their deployments. Prior to Octopus, Paul worked for an investment bank in London, and in Australia for Readify, a .NET consulting firm. Paul has been a Microsoft MVP since 2006, although lately he's seen the light and spends his time in AngularJS.

Date: Friday, 1st August 2014

Time: 7:30am Breakfast – 8:00am Presentation – 9:00am Finish

Where: Microsoft Office – South Stradbroke Island room Level 28, 400 George Street Brisbane

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