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Volume 16, Number 13 | May 29, 2012

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Web Dev Report: Integrate HTML5 into Existing ASP.NET Web Forms and MVC Applications
ASP.NET developers can easily exploit HTML5 forms because ASP.NET now ships with ASP.NET MVC 4 application templates. HTML5 forms benefit any web developer because the form elements support automatic validation of popular data types, resulting in less code to write and maintain.

Building Windows 8 Metro Style Apps
Catch the whole 7-part MSDN webcast series to learn about the new platform for building Windows 8 Metro style applications. Get an understanding of the platform design tenets, the programming language choices, and the integration points with the operating system and across Metro style apps.

Hunger Games: Making the Interactive HTML5 Experience
Find a technical tear-down that digs into the technologies underlying the experience, a sandbox where you can explore prototypes of The Capitol Tour, and links to resources for getting started and digging into HTML5 programming.
Jim Szubryt

Visual Studio ALM Rangers

ALM Ranger for this Issue - Jim Szubryt

With the upcoming release of TFS, there will be a large number of new Perfmon counters to assist in identifying problems affecting TFS. My intention is to raise your awareness of your options for measuring system performance. Read more...

Who are the ALM Rangers? | ALM Ranger Solutions

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Windows 8 Developer Camp On Demand
Join us for the video version of the full-day event designed to share all the knowledge you need to start building Metro style applications for Windows 8 - today. We'll begin by showing you how to use Visual Studio to code fast, fluid, immersive, and beautiful Metro style applications in HTML5/JavaScript, XAML/C# and C/C++.

How Do I Collaborate by Using Team Foundation Server 11?
This video provides a look at how you can work more efficiently in Visual Studio 11 and Team Foundation Server 11 through the use of the new Suspend and Resume feature. You will also see a simple scenario demonstrating the use of Code Reviews.

Bytes by MSDN Interview: Michael Collier and Tim Huckaby Talk Windows Azure and Phone
Michael Collier, National Architect for Neudesic, talks about helping customers with their cloud projects and shares his insights into the marriage of cloud and mobility in a cost-effective way, as well as his favorite feature, Web Roles. Get free cloud access: Window Azure MSDN Benefits | 90-Day Azure Trial

Managing Agile/Scrum Iterations and Sprints
May 30, 2012, 11:00 A.M. - Noon Pacific Time
Scrum and agile management methodologies focus on iterative planning, development, and release. This session will describe these processes and how they work, and how the new features in Visual Studio 2011 make it easier for all team members to more effectively participate in agile management.

Automating UI Testing with Microsoft Tools
May 31, 2012, 11:00 A.M. - Noon Pacific Time
Learn how Visual Studio and Coded UI Tests can be used to help automate your testing efforts. We’ll cover creation and maintenance of Coded UI Tests, plus best practices, troubleshooting, and more to help your team understand and successfully use Coded UI Tests.

A Scrum Master's Day in the Life: The New Visual Studio 11
June 6, 2012, 8:30 A.M. - 9:30 A.M. Pacific Time
Serving your team, product owner, and organization can be difficult and time consuming. We will show you how to leverage the Visual Studio 11 tools on a daily basis to be more effective.

Operations Management in the Application Lifecycle
June 11, 2012, 11:00 A.M. - Noon Pacific Time
Most of an application's life is spent in maintenance and upgrade, between deployment and retirement. Learn how to optimize this segment of an application's lifecycle with new Microsoft tools.

Azure Solution Cookbook
Which cloud capabilities are right for your specific business needs? Compute? Storage? Identity? CDN? A combination? In the insightful " Windows Azure Cookbook Series," architect evangelist Clint Edmonson shares guidance used by his customers to navigate to success. His big-picture approach deconstructs the cloud into building blocks so you understand which combinations are right for different solutions. Follow along with your free MSDN cloud benefits.

MSDN Virtual Lab: Windows Azure: Running a Parametric Sweep Application with the Windows Azure HPC Scheduler
After completing this lab, you will be better able to create a Parametric Sweep Application, deploy a Parametric Sweep Application alongside a Windows Azure HPC Scheduler, and execute tasks on a Windows Azure HPC Scheduler.



Exploring HTML5 Canvas: Part 6 - Managing Animated Shapes
In the latest installment of his blog series on HTML5 Canvas, Microsoft Developer Evangelist G. Andrew Duthie shows you how to deal with the complexities that come with managing many moving shapes at once, without your code ending up as an unreadable plate of spaghetti.

How Do I: Install and Get Started Using Team Foundation Server 11?
This video provides an introduction to Visual Studio 11 and Team Foundation Server 11. Topics include installation, project creation, and basic version control.

Accessing the Accelerometer in a Windows 8 Metro Style App by Using HTML and JavaScript
Join Microsoft Developer Evangelist David Isbitski as he takes you through a multi-part journey on creating Windows 8 Metro style apps using HTML and JavaScript. First up is how to access some of the new sensor hardware, such as the accelerometer chip.

Heard It Through the Grapevine: Get Better Feedback Directly from Stakeholders in the New Visual Studio ALM
May 30, 2012, 8:30 A.M. - 9:30 A.M. Pacific Time
Second- and third-hand customer input can cause confusion and rework. Instead, elicit and accept feedback directly from stakeholders while they interact with your app - with rich logging, screen capture, and annotation. Easily triage feedback and incorporate it into your existing workflow.

A Day in the Life: Developer Enhancements with Visual Studio 2011
June 5, 2012, 11:00 A.M. - Noon Pacific Time
The next version of Visual Studio is rich with new tools that enhance standard developer activities. In this session we'll review and demonstrate some of these new features, including unit testing, code reviews, code clones, and other developer tools.

Driving Continuous Improvement
June 7, 2012, 8:30 A.M. - 9:30 A.M. Pacific Time
Building upon the integration story of developers, testers, and project managers, Visual Studio 11 tightly integrates stakeholders and operations to provide the opportunity for continuous improvement even further. Buckle up as we demonstrate integration between TFS, Project Server, and System Center.

What's New in Visual Studio 11 for Application Lifecycle Management
June 11, 2012, 10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. Pacific Time
Learn how the ALM features of Visual Studio 11 allow you to more effectively plan and track work by using the new web-based project management tools; how to bridge the divide between development and operations by using IntelliTrace in your production environments; and more.

Testing on the Cloud with Visual Studio
May 31, Noon - 1:30 P.M. Pacific Time
Learn how to deploy test agents to Windows Azure Worker Roles to create test environments as an extension of Visual Studio 2010. You'll also learn how to create a project for test machine deployment, and more.

MSDN Virtual Lab: Windows Azure: Running MPI Applications with the Windows Azure HPC Scheduler
After completing this lab, you will be better able to create an MPI application using C++, deploy the Windows Azure HPC Scheduler, deploy the MPI application to Windows Azure compute nodes, submit an MPI job from a command prompt, and more.

Bytes by MSDN Interview: Scott Hanselman and Tim Huckaby Talk ASP.NET and Open Source Software
Scott Hanselman, Principal Program Manager for Microsoft, talks about open sourcing ASP.NET MVC 4, ASP.NET Web API, ASP.NET Web Pages v2 (Razor) all with contributions under the Apache 2.0 license on CodePlex using Git.


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