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Team Foundation Service Updates 7/16

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This sprint is the smallest service change in a while.  It was the last sprint for really wrapping up our TFS 11 on-premises work so most of our effort went into that.  I’m expecting that we’ll see a significant increase in new service capabilities over the next couple of months. So, for the most part, this deployment has a bunch of miscellaneous bug fixes.  There’s really one significant change – some navigation restyling and one new feature.  Navigation restyling Before 7/16, the service navigation experience looked like this… About a month ago
we launched a new “Welcome” experience to learn about the Team Foundation Service. You’ll notice some difference.  Among them, the welcome experience has color   See, we did listen to all that feedback about colorless UI.  The navigation section at the top is also styled differently. We set out this sprint on making some progress on consistency between the experience and addressing some styling aspects we didn’t like.  This will be an iterative approach, so as we get more feedback, we’ll continue to refine it.  We’ve started with the main nav experience (we haven’t updated...(Read whole news on source site)

C#/.NET Little Wonders: The Nullable<T> struct

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Once again, in this series of posts I look at the parts of the .NET Framework that may seem trivial, but can help improve your code by making it easier to write and maintain. The index of all my past little wonders posts can be found here. There are many times in .NET where we have an instance of a value type that we need to treat as optional.  That is, we may want to consider its value as being supplied or missing.  The System.Nullable structure in the .NET Framework can be used to represent these
situations in a consistent and meaningful way. Why Do We Use Nullable? With instances of reference types, you can easily denote an optional item by simply leaving the reference as null, but this isn’t really possible with a value type (that is, not directly), because the instance of a value type always has a value. For example, if you had an Person class with some basic data:
1: public class Person 2: { ...(Read whole news on source site)

C#/.NET Little Wonders - Is There Interest in a Kindle/Printed Version?

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A friend on Twitter pointed out that Amazon has a self-publishing feature for both printed materials and Kindle books. Been debating on creating a Kindle version of my Little Wonders collection. 

What do you folks think, is this a worthy endeavor? Do you think there'd be enough interest for the product to warrant the effort? What about the printed book? 

I was originally thinking I'd do the Kindle version and avoid the printing on demand version but wanted to put it up to you folks who actually consume my hare-brained ramblings :-)

Daily Windows 8 Development News 16 July 2012

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Daily Windows Phone Development News 16 July 2012

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Review: TypeMock Isolator 7

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I was recently given an opportunity to review the TypeMock Isolator v7 framework.  This is a very feature rich add-in for Visual Studio which simplifies unit testing by putting all the features you need right at your finger tips.  Below is an abbreviated list of features found in the product. Components AutoRunner Failed Test Analyzer Coverage Test Auto-Complete The biggest productivity feature is the unit testing dashboard which drops down from the top of your Visual Studio code
window. It provides helpful information about coverage and current state of tests that cover that portion of your code. You are able to drill down into the coverage for a particular method.  This is especially benefitial if there are multiple tests that cover the method.  It even give warnings that the test may be too long to be considered a unit test and should be broken down. From the dashboard you can even start debugging the unit test directly from the code window.  Speed and efficiency were definitely the driving factors here. AutoRunner give you the...(Read whole news on source site)