Thursday, 17 August 2006

Team System Event on Friday 8 September 2006

On Friday 8 September 2006 I will be delivering a a one-day VISUG event at the Compuware offices.  During this event we will provide our VISUG members with deep dive information on Visual Studio Team System 2005. Since this is a community event, we directly skip all formalities and focus on what is really important:  The attendee will acquire the knowledge to be productive on a team that uses Visual Studio 2005 Team System.

During the event we will discuss following topics:

  • Event Overview : Overview, Business value of VSTS, core scenarios, licensing
  • Planning for VSTS: Hardware and software requirements, selecting projects or solutions
  • Deploying & Maintaining Team Foundation Server: Installation, Administration, backup and restore
  • Working with Team Foundation Server: Architectural overview, services, extensibility
  • Team Projects & Reporting: Project planning, methodology, reports
  • Process Template Customization: Process guidance, work item types, workflow
  • Source Code Control: Overview, migration, administration
  • Building Code (MSBuild): Overview, customization
  • Architect Tools: Application designer, class designer, logical datacenter designer, SDM SDK
  • Developer Tools: Profiling, code coverage, code analysis
  • Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals
  • Testing Tools: Test management, test types, unit testing
  • Integration Scenarios: Commonly encountered integration scenarios

This training is free of charge to all our VISUG members.  You can register at http://www.visug.be/CommentsView.aspx?Id=83ab000e-8475-4e46-b642-ac9855b891f2.  Be aware that there is a maximum of 40 attendees for this event so register as soon as possible.


Team System | VISUG
08/17/2006 19:07:17 UTC  #  Comments [0] 
 Monday, 03 July 2006

Summary Visual Studio Team System - Event

I had a blast this weekend during the VISUG the Visual Studio 2005 Team System Event. About 20 people sacrificed their Saturday to put their minds on Visual Studio Team System. All attendees received a free copy (thanks to MSDN Belgium) of Professional Visual Studio 2005 Team System.

 

On Friday we focused on what Team System is and how it’s composed, we took a deeper look at the Project Managers role in the entire process, and finished the day with demos on work item, process, report and portal customization.  We continued at Saturday morning (the goal was 9 AM, but we missed that target by about 20 minutes, by no fault of my own ) with a look on the Architects role by walking through the functionalities that is provided in the Architect edition.  Our VISUG members did not hesitate for a second to ask me all sorts of questions on the architect edition and I could immediately notice that they were exited by the product and its possibilities.  We discussed the Developer and Tester editions by doing demo’s and walking through the product.  The demo’s were pretty much on demand, so it was quite a challenge for me to get them working :-) 

 

Do you know when it’s a truly live demo?  When the audience asks a questions and the speaker gets so exited about that question, that he totally changes his demo and starts working on a solution together with the help of his audience… and they continue working on it during the break!

 

I hope you all got really exited about Visual Studio 2005 Team System and learned a lot about the product.  If you still have any questions that you would like to see answered, do not hesitate to mail me at Steven.Wilssens@telenet.be.  I will create a detailed post about the topics we discussed, and I’m writing a summary for the VISUG website, so stay tuned…

 

I had a really good time during my VSTS weekend and I hope all attendees have the same feeling about it!

 

PS: Here are 2 photo's from the event: VSTS_Event_01.JPG (42.07 KB) and VSTS_Event_02.JPG (44.52 KB).


Team System | VISUG
07/03/2006 08:47:40 UTC  #  Comments [2] 
 Thursday, 29 June 2006

Visual Studio Team System 2005 – Event
Tomorrow (06/29/2006), I’m presenting the first day of the VISUG event on Visual Studio Team System. Psst I’m getting used to the US date-time notation We will have a very diverse audience ranging from developers to sales people, VSTS rookies to VSTS experts… I’m really looking forward to the challenge of making all of our members leave with that happy VSTS feeling…
Team System | VISUG
06/29/2006 19:16:34 UTC  #  Comments [0] 
 Friday, 23 June 2006

Reminder: Visual Studio Team System Workshop by VISUG

Reminder:

 

The Belgian Visual Studio User Group organizes a 1 ½ day seminar around Visual Studio Team System on 30 June and 1 July.  There are still some seats available, so if you are interested in learning about Team System in a User Group kind of way (real high risk live demo's, with live coding and hopefully a happy ending :-) )

 

Description:


This day and a half community event provides VISUG members with deep dive information on Visual Studio Team System 2005. During this event we will demonstrate the capabilities Visual Studio Team System 2005 in a way only user group can: not in theory but by live examples.

 

Event Outline:

        Event Overview : Overview, Business value of VSTS, core scenarios, licensing

        Planning for VSTS: Hardware and software requirements, selecting projects or solutions

        Deploying & Maintaining Team Foundation Server: Installation, Administration, back up and restore

        Working with Team Foundation Server: Architectural overview, services, extensibility

        Team Projects & Reporting: Project planning, methodology, reports

        Process Template Customization: Process guidance, work item types, workflow

        Source Code Control: Overview, migration, administration

        Building Code (MSBuild): Overview, customization

        Architect Tools: Application designer, class designer, logical datacenter designer, SDM SDK

        Developer Tools: Profiling, code coverage, code analysis

        Testing Tools: Test management, test types, unit testing

        Integration Scenarios: Commonly encountered integration scenarios

 

When:


Friday 30 June 2006 from 13:00 until 17:00
Saturday 1 July 2006 from 9:00 until 16:00

 

 

Where:


Compuware Belgium

 

How to register:
Send an email to Steven Wilssens, which contains your name and the fact that you want to attend the event. Remember, there are 30 seats available for this event, so register as soon as possible.

 

Subscription Fee:


As with all Visual Studio User Group events, it is available to our Visual Studio User Group Members at no cost.


SCM | Team System | VISUG
06/23/2006 08:47:09 UTC  #  Comments [0] 
 Friday, 12 May 2006

Presentation (17/05/2006) on WCF-Unified programming model and runtime for building service oriented applications by Clemens Vasters.

VISUG Meeting on Wednesday 17/05/2006:

Clemens Vasters will give a presentation on Windows Communication Foundation (WCF)-Unified programming model and runtime for building service oriented applications. During this presentation you will learn how to: 
• Simplify distributed application development
• Build secure and reliable services
• Interoperate with other Web services technologies
 

For more information look at http://www.visug.be/NewsItemDetails.aspx?Id=54edcada-e954-470c-b37b-39eeca44082d. 

I hope to see you there!


VISUG
05/12/2006 13:12:28 UTC  #  Comments [0] 
 Tuesday, 11 April 2006

VISUG RSS Feed

Reminder:

If you want to keep up with news regarding the Belgium Visual Studio User Group.  Do not forget to subscribe to the RSS Feed.  The next meeting for our contributing or aspiring contributing members is on 14/04/2006 12/04/2006 (updated), do not forget to register so that we can provide food and drinks.  You can find more information on the VISUG website and you can register for the meeting on the following location

I hope to see you there!


VISUG
04/11/2006 08:40:47 UTC  #  Comments [0] 
 Thursday, 30 March 2006

First Official VISUG Meeting

We just had the first official VISUG meeting and I was really happy to meet so many great community members.  About half of them were new to me so it was a real pleasure to get to know these new faces. 

 

Okay so here is the unofficial story on what happened during the meeting, the official meeting notes will be posted on the VISUG website in the coming days:

The meeting started with an introduction to the VISUG and its goals.  We continued by listing possible meeting topics for the next meetings and we have many great topics to choose from.  We decided that we will create a voting on the VISUG website and will use this as a guideline for our meeting calendar.  Next topic on the agenda was that next Thursday there will be a meeting with community members that wish to actively support the VISUG.  I was incredibly happy to see that so many of you want to play an active part in this, thanks a lot!

Next topic was on .NET Generics…, the amount of knowledge in the room really amazed me, this is was exactly Peter Himschoot and I wanted to start a user group!  I really had a lot of fun and the presentation ended up being a part of the social part of the meeting which was great!

 

I already look forward to the next meeting J

 

Oh, I took 2 pictures during the presentation:



VISUG
03/30/2006 22:15:45 UTC  #  Comments [4] 
 Wednesday, 29 March 2006

VISUG Meeting on March 30th.

The meeting will start at about 18:00 and finish at 21:30.  Due to the number of attendees the meeting location has been changed from Ordina to Compuware, Ikaroslaan 21; 1930 Zaventem; Belgium.  You can find a road description on the Compuware website. 

We are still experiencing some code access security problems with the hosting provider of the VISUG website.  This has obstructed us from uploading the new version of the site; I hope we can still do this before the meeting of tomorrow.

During the Belgium Visual Studio User Group meeting on March 30, you can participate in a discussion on: presentations topics for upcoming Belgium Visual Studio User Group meetings; membership conditions; the Developer and IT Pro Days. The second part of the meeting will be a presentation on Advanced Generics in .NET 2.0. After the presentation you can attend to the social part of this meeting where you can enjoy a drink with other community members!

Very Important:
Can you leave a comment on this post to confirm your presence at the meeting?

Hope to see you there!

 


VISUG
03/29/2006 07:37:29 UTC  #  Comments [24] 
 Wednesday, 22 March 2006

VISUG Meeting from March 23rd rescheduled to March 30th.

During the Developer and IT Pro Days we received a significant number of membership and information requests.  Since then we have been busy responding to these requests, updating the website (the new version will be released this week!) and getting the internal and legal structure of the VISUG in order.
These activities have caused a delay in the organization of the upcoming Belgium Visual Studio User Group meeting on the 23rd of March and it will need to be rescheduled to the 30 March. The meeting will start at about 18:00 and finish at 21:30.  Ordina has been so kind to provide the meeting location, which are the offices of Ordina Leuven B-3000 Leuven, Diestsevest 58.  You will be able to register your presence on the VISUG website by the end of this week.
During the Belgium Visual Studio User Group meeting on March 30, you can participate in a discussion on: presentations topics for upcoming Belgium Visual Studio User Group meetings; membership conditions; the Developer and IT Pro Days. The second part of the meeting will be a presentation on Advanced Generics in .NET 2.0. After the presentation you can attend to the social part of this meeting where you can enjoy a drink with other community members!

Hope to see you there!


VISUG
03/22/2006 08:31:12 UTC  #  Comments [0] 
 Monday, 06 March 2006

Full House
On Friday the Developer and IT Pro Days organizers had to close down the registration, because there are more than 1.200 attendees registered for the event and we’re now having a full house. Do not forget to visit the Visual Studio User Group Belgium booth during the event and have a chat with our members! I would like to remind you that following sessions are available during the Developer and IT Pro days, but you can expect to see one or more of these talks during an upcoming VISUG meeting. These are the sessions:
Peter Himschoot [March 7, 2006 - 10:45 - 12:00] Visual Studio Tools for Office: Building Office Solutions Using Visual Studio Tools for Office 2005
Jelle Druyts [March 8, 2006 - 09:00 - 10:15] Best Practices: The Art of Building a Reusable Class Library
Jelle Druyts & Steven Wilssens [March 8, 2006 - 10:45 - 12:00] Best Practices for Application Development
Steven Wilssens [March 8, 2006 - 14:30 - 15:45] Best Practices for Advanced Source Control: Beyond CheckOut and CheckIn
Peter Himschoot has a great backup session on Generics in .NET 2.0 and I already attended a part of Wim Verhaegen’s excellent backup session on Web Service Enhancements. Let’s hope that they does not need to present these sessions during the upcoming event (somebody else would need to be unlucky), but you can expect Peter and Wim to present this session during one of the VISUG meetings.

See you there!


VISUG
03/06/2006 08:10:12 UTC  #  Comments [0] 
 Friday, 03 March 2006

VISUG Website
Last week we launched the new Visual Studio User Group Website. Parts of the website are still under construction, and we plan to complete these missing parts in the upcoming weeks. Through this website we will keep you informed on the goals of user group, news about the user group, sponsors, discussions, and the upcoming VISUG events. If you have ideas on how to improve your experience of the site or want to assist in building it, do not hesitate to contact us.

VISUG
03/03/2006 08:37:22 UTC  #  Comments [12] 
 Thursday, 05 January 2006

First VISUG Meeting

In December 2005, I announced the launch of a Visual Studio User Group in Belgium. Since then Peter Himschoot and I received a lot of positive feedback on our initiative. My goal is to get the user group up and running in January 2006 and I believe the most important step is to have our first VISUG meeting. I would like to begin the meeting by discussing following topics:

VISUG Goals
VISUG Members
VISUG Membership Conditions
VISUG Sponsors
VISUG Management Structure
Offline Activities
Monthly Meetings
Events
Social Events
Participation in Microsoft Events
INETA
Online Activities
VISUG website

The meeting is scheduled for the 25th of January from 18.00 to 21.00. Compuware Belgium, has been so kind to provide us with a meeting location, the address is Ikaroslaan 21 1930 Zaventem in Belgium.

Since VISUG is a user group where we want you to participate, this meeting will be an excellent opportunity for you to help model and shape it into a community success.  We will arrange for something to eat and drink, so it would be very nice if you could leave me a comment or send me an e-mail confirming your presence.  I hope to see you there!


VISUG
01/05/2006 08:37:21 UTC  #  Comments [10] 
 Sunday, 04 December 2005

VISUG Logo

Peter Himschoot and I received a lot of positive feedback on the Visual Studio User Group for Belgium (VISUG). We will undoubtedly schedule a meeting with our interested community members in the coming weeks and you will see how VISUG becomes more and more reality. One of our newest advances is the creation of the VISUG logo. Wout Neys was kind enough to provide us with a first version. Thanks Wout!


VISUG
12/04/2005 19:55:18 UTC  #  Comments [0] 
 Wednesday, 30 November 2005

Belgium Visual Studio User Group
Last weekend Peter Himschoot launched the idea of starting a user group for Belgian Visual Studio Team System enthusiasts, BUGTEAM (Belgium User Group for Team System). Peter was one of my mentors when I started professional software development. He awakened the natural curiosity that lies inside me. For several weeks I had been actively talking to multiple community members on starting a Belgium Visual Studio User Group and I did not have the opportunity to discuss it with Peter. At the same time of this community effort, I organized a Visual Studio Team System Focus Group at work. The reactions were definitely positive, but most focus group members regret that the scope is only VSTS development and not Visual Studio development. So here is what I proposed to Peter and he eagerly accepted the following draft proposal:

Name Belgium Visual Studio User Group (BVISUG)
• Based on Belux Information Worker User Group (BIWUG)
• Focus The focus will be on software development with Visual Studio 2005. The scope is definitely wider than Visual Studio Team System alone, although VSTS will be on top of our agenda for the coming months. During our first meeting we will create a rock solid definition of the scope.
• Monthly meetings A meeting has a duration of 3 hours and will be composed out of 3 major blocks:
First part of the meeting is a round-table where all the participants share experiences and discussions are started covering all kinds of topics in scope. Participants can submit questions and discussion points online on the BVISUG Web site before the meeting.
Second part of the meeting is a formal practical covering of one of the technologies or products that are in scope of the user group. Examples can be a session presented by one of the members, an INETA speaker invited to do the session, vendors demonstrating a product. The topics covered in these sessions will typically be topics that are poorly covered in normal MSDN/TechNet sessions. The goal of BVISUG should be to provide an added-value for members on top of what Microsoft is providing.  Some ideas are:
Practical experiences of members based on their daily work experiences.
Previews of forthcoming future products and technologies.
Redeliveries of conferences or seminars members of the BVISUG have participated in.
How to deliver proof of concept implementations.
Local partners demonstrating their solutions or products.
Third part of the meeting is the socializing part where participants informally get to know each other better and discuss technologies enjoying a drink and some food.


The contents of the meetings will be very broad covering development, infrastructure and possibly also technical sales topics.


News:
• Good News #1 We have a first Gold Sponsor, so we can start with: the legal obligations, domain name registration, web site creation…
• Good News #2 It’s very hard to find a qualified individual to handle the tasks of the treasurer, handle the administrative and legal obligations.  But we already found a non-technical community member who is highly motivated and well qualified (you could say hugely overqualified) of handling these tasks.

If you are interested, you can send Peter or me an email with the subject BugTeam or BVISUG and monitor our blogs because those will serve as our main communication channel until we get our website up and running. We will announce our first meeting in a couple of days, so stay tuned!
VISUG
11/30/2005 21:51:11 UTC  #  Comments [0]