Visual Studio 2012 Update 2

The second update of Visual Studio and TFS 2012 is released.

The last update, TFS 2012.1 was quite difficult to install you had the enter all accounts and settings in the application tie, TFS 2012.2 has a much better  installation experience, you install Update 2 and launch the upgrade wizard, you should see all your old settings pre-populated there.  With the exception of entering account passwords.

You will be able to install Update 2 directly on top of RTM and run the upgrade wizard.  No need to go through Update 1 first.  You could also upgrade from Update 1 or just install Update 2 on a new server without installing 2012 RTM at all.

What’s new?

Here are my favorites:

Web based Test Case Management

With the web based Test Case Management tool you will be able to run your manual test without Microsoft Test Manager. This is perfect for stakeholders running Acceptance tests or test in environments where you can’t install the Test Manager.

Test Explorer grouping/filtering tests by Class

There is is finally a better Unit test grouping/filtering experience.

A new Team Explorer connection dialogue

 

A new dialogue where you can see all the TFS and GIT repositories that you have connected to.

Team Foundation Server Work item Tagging

A way to tag and filter your Work Items

GIT as Version Control for TFS service

If you use TFS Service you will be able to use GIT as a source control repository, this will probably be part of the next major version of the on premises TFS.

Customize columns in the Team Foundation Kanban Board

You will be able to customize the Kanban board directly from the Web interface.

Here are all the features:

  1. Web based Test Case Management
  2. Code Map Debugger Integration and Responsiveness Improvements
  3. TDD for Windows Phone Unit Tests
  4. Test Explorer group tests by Class
  5. Web based version control Explore and Compare
  6. Send work items in email
  7. Email work items from backlogs
  8. Web version control Improvements
  9. New Team Explorer Connection dialog display multiple servers, TPCs and projects
  10. Advanced SharePoint 2010 Load Testing
  11. Team Foundation Server Work Item Tagging
  12. Extended cross browser support in Coded UI Testing
  13. Microsoft SharePoint 2013 support in Coded UI Testing
  14. Test Explorer test details improvements for Coded UI Tests
  15. Improvements in Windows Store Applications Unit Testing
  16. Test Explorer test playlists
  17. Symbol Loading improvements for IntelliTrace and Profiler
  18. While not technically part of Update 2: Git as version control on Team Foundation Service
  19. Fakes now available in Visual Studio Premium
  20. Coded user interface testing support for Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 7
  21. Visual Studio HTML and JavaScript profiler
  22. Enable adding attachments to test outcomes in web based test case management
  23. Enable pausing and resuming test execution in web based test case management
  24. The ability to clone test cases in Microsoft Test Manager

Read more here at the Team Foundation Server Team blog

Download it here

Visual Studio 2012 Update 1

Microsoft changed the release cycle of Visual Studio and Team Foundation server, from now on there are going to be quarterly releases of both products. The first update (Update 1) is here and this is what it contains:

  • Extend TFS server side path limits from 260 characters to 400 characters
  • Usability improvements for Version Control
    • Associate multiple bugs with a checking at once in the Add by ID field (i.e. comma separated)
    • Toolbar button to show/hide deleted items in the source control explorer
    • Copy the name of a changeset/shelveset from the Changeset/Shelveset Details page
    • Find a Shelveset by name from the Find Shelvesets page
    • Include/exclude all items except those that are selected
    • Know if my detected changes are adds or deletes before clicking the link
    • Navigate to an item in source control explorer from pending changes page
    • Undo changes to a file from the editor context menu
  • Kanban support in TFS Web Access
  • TFS web access usability improvements
    • Drag and drop queries and query folders
    • Drag/drop between User Stories and People in the Taskboard
    • Drag a task to a person to assign it in the Taskboard
    • Expand and Collapse the left navigation pane
    • Remember the state of the splitters
    • Animate Taskboard tiles on drop
    • Next/Previous arrows on WIT form
    • Updated navigation styling
    • Links and Attachments in WIT form shows counts
  • Sharepoint testing improvements
    • Load testing support for SharePoint
    • Unit test emulator for SharePoint
    • Coded UI test support for SharePoint
    • Intellitrace collection plan for SharePoint
  • Manual testing improvements
    • Editing of test cases from inside the test runner
    • Code coverage support for manual testing of web apps
    • Hierarchical query support
    • Pause manual testing session and later resume a test case
    • Deep copy of a test plan to better support release management
    • Publish test results to TFS from command-line
  • Coded UI testing improvements
    • Cross browser testing for coded UI testing (IE, Chrome, Firefox, …)
    • Usability improvements for Coded UI tests
  • SCVMM 2012 SP1 support with Lab Management for Windows 2012 hosts
  • VSUpdate support for Microsoft Test Manager for automatic update notification
  • Unit testing improvements
    • Windows Store C++ unit testing enhancements
    • Windows Store Unit Test library enhancements
    • Traits support for all adapters
    • Unit Test Grouping and Filtering in Test Explorer Window
  • Easier installation of unit test adapters on TFS build machines using Nuget
  • Code Map – Incremental discovery and visualization of your application architecture and dependencies
  • IntelliTrace Integration with System Center
  • Integrate Blend Windows Phone Tooling
  • Multiscale image support for manifest content
  • JavaScript Memory Profiling
  • Mixed Managed/Native Debugging Support for Store Apps
  • ARM Native Dump Debugging Support
  • Enable XP targeting with C++

Read more at the Visual Studio + ALM Team blog

My personal favorites are the Kanban support and the new drag and drop features in TFS Web Access.

Download the Visual Studio update here and the Team Foundation Server update here.

Read Damians blog for a detailed instruction for the TFS upgrade.

There is also an update for Team Foundation Power Tools to match the service update, download it here

In Visual Studio 2012 Update 2

In Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 we will among other things se test case management and manual testing from within a browser!

Team Foundation Service

If you want to see what probably be included in upcoming Team Foundation Server releases you should take a look at Team Foundation Service, the cloud based version of TFS. Team Foundation Service has a release cycle of three week. Read more in their blog.

 

 

 

Kanban support in Team Foundation Service

In the latest service update of Microsoft online version of Team Foundation Server called Team Foundation Service Microsoft have added a Kanban board.

To go to the Kanban board select Work from the Team Foundation Service web.

Select board next to backlog items

Here we our PBIs order by priority and four lanes based on the state model of the PBI (NEW, APPROVED, COMMITED and DONE).

We can of course use drag-and-drop to move our PBIs between the lanes

You can also change the WIP limit of the lanes.

At the moment you can’t add lanes of your own, hopefully this will be possible Kanban becomes available Team Foundation Server were you can change the process model.

There is also a cumulative flow graph.

A great start Microsoft!

This will probably be included in a later service release of Team Foundation Server 2012.