November 24, 2009

SourceSafe is dead, Long live TFS Basic!

This time we are going to discuss what are the advantages in Team Foundation Server 2010 versus SourceSafe. We will see how easy is to install TFS 2010 and what functionalities we get compared to SourceSafe. Again we will go quickly through pricing and licensing issues. Topics and dates for next meetings will be proposed.


Please see Facebook event or Outlook calendar file for information on how to connect.


This meeting is part of the VS2010 Beta 2 Focus Group events and is also part of the SofiaDev.NET User Group activities.

November 18, 2009

VS2010 Planning and Deployment

The second of the series of meetings targeting Visual Studio 2010 launch is announced. You can find the details in the Visual Studio 2010 Planning and Deployment Facebook event. It will be held tomorrow, 19th of November, at 10am (CET+1/GMT+2). The event will be held in Bulgarian and will look at different scenarios for upgrade to TFS 2010, deployment and performance problems in TFS 2008 and how they are solved in TFS 2010. Also compatibility issues between different versions of Visual Studio will be discussed.

Also make sure that you join the VS2010 Beta 2 Focus Group on Facebook and you will receive future notifications about similar events in this focus group.

All participants in the meeting will receive one Visual Studio Planning Poker Cards Deck kindly provided by Visual Studio Product Group.

UPDATE: Link to Outlook calendar can be found here -

PDC 2009 News

Microsoft just announced a bunch of new codenames. It is really hard for me to go into every single one of them so I will provide the highlights as I see them:

Read more about the keynote at PDC09 Virtual Pressroom.

November 17, 2009

November 16, 2009

.NET Framework Programming Contest

Wanted: Killer .NET Framework Apps! Reward: $12,000!

Microsoft recently announced a software development contest using .NET Framework and Visual Studio, Windows 7, Windows Server, Windows Azure, SQL Server, or SharePoint. They are looking for interesting, powerful and unique solutions based on the latest Microsoft technologies. The winner gets a choice of a 12-day Galapagos Islands Adventure, a new Smart Car, or $12,000!

There are two ways to win!

1) Judges Choice: Impress the panel of technology industry leaders and Microsoft gurus for a chance to win a trip, a car, a home entertainment system, or a media internet tablet PC.

2) People's Choice: Get friends, family, and colleagues to vote for your solution. Receive the most votes and win one of three ARCHOS 320 GB Media Internet Tablet PCs.

Go to and learn more how to win!

November 10, 2009

TechEd EMEA 2009

I am currently in Berlin doing the Ask The Experts for TechEd EMEA 2009. Most of the time I will be at the Visual Studio ALM booth. if you happen to be there too, please drop by and get in touch.

Berlin is great! We attended the 20th anniversary show of Berlin wall fall.

And of course the inevitable Windows 7 as it was launched just 3 weeks ago.

November 06, 2009

Download the recording from Visual Studio 2010 Pricing and Licensing meeting

The recording from the Visual Studio 2010 Focus Group is available for download.

    Subject: VSTS 2010 Focus Group - Visual Studio 2010 Pricing and Licensing
    Recording URL:

Next meeting will be on 19 Nov 2009 and we will be covering “Visual Studio 2010 Planning and Deployment”.

Thanks to everyone for participating and will see you at the next meeting.

November 03, 2009

Visual Studio 2010 Focus Group in Bulgaria

At DevReach 2009 ( was announced the launch of a new focus group targeting the upcoming release of Visual Studio 2010. This focus group will deliver series of discussions until Visual Studio 2010 RTM in 22nd March, 2010.

On 19th October Microsoft announced the availability of Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2. This version is of significant importance as it comes with Go Live license for production systems. Go Live license allows you to deploy and run .NET 4.0, VS 2010 Beta 2 and TFS 2010 Beta 2 for commercial use and have full support from Microsoft. Upgrade from Beta 2 to RTM version is also supported.

It is also worth mentioning that this is one of the biggest releases of Visual Studio so far.

Here are the first scheduled sessions so far:

The most active participants will be included in a raffle provided by Microsoft Bulgaria.

The meetings will be delivered using Live Meeting discussions in Bulgarian and will be held at 10am (CET) for an hour. Attending the first meeting is easy – just click on this link. Our idea is to allow more people to join from their working places and avoid time usually spent in traffic.

These meetings of the focus group are part of SofiaDev.NET User Group.

For additional announcements, please watch out Martin Kulov’s blog at and Face Book group VS2010 Beta 2 Focus Group.