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Explaining Object-Oriented Programming

Have you noticed how the same cliche questions always get asked at job interviews — over and over again? Whether it is where you will be in five years or what you consider to be your biggest weakness, while the questions may be trivial, they do give interviewers clues to better knowing you.

The same thing could be said about programming questions, such as "What are the main principles of Object-Oriented Programming?" It is a great opportunity to determine:

Big Announcements from Microsoft Ignite

Microsoft Ignite took place September 24-28, 2018 in Orlando, Florida. During the conference, Microsoft has made big announcements about new features and products across a variety of business areas.

Follow the Sun: Handoffs via Kanban within VSTS or TFS

Do you have a global software development team? Do tasks get passed daily from work site to work site around the world?

Task handoffs can be tricky when team members are many time zones apart. 

You can try using email to communicate work assignments, but emails can be overlooked and emails lack trackability.

You can try a shared spreadsheet of work items, but the spreadsheet can be cumbersome and time-consuming to maintain.

VSTS Test Results Reporting with Power BI

Would you like to use Power BI to build data visualizations around your Visual Studio Team Services user stories, test cases and test results?

Here are the steps to get you there: 

1. In the VSTS Work hub, build a query in VSTS to extract user stories and their associated test cases

Using C# 7 Local Function

A handy new feature introduced with C# 7 is Local Functions. As an example, in the LINQ query below, the select method is bit hard to read and can be simplified using a helper function.

void Main()

{

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Grouping Data with MoreLINQ Batch Extension Method

Being able to group data into batches can be quite useful and often done for reporting purposes, but I found it handy to group a series of multiple choice questions and answers for displaying a given tester. In this case, it was for a quiz that asked the capital of a given state with four possible answers provided for each question (see Figure 2). The data was in a SQL Server database table, but it could have been retrieved via a service or a text file.

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