SpecFlow 3 now supports .NET Core

If you don’t already know, SpecFlow bridges the communication gap between domain experts and developers. The results are specifications that are easy to read, document the behaviour of the system, and underpin the implementation.

SpecFlow is an Open Soure Project, and much of the development is driver by developers at TechTalk. SpecFlow+ is a series of components for SpecFlow that offer additional benefits. The first public preview of SpecFlow 3 finally allows testing of .NET Core projects with SpecFlow:

Support for .NET Core is now available.

In order to use SpecFlow 3, a preview version of the SpecFlow extension for Visual Studio is required. As the SpecFlow Visual Studio extension normally updates automatically whenever a new version is released, the extension will be installed by default once SpecFlow 3 is officially release – even for users who have not yet upgraded to SpecFlow 3. This new version will not be compatible will all previous versions of SpecFlow. If you are using an older version of SpecFlow, please read the information here for details on how to prevent the extension from updating once the new version is officially released.

The biggest change in this release is support for .NET Core! If you want to try out the new version, please refer to this article for details on the steps you need to perform to install the preview version.

TechTalk Stories – Product Owner Key Skills Workshop With Gojko Adzic

For many agile teams, the key progress measurement is velocity with story points, but that just shows that people are busy delivering, not that they delivered anything valuable. Story points show that the product is moving around, not that it is moving ahead. This workshop helps product managers and teams get a good idea where they want to go, how to get there, and how to measure achievements instead of just velocity.

Everyone aims to deliver value, but lofty goals are difficult to use short term to understand if we’re going in the right direction, and high-level business objectives rarely result from simple stories. With techniques such as impact mapping and user story mapping, teams can get a great structure in place to engage stakeholders and ensure great outcomes, not just more outputs.


Upcoming Product Owner Key Skills classes:

15-16 May 2017

3-4 October 2017


Watch Gojko talking about the workshop



TechTalk Stories – Serverless with Azure Functions (.NET Community Meetup at TechTalk)

On the 2nd of March we had another meetup in our Vienna office.

The .NET Community Austria met to hear a talk from Raoul Holzer and me about “Serverless with Azure Functions”.

Andreas Willich and Raoul Holzer talking about Serverless with Azure Functions

We gave a short introduction about the idea behind a serverless architecture and then how to implement it with Azure Functions.

See our TechTalk-story for a report of the meetup:

The slides for this event can be found here.

TechTalk Stories: The Global Day of Coderetreat 2016

In 2016 TechTalk hosted the Global Day of Coderetreat in Vienna.

What it is about:

A Coderetreat is a day-long, intensive practice event, focusing on the fundamentals of software development and design. By providing developers the opportunity to take part in focused practice away from the pressures of ‘getting things done’, the coderetreat format has proven itself to be a highly effective means of skill improvement.

The current issue of our video blog ‘TechTalk Stories’ gives further insights:

Remark: TechTalk will be hosting the Global Day of Coderetreat 2017 as well. For further information please refer to our training site.

TechTalk Storys: Serverless – From Hype To Reality

serverless auf google trends

“Serverless” on Google Trends

According to Google Trends, December 2016 saw a new peak in searches for “serverless”. There are other signs that the hype is becoming reality: a serverless framework has been launched on Product Hunt, and there are already 400 discussions on the subject of “serverless” on Hacker News. There have also been two meetups in Vienna, one on the subject of serverless and one on the subject of microservices.

We can only confirm these trends. Last year we decided to host a serverless code camp together with Gojko Adzic, and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive.

Given these market signals, we have scheduled a 3-day training session with Gojko for developers and system architects involved in cloud-based solutions who want to apply the principles of serverless to their projects.

Gojko Adzic im Videoblog

Watch Gojko introduce the serverless workshop and briefly talk about the advantages of AWS Lambda and API Gateway in his TechTalk Stories Video.

The 3-day workshop is scheduled to start with the basics of AWS Lambda on Wednesday 22 March 2017 and ends on Friday 24 March with the creation of an application that is scalable, high performance, and above all serverless.

We will also be sponsoring the next serverless meetup on 15 Feburary at the TechTalk offices, and are proud to announce that Gojko will be a speaker there as well.