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If you live in Phoenix, Arizona or anywhere near, or have the ability to get here at will, May and June are going to be great months for developers! I'm writing this post as much for my own memory as to get everyone else on-board! Team System Big Event May 7, 2009 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM This “break through” event will not only provide you with best practices around development and testing, but will demonstrate key capabilities of both Visual Studio Team System 2008 and the upcoming 2010 release. It’s ...
for those 6 of you not on the mailing list… CodeStock 2009 is quickly approaching, and I wanted to let you know some of the things we have in store for this years event. We’ve partnered again withRecruitWise to bring you a full, two day conference with room for 50+ sessions, an expanded Open Spaces conference, and are adding a few panel discussions. We have some twists this year, the big one being attendees can vote for sessions. Anyone that registers before May 15th 2009 will be able to look through ...
*Moved to: Data Dude R2 is out!Coming hot on the heals of Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition GDR is the Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition GDR R2 which features some new bits and better support for SQL 2008. You can get a full description over at the Microsoft Download site, but this new version of Data Dude has a number of feature enhancements and bug fixes included in the release…Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
I finished up a Visual Studio package, generated the package load key (plk), created an installer, and deployed it to a tester. Of course, it didn't work. Whenever the tester tried to open up the designer, the following error was displayed (note: the screenshots don't reflect the actual product as it is proprietary). To duplicate the environment, I downloaded a set up a virtual pc with Visual Studio Team System 2008. I did a lot of testing and discovered that it would load up fine when the sdk was ...
Well, here I am on my shiny new computer over at Imaginet Resources Corp. I forgot how liberating it is to leave an employer and start with a new one. Nothing more satisfying than filling the shredding box with old files and handing in that laptop that was in desperate need of a re-image. Still pretty early to say that everything here is good, but it sure feels that way from where I’m sitting. Moving from a large global company to a small (but still global) company is quite a change. I forgot how ...
I was discussing with one of our TFS specialists the costs of going down the route of Visual Studio Team System and Team Foundation Server – specifically in the context of comparing it with purchasing Visual SourceSafe (VSS). This conversation was kicked off by the poll I did in the UK MSDN Flash on source control system usage. The results were pretty interesting with 37% using Microsoft products (21% using SourceSafe, 16% Team System) and 32% Subversion. I wanted to explore the SourceSafe vs Team ...
I am sure you might have heard that Tech Ed India is happening this year. If you haven’t please check out the MSDN India Blog Post You can even follow Tech Ed India on twitter at http://twitter.com/techedin... I wanted to ensure that in this Tech Ed we provide the best content possible to you so that you can equip yourself to meet the tough challenges in these days and also go back and use them for creating the best applications for your Customers. I own the Developer Content for Tech Ed India ...
Well I did it! Today I handed in my resignation from EDS to accept an exiting new opportunity. It’s been a very interesting 5 years with EDS and I’ve gotten a whole lot of experiences that I’m thankful for. I’ve worked with some of the smartest people I know over the last 5 years and have learned so much from all of them. So, where am I headed? I’m going to join my good friend Joel Semeniuk at imaginet resources. I’ll be leading the ALM consulting practice. This will not only leverage my Visual Studio ...
Issue: We wanted to exposes work items, bugs, etc. to the customer without exposing all the other Web Access Tabs such as Source, Documents, and Builds. Solution: Team System Web Access SP1 Team System Web Access SP1 adds an additional virtual directory named “wiwa” which stands for work item web access. This new virtual directory is accessible on port 8090 by default and exposes a special work item only view which was exactly what we wanted. TFS Web Access supports both forms based authentications ...
Here's what's happening: Attendees: 428 Sessions: 73 Speakers: 49 Tracks: 15 Sessions: ASP.NET Make your Data Dance with ASP.NET Dynamic Databy Shawn Weisfeld + Show Description ASP.NET Dynamic Data is a framework that lets you create data-driven ASP.NET Web applications easily. It does this by automatically discovering data-model metadata at run time and deriving UI behavior from it. A scaffolding framework provides a functional Web site for viewing and editing data. You can easily customize the ...
Microsoft’s Visual Studio Team System Test Edition provides a powerful platform to perform high volume load testing. It also provides high end flexibilities to write and utilize external plug-in for extended functionalities. Email Reporter: VSTS 2008 Load Test Plug-in enables users to send the load test reports to one or more pre-configured email addresses automatically, once a VSTS Load Test is completed. This open-source load test plug-in also provides supports for customization by which you can ...
Microsoft Visual Studio Team System 2008 provides an excellent data synchronization tool, synchronize data and schema between two database. It saves lots of developer time to sync database objects. Among two possible synchronization techniques, VSTS 2008 uses the unidirectional synchronization technique. In this consideration, as safety measurement will be helpful for developers before start synchronization. The security measurement is considered whether it would create any loss of data or not. Here ...
A build set is a set of builds running on the same solution or set of solutions, catering for different aspects of the Continuous Integration process. Why a set of builds ? Because one size doesn't fit all. Something you want to run quickly and others you want to cover a lot of stuff. This can be divided into a set of aspects. The aspects can be divided into three major parts: Developer aspect. A continuous build running normally at each check in to ensure that the code the developer checks in is ...
I have been writing a lot of unit tests over the past month using the Microsoft Test (MSTest) unit testing framework that is now part of Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition (and higher SKUs). Currently I have about 223 unit tests covering 39 classes (about 18K lines of code, 325 methods and 176 properties) with a code coverage percent of 97%. The classes that I’m testing previously had NUnit tests (although not as many as I currently have) and used NCover and NCover Explorer for my code coverage ...
Those days me and my team work very hard toward new version of “The System”. This includes massive refactoring of all solutions, hard work with TFS (which not restricted to only adding files, but also deleting, moving, etc. other words, all stuff, which TFS is not really love). Because of this, we need a bunch of handy tools to make our dreams come true and to decrease unnecessary number of clicks inside Team System Explorer and Visual Studio. You do not really think, that we have no tools to make ...
FxCop is a great tool, and I would hesitate to turn off the spell checker in projects since spelling has never been my strongest suit. However, the are occasions when you may want to modify the words that FxCop accepts or rejects. Such is the case with 3 letter abbreviations. If you put a three letter abbreviation in as all caps, for example, EIO, FxCop will give you a casing error. If you correct the casing to Eio, it then gives you a spelling error. You can explicitly add or remove words from the ...
We have a big pile of speaker submissions that the track chairs are sorting through and are in the process of getting posted and organized on the website. Subject to change the track line up is: Intro to .NET - John Dunagan / Max Trinidad Web Development – Jonas Stawski .net Clients / Language Features – Vishal Shukla SQL - Scott Klein BI - Scott Klein Visual Studio Team System - Oleg Sych/Randy Patterson Silverlight / Cloud computing / onlin- Bill Reiss / Joe Healy Architecture / Agile - Jeff Barnes ...
If you have been using any of the two Team System trial VPCs that were released months ago you are probably aware that they are about to expire. Common knowledge was that there were not going to be new trial VPCs available right away and that we would be a couple of weeks without a trial VPC. But it turns out new replacement VPCs were created and released just a couple of days ago. You will find, just like before, a VPC with TFS only and one with TFS and Team Suite but this time they include SP1 ...
*Moved to: Managing the “VSTS Developers” LinkedIn group. After making sending a “Call to Action” to my fellow Team System MVP’s I have added two managers to the VSTS Developers group I started on LinkedIn.Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
Did you see the announcements over the last month on Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4.0? Are you still wondering what is new and improved in those products? There is a lot! I’ve been developing on .NET since the beta of 1.0 and I can tell you that this release is as exciting as any of the previous releases. There are a lot of improvements both in the technology and the way that we’ll build applications on the .NET Framework. There will be a larger learning curve for this release than for ...
*Moved to: TFS Event Handler v1.3 releasedUpdated and improved for Team System 2008. Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
*Moved to: TFS Event Handler v1.1 releasedUpdated and improved for Team System 2008. Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
*Moved to: Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition GDR InstallationFirst, download the new Data Dude. Download page http://www.microsoft.com/do... Setup http://download.microsoft.c... Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
*Moved to: Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition GDR has been released!What a mouthful! Has there ever been any products with names as long as the Team System toolset ;), Maybe thats why it is just called Data Dude. Anyway, congratulations to the Data Dude team for this wonderful piece of work. I have been following the GDR for a while and I have been very impressed with the capabilities on offer.Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
Here's the complete list of sessions from PDC and my personal favorites. You can find all the recordings of these sessions at www.microsoftpdc.com. Here's my personal favorites: Windows Azure (Hosted ASP, Workflow, Silverlight, RAW / Azure Storage) A Lap Around Windows Azure (ES16) - 0:46 Slides | WMV-HQ | WMV | Zune A Lap Around the Azure Services Platform (BB01) - 1:12 Slides | WMV-HQ | WMV | Zune Live and Mesh (Sync, Feeds, Resources, Contacts, etc.) A Lap around the Live Framework and Mesh Services ...
Being a user group leader (Bartlesville .NET User Group) I get a lot of messages for recruiters looking for jobs. Given the current market situation I like to pass these on. This one looks pretty interesting. If you are interested give Darbi a call and let him know I sent you: Know anyone (maybe you) who might be interested in the following position? It is located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It is a direct hire position with a great company. If you are interested or know someone who is, send me a ...
The combination of a Team System solution, including a BizTalk project and an Unit Test C# project is not a good one, as I learned recently. ;-) The problem occured, when I wanted to add a BizTalk map in an orchestration - simply nothing happened. The only thing was an bunch of errors while closing Visual Studio afterwards: --------------------------- Microsoft Visual Studio --------------------------- Unexpected error encountered. It is recommended that you restart the application as soon as possible. ...
In our last Episode, The UML Guy met Deadline, a project manager with a Grim problem. Today, another member of The Team wanders into the Lounge. (Click the pictures for larger images.) This one is for @arphahat (who shaved his beard a long time ago). Now can I have my freakin' cookie dough? And yes, I already referenced this film in Episode 18. It's one of my favorites. Deal with it. Back in Episode 10, I introduced Sequence Diagrams because I needed to demonstrate them for Ann Arbor Day of .NET. ...
*Moved to: Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Foundation Server Power ToolsThere is a new release of the Power Tools for team system. As an MVP I was involved in the trial that started early this month, and I can tell you that a LOT of work has gone into these :) Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
For those of you like me who missed PDC (though I did watch the streaming video as time permitted!) you can now catch some of the PDC content live at an event near you with MSDN Developer Conference. I'm going to try to head to the Atlanta one on December 16th. More details below as seen in Brian's blog: The Speakers Chad Brooks Jeff W. Barnes Wally McClure Glen Gordon Mark Dunn Steve Porter Murray Gordon Todd Fine Jim Wooley Brian Hitney Keith Rome Todd Miranda Dave Scruggs Shawn Wildermuth Mickey ...
*Moved to: Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition GDR RC (release candidate)Gert Drapers has just announced the long awaited RC for the Data Dude GDR. This is the first version that you can seriously consider using as, unlike the previous CTP’s, there will be an upgrade path to the RTM. You can download the Release Candidate from the following location:Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...

 

In case you missed me at Tech Ed, I will be doing the popular "Scrum-tastic Development with Visual Studio Team System and Light Weight Scrum" presentation at the Houston .Net User Group tomorrow night (October 9th).

Come and see me if you get a chance.

 

Happy Coding!

It’s that time of year again for my company. The decision has to be made on renewing my MSDN subscription. Actually it’s been two years since I made that decision as the last time I renewed my MSDN Universal became a Visual Studio Team System for Software Developers with Premium MSDN subscription (thank you, Redmond marketing department), purchased as a two year eOpen license. In my cash flow projections for my company, I have roughly £1,000 + VAT pencilled in for my MSDN license. It hurts a bit, ...
(Sorry A blog post in Dutch about a software conference in the Netherlands) Vandaag (Maandag 6 okt) waren we met z'n 3 afgereisd naar het pittoreske Noordwijkerhout waar de SDN Conference werd gehouden, oftewel SDC. Op de SDC waren sessies over bijv .NET, Information worker, DotNetNuke, Delphi, Database, Architecture en User eXperience. De sessie waar ik vooral naar toe was gegaan waren de .NET/Architecture sessies. Voor vandaag stonden voor mij de volgende sessies op het programma. Ik zal niet te ...
Yeah Baby! I've been waiting for this announcement. Visual Studio Team System Development/Database Edition Merge As part of the VSTS 2010 announce on Sept 29, Visual Studio Team System Development Edition and Visual Studio Team Database Edition will be merging into a single product. On October 1st, customers who purchase VSTS Developer Edition or VSTS Database Edition will get the features available in both products. Here's the official messaging: In the next release of Visual Studio Team System ...
I feel rely privileged again this year to be awarded for my 4th time as a Team System MVP. This award as great value to me since it recognizes my expertise in a product and my dedication to the community. I spend a lot of time with developers both inside and outside EDS and I can tell you they are always exited to learn about new things they can do with the product. This year is going to be an extremely exiting year with VSTS2010 aka “Rosario” and the .Net Framework 4.0 work going in overdrive. I’m ...
Go check it out at those links http://www.microsoft.com/pr... http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... Visual Studio Team System 2010 Week on Channel 9: http://channel9.msdn.com/po... This is a really defining release of Visual Studio. I’ve been very close to this version for the last 2 years and there are some innovation in there that will really make our lives as developer ...
*Moved to: Presenting Aplication Lifecycle Management: PrecursorI am doing a presentation this afternoon on Application Lifecycle Management (ALM). This is the first time that I have ever presented on this topic, and I found out that I was doing it on Friday!I have put together a bunch of slides pulling information mostly from Wikipedia. I have another presentation afterwards on Visual Studio Team System (VSTS), but it is the ALM one that scares me. I already had canned slides for Visual Studio Team ...
See www.visug.be ALT.NET Overview on Thursday, September 11, 2008 18:30 Compuware Zaventemby Yves Goeleven For the past year the alt.net movement has been stirring up the Microsoft community around the globe. Now it's getting hold of the Belgian community as well.In this session I would like to present to you what the core values of the alt.net movement are, what principles, concepts and tools we hope to promote and to booth I would like to introduce the brand new 'Dutch alt.net user group'. ASP.NET ...
Sorry this is a little late. Two important things about the GDR for Data Dude. 1. No more design-time databases. 2. There is now a provider model for databases. This is how they will support DB2 when then GDR is released and how they will also support Oracle in the near future. From Gert Drapers: The team is happy to announce that we just released CTP16, of the Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition GDR release. ... This release adds the following features: VSDBCMD.EXE We added independent ...
Just a reminder that the Tampa Bay IASA August meeting is tonight starting at 6:30 PM. Web Service Software Factory Modeling Edition The Web Service Software Factory (WSSF) Modeling Edition focuses on building the server side of a web services infrastructure, using either ASMX or WCF services. The new release uses three Domain Specific Languages (DSLs) to model services: service contract, data contract and host models. Through use of these DSLs, WSSF helps developers construct a scalable, extensible ...
Last week was the debut of MVP TV. The idea behind MVP TV is to use Live Meeting to allow for a lot of user interaction with the presenter and create a recording for others to view. The presenter last week was Team System MVP Steve Andrews. Steve covered Team Build 2008 and MSBuild 3.5. I lurked for a bit to get an idea since I think I am the next one to present. Check it out when you have a chance. Happy Coding ...
The great DevTeach conference is coming to Montreal this year again from December 1-5 and i’ll be speaking again. I have 2 sessions in the new Team System track: Adopting Team System You have seen the Team System overviews, you are stoked and want to start using the product but you’re not sure where to start? This session is for you, in it we will open the box and look inside, we will discuss the various installation scenarios (solo developer or for a group, hardware vs. Virtual), the difference ...
I’m catching up on blog posts and saw this one from Brian Harry about the TFS Power Tools and Software Assurance. In that post he asks “How are Power Tools monetized?” and goes on to mention that there is a possibility that the power tools will become a paid feature and part of the Software Assurance (SA) program. My response (which I tried to post as a comment, but since it didn’t save I’m turning it into this blog post instead) is this: Absolutely not! While I understand the desire to monetize ...
A couple of the Team System MVPs did a panel discussion during Tech Ed back in June. This was a fun discussion on Team System, ALM and development processes (especially Scrum which is my favorite). We actually argued a lot more than I remember… Jeff (on the left) is actually crying at this point. Check it out when you get a chance. Happy Coding ...
We recently put this list of resources together for an ISV. Here's some great info, if you are in the process of evaluating or trying to bring Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) into your organization. These links provide great support when you are creating a cost benefit analysis. All of my ISV's have gone through this process in order to get management to approve a new Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) solution. Cost Benefit Analysis – ROI, Case Studies, ALM Best Practices, ALM Assessment Etc.. ...
In my last post, titled "10 Tools Which I Left After Using VSTS 2008", I have included a list of 10 tools which I am not using currently, as I have the corresponding features available in Visual Studio Team System 2008. However, on the other hand, I am still using few tools even I have VSTS 2008! Here are 10 of among them.. 1. Code Smith: An excellent template based code generator. 2. Crystal FTP: Excellent FTP client tool. 3. Total Validator: One of the most powerful tool that I ever seen, which ...
I have started using Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) 2008, recently. Previously I worked with Visual Studio 2005. As a matter of fact I had to use lots of external tools to perform and speedup my development process. However, while working with VSTS 2008, it's very exciting for me that, I found replacements for most of the external tools there. Here are 10 tools which I left after using VSTS 2008: 1. Database Schema Compare External tool: Redgate SQL Compare VSTS 2008 tool: Menu -> Data -> ...
One of the questions that came out of my TFS talk at the Magenic Technology Summit was: How do you go about customizing one of the existing templates provided for TFS, such as MSF Agile? We may want to add new types for Work Items, for example, or add new states that work items can be in. The easiest way to do this is through the Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Foundation Server Power Tools. If you do not have the Power Tools installed, you can still do this by editing the XML that makes up the ...
There are 3 seminars this week: SharePoint Server 2007: Connecting People Process and Information - Tuesday morning How I Became a Software Quality Muscle Man - Tuesday afternoon Server 2008 Active Directory Services and Your Infrastructure (Windows Server 2008 - What's new?) - Wednesday morning Details Below for each one: SharePoint Server 2007: Connecting People, Process and Information Date:Tuesday, June 24, 2008 from 9-11:30am Registration Link: http://www.nhmn.com/Courses... ...