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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... ...
Have you created a useful gadget for Team System? Do you have one in mind? I am looking for the coolest community built tool for VSTS. It can be something for TFS, for Visual Studio, or something that is stand alone. Here are the prizes: Winner will receive: One year subscription to MSDN with Team Suite and a one year subscription to Infragistics NetAdvantage controls or Free Pass to Tech Ed Barcelona (Entry to the Conference only no Travel or Expenses included) Runners Up will be determined as prizes ...
Seminar Overview Yes, I'll admit it. Not long ago I was a 90 pound quality weakling. Other developers would kick sand in my face and flex their low bug counts and rock solid code, but I just couldn't get my code integrated fast enough to fight back. I didn't even know if my entire application would compile, let alone if the pieces would all work together! It was embarrassing… humiliating even. But that was before I discovered Team System and the included build system! I started an automated build ...
You know how that is when you start to immerse yourself into some new subject and all around you related stuff suddenly seems to sprout and blossom. Stuff you had never seen before and you doubt, existed before. This is happening to me right now. Until a couple of days ago, I was not much concerned with napkins. Pretty much they were below my concious radar. I used them when appropriate, but otherwise gave them not much thought. Except maybe for not liking napkins out of real fabric much. They are ...
I needed to get TFS 2008 (both the server alerts and TFS web access) to send emails over a secure SMTP relay. "Easy", I thought. I remembered setting up SMTP username/password during the web access setup, at least, so I'll verify settings, and then it should just work. I couldn't be more wrong. Through peeling back the covers and discovery, I found myself saddened at the SMTP implementation in TFS. I can only hope that this is changed in a future service pack for TFS 2008, or at the very least, Rosario. ...
General references to Visual Studio Team System http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... -> Entry point for VSTS2008 (including the different editions and TFS) http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... (TFS specific part of previous link) http://blogs.msdn.com/teams... (this is the 9th posting in the series, all of which are very good) http://geekswithblogs.net/j... ...
In Team System when you are working in Solution Explorer and you create new or add existing files, the file is created on your local workspace and is added to Source Control when you check your changeset in. Working in the Team Explorer has the opposite paradigm, however. When you add a new file in Team Explorer (such as new build definition), it is created in the source repository, and your local workspace does not have access to it until you perform a Get Latest. It shows up in source control grayed ...
In VSS you had to add the file to the VSS project explicitly. I can't count the times that the solution in VSS did not compile because someone had added new file to their solution, referenced it from existing code, and then forgot to add the new file to source control. When the developer compiled the solution prior to check in, it compiled on her local environment because she had the file, so she thought all was well. The file addition on check-in in Team System Version Control (TSVC) that in my ...
Just to clarify the different tools that you can use to update/recreate the Team Foundation Server warehouse (relational database and OLAP cube). Warehouse Web Service You can browse and invoke it here (always locally from TFS): http://localhost:8080/Wareh... The Run operation will launch processing of the warehouse (you can check the status of the warehouse with the GetWarehouseStatus operation: it goes from ProcessingAdapters, ProcessingOlap and finally Idle). Processing ...
I spent some time playing with the security and Work Item Templates in TFS in an attempt to figure out how the "Assign To:" property works. The Work Item Template allows you to edit the Suggested Values property of this field. Here is what I found: <FIELD name="Assigned To" refname="System.AssignedTo" type="String" reportable="dimension"> <SUGGESTEDVALUES> <LISTITEM value="[Project ]\Contributors" /> </SUGGESTEDVALUES> </FIELD> Displays in the dropdown: All users in ...
After setting up my project in TFS, I wanted to configure the system so that my work items in my project would show only specific users as "Assigned To" choices. The default is to include all users in the TFS Valid Users group. After setting up my user and group security, I exported my Work Item Template using the witexport utility and running the following command: "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\Common7\IDE\witexport" /f "C:\WIT\Task.xml" /t MyServer /p MyProject /n task I found the ...
*Moved to: Linked in VSTS GroupIf you are a developer who customises or extends Visual Studio Team System then this LinkedIn group is for you... VSTS DeveloperRead more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
I took Jeff McWherter's suggestion to play around with SubText, and have successfully gotten SubText upgraded and running in VS 2008, .NET 3.5. My environment is the "Visual Studio® Team System 2008 Team Foundation Server and Team Suite VPC Image (Trial)" Virtual PC from Microsoft. Here are the steps that I followed: 1. Download and unzip the latest source code from SourceForge 2. Open Visual Studio 2008 Team Edition and Create a new Team Project (File - New - Team Project). I selected the MSF For ...
Had a strange occurance today... In between writing unit tests in VSTS (Visual Studio Team System 2008 Developer Edition), for some reason VSTS stopped recognising the test classes as tests - so all context sensitive test actions, buttons, context menu etc for unit tests were disabled. Still have no idea why - but I have a sneaking suspicion that some solution files may have been delete. To get this working again I simply added another Test project: Right click on the solution and select Add - New ...
Brian Randell just posted about the new Demo VPC being available for download. This version will expire December 31, 2008. This virtual machine is running Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition, SP2. It contains a full installation of Team Foundation Server 2008, Team Build 2008, Team Explorer 2008, Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Suite and all necessary prerequisites. In addition, it has been updated with Office 2007 SP1, current Windows Updates as of March 25, 2008, and the December Release ...
Okay, so "everyone" hates Visual SourceSafe. But the simple truth is many .NET developers have access to it for free because it comes with their MSDN Subscription. So a lot of .NET developers use it and they are familiar with it. Not because it's the best, but just because it's there. When we launched the new company we too went with Visual SourceSafe because it was included in our subscriptions, we were familiar with it, and it was better than nothing. But since then it has failed us in the biggest ...
If you use Team System, Accentient has an excellent list of various Visual Studio Team System add-ins, add-ons, widgets, and extensibility solutions. This list is much more complete than the current Visual Studio Gallery, but it has also been around a lot longer. One benefit of the Visual Studio Gallery, however, is that you get a description of the add-in to decide if it's something that is important to you ...
With the release of TFS 2008, Team Build is getting closer to providing the same features as CruiseControl.NET. To help remove some of the shortcomings of Team Build, Microsoft has released the Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Foundation Server Power Tools, which is a set of enhancements, tools and command-line utilities that improve the Team Foundation Server user experience. Team Foundation Server Power Tools includes the following tools: Team Foundation Power Tool command-line tool (TFPT.EXE) ...
So I was on a small stage with Microsoft COO Kevin B. Turner, Microsoft Canada President Phil Sorgen, Sorin Manta from BMO and Lance Mohring, COO and CTO of eMedia. It was a great experience I was very very stressed out and manage to pull myself together and discuss our adoption of Team System at EDS. I'm second to last ...
Maybe it's not so fresh information but it's worth mention here as TFS users would read this. Microsoft released fully configured virtual machine images with Team Foundation Server 2008 installed. There are two images: one with Visual Studio 2008 and one without it. After running you will have the possibility to play with all features as everything is configured and just works. For example you can test new build features and compare it to your current installation. One disadvantage is that you will ...
I am reading Software Engineering with Microsoft Visual Studio Team System by Sam Guckenheimer, the group product planner for Microsoft's Visual Studio Team System. I am finding the book very helpful and thought-provoking, so I want to share my thoughts as I work through the book. This essay contains my thoughts on the first chapter. The standard models of software project management--in particular, the "waterfall" methodology at the root of the Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC)--are based on ...
Just saw notice of some events in my area - one of which caught my attention since I'm just starting to experiment with VS 2008 Team System. There's a 1 day seminar going over it as noted below. 1 day seminar will be around Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Team System. You will be provided with an overview of each role and the session will wrap up with a preview of the next version of Team System DATES/LOCATIONS: 3/11 Ft Lauderdale, FL Event ID: 1032367780 3/13 Tampa, FL Event ID: 1032367779 3/18 Charlotte, ...

Mark has just posted the link to a survey on Team System Architecture Edition / Team Suite, please take the time to go do this survey...... Software Factory tooling needs you :)

See Mark's post here for more details and the link

Just want to make sure everyone saw this from Scott Gu today One of the things we are trying to do with VS 2008 is to more frequently release public patches that roll-up bug-fixes of commonly reported problems. Today we are shipping a hot-fix roll-up that addresses several issues that we've seen reported with VS 2008 and Visual Web Developer Express 2008 web scenarios. Hot Fix Details You can download this hot-fix roll-up for free here (it is a 2.6MB download). Below is a list of the issues it fixes: ...
With all of the information out there about the Visual Studio 2008 features, updates and requirements, it is hard to filter through some of it. However, if you are interested in learning more here are a few good places to look and check out. Visual Studio 2008 Launch Site Visual Studio 2008 MSDN Developer Center Visual Studio Team System Events, Webcast & Virtual Labs Free Visual Studio 2008 Training from Microsoft Interesting Visual Studio 2008 C++ Beta Info (Thanks for the info MSDN Flash Newsletter!) ...
I will speak about agile software development with scrum for team system at the team conf 2008 in munich. The conference is organized in cooperation of hlmc events and german it magazine ix. [1] http://www.teamconf.de/star... [2] http://www.teamconf.de/anwe... ...
http://www.codeplex.com/TFS... I came across the information from the latest MSDN Flash. The information contained is awesome. Finally you have a guide to show you how to implement TFS into an organization. I believe the MSDN Flash states it perfectly "It's a collaborative effort between patterns & practices, Team System team members, and industry experts that shows you how to incrementally adopt TFS for your organization. " There is also a related Visual Studio Team System Guidance Project ...
If you are doing any work with any of the following technologies: LINQ, .NET 3.5 (C# 3.0, VB 9) WCF WPF WF CardSpace Silverlight ASP.NET Ajax .NET Compact Framework 3.5 VSTO 3.5 Visual Studio Team System and Team Foundation Server You should download the free Visual Studio 2008 Rhythm Training Kit (125MB). The training kit contains 5-days of technical content including 20 hands-on labs, 28 presentations, and 20 scripted demos ...
I just came across this post by Travis Illig, one of the Subtext developers, that brings up an interesting issue with FxCop 1.35. Apparently, FxCop 1.35 uses the Office 2003 spell checker for the spelling rules. If you don't have Office 2003 (and it must be Office 2003) installed, the spell check rules will fail. Travis isn't the first person to document this problem. This problem is known and will be fixed in newer versions of FxCop. Visual Studio 2008 code analysis tools have spelling rules built ...
Be ready for new wave of Microsoft technologies and products. Few are already released and rest will follow in the next few months. Below are some of major releases from Microsoft. Click on links below for more information: .Net 3.5 o WCF, WPF, WWF o ASP.Net § ASP (.Net 3.0) - http://msdn2.microsoft.com/... Check below blogs for “what is .Net 3.5” § http://www.danielmoth.com/B... § http://www.danielmoth.com/B... ...
In the wave of release we now have the final version of the TFS Web Access. Check out VSTS Web Access Power Tool for Team System 2008 released! Great work guys! Cheers, ET Technorati Tags: TFSWA 2008,TFS 2008 ...
Brian Harry recently announced the availability of Team System Web Access 2008. This is great news as TSWA is a great tool for those non-developers in your project that need to access workitems or look at files stored in version control. Technorati Tags: VS2008,TSWA,TFS ...
Buck Hodges just announced two Visual Studio Team System discussions, scheduled for the afternoon and evening of December 5th (http://blogs.msdn.com/buck... I don't know how in-depth the discussions will be, since the intent is to cover everything from Team Foundation Server to the various editions of Visual Studio to new functionalities such as Continuous Integration support - but it is a chance to interact with the key people ...
Well, most of the web developers today develop Enterprise Web Applications. While the challenge lies on different parameters like designing the different layers, transferring data between the different layers etc., let us examine how Visual Studio 2005 and ASP.NET 2.0 help you create Enterprise Web Applications quite easily. Designing your Data Layer The first step in designing your application would obviously be designing your database and I would leave that part entirely at your discretion. Once ...
Join members of the Visual Studio Team System product group to discuss features available in Team Foundation Server, Team Suite, Architecture Edition, Development Edition, Database Edition, and Test Edition. In addition, discuss what's new for these editions for Visual Studio 2008. We will be holding two sessions: Join the chat on Wednesday, December 5th, 2007 from 10:00am - 11:00am Pacific Time. Add to Calendar | Additional Time Zones -and- Join the chat on Wednesday, December 5th, 2007 from 4:00pm ...
Hey all, it's official, VS and TFS 2008 are available today for download, there are so many new things it's hard to do the product justice in a simple blog. I've had the pleasure of testing and giving Microsoft a lot of feedback on this and future release of VSTS and I'm happy to say they listen to our feedback. Feel free to send me your comments I'll make sure they are aware of them. Jeff as a great post on all the new feature available Visual Studio Team System 2008 ships! so go have a look. Brian ...

Richard Hundhausen shot me this link to a great list of Microsoft Team System Widgets

http://widgets.accentient.com/default.aspx

Today marks the 3rd Saturday in a row I've gotten up before the crack of dawn to head out for a Code Camp :) I started on October 6th - driving up to Richmond for Richmond Code Camp 4. Last weekend I didn't have a long drive, but since I was helping to organize and set up SC Code Camp 3.0 I showed up by 6AM. This morning I got on the road by 5AM so I could make it to Charlotte Code camp. I'm scheduled to give a presentation on Code Analysis using Visual Studio Team System later this morning and I'm ...
I'm really happy to announce that last week our good friend Bartosz Pampuch received the MVP award in Visual Developer - Team System category. I think this is a well deserved nomination. I've met Bartek few years ago at one of our first .NET user group meetings (KGD). From the outset he was a very active member and throughout the years delivered many outstanding presentations. Bartek is currently leading the RND team for one of the largest software houses in Poland, where he researches new technologies ...
I just got a nice letter from Microsoft letting me know I got awarded as MVP for the 3rd year in a row. I feel really good about last year and all the stuff I did for the community. I'll try to do as much this year again. I love meeting new people and helping them network or solve their problem (If I can ;-)). Looking forward to talking (virtually) to some of you tomorrow in the Webcast, this autumn at the code camp and devteach and throughout next year. Thanks Microsoft for the 3rd vote of confidence. ...
Some time ago I posted my Unit Testing ASP.NET Applications notes. This post is to put togeter a few links that I found useful about general Unit testing frameworks. MbUnit vs. NUnit Vs. Team System Unit Testing - Choosing a unit test framework NUnit vs Team System Unit Test In our solutions we are using both NUnit and VSTS Unit testing. I like VSTS for the ability to generate test stubs code. But our build server has only VS Professional installed, that doesn't allow to include VSTS projects to ...

Microsoft released Microsoft Visual Studio Team System Web Access yesterday as a Power Tool.  The model is the same as the TeamPlain release, free to licensed TFS users.  It's supported, but not an official product.

Have fun!

 

*Moved to: Team System Web Access finally releasedBrian Harry has just announced the release of Team System Web Access the next incarnation of DevBiz's TeamPlain product. I have just completed installing it on our development servers and I like it. It has much nicer features than TeamPlain 1.0 and is much more stable that 2.0RC.Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
Read all about it here. Since Microsoft acquired TeamPlain this spring they have worked hard to incorporate all new features in the product and best feature of all; It's FREE for TFS owners. Cheers, ET PS I swear I'll get to Team Build I'm just sooooo busy ;-). Technorati Tags: Team System, TFS, TeamPlain ...
Scott Guthrie earlier today announced the availability of Visual Studio 2008 (Codename Orcas) Beta 2 for download. The downloads available are separate installation disc image for each of VS 2008 editions (including Express), and a couple of more disc images for MSDN library and TFS; also, included separated VPC image for VSTS and TFS. Quote from the download homepage: Installation Disc Images If you prefer to install the software yourself, you can download separate disc images for the following ...
So I'm still working hard on the build series, I'm up to a 26 page document right now just showing how to create a build ;-). But there are just so much new stuff happening that I'm going to skip to that and go back to document after. The whole Team System stack has been renamed check out Rob Caron's blog entry here for all the names. Essentially Visual Studio Team System 2008 - product name. Next I'm featured here on the Canadian Developer Blog there is a short questionnaire I answered about myself ...
*Moved to: Loosing the battle, but the war goes onWell in my current war to get my company to use TFS, I am loosing the battle for Visual Studio Team System adoption. I have fought many battles, against Jira, Confluence and Subversion, but they are currently wining. I cant seam to get the Architecture & Strategy guys to get behind the project. They are sitting on the sidelines encouraging me, but with no active participation. Time and again I am running up against the problem that no one will ...