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Join members of the Visual Studio Team System product group to discuss features available in Visual Studio Team Foundation Server, Team Editions for Architects, Developers, Database Pros, and Testers. In addition, discuss what's new in the latest Community Technology Preview (CTP). Join the chat on Wednesday, February 7th from 10:00am - 11:00am Pacific Time. Add to Calendar Additional Time Zones ...
After clarifying the concepts of tracks, workstreams and activities (see these previous posts), we still felt something was missing in our process template (based on "MSF for CMMI"). A couple of our developers have been working on a lists of tasks for a recent project. They are not involved in the Team System rollout so they are not aware of any of the MSF concepts mentioned earlier. They have organized the work in a hierarchy. For example: Database schema creation Analyse DTS file Analyse Excel ...
A few days ago I blogged about a discussion about MSF workstreams, activities, areas and iterations we had at the office (you can read about it here). The final decision (that I did not favour) was to include in our work items a field to indicate the current track/workstream/activity. The possible values were hardcoded like this: The reason I did not like these customization is that I believe this information has no place in work items. Workstreams and activities are like cooking recipes and their ...
During the past week I have been busy creating a Team System process template to be used by the MSFT Development group where I work. While discussing this topic with my boss and showing him how the MSF for CMMI work items look like, he asked that I add a field to indicate the current track, workstream and activity. To be more precise, he asked me to use the "Area path" field for workstreams and activities, and to add an extra field to specify the track. I proceeded with these changes (yes, a bit ...
This post is quite old (one year) but still useful since it outlines the main differences between NUnit and Team System tests in terms of attributes and assertions. A good summary.
John and I are in Atlanta (sorry D'Arcy) for a class John is training on Team System (I am observing for my class coming up in a couple weeks) and we decided to drive up the Greenville to visit Chris, Jason, and George while they are busy at work on their latest game. These guys were very hard at work and I can't believe they have the energy to work on something of this size on their own time. We had a blast meeting George and hanging out with Jason and Chris. Chris' Store, Reality Check, has come ...
Well... it's been a pretty crazy year! here are a few of the highlights ... around the world (literally) in 65 days, 8 countries, 100,000 air miles, speaker at Devteach for the second year in a row, VSTS MVP for the second year in a row, speaker at the first Montreal Code camp, 15 year at EDS and last but probably the best, 20th year with my lovely wife. I don't know where I would be without her... pfeeeww ;-) man I'm tired after reading this again. So what does next year look like... Well I'll probably ...
I went to apply Microsoft Security Bulletin MS06-073 on a production box today after testing it on a VPC with no ill effects and noticed after it was installed that some weird errors came up as shown below: “Team Foundation Server MYVSTFBox does not exist or is not accessible at this time. Technical information (for administrator): HTTP code 503: TF30059: Fatal error while initializing web service” As an added bonus, suddenly nobody could get to source code through Source Explorer and Reports, Documents, ...
*Moved to: Visual Studio SP1 and Team System SP1 are Released!I have been waiting for this for a while and Brian Harry has some comments and notes on the topic. I will be installing this as soon as its mammoth 450mb download completes. Download VS SP1Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
*Moved to: Ahhh, the fun of deploying Team System in a large corporationI can see that this project is going to be fun. I need to deploy team system within the investment bank that I work for. The DBA's will not let me access their servers! And the TFS installation needs to be run on them. However their is a way round this which a nice man called Brian Keller let me in on, thanks Brian.Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
Visual Studio Team System and Team Foundation Server SP1 are now available for download, but be prepared for a long installation time. Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2005 Service Pack 1 - Team Suite Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2005 Service Pack 1 - Team Foundation Server ...
So after sitting through some Team System presentations this week, I finally decided that it was time to understand how to do branching and merging with my source control tool. I have always known that this is something I should be doing but I just couldn't bring myself to understand it. Well, my project is starting to grow to a size where I really can't keep it all in my head, and it seems lately that I have been getting bitten by the bugs a little to often so here I am. So far I have built a toy ...
Another chapter on my experience helping a client adopt Team System. This time, the goal was to convert their NUnit test to Team System tests. This is not a very difficult topic given the great conversion tool available on gotdotnet (here), which basically does all the work for you. However, I did stumble upon a few issues. Before going into that, this is the basic procedure I followed (fortunately, NUnit tests were already placed in a single project (*.Test)): a. Create a new test project (named ...
For the last few months I have been helping a client adopt Team System - Team Foundation Server. Since these tools are quite new, I will try to keep a log of what I have done. Builds: From MSBuild to TFSBuild The starting situation is an MSBuild script customized for a given team's needs. The default target can execute the following procedure: Delete network share Backup latest build Clean Get latest from source control Increase version and add label in source control if building in Release mode ...
Rob Caron blogs about a CBT system for Team System Basics released by Microsoft. As is common lately, they use a Virtual PC to set up the training environment for you. Pretty big download (5 GB), but you have broadband, right? A self-paced, VPC-based training course on Team System basics is now available for download from Microsoft Downloads (Visual Studio 2005 Team System Basics Training (200-Level)). Read all about it here ...
Join members of the Visual Studio Team System product group to discuss features available in Visual Studio Team Foundation Server, Team Editions for Architects, Developers, Database Pros, and Testers. In addition, discuss what's new in the latest Community Technology Preview (CTP). Join the chat on Wednesday, November 8th, 2006 from 10:00am - 11:00am Pacific Time. Add to Calendar Additional Time Zones Cheers, ET ...
Visual Studio Team System - Visual Studio code-name "Orcas" If you are heavy into .Net development and Visual Studio (VS) - you are already aware of VS's rich IDE and are probably familiar with some, if not many of the VS extensions, like Tools for Office (VSTO) and integration with other products like BizTalk and the Windows Workflow Foundation (get an intro to WWF and how to use it). So what is Orcas? In a word, the latest offering for Vista and the 2007 Office System development platform. Read ...

Noah Coad, the Program Manager of the VS Debugger in Team System, has posted a slick-looking Visual Studio 2005 Team System wallpaper (1600x1200) that you can download. So all you Team System fans go and get it!


Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado
Using Visual Studio Team System and Project Server and constantly being annoyed that they don't play well together? All (ok, some of) your prayers have been answered, as Ameya Bhatawdekar posts: I am pleased to announce that Avanade has released an upgraded version of the connector. The upgraded connector is available at here. The connector is also available as a part of the Avanade Software Lifecycle Platform™. You can learn more about it here ...
Software Engineering with Microsoft Visual Studio Team System By Sam Guckenheimer with Juan J. Perez Published by Addison-Wesley 2006 ISBN: 0-321-27872-0 This book stands out among Visual Studio Team System books because it’s not so much a “cook book” or “how to use” manual for VSTS as much as it is a book about how to engineer software using VSTS. That may sound confusing at first, but let’s read on. When a friend first referred me to this book, he gave me the same disclaimer – “Lou, this isn’t ...
Hey everyone, Just noticed my good friend Steven Borg from Accentient posted my TFS Install Scripts (Oct 05). You can get them directly here. The TFS install scripts are scripts I put together to automate as much as possible of the pre-requirement application installations TFS requires; IIS, SQL Server, Windows SharePoint Services 2.0, Service packs, TFS users (Service, report, setup). I hope this helps you install your own TFS with the least amount of work. TFS installation can hard, so I hope those ...
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Visual Studio Team System Chat Join members of the Visual Studio Team System product group to discuss features available in Visual Studio Team Foundation Server, Team Editions for Architects, Developers, Database Pros, and Testers. In addition, discuss what's new in Visual Studio Code Name Orcas September CTP and Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals CTP 5. Join the chat on Wednesday, October 4th, 2006 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time. To add this to your calendar, ...
Visual Studio Team System Chat Join members of the Visual Studio Team System product group to discuss features available in Visual Studio Team Foundation Server, Team Editions for Architects, Developers, Database Pros, and Testers. In addition, discuss what's new in Visual Studio Code Name Orcas September CTP and Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals CTP 5. Join the chat on Wednesday, October 4th, 2006 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time. To add this to your calendar, click ...
Hey all, I will be speaking at the Montreal Code Camp. I'm doing two sessions Introduction à Visual Studio Team System et Team Foundation Server pour les développeurs (intro to TFS) and Développer en Virtuel (Virtually Developing). They are expecting 300 people and there are three rooms so about 100 per room per sessions ... That is a lot of people ... gulp ... it'll be great fun. Cheers and looking forward to seeing you all, ET ...
A known gap in the Visual Studio Team System / Team Foundation Server coverage of Application Life Cycle Management (“ALM”) is requirements. This tool facilitates the story-boarding (scenario) aspect of requirements. That in conjunction with the “list” oriented requirements gives good coverage of what’s needed and now provides full capabilities for the full ALM. I’ve been doing Agile oriented software development for 6 years, even though we didn’t have names ...
Expression Web, formerly (and better) named "Sparkle" has moved up from CTP status to Beta status. Expression Web is Microsoft's attempt at a "Flash killer". I've seen it in action, and I'm very impressed with it's functionality and how well it fits into the VS 2005 Team System environment. However, I'm not a Flash developer, so I'm not the correct person to judge its features. I think that Microsoft has an uphill climb convincing Flash developers (definitely and indepent group) to "go corporate" ...
Visual Studio Team System Public MSDN Chat Come and join members from the Visual Studio Team System product group to discuss features available in Visual Studio Architect, Developer and Tester editions and Team Foundation Server. There will be experts on hand to answer your questions, so we hope to see you there! Join the chat on Wednesday September 6th, 2006 10:00am - 11:00am Pacific time. To add this to your calendar, click here. To see your local time of when this chat is, click here ...
I've been helping a client upgrade from Visual SourceSafe to Team System over the past couple of weeks, and one of our requirements is to ensure that we still have an automated build process. Well, TFS does not have an automated build system out of the box, and finding something has been a challenge. Until now! On Friday, Notion Solutions released TeamCI, a free CI tool that works with Team System. I got it installed today, but haven't had much of a chance to work with it. Hopefully, it will work ...
I've had a little frustration lately with Team System as a result of not using the complete Team Suite version. When the licensing for Visual Studio changed last year to the role-based versions and/or Team Suite, we considered the options and decided that VSTS For Developers should be all we need. We do not do any web or load testing (just unit tests), and we do not have a need for the designers available in the Architect version. Since then that has held true for the most part. Except for some important ...
WDriven is a Microsoft WORD document template integrated with Microsoft Team Foundation Server. It enables you to communicate and collaborate on Visual Studio 2005 Team System projects from within Microsoft Word. Through VSTS Smart Tags, you can add/edit/track work items. Tables of Items gives you an overview on all the works items referred by your documents. WDriven doesn't impose any special format on your word documents. You can add Work Item Tracking to your existing regular doucment easily. ...
Virtual PC and Virtual Server “virtualize“ (who'd a thunk it?) your PC's hardware and the virtual hard disks simply become a file on the file system. I use Microsoft Virtual Server R2 extensively for development work. Right now I'm using it while learning about VS Team System and Team Foundation Server. I have a Windows 2003 R2 domain controller, a W2K3 Application Server, and a W2K3 database server all running in a virtual environment on my PC. (ok, so it's a server class machine but ...
SSW has a list of 41 rules that they've put out there that can be used as guidelines for running successful projects. I perused the list, and for the most part, they're spot on.One item I hadn't seen was number 5 - about synching up development vs. production web.config settings. SSW uses an approach based on machine name - so if you have a key for WebServiceUrl, you'd have DevLaptop_WebServiceUrl for your local machine, and DevServer_WebServiceUrl as the key for your dev server. I've never done ...
I've recently added Team System as a category on this blog because I *intend* to explore this awesome new IDE pretty thoroughly. Well, at least enough to hit all of the major problems with it and try to find answers. For those of you looking to get started with Team System, the price is almost certainly a barrier. Also, it is more complicated to setup because of all the plumbing in the background. If you have the MSDN subscription, there is actually a fully installed version of Visual Studio Team ...
Thought some of you might like to check this out. Great info from the Microsoft Team. Security Development Lifecycle - Overview The goals of Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) is to reduce the number of security related design and coding defects and to minimize the severity of defects that are undetected. SDL mainly focuses on first two elements of Secure by Design, Secure by Default, Secure by Deployment + Communication Process1 ( SD3+C) . SDL is software methodology agnostic. SDL enhances the ...
I've been continuing my research and experimentation with TDD lately. For my tests that actually hit against the database (as opposed to the ones where I mock the database layer), I need to ensure that the database is in a reproducable state to ensure that the test itself is reproducable. I figured the best way to do this was to just re-create the database automatically every time my unit tests ran (well the ones that hit against the database anyways). I need to recreate not only the database schema ...
I like VS 2005 Team System ability to generate test cases. Using it with TestDriven.Net “Test with Debugger” allows quickly debug and test a new or existing code. However if you do a relatively long debugger session with multiple edit changes, the test session is often interrupted. I found that “Edit and Continue” for Windows form(or console) application is more stable. So my question was: can I call TestMethod from Windows form test harness? The answer is YES, no problem. You need to add reference ...
Ok, time to start trying to revive this blog (yeah, how many times have you heard that before from bloggers). Seriously though, most of my blogging takes place over at Team System Rocks!, where I blog about Team System. At the advice of John Alexander (one of the co-founders of Geeks With Blogs), I'm going to start cross-posting information to this blog as well. We'll see how that goes. In other news, I have a new job. I now work for Notion Solutions, a software consulting firm specialing in Visual ...
Visual Studio Team System User Education has put out some new tech articles on Process Template Customization... If you've played with Team System you know that the Process Template is your key to making this tool really work for your shop... Check em out here
I just finished reading Software Engineering with Microsoft Visual Studio Team System by Sam Guckenheimer. A really excellent book. He talks about software engineering principles at a high enough level to make it interesting, and contrasts the “value-up” agile approach against the “work-down” approach typically used (ie Waterfall). But he then includes just the right amount of detail of how to realize those strategies using Team System. He goes through different scenario's ...
...but nothing as disturbing as some promo artwork that Justice Gray did up for some upcoming Edmonton .NET User Group events. Jean-Luc David is going to be making his final stop on the Western Canada UG Tour in Edmonton on Tuesday. James Kovaks will be speaking soon in Edmonton as well. To commemorate, Justice created this marketing poster: Exactly what sort of market are they looking to attract in Edmonton? So many comments, so much inapropriateness. I do rather like the other option Justice has ...
Tim Hibbard is coming into the GWB HQ today to talk about our usage of Team System and hopefully to tag his laptop and car with GWB stickers. He should be leaving soon so if you want to track his progress, watch the Where's Tim site. Tim will be the first visitor of our office after the move a few weeks back. We were in a 12x14 room with 10 machines booted up, so the average temperature was 78F. Not to comfortable. Since we had everything on wheels, we upgraded our lease and moved everything down ...
So I'm finally here in Boston. Had a pretty easygoing day. Left Winnipeg around noon to fly down to Chicago. On the flight I was sitting next to a guy who up until a year or so ago owned a company that produced the electronic voting technology used for the elections in the states (his company was bought by Diebold). Pretty interesting conversation, we were chatting about all the technology that goes into those machines to satisfy the anal american voting public. Lots of checks and balances, the stuff ...
This is my first blog post ever. D'Arcy convinced me that I should start a blog to talk about all the good times at Tech-Ed. So here we go. I'm headed down to Boston for Tech-Ed 2006 in a couple days. Should be a great time. This is my first Tech-Ed and I've been looking through the list of sessions available and it's pretty overwhelming. Out of the 700 or sessions available, I picked out about 50 or so I might be interested in attending. I'll probably only have time for about a dozen or so, so I ...

A guy in the office is looking for where he can call the Areas and Iterations dialog box from Team System programatically (working on a VSTO project that integrates...gasp, I've already said too much!) ;)

Anyway, anyone know where this dialog can be found? We've been scouring the internet trying to find the answer, but so far no luck...and its not super obvious in the object browser where it would be (that we've seen anyway).

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This will be a different TechEd for me this year. I will be in attendance as a Microsoft employee. Looking from a different side of the fence this time. It should be cool. If you are in anyway interested in seeing what Microsoft Learning's official Instructor Led Training has to offer, I recommend stopping by the Instructor Led Lab sessions (ILLs). No, I did not come up with the acronym. We will have tracks for various audiences such as developer, IT Pro and Information Worker. Come and see Visual ...
This was the third time this event has been held at Microsoft's Reading HQ in the UK and yet again it was a top event allowing developers to get together, scoff some free food and get excited (hopefully) about presentations from their fellow developers. A big thank you to the DDD organising committee (you know who you are), Melita Watson and all the guys from Microsoft who ensured that the day ran smoothly. There was a great response from the attendees who gave up a gloriously sunny Saturday to get ...
The ACE Team at Microsoft has released Microsoft Threat Analysis & Modeling v2.0 RC1 this week. Talhah Mir and his team have done a great job with this product. The new features include the following: New Tutorials Auto-generation of use cases Threats sortable by attributes Import Component definitions from Visual Studio Team System for Software Architects (VSTA) SDM Deployment Report Export Countermeasures and Test Cases as Work Items for Team Foundation Server (TFS) Improved Graph and Attack ...
16:30 EST – Day 22, On the plane again after 27h shore leave home. My bags didn’t make it from New York to Montreal but I got them at 9pm yesterday just in time to do some washing and repacking. I’m now on the way to Kokomo Indiana (I know less exotic than New-Zealand and Argentina but I’m sure the people there will be as great as everywhere else). This will be my 3rd stop and the 4th for Sandman and Chief. I think I’m back to the correct time zone (in my body anyway) ...
Speaking of Team System the rumour mill has told me that Microsoft have a few announcements about this at Tech Ed. Now it doesn't take a genius to work out that Team System is about groups that are involved in the development life cycle and not all these groups are catered for in Team System yet. There are a few glaring omission's. Microsoft has made a serious commitment to Team System, the amount of money spent on it is staggering and is clearly a long term investiment. I believe it's goal will ...