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I'm not a fan of the new licensing model for MSDN and Team Studio. It's not about being to complicated, which it is, it's about the increase in price. MSDN Universal as it's name state's had all the Microsoft software in the package, the equivalent to my mind is Team Suite. Except that MSDN universal has been down-graded to MSDN Premium subscription. Team Suite works out to be double the price of MSDN Universal. Ok, so it still cheaper than the opposition, but not by much! Take for example Serena, ...
Tomorrow is the Calgary Code Camp, and I'm pretty stoked about going. It'll be great to meet the two Calgary-based UG leaders, Daniel and Dawn. Steve is coming down with Donald and Justice Gray from Edmonton as well, so it'll be one big Albertan/INETA-CC love-in. Speaking of Steve, I bought the book he recommended today (JPod by Douglas Coupland). If you're interested in getting it, Chapters/Indigo has it on for 30% off and an extra 10% if you have the iRewards card...and Sunday is a double iRewards ...
I give up. Screw you 70-301 and damn you to hell. After retaking the exam this morning, apparantly I STILL don't know dick about deploying a solution. Nada. Zip. And as I think through the questions I was asked, I honestly can't think of which ones I would have screwed up on. I started to write some of the ones I wasn't sure about down, but realized that the areas those questions dealt with (Building a team, facilitating risk, planning a project) were all my top scores. Seriously, is there like one ...
Date:Wednesday, May 24, 2006 Topic:Unit Testing in VB.NET Speaker:Dave Lloyd, ObjectSharp Consulting Dave Lloyd from ObjectSharp Consulting will cover Unit Testing with VB.Net. Whether you are using VS 2005 Team System or a previous version of Visual Studio .net. Dave will show you how to implement unit tests so you can regression test your code and make changes with confidence. NUnit – See NUnit added to a test project and learn how to execute the Nunit GUI right from Visual Studio, Dave will ...
My two presentation went very well. I’m very happy with the turnout and add a good time with the attendees. What a feeling it is to sit with the likes of Julia Lerman, Kate Gregory, Barry Gervin, Joel Semeniuk, Richard Cambell, Kathleen Dollard, and many many others (51 in total). My talk on Adopting Team System went a bit over since I answered questions during the talk. That’s what I enjoy the most talking with attendees about real problems they are facing and decisions they need to ...
Well, technically its just day 2, but counting the UG Summit, Wednesday is Day 3. I blogged a bit earlier about the night before, so this is more of a recap for today in general. I was really looking forward to Derek Hatchard's talk on Open Source vs Team System for testing and building, but I heard he had a bout of the flu so it was cancelled (I saw him around later on in the day, so I hope you're feeling better man). Instead, I checked out Beth Massi's talk on datasources and databinding. Great ...
Scrum for Team System is a free Agile Software Development Methodology add-in for Microsoft Visual Studio Team System, developed by Conchango, in collaboration with Ken Schwaber and the Microsoft Technology Centre UK.Scrum for Team System provides development teams with deep support for the use of Scrum, when running projects using Visual Studio Team System’s integrated suite of lifecycle tools. Scrum for Team System ...
Looks like the TFS utility aftermarket is begining to grow. Now, if they can get TDD right…. Here is a short list of some Team System utilties that you may find useful. If you know of a Team System utility that has made your life simpler, please let me know about it and I'll add it to the list. Digerati Technologies, LLC. And thanks to Nestor for another great list: http://accentient.com/widge... ...
So I will try to post as much as possible about my experience in 4 continents and 7 countries not counting the airports in transit countries. So here is a quick break down of my next 2 1/2 months First New-Zealand land of the hobbits and home to our first stop on the WWT2K6 (World Wide Tour 2006) Next Brazil, followed by Kokomo Indiana (where I will amongst other things give a live MSDN webcast). Following Kokomo, I will go to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and then TechED in Boston. Upon my return from ...
So I will be giving an MSDN webcast on the 30 of May call Adopting Team System. Here is the link to the registration and following is a brief synopsis Do you want to start using Microsoft Visual Studio Team System, but are not sure where to start? If so, this webcast is for you. We discuss various installation scenarios and the differences between the three Visual Studio Team System role-based editions and the suite product. Customization of Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server is ...
Since today is apparently “Agile” day, I’ll mention that Scrum for Team System is now available and you can’t beat the price (free). Scrum for Team System is a free Agile Software Development Methodology add-in for Microsoft Visual Studio Team System, developed by Conchango, in collaboration with Ken Schwaber and the Microsoft Technology Centre UK. Scrum for Team System provides development teams with deep support for the use of Scrum, when running projects using Visual Studio ...
Check out the latest dot net rocks show, its a great overview of TTD. The whole red-green-refactor approach to development is really neat. I wish the project I'm currently on was build using this approach. We do use a somewhat agile approach but it's nowhere near the full blown agile with TTD approach. In our next phase were going to be looking into refactoring the persistence layer... man with no test it going to be crazy. The thing is you never write perfect code the first time (if ever), at some ...
Thank you for submitting your proposed session(s) for Tech·Ed 2006 via the Tech·Ed 2006 Call for Sessions site. We know crafting a session proposal for Tech·Ed 2006 requires considerable time and thoughtfulness and we sincerely appreciate your efforts in this regard. Capturing your depth of knowledge, skill and passion in a brief written proposal is a considerable challenge. We are most fortunate to have Microsoft partners such as yourself, who are engaged and passionate about educating ...
I'm currently working on a smart client project at work. For the past year I've been learning about Agile software development, especially the topic and practice of Test Driven Development. This smart client project is my first real chance to put many of these newfangled ideas into action. Seek The Green On this project we are using the MVP pattern for the client-side development out of a desire to make the main application logic as testable as possible. With this in mind I started out my feature ...
Microsoft Application Lifecycle Development Tools: Visual Studio Team System and Team Foundation Server In November, 2005, Microsoft launched Visual Studio 2005, a major new release of its developer tools environment, and the foundation of Microsoft platform development for the next few years. In addition, this marked our entry into the lifecycle tools market, with the addition of Visual Studio Team System and the Team Foundation Server, to support end-to-end system development scenarios. We are ...
VS2005 Team System has the capability of seamlessly integrating FxCop inside the IDE. This is also possible with non-Team System versions such as Professional edition by using External Tools - the FxCop documentation for this can be found here: http://www.gotdotnet.com/te... So what happens if you want to have this convenient IDE integration but point your analysis at an *.FxCop project file rather than pointing directly to assemblies? The main thing you have to ...
Ok, so this happened a month ago.  Anyway, the tool is for converting your NUnit projects to use Visual Studio 2005 Team System tests.  You’ll need the latest Guidance Automation Extensions as well.  This works with the RTM version of Visual Studio 2005.
Visual Studio 2005 ! - Wait !! this might definitely be the tenth time you read this term across today !!!. It, no doubt, has created a wave. A Technology wave which defines new standards for creating applications using the .NET Framework 2.0. Visual Studio 2005 has improved a lot over its predeccessor Visual Studio .NET 2003. There are some quick facts which are handy for new developers Visual Studio 2005 (no more ".NET" in the name of the IDE) targets .NET Framework 2.0 for developing Windows, ...
If you're using Visual Studio 2005 Team System then FxCop is completely integrated and when you exclude messages it automatically applies the new SuppressMessage attributes to the appropriate location in code. But if you're using Visual Studio Professional edition then you have to use the external FxCop 1.35 UI. If this is the case, you can STILL utilize the SuppressMessage attribute but have to do a couple of things first. I had to do a little digging but the steps are pretty simple. It turns out ...
I spoke last night at the VSdotNetUG Community Launch Event for Visual Studio 2005, and I promised to post the links I showed at the end of my slides, so here they are: •MSDN Virtual Labs – http://www.microsoft.com/vi... Microsoft E-Learning – http://www.microsoft.com/le... •ASP.Net – http://www.asp.net •Visual Studio Developer Center – http://msdn.microsoft.com/v... •VS Starter Kits - http://msdn.microsoft.com/v... ...
I just submitted a talk for Tech-Ed 2006 in Boston here is the abstract 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 between the various Visual Studio SKUs, the adoption rate of all the new features now ...
Book seven, and the last of the agile books for now, is Test-Driven Development in Microsoft .NET by James W. Newkirk and Alexei A. Vorontsov (ISBN 0735619484). While not the defacto standard on test driven development, that title goes to Test Driven Development: By Example by Kent Beck, I found this book to be a more practical learning tool for .NET developers. If you have never used test driven development, the concept is fairly simple. Write tests first, then write code. This will force you to ...
Today Microsoft launched Visual Studio, SQL Server 2005, and BizTalk 2006 Beta 1 in Denver (These products officially launched Nov. 7th). The event was a great success with about 2000+ engineers in attendance ranging from hobbyists to seasoned professionals. I enjoyed participating in the “Ask the Experts” panel which allowed me to meet many attendees and answer questions about two of my favorite products, VSTS and SQL 2005. Hopefully I helped everyone who asked questions about these ...
"TestDirector for Quality Center led in the Test/QA Management and Integrated Test Suite categories. Microsoft came in a surprising second, with the not-yet-shipping Visual Studio Team System capturing the top votes in the Defect/Issue Management, SCM/Build Management and .NET Test & Performance categories." Full article here. This is cool, but they obviously haven't tried to install it!? Whilst on the subject of installing VSTS there is a survey for any of those folk who are suckers for punishment ...
The long-awaited launch happened yesterday and I enjoyed what I was able to see. Unfortunately, I only stayed through the morning session since our team was scheduled to release that day (imagine that). In any case, the organizers were understanding and forgiving enough to give me the free copies of VS.NET 2005 and SQL Server 2005 before I left anyway. Let me give a quick synopsis of some of the things I noted during the talks. The keynote speech cited a few statistics that showed the market adoption ...
Hey it's been a while but I've been busy circling the globe, first the UK, then the launch in San Francisco... I want you to want me... oh what memories hearing cheap trick play that song...Then back to my home base Montreal for a week, then on to New York for the launch there as well. I was manning our boot at both those launch and also did ask the experts in both cities.Today I went to the launch in Montreal it was very interesting getting to talk with the local guys here... and to speak in my ...
Yesterday I had some problems with sleeping, so, I thought I should do something useful. I opened my browser and favourites and my Gmail box and started typing to my MCAD course group and my close friends. I think I should put that here - after removing some parts of course! ;-) Lets start... Remember all the hussel online about AJAX stuff ? Maybe some of you have already got a book written about it. Some might have got into the whole ATLAS ? thing. Now I come to give you some more stuff I think ...
Another polished event from Microsoft to support the launch of SQL Server 2005, VS.NET 2005 and BizTalk Server 2006. I attended the second day (in Hammersmith, London) which according to the speakers appeared to have more technically orientated delegates than the first day. Although I was only registered for the main 'technical track' due to my late registration, I managed to switch three of the four slots to Chalk 'n' Talk (Deep Dive) sessions. These were in much smaller rooms, with a higher technical ...
I have been working on a scripted install of Team System for a few weeks now on and off, I was using Notepad++ to edit vbs files and my hta controller app. With the release of Visual Studio 2005 I installed it on my host laptop (It's the first time I install it on my host machine I have been using VMs for the last 2 years). Well I know a lot about VS and have developed with it for a while now. So what was not my surprise when I opened vbs file with VS2K5 and it colored all my vbscript code and even ...
A good starting point for the VS 2005 product line overview is here. Here is an overview of how Visual Studio 2003 is matching Visual Studio 2005: Visual Studio 2003 Visual Studio 2005 Standard Express Pro Standard Enterprise Architect Pro Enterprise Architect + Nunit + (...) Team If you are looking for more details what each version has to offer go here, here or here. Here is a short summary : Visual Studio 2005 Express:They are intended for neophytes and newbies. We're actively streamlining the ...
I probably have not been clear in my previous posts about the overall methodology I'm following in our port to VS2005. I have split my porting process into several different steps to isolate the effort into manageable slices. These include: Porting the projects into VS2005 for ongoing development. While doing this, I have insured that everything still builds with VS2003 while my team makes the transition to the new IDE. I am avoiding the temptation to fix the thousands of warnings related to deprecated ...
I have completed my first litmus test for my planned approach for our .NET 2.0 port: that it is possible for a .NET 1.1 WSE 2.0 Web services client to interact with a ASP.NET 2.0 WSE 2.0 Web service. I am happy to report that this has worked with no trouble; however, there is a gotcha here for those intending to support VS2003’s “Add Web Reference” feature: By default, ASP.NET 2.0 generates WSDL based on the SOAP 1.2 specification. VS2003 can only interpret the WSDL based on the ...
I have been receiving TONS of questions about Team Suite, Team System, etc. So I did some research and found this great Channel 9 interview with Rick LaPlante. Rick is the general manager of Visual Studio Team System. In the interview he responds to customer complaints about VSTS's planned licensing and pricing. He explains 4-6 key decision points that companies can make to decide which product is right for their environment. He also makes a good point about Microsoft changing their product focus ...
Don't get me wrong, I am a Microsoft fan. But it seems to me that they are really hyping the latest version of the Visual Studio family (and the .NET Framework 2.0) when all of the “hyped” additions are things we in the development community have been doing for years. It all started with the Application Blocks (now Enterprise Library). Let's face it, some of the earliest articles were on how to do cool things with reuse using the .NET Framework. So out comes the application blocks. Then, ...
I was just reading Marc Lehmann post on Code Coverage and I agree with him that a single pass through your code will give you 100% coverage but it doesn't mean you extensively tested the boundaries of your code. So with this in mind, I'll show you how to setup a link to a database where you can use a table to feed your unit test with all the test cases you need to fully test you code. The unit testing framework of Team System lets you connect to a table and run the same test once for each row in ...
Well this is not really a scoop since it's been blogged about a lot in the last 24 hours by Sam Gentile here Jeff Beehler here and Eric Lee here... but since it's my first post on Geekswithblogs I wanted to let everyone know what my interests where. I love development in .NET. The platform is so empowering its incredible the things you can do with it. .NET 2.0 will be even better and cooler. I have the privilege to be able to work with the Team System product group as part of my daily job, and I ...
After Bill Gates keynote, Microsoft allowed us to go down to the distribution center and receive “The Goods” as they call it. This is a five disc set which includes a mass amount of software including: Windows Vista Beta 1 Visual Studio 2005 Team System Beta 2 SQL Server 2005 June CTP Virtual PC 2004 Virtual Server 2005 R2 Beta WinFX & Other Stuff Windows Vista CTP: PDC 2005 There is a spot for a sixth disc, but it is empty in my set. I am unsure if that is intentional or if there ...
Windows Vista is scheduled to release in 7 different versions not including server or tablet editions. Wow! This is going to get confusing. So let's see if I can help: Windows Vista Starter Edition, Codename: Goverment mandated, stripped down, nothing to see here edition. Windows Vista Home Basic Edition, Codename: It came with my PC edition. Windows Vista Home Premium Edition, Codename: Media Center just wasn't cool enough edition. Windows Vista Professional Edition, Codename: It came with my MSDN ...
Hope by now everyone is aware of the next major release of Microsoft, the Visual Studio 2005 (They have eliminated the term .NET which was there in prior versions i.e Visual Studio .NET 2003, Visual Studio .NET 2002). The official release date is November 7, 2005 launch of Visual Studio 2005, one of the most significant releases in the history of the Developer Division. Visual Studio 2005 leverages on the next version of .NET Framework - 2.0. There has been a lot of Beta Releases, CTPs from which ...
The fine folks over at GotDotNet alluded to a simpler way to share code at Tech Ed in June, and it's now live. It's called Code Gallery, and it's a solution for all of the developers who just used the Workspaces as a way to distribute code, rather than a full-blown source code control system (think .Text). In fact, it looks a lot like a Workspace if you took away the source code control system.This is a good step forward. One of the strengths of Workspaces was the collaboration you could get among ...
I have a virtual image for the beta release of Team Services and thought I would lay it down on my notebook computer. After clearing the 10 gigs of storage that I needed for the image, the minimum amount of RAM necessary could not be scraped out of my poor little 1-gig notebook... guess I need a notebook upgrade! So its on to exploring more beta software... setting up MS Virtual Server Beta to host a full implementation of Team System on. I'll keep you all informed about how things go. If I have ...
Yep, it didn't take long! A Team System Fan Site at the aptly named http://teamsystemrocks.com Now, I get Team System, but for my mind I still have to use it a bit more before I decide whether it rocks or not. I'll keep you posted! Oh but I so do Love the idea! ...
Tech Ed India 2005 rocks Hyderabad !!! This year Tech Ed, for the first time was also scheduled in Hyderabad and the venue was the most artistic auditorium, the Shilpakala Vedika, Shilparamam.Two days of mind boggling sessions with Technical Breakouts, Chalk Talks, Deep Dive sessions as well as Architect sessions enthralled the audience by throwing light on the upcoming tools and technologies.Two things were the highlight of this year,The Visual Studio Team System - for Developers, Testers, ManagersService ...
Work-item is the basic items of work in Team System and their creation is usually done via Team Explorer IDE, as yet I haven’t discovered away to do it via the project portal. It would also seem I’m not the only person with this issue! Now I don’t really want to start having to create my own method via the API if I can help it, but if thats the way it is then tough bananas. In my organisations it’s not only Team Leaders and Architects that will create work-items potentially ...
Has anyone else out there grown disenchanted with the current state of the blogoshpere? I took 10 of what I consider some of the most popular blogs out there such as Don Box, Scott Hanselman, Joel Spolsky, Ingo Rammer, Martin Fowler, etc and read each of their 10 most recent posts. Only 12 pertained to something I was interested in and /or currently working on. I think that about 50% of the posts pertain to something that I may be working on 12 or 18 months from now and the 40% is just a repost of ...
I got a chance to talk with the GotDotNet team about the future of Workspaces as well as the whole GotDotNet platform. And I got a free shirt. I think I mentioned that before!It was surprising to see how apologetic they were for the software, even though they didn't write it. They called it a prototype in production, and when you look at how slow it currently is, that's probably pretty accurate. None of them are happy about the performance, but it does seem to be getting better.Not many know this, ...
Since it was our very own Ken Spencer doing a presentation on Secure Apps, it didn't matter that it started at 0'dark thirty -- I had to be there. And I'm glad I went, even though I ended up traversing the main hall at least twice to get breakfast and get back to Ken's venue. Main hall treks are only noteworthy because the main hall is about 10 miles long. By the way, somebody warn Bill Plummer that the food was not worth the walk. Without grits how can you warm up your cold eggs? But back to Ken ...
After the VS Team System session, I bopped back to the hotel to drop off my bag. Next to the hotel is an Indian Restaurant. Their Chicken Tikka Masala was very good. The waiter asked if I wanted it mild, medium, or spicy. I asked for spicy. When he came back with my plate, he said, “...and the Chicken Tikka Masala....SPICY! Bwaaaa haa ahahah!” Well, not really. But he thought it really loud. Like I said it was good. So then I went back to the convention center to attend the Avalon/XAML ...
Keynote- Mr. Ballmer gets way more out of a slide than I do. Primary theme is connectivity, as it has been since Windows 95. The document handler in Longhorn looks awesome. After using a nifty search capability to reduce the number of target docs, they zoom in and all the docs began to wysiwyg render - graphics and all. As I said, awesome. To stress security, they showed us several times that a corporation can wipe a lost PDA or even set it to wipe itself after a defined number of login failures. ...
So who’s totally happy with the way software is designed right now? Not many I bet. UML IMHO is just a tool-kit, nothing more. It’s a tool-kit that currently doesn’t get close enough to allow the developer to code from it. Developers are creative and boy do they need to be with the amount of questions they have to answer, no wonder they get cheesed off with Architects and Analyst! Aren’t they supposed to answer all theses darns questions before it gets to the developer? Yes ...