Adam Singer

Veni, vidi, expertus sum- I came, I saw, I tested

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About Adam Singer

An inside look at life as a Software Design Engineer in Test at Microsoft in the Visual Studio product group.

I post code samples and workarounds, information on new features and random thoughts. My sense of humor is an acquired taste- which is a polite way of saying I make some pretty dumb jokes.

For more information, see post #1!

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    The Chat in the Hat

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    [With apologies to Dr. Seuss] I'm working on a short program that will help you get information about your built-in groups. In the meantime, though, I wanted to pass along news about a Team System chat tomorrow: Visual Studio Team System Chat...
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    Now We Are Five

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    Having been tagged at least twice , I felt I should take the time to write a little something about myself. I'm engaged to be married to the most beautiful, caring woman in the world this coming October. Her coworkers are jealous of the fact that...
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    Living Large

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    As Brian points out, there are some new Orcas specifications available for TFS. I've been working on the Large Group Sync crew for some time, and am very proud of the end result. What used to wind up as a support call can instead be managed by your Team...
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    Truth in advertizing

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    I'm an avid fan of Battlestar Galactica, as is only appropriate for a former Trekkie who only saw only the first two Matrix movies and was not impressed by the second. Therefore, when I saw the advertisement Visual Studio 2005 had on the SciFi web site...
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    Precognization

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    Around this time of year, you see plenty of folks trying to make predictions about what's going to happen over the next year. Not one to be left out, I have a few surefire predictions about what we can expect to happen: Customers will purchase Windows...
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    [insert holiday name] came early this year!

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    As you've probably heard by now via Soma , Brian , or Rob (among others), Visual Studio SP1 is available for download! I do hope you'll try it out. Not only are there numerous fixes and incremental improvements, but there are even some new features. More...
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    Virtual Green is made of People!

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    So you want to run Team Foundation Server , but don't have the physical machine resources. You think- 'hey, isn't Virtual Server a free download now?' You're right! And what's best, TFS works just fine in a Virtual Server. Having done quite a bit of testing...
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    New and Improved

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    I always wondered about that phrase- "New and Improved". Either it's 'new', which means it never existed before, or it's 'improved' which means that it's better than the previous version(s) and, therefore, existed before. Finally I can stop wondering...
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    To project and serve

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    I'm doing a lot of work around the Group Security Subsystem (or Group Security Service, depending who you ask), also known as "GSS". GSS manages the basic permissions for all of Team Foundation Server. GSS comprises both a permissions model (allow/deny...
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    Get your users for nothin' and your sync for free

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    Many folks have written on the forums about trouble getting new users to access Team Foundation Server. There are a few things that are important to know here. The first is that we actually cache external identities in our databases so there can be a...
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    Must be Monday

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    Steps to have an interesting Monday morning: Arrive at work to find that your coworker 's door has been locked from the inside Realize that nobody in the office has keys Push up the ceiling tiles in an attempt to drop a book over the door...
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    That was easy

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    Remember those Staples commercials with the "easy button"? Well, it seems like they're actually selling them now! I found out when my girlfriend bought me one yesterday. Like Chris said, they're kind of like this year's version of the red stapler from...
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    Master of No Domain

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    I've seen several folks asking about Team Foundation Server in a non-domain (i.e. workgroup) environment. Note that the TFS Workgroup Edition is not required for this setup-- that edition is just a limited user edition that only allows five users to have...
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    Le Chat-tue

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    For anyone who hasn't heard yet, there's a Team System Chat tomorrow. These chats are great ways to get information in real-time directly from some of the folks who wrote the software you're using. Please join us! Visual Studio Team System Public...
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    Open and Switch Case

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    A few folks on the forums have asked how they can specify other editors to open files in Team Foundation version control. In particular, Acrobat PDF files have come up a few times . When investigating the issue, I discovered a workaround that I thought...
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    Team Project Junction, what's your function?

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    I've seen a number of posts in the forums recently asking about Team Projects, particularly backing up and restoring just one project out of several, or just, say, the Version Control information for a project. Unfortunately, this is not possible in...
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    More Admin Than Admin (part deux)

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    As I mentioned last time , we have a tool to help you out if all of the people in your Team Foundation Administrators group are hiding out in an undisclosed location and you urgently need to perform some administration on your Team Foundation Server....
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    What you wish for

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    As I depart the Version Control team, I'd like to make one final note about a particular request we've heard often. Many folks want us to get the latest version of a file when they check it out for editing. On the surface, this does seem like a good idea...
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    More Admin Than Admin (part 1)

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    As Chris mentions , he and I are the shiny new test team for Admin & Ops in Team Foundation. First let me reiterate- we'd love you to join us . We've spent the past month or so wrapping up tests to make them (1) more robust to all manner of crazy...
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    The CAT-5's out of the Bag

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    I'm sure many of you have read Eric Sink 's " Four Questions ". If you haven't though, I highly recommend it. [Thanks due to Martin Woodward for linking to the post!] Now that we've shipped version one of Team Foundation Server, we've started getting...
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    Recursion: It's what's for dinner

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    Silly though it may be, have you heard that James Manning posted that Buck Hodges posted about Rob Caron talking about Rick LaPlante's public announcement at SD West that Team Foundation Server ships tomorrow ? On behalf of the Version Control QA Team...
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    [N]TFS and Alternate Data Streams

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    Perhaps you've heard of them . Files in NTFS may have multiple "Alternate Data Streams" (ADS), each with its own contents. It's an interesting concept, certainly, but one that requires all software written for NTFS to buy into it, which is always risky...
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    CLR and Present Danger

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    Jeff Maxton recently pointed out an issue with Team Foundation and the Windows folder "encrypt contents" option. Briefly, the problem is this. Suppose you want to encrypt your working folders for your Team Foundation workspace. Theoretically, you should...
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    Test Team vs. The Matrix: Fight!

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    For the past few weeks, we've been running our Full Automation Run (FAR) against several dozen different Team Foundation Server configurations. We've tested everything from Workgroups to VPCs, Chinese to Turkish, IPv6 to 64bit machines. We reverently...
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    On sheep and goldfish

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    Here's an old story readjusted for the modern world: A project manager, a developer, and a tester are riding on a train in Scotland. Along the way, they pass a black sheep. The project manager says, "Hey look! The sheep in Scotland are black." The...
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