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  • Blog Post: Cool tool for requirements test coverage

    A few days ago someone forwarded me some links to a tool for determining test coverage (code coverage) on requirements rather than assemblies, classes and methods (which VSTS provides out of the box). I finally got a chance to look over it today. It looks pretty cool. I have to admit I'm a bit skeptical...
  • Blog Post: Reminder - MSDN Chat today

    I wanted to remind everyone that we have 2 MSDN chats with the Team System team today. The first is at 10:00am pacific time and the second at 4:00pm pacific time. I will definitely be at the first but may not make the second as it is at 7:00pm eastern time (where I am). See this post for more details...
  • Blog Post: June DevDiv Dogfood Statistics

    Orcas Beta 2 has been deployed on our dogfood server for about a month now and has been running quite well with very few patches. We've been focusing primarily on cleaning up the event log and making sure we fix any bugs generating event log entries, making appropriate eventlog entries clear and actionable...
  • Blog Post: Team System product group chats on July 3rd

    The next set of Team System chats with the product group will be on July 3rd. We're continuing the new tradition of 2 chats at different times to help accomodate people in different timezones around the world. Join the chat on Tuesday, July 3 rd , 2007 from 10:00am - 11:00am Pacific Time. Add to Calendar...
  • Blog Post: Using Subversion clients with Team Foundation Server

    There a new and very interesting project on CodePlex today. It's a "bridge" that allows Subversion clients (like TortoiseSVN) to work against a TFS server. This project has been created by the team that develops CodePlex itself due to the popularity of Subversion clients. This bridge works at the protocol...
  • Blog Post: Updated Quiescing patch released

    We're now one step closer to the end of my humiliation :) The updated quiescing patch has now been released and is available for all to use. It should address many of the issues people have had with installing TFS 2005 SP1. If you've already successfully installed SP1, you don't need to go back and mess...
  • Blog Post: The end of my humiliation is near?

    Well, I've been doing everything I could to hide from my humiliation that was the install experience around TFS SP1. As you'll recall, the underlying problem was that the way it "quiesced" (deactivated) the server was not appropriate. It didn't work for servers that were in the process of being used...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Team Foundation Server <-> Project Server connector

    Today we are announcing the availability of a connector between TFS 2005 and Project Server 2007. The goal of Team System is to conect together all of the people involved in software development projects and provide them the information they need, when they need it to make better decisions faster. Since...
  • Blog Post: Dry spell

    It's been a bit of a blogging dry spell for me the last couple of weeks and I think it's going to continue to be for a bit longer. Sorry about that. It's just been really hectic. In a moment of insanity, I agreed to help someone work on a CodePlex project to hook TFS up to FrontPage server extensions...
  • Blog Post: TFS Best Practices

    The Microsoft Patterns and Practices team, in concert with the TFS team and a panel of customer reviewer has just released a terrific document on TFS Best Practices . This is distinct from the TFS help on MSDN in the sense that it is not "How-to" guidance but is conceptual information and recommendations...
  • Blog Post: SnagIt! integration with TFS

    I just got mail from TechSmith - makers of SnagIt! that they have added support for Team System. Being an occasional user of SnagIt! myself, I tried it out on our dogfood server and it worked like a charm. SnagIt! allows you to take screenshots and then automatically create a bug with the screenshot...
  • Blog Post: May DevDiv Dogfood Statistics

    It's been a pretty uneventful month on our Dogfood server. I almost decided not to post about it but I figured what the heck. The most exciting thing is that we have our Orcas Beta 2 dogfood server upgrade happening this weekend. This should be an indication to you that we think our Orcas Beta 2 server...
  • Blog Post: Work Item Creator is now on CodePlex

    I mentioned this tool a month or two ago. It's a cool tool that allows hierarchical organization of work items and other relationship management. You can find the project here . These are pretty common feature requests and a big area of focus for us in our Rosario release. Here is a screen shot on the...
  • Blog Post: Replaying your Orcas Beta 1 feedback

    OK, I've now processed all of the feedback and written one-off responses to many of the specific questions. I appologize if I missed any. I want to thank all of you who took the time to provide feedback. It is tremendously appreciated and the best way I know of for us to learn and get better. Here I...
  • Blog Post: What's up with Orcas Beta 1?

    We released Orcas Beta 1 a few weeks ago now and I'm really surprised at how little feedback I've heard. I'm curious what's going on. Are people too busy to mess with it? Has releasing all of the CTPs ahead of time taken the excitment out of playing with the Beta? Is it so unbelievably good that you...
  • Blog Post: Teamprise announces a Java SDK for Team Foundation Server

    Yesterday Teamprise announced the availability of a Java SDK for building TFS based applications. You can read about it here: http://www.teamprise.com/news/2007/05/teamprise_announces_java_sdk_f.html Availability is targeted for later this year. They seem to be taking the same approach we took. They...
  • Blog Post: Managing Quality (part 7) - Code Coverage

    Code coverage is a multi-edged sword :) There is no one right answer for how to do it and there are many ways to misuse it. Here I'll talk about how to think about code coverage and then talk about what we do and reports we use to track it. Let's say your test pass rate is 99.9%. Is that good? Well,...
  • Blog Post: All Orcas Beta 1 downloads are now available

    It has taken a while to get all of the downloads finalized but they are done. In addition to the VPCs that were available a week or two ago, we now have all of the installation packages for those that want to install it themselves. The main Beta 1 page has not yet been updated with the last link but...
  • Blog Post: Want to learn about the TFS Warehouse?

    One of the devs on the TFS data warehouse team has just started blogging. He plans to blog "how to" and conceptual explanations around the warehouse for a while. He posted his first blog post yesterday. It is an overview of 4 of the TFS warehouse perspectives and explains when you would use each one...
  • Blog Post: Changing a User's Display Name

    Those of you who have tried changing people's display name in active directory have noticed that TFS does not automatically pick up that change and propogate it to all of the appropriate places. It does pick it up and the pick list for the assigned to field, etc will be updated but existng bugs won't...
  • Blog Post: Chicago VSTS user group

    Clark Sell sent me the following announcement and asked me to publicize it. I'm always happy to help bring attention to new and growing VSTS user groups. Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team System is the best integrated software development platform to build the mission-critical applications that...
  • Blog Post: Round One of Channel 9 Videos is Done

    We've recently published the last couple of the first round of Channel 9 videos that Brian Keller taped a few months ago. Read about it on Brian's blog here: http://blogs.msdn.com/briankel/archive/2007/04/26/more-channel-9-interviews-with-the-team-foundation-server-team.aspx Check out the full list...
  • Blog Post: Team Project and Branching Guidance

    Among the most common questions I hear about TFS are "How do I structure my Team Projects?" and "How do I organize my branches?" Clearly both are very related questions. We've put together some whitepapers to help give some people some guidance on both questions. You'll find the umbrella whitepaper here...
  • Blog Post: Update on our upcomming Team System Chat

    We've decided to add another Team System Chat today at a time that is more convenient for our Asian customers. It's probably still not perfect but should help. The additional chat will be on Friday, April 27th, 2007 from 4:00pm - 5:00pm Pacific Time. Add to Calendar | Additional Time Zones Based on...
  • Blog Post: A new TFS Sidekick release from Attrice

    Our friends at Attrice have released version 1.3 of their TFS Sidekicks tools. These tools are great add-ons to TFS that add great functionality to Team Explorer. This new version includes a "shelvesets sidekick" and improvements to the labels sidekick. Download it and check it out. Brian
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