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  • Blog Post: VS ALM Rangers Branching Guidance–Shared Code and Dependency Management

    As we begin planning the next release of the branching guidance, a top priority is to address how to manage shared code dependencies (the Dependency Repository / Shared Code issue). The newly release Build Customization Guide (now available for download from Codeplex) begins to address this issue, primarily...
  • Blog Post: How TFS stores files and calculated deltas on versioned files

      Recently I got a request from a customer to help them estimate the expected size of a proposed TFS 2010 environment, and to help them estimate a ten-year growth prediction. This customer was focusing narrowly on the overhead required to create a new branch. This customer was asking "how much...
  • Blog Post: Where do I fix a production defect?

    Question from a customer of the Rangers Branching Guidance ( http://tfsbranchingguideiii.codeplex.com ) “My company has a major release every 3 months.  In between major releases we have monthly maintenance releases. (Similar to the "Advanced Branching Plan") Our monthly release usually...
  • Blog Post: My source and target files are different, but merge tells me there are no changes to merge

    When TFS does a merge, it bases the merge on prior merge history, not on the actual contents of the source and target files. There are many reasons why this is necessary, some of which will become apparent by reading this post. For example, a merge may result in a conflict (changes made to both the source...
  • Blog Post: Project Dependencies will break with branching if not done properly

    In the February 2011 issue of MSDN Magazine, I wrote an article on Shared Code (or code dependencies as some call it). Often I see a common problem with relative references to dependent assemblies or projects. If relative references are not created properly for a solution that is branched, the relative...
  • Blog Post: Question on the Basic Branching Model

    Question from customer: “I am very new to this branching  concept and try to understand.  I am not able understand the difference between the Single release vs. single team branching. Can someone help in knowing the difference.” Response: I like to think of branching for development separately...
  • Blog Post: Nested Branch Issue following upgrade from TFS 2008 to TFS 2010

    One of my customers upgraded a Team Project from TFS 2008 to TFS 2010. As you probably know, the concept of first-class branches was introduced for the first time in TFS 2010. Along with this, there is a new restriction against having nested branches in TFS 2010. During the upgrade process, TFS attempts...
  • Blog Post: VSTS 2010 TFS Branches and Folders

    As many of you know, Branches are now a first-class object in TFS 2010. In Source Control Explorer, it is now very easy to visualize the difference between a branch and a folder. Folders are now used exclusively as containers of branches, files, and other folders. The MatureSourceTree example below shows...
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