Buck Hodges

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  • Blog Post: Sorting by multiple columns in work item tracking

    Recently I was showing someone the results of a bug query and sorting by more than one column in work item tracking in Team Explorer. When the person said he didn't realize that feature existed, I decided it would be worth posting. This also works in Team System Web Access. To sort by more the one...
  • Blog Post: How to set up TFS 2008 SP1 to use TSWA links in checkin notification emails

    One of the new features available in TFS 2008 SP1 is that a TSWA URL can be configured in the server so that checkin notification emails will have links to the Team System Web Access page for the changeset, which allows you to see the diffs for each of the changes. You can find the documentation for...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Team System 2010 Week on Channel 9!

    Brian Keller has recorded a series of interviews, some of which include demos, that are being published on Channel 9. You can find them at Visual Studio Team System 2010 Week on Channel 9. Some of the videos have already been posted. Be sure to check the page periodically or subscribe to the...
  • Blog Post: Team System Web Access 2008 SP1 is now available!

    We've now released the final version of TSWA 2008 SP1, which had previously been released as a community technology preview (CTP). There are some fantastic new features in this release, including the ability for users without CALs to create work items. Also, this release includes 10 languages: Japanese...
  • Blog Post: TSWA tip: How to use the new TSWA template URL feature (initial value URL)

    One of the new features we've added to TSWA for the SP1 release is the ability to create URLs that are effectively work item templates by virtue of the fact that they have the values for the work items embedded in the URL itself. Since constructing these URLs manually is really painful, we have an...
  • Blog Post: Team System Web Access 2008 SP1 CTP and Work Item Web Access 2008 CTP are now available

    Hakan has announced the availability of the new TSWA community technology preview (CTP) in his post, What's New in TSWA 2008 SP1 . Personally, I would say this release is beta quality or better, so don't let the CTP designation scare you too much. Also released is the first CTP release of what we...
  • Blog Post: Spec available for "Codename TFS Bug Submission Portal"

    Hakan Eskici , program manager for Team System Web Access, has posted the spec for a new power tool that's based on TSWA that is designed to help customers comply with the new licensing changes in TFS 2008 while getting the most out of the product.  Please read this, as well as the other Rosario...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Team System Chat: April 9

    Join members of the Visual Studio Team System product group to discuss features available in Team Foundation Server, Team Suite, Architecture Edition, Development Edition, Database Edition, and Test Edition. In addition, discuss what's new for these editions for Visual Studio 2008. Add to Calendar April...
  • Blog Post: TSWA: Providing multiple languages in a single installation

    Ed Blankenship asked a question recently regarding having multiple languages supported by the same TSWA instance. Hakan provided the answer, and both of them blogged it. Hakan Eskici : Serving all languages of TSWA from a single server Ed Squared - Multiple Localized Team System Web Access Sites Please...
  • Blog Post: Now available for TSWA 2008: Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish

    The final set of localized versions of the Team System Web Access 2008 Power Tool is now available. Here is a list of links to all of the localized releases of TSWA. Chinese Simplified Chinese Traditional French German Italian Japanese Korean Spanish We're always interested in what you think about the...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Team System Web Access 2008: French and German are now available

    A couple of days ago, we released TSWA in Japanese .  French and German became available yesterday.  We'll be releasing more over the coming days. Technorati Tags: team system web access , team foundation server , vsts 2008
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Team System Web Access 2008 in Japanese is now available

    Part of our plan for the TSWA 2008 Power Tool is to release localized versions. Japanese is the first language to become available. Chinese, German, Spanish, French, Italian, and Korean are currently planned for release over the next month. Here's the download page in Japanese, along with a link to it...
  • Blog Post: TSWA: Hakan now has a blog

    Hakan Eskici is the program manager for Team System Web Access.  He's now blogging, and his first post provides some history on how TeamPlain became TSWA. A little bit about myself and Web Access Some of you might already know that I'm the Program Manager on the Web Access team in Team Foundation...
  • Blog Post: Team System Web Access 2008 Power Tool is now available

    Today we have released the final version of the Team System Web Access (TSWA) 2008 power tool ! Team System Web Access provides a web interface to Team Foundation Server 2008. Here's a list of feature changes. Of course, we also fixed a number of bugs. New direct links : Previously, you could...
  • Blog Post: TSWA tip: Copy a bug to quickly file a new bug in an area related to the original

    Like Team Explorer, Team System Web Access does not support work item templates yet (though you can get a power tool work item template add-in for Team Explorer 2005 -- look for power tools for TFS 2008 in December). However, you can use the "Create Copy of Work Item" feature to copy a work item that...
  • Blog Post: TSWA tip: Send an email with a work item or query results

    Let's say you're going through your bugs and want to ask someone a question about one of them. You can use Team System Web Access to send that person an email containing all of the work item's information and a link to it. To email a work item, open the work item in TSWA. Go to the Tools menu shown below...
  • Blog Post: TSWA tip: Search bugs and reports

    [Update 10/6/2008] In addition to the default search behavior described below, TSWA 2008 SP1 adds Outlook-style search capability, which is described here . Have you ever wanted a quick way to find the bugs containing some word? Team System Web Access comes to your rescue. In the upper left corner...
  • Blog Post: TSWA tip: Bulk edit

    Sara Ford has a Visual Studio Tip of the Day series going. I thought I'd publish some tips on using Team System Web Access, and this is the first. I don't think I'll be able to do a tip per day. Calling it a "TSWA tip a few times a week" just doesn't sound that great. So I'll just leave it as TSWA Tips...
  • Blog Post: TFS 2008 ships this month

    Yesterday, Soma announced that VS 2008 and TFS 2008 ship this month. Prior to that, we had only said it would ship by the end of this year. It's going to be an exciting month. Not long after TFS 2008 ships, we're going to ship the final version of the Team System Web Access 2008 Power Tool, and it includes...
  • Blog Post: Team System Web Access for TFS 2008 CTP released

    [UPDATE] The final version is now available . Team System Web Access for TFS 2008 Power Tool CTP is now available ! For TFS 2008, TSWA will continue to be a power tool through the TFS 2008 release. For the release after that, it will be a part of the regular product. The final release of the TSWA...
  • Blog Post: Changing TFS email notifications to link to Team System Web Access

    Neno Loje has written a blog post that shows you the steps to change the links in the TFS work item alert emails into links to work items in TSWA. The standard links point you to a read-only page, which is not nearly as useful. Check it out! Changing TFS email notifications to link to Team System Web...
  • Blog Post: How to construct the Team System Web Access 2005 URL to a file in version control

    Grant Holliday asked for an explanation of how a Web Access URL should be constructed to for a file in TFS version control, similar to the work item links explained in the TSWA 2005 FAQ . Hakan responded with the details, which are shown below. http:// [TeamSystemWebAccessSite] /UI/Pages/Scc/ViewSource...
  • Blog Post: Team System Web Access for TFS 2005 FAQ

    I wanted to highlight the TSWA for TFS 2005 FAQ since it contains good information, including how to switch between Windows authentication and forms authentication, turning off forms authentication, and how to construct the URL to a work item using the work item's ID. Visual Studio Team System Web...
  • Blog Post: Team System Web Access: Workaround for installation problem on a non-English Windows OS

    [UPDATE 8/8/07] There is now a KB article on this issue. Hakan posted the following on Brian Harry's blog in response to a customer report about encountering the following issue when installing the new Team System Web Access release on German, French, Italian or Spanish Windows. We plan to add this...
  • Blog Post: Team System Web Access (formerly TeamPlain) power tools release is now available!

    [UPDATE 7/31/2007] I've updated the link with the main MSDN page for TSWA. There's also an FAQ now. We have just released Team System Web Access power tool for TFS 2005 ! You can download it now. Team System Web Access (formerly known as TeamPlain) is a Web interface to Visual Studio 2005 Team...
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