Chris Rathjen

Warning: May be "Jab myself in the eye with a pencil" geeky.

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About Chris Rathjen

I'm an "SDET" (usually Software Design Engineer In Test) for Microsoft. I work on Team Foundation - the server component to Visual Studio Team System. I am a geek.

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    Migrating from VSS to Hatteras

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    Buck posted the preliminary plan on VSS->Hatteras migration, be sure to check it out if you currently use VSS and might be looking to make the change. The comments are mainly focused on the drawbacks - you lose VSS sharing and pinning. ...
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    TFS - Enhanced support for Windows SharePoint Services

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    We're working on improving our SharePoint integration for the Orcas release of TFS, as you may have heard/read by now. I've been pretty busy lately on the setup-, admin-, and ops-related aspects of this work, and I thought you might like to hear some...
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    Branching

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    I know one of the areas people find lacking in Source Safe has been in its branching features. We've put a lot of thought and effort into Hatteras to be more capable and more flexible when it comes to branching and merging (remember, we're building Hatteras...
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    FAQ: Is shelving just a fancy word for branching?

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    I've had some feedback from various sources lately about shelving, and how some people are perceiving it. Some think we're just putting a new name on an old concept - that shelving is just a form of branching. Others seem to think we're just giving you...
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    Tell us about your Team Foundation Server

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    I'm working on some test planning for the next release of Team Foundation Server. One area I'm focused on is testing various possible configurations of TFS. Here are a few of the configurations we regularly test: All on one box - App Tier, Data Tier,...
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    Change is in the air: TFS Admin & Ops

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    Team Foundation Server v1.0 has shipped . As is apparently tradition with Microsoft (and doubtless many other companies), product ship has triggered a “reorg” which could be reasonably compared to Musical Chairs, a pot-luck dinner, and perhaps even the...
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    Hatteras

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    With today's announcement of Visual Studio 2005 Beta 1 (aka “Whidbey“), I figured now was as good a time as any to start my blog. I'm one of the testers on the Hatteras project, which will deliver an enterprise-grade source control solution...
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    Rant: Cell phone drivers are a SOLVEABLE PROBLEM!

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    So, I got to watch some of the spectacular side effects of driving while cradling a cell phone on the way home yesterday. You know, the mile-long backup from a trivial accident, and the countless near misses behind it as drivers with cell phones change...
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    To magically fix all of your problems, type 'Resolve'

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    Ok, I probably can't quite deliver on a promise like that (instead, I suggest you simply buy an easy button ). But, when it comes to the various things that can go wrong in your Version Control workspace, "resolve" is the command that's responsible for...
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    Anyone? Bueller?

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    So, I posted some example uses of the merge command a while back, but didn't get any feedback. I'm just curious - was the post too long? Too complex? Poorly constructed? Just plain boring? :)
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    Just because you're paranoid...

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    ...doesn't mean they're not out to get you -- more on that in a minute. First, I apologize to the zero or more regular readers of my blog - it's been quite some time since I posted anything. This hasn't been for lack of things to talk or ask about, more...
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    Hatteras won't Share? NO FAIR!

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    This has come up on my blog before , but since it came up in the forums again, I thought I’d point people at the subject again and solicit more feedback. Here’s the forum poster’s question: In VSTS, is there an equivalent to Share available...
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    I just called...to say..."SHIP IT!"

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    Team Foundation Server Beta3 is almost here. We're finishing up the Beta3 testpass, making those painful decisions about what's important enough to fix in Beta3 and what has to wait for RTM, making sure those last few nasty Beta3 bugs that were resolved...
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    Configuring Team Foundation Server to Use a Remote SharePoint Server

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    Dan Kershaw has produced (and updated) a whitepaper for folks who don't want their TFS AppTier and SharePoint servers on the same machine. Unfortunately, the doc seems to have moved since most of the links out there were created. As of right now, it...
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    Addressing comments from other posts

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    Calvin raised a few questions in an earlier post that I wanted to answer in a new post (the comment chain on that post was getting pretty long). You can read his last two comments here . I doubt installing the SQL2005 beta side-by-side with SQL 2000 is...
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    Computer Science != Software Engineering

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    I like to think the title of this blog post is common knowledge, but I still see places where the terms are used interchangeably all too often. As Dijkstra is often quoted, "Computer Science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes...
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    Team Foundation vs. Subversion: Shelving

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    We found an article online recently, where one of the Subversion guys is talking about shelving . First, despite the title, we're not against each other (at least, not exactly) - we have a couple Subversion fans in our own office, for that matter. But...
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    To catch a cracker...

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    ...you must be able to think like one. Actually, I'm more interested in deterring and thwarting than I am in catching one (though the latter makes a better movie, no doubt). But, all of these goals benefit from the ability to adopt the mindset, goals...
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    I need a subtitle!

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    I'm going to borrow a page out of Korby 's playbook. I talk about a somewhat scattered variety of topics - lots of areas within Hatteras, security (not a whole lot so far but more as I go, hopefully), and (rarely) my possibly compulsive level of familiarity...
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    Workspace Version

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    We're having something of a debate about the use and precise meaning of the tem "workspace version". I'm interested in what people's reaction to the term is. As before, TF commands are in bold, and output from the server is in italics (and may not be...
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    Shelving!

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    Korby just promoted (to 'public') a discussion we've had going internally for awhile now - what to call shelve and shelveset. Read up on the feature overview, if you don't know about it yet. I'm the tester 'at the plate' for shelve/unshelve/shelveset...
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    Random XP tip: Scheduled disk defragmentation

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    It came to my attention that a lot of folks don't know about one of the very nice additions that came long with the rest of Windows XP: A command-line interface to the disk defragmenter. This means it's now easy to setup a scheduled task to defrag your...
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    Choose your client. But choose wisely...

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    As you may know, Team System is not just for developers, but for all members of a software development team - testers, project managers, and architects, as well as developers (and, if you look at XNA , artists, sound engineers, modelers...the list goes...
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    My file's bigger than yours!

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    As you probably know by now, we intend to support versioning even very large files in Team System. Last I checked, I believe the only hard limit was a question of how big your database's hard disk is. We've had to fix a few issues (and had to get ASP...
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    So close...yet so far...

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    There's a LOT to like in the 2.0 version of the Framework and Base Class Library. But, I ran into something today that I feel is missing. Or at least, it'd be really cool of it was there. I want to be able to override the ToString method on an enum...
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