• Clark Sell

    ExpectedException might not be what you've expected

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    If you've switched from NUnit to the VSTS Unit Testing then I am pretty sure you've used the ExpectedException attribute. If you haven't it looks something like this: [ExpectedException( typeof ( ApplicationException ), "Message" )] Using it...
  • Clark Sell

    MSBuild, Where does one get started

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    Long and short, if you don't know anything about MSBuild, it's time to hit the links below. Honestly it will do nothing but save you time and automate those dreaded processes. The links below will get you pointed in the right direction. General Links...
  • Clark Sell

    VSTS Jumpstart, things you will end up asking for

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    Internet Links Visual Studio Team System Home Getting Started with Team Foundation MSDN Technical Forums VSTS Downloads Team System Rocks How To Links Visual Studio Team System Install Guide TFS Warehouse Troubleshooting Step...
  • Clark Sell

    Energy Blue Theme

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    Want a better looking desktop theme? Microsoft a while back released a theme called Energy Blue or Royal. I was first introduced to it via the Experience Pack for Tablet PC. Well it turns out that theme doesn't just work on a tablet pc but XP as well...
  • Clark Sell

    System.Diagnostics Tracing and DebugView

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    The other day I ran across DebugView by Sysinternals . After playing with it for a few I suddenly had a re-found love for System.Diagnostics . “DebugView is an application that lets you monitor debug output on your local system, or any computer on...
  • Clark Sell

    Microsoft.SDC.Tasks, New Version Released

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    If you are doing anything with .Net 2.0 chances are you have a set of MSBuild files supporting your application. That means you already know MSBuild just rocks. What better than MSBuild? MSBuild with a sweet task library to support it of course! That...
  • Clark Sell

    Build Status TFS Policy, Part II

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    Since my post yesterday I just decided to update the code and also include Buck's comments. I even added a simple installer as a bonus since that last post was just useless. Here is the new version and this time in a zip ;)
  • Clark Sell

    Simple NMock Working Sample

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    Based on some conversations I had today, here is a simple NMock example. NMockExample.zip (17.19 KB)
  • Clark Sell

    Free Thumb Drive?

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    Serious? I can't joke at a time like this. Click here , then click on valuable information. I don't think it gets any easier than that. Thanks to Blake Handler for the awesome find .
  • Clark Sell

    Visual Studio Source Control Undelete Configuration Check-box

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    It's been a while since my last post but I had an opportunity to take a month of vacation when my child was born. Let me just say, it sure didn't feel like a month. Yesterday I stumbled across some IDE source control configuration gem. While poking...
  • Clark Sell

    TFS Event Filtering

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    With today's release of TfsAlert a question will no doubt get asked; what really is a Filter Expression? Short answer, an expression to filter events sent from TFS. Long answer. Formally known as Visual Studio Event Filter Language or VSEFL, it feels...
  • Clark Sell

    Stop, the build is broken!!

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    It's late, your tired and yet somehow you got stuck fixing the build because junior engineer bob just fired off a check-in and took off. It looks like the build is now broken because junior hasn't done a get latest in a month. In the meantime 10 other...
  • Clark Sell

    WIQL List Separator and the TFS Release Candidate

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    This past release of TFS brought us the much needed friendly names in the Team Foundation Client user drop down lists. Before that change, your WIQL query may have looked like this: <Wiql> SELECT [System.Id], [System.Title] FROM WorkItems...
  • Clark Sell

    The VSTS Resources Map

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    The amount of VSTS resources  can get very overwhelming.  We have a very strong community with a ton of resources.  Lately I re-found my love for mind maps and decided to create a map around VSTS resources.  I intend to keep growing...
  • Clark Sell

    T4 – Text Template Transformation Toolkit

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    Chances are you have never heard of T4.  Don’t worry, most haven’t.  This tool was introduced when the DSL tools hit the market.  As the name implies, it’s a code generation engine.  It’s my understanding, T4 is used under the scenes...
  • Clark Sell

    MSTest.exe

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    Stumbled across a command line tool ( MSTest ) which executes your VSTS test list. You can call if from a Visual Studio command prompt or @ C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\Common7\IDE Upon execution this will create the same output as if...
  • Clark Sell

    TfsAlert 0.3.0.0 Released

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    Today we have released the initial TfsAlert release 0.3.0.0. Prerequisites .NET 3.0 is required since this is built on top of WCF. If you’re running this from Vista you will not need to install the .NET 3.0 framework. Installation Notes This version runs...
  • Clark Sell

    ExpectedException Exception Message Validation

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    While you cannot validate you exception's message in the ExpectedException attribute all is not lost. Lets walk through three scenarios. In all three tests you will see an Assert.Fail in the try block. You need this statement in case the target doesn...
  • Clark Sell

    Bye Bye VSMDI

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    That blasted VSMDI file. Well Buck, Tom and crew did it. They have finally given us the ability to run tests ( albeit all ) found in an assembly regardless of test lists. http://blogs.msdn.com/buckh/archive/2006/11/04/how-to-run-tests-without-test-metadata...
  • Clark Sell

    Virtual PC's Differencing Disks

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    I love Virtual PC, and I use if for all of my development. I have a ton of VPC's just sucking up MAJOR disk space. I ran across and article from Andrew Connell , HOWTO: Use Virtual PC's Differencing Disks to your Advantage . I wish I would have known...
  • Clark Sell

    Reaching out, Toshiba Tecra M4 Mouse Lag

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    I received my Toshiba Tecra M4 around 7 months ago. Like any, there are pro's and con's; overall not a bad machine. One thing that just drives me crazy it's the random mouse lag. Does anyone know a fix for this? If so, please comment!
  • Clark Sell

    VSTS Books

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    Ever wonder what VSTS books are out there. Well wonder no more. The list is in no particular order: Professional Team Foundation Server Professional Visual Studio 2005 Team System Software Engineering with Microsoft Visual Studio Team System...
  • Clark Sell

    Microsoft.TeamFoundation.Build.targets ( 2005 )

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    Have you ever wanted to *see* the target stack in the TeamBuild targets?  Well the wait is over.  I wish I could say I generated this on the fly but that isn't the case, but one day that will happen.  I intend to keep growing this map as...
  • Clark Sell

    Converting a csproj into a test csproj

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    Short answer. It's as simple as adding one line to your csproj which in turn tells the IDE to treat that project like a test project. Add the following line to your main PropertyGroup: <ProjectGuid>{04082EBA-C85C-4336-B3FD-9891096BAA0F...
  • Clark Sell

    VSTS Case Studies

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    From time to time I am asked where one can get their hands on case studies around VSTS. You can find all VSTS case studies here: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/teamsystem/aa718812.aspx . Today we just released two new case studies focused around ROI...
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