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Notion Tools for Team System
The guys over at Notion Solutions released a set of tools that add some convenience to some typical Team System tasks. I've worked with the tools, an they're pretty easy to configure. I was talking with Chris Menegay , and he said that they just had common day-to-day tasks that they needed to accelerate...
7 May 2009
Team Foundation Build Recipes Site
Grant Holliday was an MVP, but now he supports internal VSTS/TFS operations here at Microsoft. He’s got a great blog over at Grant Holliday's blog . Before he came to Microsoft, he maintained a Team Foundation Build Recipes site. He turned it over to William Bartholomew , who’s maintaining it nicely...
3 Mar 2009
When your web test recorder doesn’t show up
I typically run a 64-bit OS, so I occasionally see an issue with the Web Test Recorder explorer bar. For example, the Web Test Recorder explorer bar wasn’t coming up during a test. When I added the explorer bar manually, it wasn’t capturing any of the web interactions. It turns out, I wasn...
2 Mar 2009
Atlanta Code Camp—March 14th
Steve Andrews and I both have sessions about VSTS in the upcoming Atlanta Code Camp . Registration is already open. We’ve got a lot of speakers on LINQ, Azure, OSLO, Ruby, Search, Silverlight, and more sessions . I’m going to talk about “Why Everyone Should Use VSTS”, and show some...
27 Feb 2009
Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1, and Some of the Effects
Some of you might have seen an error like Could not load type 'Microsoft.TeamFoundation.WorkItemTracking.Client.WorkItemTypeDeniedOrNotExistException' from assembly 'Microsoft.TeamFoundation.WorkItemTracking.Client, Version=188.8.131.52, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b03f5f7f11d50a3a' ( ref ) or you might...
25 Feb 2009
New Case Studies
KBC Bank is a Belgian-based bank with eleven million customers, and have developers and project managers located on different continents. They increased developer and manager productivity, improved software quality, and shortened project cycles by using Team System, realizing an 89% ROI . Read more here...
7 May 2007
Shadow folders in TFS
After I've told everyone that it can't be done in Team System, Buck Hodges posts how to emulate that behavior: http://blogs.msdn.com/buckh/archive/2006/03/02/shadow-folders.aspx .
16 Apr 2007
Sync points in Team System Load Tests
Sync points are something you can use to drive heavy load on a system. In some other tools, they're called "Rendezvous points". For example, you could have every user adding items to shopping carts at their own pace, then synchronizing so that they all check out in the same instant. One of the nice...
16 Apr 2007
New Team System Roadmap posted
The first posting of the roadmap is available here . You can see the update on Brian Harry's blog here: http://blogs.msdn.com/bharry/archive/2007/04/05/update-on-team-foundation-server-roadmap.aspx . There are some good aspects being added to the roadmap, like the web access power tool. Some nice...
9 Apr 2007
More places to look for Team System Information
I just finished the OnRamp240 event in Charlotte yesterday, and there were a couple of items that they wanted me to post. So, here goes: http://www.codeplex.com/BranchingGuidance Project structure, branching, and promotion guidance from some Microsoft specialists in that area...
4 Apr 2007
Two bits: 1) How to test web services using Team System and 2) help debugging an install
Cory Foy put up a pretty good tutorial for Autogenerating Tests for Web Services using Visual Studio . It's worth checking out. Ed Hintz put out instructions for TFS Client Tracing , in case you need to record what is being transmitted between Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server
30 Mar 2007
An answer for those of you who wanted Browser-based access to TFS
For those of you who have wanted browser-based access to Team System, Microsoft announced the acquisition of DevBiz today: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/2007/mar07/03-26VisualStudio.mspx . Some of the good news is that we’re making the client a free download, and working it into our...
26 Mar 2007
Vista Refresh for Visual Studio Service Pack 1 available
You can get it here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=90E2942D-3AD1-4873-A2EE-4ACC0AACE5B6&displaylang=en . If you have the beta of this refresh, you'll want to uninstall beta before installing the full refresh--see the Instructions . There is a long Q&A with Soma...
7 Mar 2007
So what is a check-in policy?
If you're reading this blog, you're probably familiar with Team System check-in policies; we have three out-of-the-box—code analysis, testing policy, and associated work items. You can apply one or more—or none for that matter. If your pending checkin fails to satisfy all the policy conditions, your...
4 Feb 2007
Hi, and some quick start information
Who am I? I'm Dave Scruggs, and people who meet me through Microsoft know me as a Developer Technical Specialist (or "Dev-TS"). That means I help people understand what Team System is, what it's supposed to do for them, how it fits into the way they work, and why they would want to use it. Fortunately...
28 Dec 2006
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