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  • Eric Jarvi

    what makes a good intranet?

    (Update: Skip straight to a great answer to this question by Travis Owens ) I just got an email from a Microsoft customer (who will remain nameless) who is trying to improve their company's intranet. They wanted me to give them some insight into Microsoft...
  • Eric Jarvi

    VSTS Tip: ASP.NET and Team Build

    This is pretty much a brain dump of things to be aware of when combining ASP.NET and Team Build - not for the faint of heart, we are talking beta/CTP here (and I don't have the luxury of being able to go back and try all of this on Beta 2), but it can...
  • Eric Jarvi

    VSTS Tip: making vssconverter work

    Update: MSDN documentation here: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/library/ms181247(en-us,vs.80).aspx "Your mileage may vary" on this tip - in fact I can practically guarantee it won't work for you if you are still on Beta 2 like you probably are. But for...
  • Eric Jarvi

    VSTS Tip: Branching Source Code

    Here are a few things about branching source code in VSTS via the IDE that I've learned the hard way: First, don't try to branch the top most level node of the Team Project. Branch subfolders . At least in the beta, the root itself of the Team Project...
  • Eric Jarvi

    VSTS Tip: Troubleshooting Guide

    I'm going to keep adding to this entry with any ideas/suggestions I have for troubleshooting various error messages, etc. It's barebones now but I hope to keep updating it. If you need help troubleshooting some VSTS problem that is not documented here...
  • Eric Jarvi

    VSTS Tip: check out this fan site

    http://teamsystemrocks.com/
  • Eric Jarvi

    VSTS Tip: how to create a new bug

    This isn't a black belt rocket scientist VSTS tip by any means but it's an important one to master if you ever want to log a bug. To create a new work item (AKA "bug"), right click on the Work Items folder in the Team Explorer window and in the resultant...
  • Eric Jarvi

    software testing resources

    Here's a site aggregating a lot of different software testing (er, SQA - Software Quality Assurance) information, didn't see anything on our VSTS testing tools there yet (give it time), but it's worth checking out: http://sqa.fyicenter.com
  • Eric Jarvi

    VSTS Tip: discover the load test results viewer

    VSTS is sometimes like the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia was for me as a New Jersey school kid - despite your best efforts to prove the chaperones wrong, you really can't cram it all into your 8 year old head on one field trip. Anyway, drumroll please...
  • Eric Jarvi

    VSTS Tip: devenv /resetuserdata

    OK, so this is for all those people using beta builds out there. There is a client side cache involved with connecting to remote TFS application tier machines. Unfortunately it can be somewhat buggy in the beta builds, leaving you with an error message...
  • Eric Jarvi

    VSTS Tip: stay up to date with SQL Server 2005

    OK, this might be a stretch, but since VSTS has so many touchpoints with SQL Server 2005, I figured this couldn't hurt. Benjamin Jones pointed this out -- free online courses until November 1, 2006: http://www.microsoftelearning.com/sqlserver2005/
  • Eric Jarvi

    VSTS Tip: Assigned to @Me

    In VSTS work item tracking, there is a special identifier called @me instead of a specific user alias so that the user who is running the query sees only those bugs that have AssignedTo= their alias, for example. This is helpful if you want to create...
  • Eric Jarvi

    Ballmer on Channel 9

    http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=85529#85529
  • Eric Jarvi

    Atlas, AJAX, ASP.NET, etc..

    for those of you who dream in dhtml - http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2005/06/28/416185.aspx
  • Eric Jarvi

    VSTS Tip: Subscribe to MSDN Forum RSS Feeds

    If you're really curious about VSTS and blogs aren't giving you enough regular info, and you use an RSS aggregator for getting your information, consider subscribing to the following MSDN Forum RSS feeds: VSTS Software Testers: http://forums.microsoft...
  • Eric Jarvi

    VSTS Tip: ASP.NET code analysis missing line numbers

    Code analysis messages against ASP.NET projects have greatly improved in the private drops I'm testing. One of the things that caught me off guard in the earlier builds was that some warnings and error messages had no associated file names or line numbers...
  • Eric Jarvi

    non-admin in the news...

    Let's hear it for the little non-admin wiki that could: http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,1830637,00.asp
  • Eric Jarvi

    VSTS Tip: Never Give Up, Never Surrender

    There is an error message (in Beta 2, hopefully fixed by release) that I have come to dread that appears when first attempting to connect to a TFS server, it looks something like this: Unable to connect to this Team Foundation Server : [machinename...
  • Eric Jarvi

    security kaizen

    Some starting points for sharpening the security saw: Threat Modeling (MSDN) http://Channel9.Msdn.Com/Security (MSDN/Channel9/PAG security wiki)
  • Eric Jarvi

    ASP.NET 2.0

    Here's a good starting point for ramping up on ASP.NET 2.0: http://beta.asp.net/QUICKSTART/aspnet/
  • Eric Jarvi

    VSTS Tip: making sense of load test threshold values

    A great resource for beefing up knowledge on what the load test threshold values mean: http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/dnpag/html/scalenet.asp
  • Eric Jarvi

    VSTS Tip: set up reporting permissions prior to creating a team project

    If you are getting a permissions related exception from the Team Project Creation Wizard even though you have added the user to the Team Foundation Administrators group, make sure the the user is also a Content Manager in Reporting Services. This happened...
  • Eric Jarvi

    VSTS Tip: know your bindings

    The VSTS version control system has the concept of "binding" and "unbinding" with visual studio solutions that is referenced frequently in error messages that I've come across while testing - but since IMO it's hard to understand the error messages without...
  • Eric Jarvi

    profiling blog articles

    Ian has posted an index of useful team blog profiler articles, let us know what we're missing: http://blogs.msdn.com/ianhu/archive/2005/06/09/427327.aspx
  • Eric Jarvi

    high performance testing

    Better Software carrying a feature article on performance testing: http://www.stickyminds.com/BetterSoftware/magazine.asp?fn=cifea
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