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  • Eric Jarvi

    Beta 2 Whidbey ASP.NET Profiler HOWTO

    At the time of this writing, Beta 2 is not yet legally available on the outside AFAIK, so I hope I'm not jumping the gun here - but the more eyeballs and user feedback you can help us get, the better. So consider this a work in progress that will get...
  • Eric Jarvi

    os version detection

    I maintain a script in our test harness that autodetects and reports back the OS version of the machine under test. I couldn't tell if I was running XP SP1 or XP SP2 - so I had a kludge that used spcheck from the reskit. But the real problem was that...
  • Eric Jarvi

    VSTS Tip: Profiling Like a Pro

    I had the chance to watch a first time profiler user go through a profiling scenario this morning. We got everything humming but there was a learning curve and some less than helpful error messages along the way. Here are the takeaways: Permissions...
  • 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: generating unit tests against ASP.NET 2.0 App_Code

    Disclaimer applies, if you have better suggestions please leave comments. One of the unit test features is the capability to automatically generate unit tests for ASP.NET 2.0 code inside the App_Code folder. In my experience this is one of those areas...
  • Eric Jarvi

    VSTS Tip: Finding Where Things Are

    Can't find the VSTS window or feature you're looking for under the View menu? There are options sprinkled all over the menu in VSTS. First of course make sure you have the TFC client installed right (and in the right order - VS and then TFC), or you won...
  • Eric Jarvi

    escaping from low bug counts

    Daisy presents a persuasive argument for focusing on test coverage discussions when bug counts are low: http://quality-assurance-software-testing.blogspot.com/2005/08/bug-count-vs-test-coverage.html
  • Eric Jarvi

    VSTS Tip: Osellus integration with VSTS

    Came across this today and it seemed interesting. Video from Osellus on "Enacting IBM Rational Unified Process (RUP®) in Visual Studio Team System" http://www.osellus.com/solutions/microsoft/rup-vsts/
  • Eric Jarvi

    VSTS Tip: Remove obnoxious MSDN keyword highlighting

    Disclaimer: This is more of an ugly hack than a tip, and not even the type that would be cool enough to make it into Visual Studio Hacks , but here goes... When you search the MSDN local help it has a nasty behavior of making all your search terms indelibly...
  • 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: 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: 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

    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: Mark November 7th on your calendar

    This just in from Tech Ed - November 7th is going to be the official launch date of Team System, if you do the math backwards, that means time is running out for beta feedback - keep it coming!! "As part of the keynote address, Paul Flessner, senior...
  • 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

    nonadmin wiki

    Is an ounce of prevention worth a pound of cure? Check out this support wiki for running Windows as nonadmin: http://nonadmin.editme.com
  • Eric Jarvi

    The Choice Between Sampling and Instrumentation

    I know, I know, this is the canonical starting point topic everyone has already covered with the Whidbey profiler. I just needed something easy to psyche myself up before launching off into the more technical issues we've come across while working on...
  • Eric Jarvi

    Fixing "Service Unavailable" After TFS Installation

    Just in case anyone else out there hits this issue. A friend called me yesterday asking for help troubleshooting a TFS installation problem. After installing TFS and "doing everything right" he still got 503 Service Unavailable messages. I logged in and...
  • Eric Jarvi

    VSTS Tip: TeamPlain Web Access is now available!

    This is straight from the heart of one my very own "ISV Buddies" who plugged into Team System before most people even knew such a thing existed, so I can't help but toot the horn and pass along the news, this is almost occassion to break out the HTML...
  • Eric Jarvi

    Improving Application Startup Time

    "just because you're writing code fast doesn't mean you're writing fast code" - here's an article from the CLR perf team if you're looking for ways to improve application startup time : http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/06/02/CLRInsideOut/
  • Eric Jarvi

    VSTS Tip: teamprise interview

    "Sam interviews Martin from Teamprise, a company which has developed a pretty interesting suite of client applications that can access Visual Studio Team Foundation Server from Macintosh, UNIX or Linux clients using Eclipse. The Teamprise implementation...
  • Eric Jarvi

    how to embed a manifest

    Learned a trick for embedding manifests today (1=exe, 2=dll): mt.exe -outputresource:output.exe;1 -manifest output.exe.manifest mt.exe -outputresource:output.dll;2 -manifest output.dll.manifest
  • Eric Jarvi

    protest: fault injection

    [ protest ] Fault injection is one of those technologies that has always been just a bit out of reach for me in terms of its ability to deliver results. Some tools are out there, I actually won a personal copy of Security Innovation's awesome Holodeck...
  • Eric Jarvi

    Profiling ASP.NET apps with the help of external load and web tests

    ASP.NET profiling in Beta 2 from within the IDE opens up an IE browser window as if you were going to generate load that way. That's fine if the web page triggers a web service or some internal function that you are targeting, where one simple button...
  • Eric Jarvi

    writing code that doesn't require admin privileges

    An internal email discussion on how to help people write code that doesn't require administrative privileges yielded the following links, hope somebody out there finds this helpful: Top Ten Tips for Secure Testing (#1 tip - test as non-admin): http:/...
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