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  • Blog Post: Guidance Explorer: enabling discovery, composition and consumption of high quality development guidance

    Several of our MVPs just recently “discovered” the Guidance Explorer project run by our very on patterns & practices team even though it’s been released for some time now.  Since this was a surprise to many of them, I figured it’d be good mention it more broadly in case others might find it...
  • Blog Post: Team Development with Visual Studio Team Foundation Server - now in Russian

    Folks in our Ukrainian subsidiary recently completed the translation effort for the wildly popular Team Development with Visual Studio Team Foundation Server . I'm not sure I have a strong Russian speaking following, but just in case, please take a look: Групповая разработка с использованием Visual Studio...
  • Blog Post: Team System guidance now in print

    The remarkably popular patterns & practices guides on Team System are now available in print via Amazon: patterns & practices Team Development with Visual Studio Team Foundation Server book Download the PDF Browse the HTML patterns & practices Performance Testing Guidance for Web Applications...
  • Blog Post: Team System guidance published to MSDN

    You've heard me talk before about the Team System guidance that the patterns & practices team has produced. It's quite popular with the folks that have discovered it but we still have trouble getting the word out. So, I'm happy to announce that it's recently been posted to MSDN as well. This should...
  • Blog Post: My foreword

    For the recently published Team Development with TFS guide , I wrote the following foreword which seemed worthy of posting here as well. Before we released Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2005 Team Foundation Server (TFS), we first used it to develop TFS. For the final 18 months of the project, we used...
  • Blog Post: final version of Team Development with TFS now available

    We hear on a regular basis that customers want our advice and guidance on how best to use Team Foundation Server. Given the power and flexibility of TFS, it's reasonable that folks would want us to point them down a proven path rather than leaving them to discover the way on their own. As a result, the...
  • Blog Post: Performance testing guide

    JD and his p&p team are on fire. In the space of two days last week, they released both the Beta1 of the TFS Guide and the Beta1 of the Performance Testing Guide . They both look great and are ready for your feedback to make them even better. JD writes the following description of the perf testing...
  • Blog Post: VSTS Guidance project update

    I strongly encourage everyone to take a look at the VSTS Guidance project update recently posted by JD and the p&p team. It’s impressive! We embarked on this project after hearing from our customers that one of their top needs was more guidance on how best to use our tools in the real world. The...
  • Blog Post: Team System Guidance

    J.D. Meier was recently telling me the way he distinguishes between product documentation and guidance...it's like the difference between the Owner's Manual and a Driver's guide. You need both but for different reasons. Traditionally, the product team has focused on product documentation and left the...
  • Blog Post: Organizing your source trees in TFS (an example)

    I must be on a little patterns & practices binge right now now as this is my third post in the past week on something associated with them. Anyway, J.D. has posted a brief description of how they organize their source trees within TFS. One thing that we've realized in talking with customers is that...
  • Blog Post: Check out the p&p Channel 9 interview

    Edward Jezierski and Peter Provost spoke with Rory of Channel 9 recently . Pretty interesting to hear about the history of the patterns and practices team who are now part of the Visual Studio Team System team. We're working hard to bring our teams together and leverage each others strengths to help...
  • Blog Post: Thousands and thousands of software factories!

    Over 100,000 to be precise. Take a look at Soma's recent announcement of this important milestone for the software factories initiative . It's exciting to see the growing interest in this portion of Visual Studio Team System. For those of you that aren't aware, a software factory is an installable...
  • Blog Post: Performance Testing Guidance Project

    As I learn more about our customers through our various community activities , I'm realizing how important in depth guidance is to increasing the success of our customers and their overall satisfaction with our product. We're working hard to beef up these areas through a variety of means and I'm happy...
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