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  • Blog Post: Rangers ship SQL load testing tool

    The Team System Rangers have shipped again!  This time they’re have built on the success of the WCF Load Testing Tool and have applied that same approach to SQL.  You can find this tool on our Codeplex site: SQL Load Test . Here are the details from that site: Project Description This tool...
  • Blog Post: Using Team System for SharePoint development

    From all indications, Microsft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) adoption is growing quickly as it provides an easy way to share information, facilitate collaboration, manage content, and implement workflow within enterprises.  We use it daily here on our team to store documents, and share project...
  • 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: Case studies galore!

    Sometimes I get so heads down in the business of shipping our next version that I forget for a moment about customers using the current version.  Fortunately, there are plenty of folks around me who work directly with customers on a regular basis such as the Team System Rangers and our very own...
  • Blog Post: Team System community update posted

    Chuck Sterling , our Team System community lead, has posted a copy of his monthly update on community activities to his blog.  In the past, these updates have been only for internal consumption but, at my behest, he posted the most recent update for all to read.  This sort of transparency is...
  • Blog Post: Localized hotfix pages now available

    We have hit another milestone on our journey to improve our process around delivering hotfixes to customers.  Now, not only will the most commonly requested hotfixes be available for download in English, but in French, Spanish, Italian, German, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Korean...
  • Blog Post: Cameron’s back

    Cameron Skinner has recently reappeared on the blogging scene and he’s on fire!  Check out a couple of his most recent posts: New role running the VSTS Architecture Edition team DSL + UML = Pragmatic Modeling I’d certainly recommend subscribing to his blog moving forward as I’m positive he’ll have...
  • Blog Post: Tools for Agility - A white paper by Kent Beck

    Ajoy Krishnamoorthy , a product manager on our team, recently worked with Kent Beck to publish a great white paper on tooling for the agile team. The section on transparency really resonated with me especially this passage: A transparent team can more cheaply and effectively coordinate their efforts...
  • Blog Post: PDC2008

    As you may have heard, registration is now open for the next Microsoft Professional Developers Conference happening in October! PDC2008 is going to be packed with all of the latest information about the future of the Microsoft development platform. For a taste of some of the sessions being offered, check...
  • Blog Post: New case study for Team Foundation & Teamprise

    We just released a joint case study based on the success that Thomson Reuters has had using Team Foundation Server in conjunction with Teamprise in order to adopt Team System in a mixed development shop.  Since the reality of many development teams is that they are dealing with some aspect of mixed...
  • Blog Post: Check out good stuff from TechEd 2008

    This was a good week for Team System at TechEd 2008 in Orlando.  I would recommend that you check out the TechEd 2008 Online site ( http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/events/teched/default.aspx ) to learn about much of what was covered.  In particular, you should check out the BillG keynote in...
  • Blog Post: early release of Database Edition updates

    Gert Drapers , group manager for the team responsible for the Team System Database Edition, recently announced an early release (Community Technology Preview) of some updates to that product.  The biggest motivation behind these updates was to fully support the upcoming release of SQL Server 2008...
  • Blog Post: Radio TFS

    After getting my first Zune in March for my birthday, I’ve really enjoyed getting familiar with the world of podcasting…it’s a great way to extend my learning and entertainment in to my exercise, commuting and yard work time.  As it turns out that there’s a podcast out there for the Team System...
  • Blog Post: Check out Brian the Build Bunny

    Martin Woodward , one of our many Team System MVPs, just recently posted a blog article about a project he’s been working on for some time now.  Brian is actually a dedicated Nabaztag smart rabbit which reacts to the details of check-ins and builds.  I’ve seen teams use stop lights and reader...
  • Blog Post: New edition of TFS Times

    Paul Hacker , one of our 72 (!) Team System MVPs , has recently published a new edition of his very popular TFS Times . I’m impressed that even with his very busy personal and professional life that he’s able to publish this newsletter but somehow he pulls it off. This most recent issue focuses extensively...
  • Blog Post: Load Test Report Generator now available on Codeplex

    The Team System Rangers have shipped again! Last Friday, we published our Ranger Load Test Report Generator to Codeplex. We decided to post this to the existing Load Test Reports Codplex site for customer convenience. The Load Test Report Generator contains a utility and a set of SQL Server Reporting...
  • Blog Post: Team System 2008 Licensing White Paper now available

    Kevin Kelly, a Team System Product Manager, announced today that at long last the Team System 2008 licensing white paper has been published.  I’ve lost track of the number of people who have asked about this important update so I’m sure there are many people interested in this announcement. ...
  • Blog Post: Watch James Whittaker talk about Software Testing

    James Whittaker has recently joined the team responsible for producing Visual Studio Team System Test Edition as an Architect.  He’s got years of experience in the testing field and it’s great to have him on board.  Brian Keller recently interviewed him for a segment on Channel 9 which is well...
  • Blog Post: More Rosario specs available

    While I hope many of you are now or soon to be actively using Visual Studio Team System 2008, we’re hard at work with developing our next release known as Rosario.  We’ve been publishing specs for some of the new features  and just refreshed the list updating or adding 7 specs bringing our...
  • Blog Post: March 2008 TFS Power Tools now available

    Check out Brian Harry’s post on the latest release of the increasingly popular (and increasingly valuable), TFS Power Tools. As you can probably tell by the name, we’ve been working on this release for a bit and ran into a few delays along the way.  Hopefully you’ll agree that it’s worth waiting...
  • Blog Post: Migrating hotfixes to MSDN Code Gallery

    As we continue to improve the availability of our Visual Studio and .NET hotfixes, we have recently begun the migration of them to MSDN Code Gallery , to our new web property designed specifically as a place for us to share applications and code snippets with the developer community. We had several benefits...
  • Blog Post: April Rosario CTP now available!

    I'm happy to announce that the next Community Technology Preview of Rosario (officially known as Microsoft® Visual Studio® Team System code name “Rosario” April 2008 CTP) is now available. Customers can immediately begin downloading the VPC images from our download page . Because of the size of the VPC...
  • Blog Post: Update on DevDiv dogfooding of TFS

    Matt Gertz, Developer Division's manager responsible for our internal development tactics and process, recently posted an article covering the broad post-VS2008 efforts to more broadly adopt TFS within DevDiv for future product development. As regular readers of my blog know, Team System teams have been...
  • 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: Requirements Management with Team System whitepaper published

    Lori Lamkin, the Product Unit Manager for TFS work item tracking and project management, has recently published a whitepaper on Requirements Management. It covered how Team System supports various Requirement Management activities today, and how your organization can choose to stretch your process to...
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