Jim Lamb

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  • Jim Lamb

    Create a Custom WF Activity to Sync Version and Build Numbers

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    Updated for TFS 2010 RTM! One of the common requests we hear is to provide a way of automatically updating the version information in the assemblies produced by a TFS build. Unfortunately, it’s one of those features that never gets quite high...
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    Build Notification Applet

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    Admittedly, our inclusion of continuous integration (build queuing, triggers and drop management) into the Orcas release was a bit rushed and we didn't have time to implement everything we wanted. One of the bigger omissions was a means of notifying the...
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    Team Build Monitor – Vista Sidebar Gadget

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    I've created a sidebar gadget for Windows Vista that lets you monitor a set of build definitions. It's compatible with Team Foundation Server "Orcas" Beta 1 and it should also work with Beta 2 once it's released. If you'd like a preview before...
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    Team Foundation Server FAQ

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    Frequently asked questions and answers regarding Visual Studio Team Foundation Server....
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    TFS 2008 – HP Quality Center Connector December Pre-release

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    This post is now obsolete For more information, please see Team Foundation Server Migration and Integration Solutions . The TFS product team has been working with Hewlett Packard’s (HP) Quality Center team to develop the TFS 2008 –...
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    CustomizableOutDir in TFS 2010

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    Aaron Hallberg had previously blogged about Preserving Output Directory Structures in Orcas Team Build . The approach he described allows you to work around the problem of having all of your build outputs dumped into a single directory. Unfortunately...
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    Hosted TFS Pilot Program

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    Updated: Listing of Hosted TFS Providers After coming across a question regarding hosted TFS on Linked In , I thought I would post some information on the subject. Here's an excerpt from the attached TFS Hosting Brief . “Team Foundation Server (TFS) is...
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    5-things

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    Since Aaron tagged me , here are five things you probably didn't know about me: I started programming when I was 12 on a TRS-80 Model III . I had wanted an Apple ][ but my Dad didn't want me to waste my time playing games. "If you want to play computer...
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    Continuous Integration

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    Those of you who have bitten the proverbial bullet and installed Beta 1 of Team Foundation Server Codename Orcas may have already seen the improvements to Team Build. For those who haven't, I'm posting the user experience specification for the continuous...
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    Upgrading TFS 2008 Build Definitions to TFS 2010

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    If you’re a TFS 2008 user who’s thinking about installing TFS 2010 Beta 2 , you may be wondering what will be involved in getting your existing build definitions to work in 2010. You see, build definitions in TFS 2008 are entirely automated using MSBuild...
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    Building “Classic ASP” applications with TFS 2008

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    As far as VS 2005 or VS 2008 are concerned, “Classic ASP” applications are just text files. You can edit them and you can check them in and out of version control. When people ask about managing “Classic ASP” applications with VSTS/TFS, they’re usually...
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    Enabling Symbol and Source Server Support in TFS Build 2010

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    One of the really nice new features in TFS Build 2010 is support for symbol and source server. While the names “Symbol Server” and “Source Server” are somewhat misleading (there isn’t really a separate server involved), the...
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    Integrating Dependencies into Team Build 2010

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    I was just reading Brad Butt's Suggestions for Microsoft, Part 1 and I thought I'd take the opportunity to let him know that we are addressing two of his three frustrations in Team Build 2010. Brad's Frustration #1: MSTest cannot stand alone from the...
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    Configuring Multiple TFS Build Services on one Machine

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    In TFS 2010, the Build Service is a Windows Service that is associated with a particular TFS Team Project Collection . Each Build Service support zero to one (0..1) Build Controllers and zero to n (0..n) Build Agents. Each Build Agent is associated to...
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    Turn on Compile-time View Checking for ASP.NET MVC Projects in TFS Build 2010

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    When you create a View for an ASP.NET MVC web application, you add an .ASPX or .ASCX file that uses the ASP.NET engine to render a combination of mark-up and code. Unfortunately, those Views don’t get compiled until IIS renders them for your web site...
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    Windows Workflow vs. MSBuild in TFS 2010

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    I often hear people asking if Windows Workflow replaces MSBuild in TFS 2010, so I wanted to take a moment to comment on this question.

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    Project System Compatibility with Team Build

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    There are a number of projects that you can create and build in Visual Studio that are not supported by MSBuild. That means you can’t use MSBuild to build them from a command line and you can’t build them if they’re contained in a solution you’re building...
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    BizTalk Server and Team Build

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    We’ve been talking with the BizTalk Server team about supporting MSBuild (and, transitively, Team Build) in their next release but I thought I’d share a really terrific post I recently came across about building BizTalk Server projects with the current...
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    Microsoft is Hiring in Raleigh!

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    I was on SourceForge today and spotted this ad: It's nice to see the Raleigh site called out in a Microsoft recruiting ad!
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    Best Practices for Shared Virtual Machines

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    I was working with a shared VPC the other day and I thought I'd share some of my thoughts on how to make them a little easier to work with. Turn off the Shutdown Event Tracker The Shutdown Event Tracker is a feature in Windows Server that prompts the...
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    Building Visual Studio Setup Projects with Team Build

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    We get this question often enough that I thought I would post the answer. In the future, I'll be posting answers to common Team Build questions as discrete blog posts tagged with "FAQ" to facilitate browsing or subscription via RSS . If you’re trying...
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    Team Foundation Server FAQ

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    I've compiled a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding the many aspects of Visual Studio Team Foundation Server (TFS) in this article . If you’d like to suggest a FAQ(answers are appreciated too!) please add a comment to the article or email...
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    Scheduling Tips for Microsoftees outside of Redmond

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    While it's great to be able to live in an area like Raleigh-Durham and work for Microsoft, it does have its complications. To schedule meetings that include staff from both Raleigh and Redmond you have to keep the time difference in mind and, while Outlook...
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    Resources for Building ASP.net Applications with VSTS/TFS

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    I often hear that our customers hit challenges when developing ASP.net applications with VSTS and TFS. I’d like to kick off a dialog with a goal of identifying the key pain points so that we can deliver guidance to eliminate, or at least mitigate that...
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    Building a simple web site with VSTS/TFS 2008

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    I’ve been working on a web site for a local non-profit as an opportunity to spend more time with VSTS and TFS as a user. I setup TFS 2008 SP1 in a virtual machine running on my home PC and made it accessible from the public Internet. I created the web...
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