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  • Blog Post: Now on Amazon: Team Development with Visual Studio Team Foundation Server

    Our patterns & practices Team Development with Visual Studio Team Foundation Server book is now available on Amazon. Buy the Book on Amazon Download the PDF Browse the HTML
  • Blog Post: Videos: Security, Performance Testing, and Visual Studio Team System

    We posted our ASP.NET 2.0 security videos , performance testing videos , and Visual Studio Team System videos to the MSDN library. Video Index Video Index ASP.NET 2.0 Security Videos Keith Brown explains the mechanics behind some common input and data validation security issues and how to...
  • Blog Post: TFS Guide: A Top Download on CodePlex

    It was a nice surprise to see that yesterday our patterns & practices Visual Studio Team Foundation Server Guide was among the top downloads on CodePlex . The HMTL version of the guide is available on MSDN at http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb668991.aspx. My Related Posts ...
  • Blog Post: Now on MSDN: patterns & practices Team Development with Visual Studio Team Foundation Server Guide

    You can now find our patterns & practices Team Development with Visual Studio Team Foundation Server guide on MSDN in HTML. It's the same guidance we hosted on CodePlex. CodePlex was our channel for agile release. Once we baked the guidance, we ported to MSDN. For some customers, MSDN is a trusted...
  • Blog Post: How To: Create a “Hello World” WCF Service Using Visual Studio

    Here's a quick step through of using WCF in Visual Studio 2005. In this case I used a local machine, running Windows 2003, for the service and the client. There's lot of possible paths, and this is just one path through. I focused on "Hello World" to run through the basic mechanics, but chose a path...
  • Blog Post: Scenario Frames for Team Foundation Server

    Our Scenario Frames for Team Foundation Server are available on CodePlex. We have Scenario Frames for the following: Build Project Management Reporting Source Control We use scenario frames for several things: Mapping out the problem space Performing scenario evaluations to...
  • Blog Post: New Release: patterns & practices Team Development with Team Foundation Server Guide

    Today we release the final version of our patterns & practices: Team Development with Visual Studio Team Foundation Server . It's our Microsoft playbook for Team Foundation Server. It shows you how to make the most of the Team Foundation Server. It's a compendium of proven practices, product team...
  • Blog Post: VSTS Guidance Projects Roundup

    Here's a quick rundown of our patterns & practices VSTS related Guidance projects. It's a combination of online knowledge bases, guides, video-based guidance and a community Wiki for public participation. We're using CodePlex for agile release, before baking into MSDN for longer term. Guides ...
  • Blog Post: TFS Guide Beta 1 is Available

    Today we released our Beta 1 of Team Development with Visual Studio Team Foundation Server Guide . It's our Microsoft playbook for TFS. This is our guide to help show you how to make the most of Team Foundation Server. It's a distillation of many lessons learned. It's a collaborative effort among product...
  • Blog Post: Guidance on Managing Source Control Dependencies in Team System Now Available

    Our Explained: Managing Source Control Dependencies in Visual Studio Team System is now available. I've seen several questions around handling source control dependencies so hopefully this guidance will help you spiral down on solutions that work for you. This guidance covers dealing with the following...
  • Blog Post: How To Reference Web Services and Databases During Development

    One technique for pointing your Web services and database references to alternate locations during development is to use a user.config file. Although you could change your app.config references directly, using a level of indirection keeps your production settings intact while carving out just the references...
  • Blog Post: Team Foundation Source Control Guidelines Now Available

    Our Team Foundation Source Control Guidelines are now available. You can read the Team Foundation Source Control Guidelines online in HTML or you can download the Team Foundation Source Control Guidelines in PDF . The guidelines are part of our patterns & practices Visual Studio Team System Guidance...
  • Blog Post: Downloads Now Available for Visual Studio Team System Guidance

    We have a Downloads Index for Visual Studio Team System Guidance in our patterns & practices Visual Studio Team System Guidance Project . You can now download various types of guidance including our Explained, Guidelines, How Tos, Practices at a Glance, and Questions and Answers guidance modules...
  • Blog Post: New Video: How To - Personalize Team System Guidance with Guidance Explorer

    If you are a hunter and gatherer of guidance, you'll want Guidance Explorer . Watch Video: How To - Personalize Team System Guidance with Guidance Explorer to see how you can use Guidance Explorer to build a custom collection of guidance from our Visual Studio Team System Guidance project. If you haven...
  • Blog Post: New Video: What Is - Branching

    We just added Video: What Is - Branching to our Visual Studio Team System Guidance Project . Watch this video to see how branching may impact your strategy when using Team Foundation Server source control.
  • Blog Post: New Video: What Is - New in Team Foundation Server Source Control

    We added Video: What Is - New in Team Foundation Server Source Control to our Visual Studio Team System Guidance Project . Watch this video if you want a brief highlight of some of the differences between Visual Source Safe and Team Foundation Server: It's one of our first "What Is" type videos as part...
  • Blog Post: New Prescriptive Guidance for Visual Studio Team System

    Our patterns and practices team has just released new prescriptive guidance for Visual Studio Team System ! Since my previous post we've made significant updates with the addition of the following content: Explained: Branching in Team Foundation Server Explained - Structuring Your Solutions...
  • Blog Post: Video-Based Guidance for Visual Studio Team System Now Available

    As part of our Video-Based Guidance Experiment , we've released an initial set of VSTS Guidance Videos . Source Control Videos Video: How To - Setup Your Source Tree in Team Foundation Server (Length: 10:02 - Size: 4.2 MB) Video: How To - Structure Your ASP.NET Projects for TFS (Length: 5...
  • Blog Post: Team Foundation Server Branching Guidance Now Available

    The Team Foundation Server Branching Guidance whitepaper is now available! It's a comprehensive whitepaper that covers strategies, patterns and anti-patterns for branching and merging with TFS. You can view the branching guidance online or you can download the PDF version. Branching Guidance Index...
  • Blog Post: Code Sharing in Team Foundation Server

    How do you share code in Team Foundation Server? That's what our team is working through at the moment. We're looking at what's working, what's not working, and what should customers be doing. Here's how we're basically thinking about it so far: There's two main code sharing paths: source and...
  • Blog Post: 3 Tips for Branching in Team Foundation Server

    One of my readers asked me if I could provide a bit more insight on branching. I think the best thing I can do here is summarize a few tips and then point to some useful resources. Key Tips Don't branch unless you need to . You can always label a release build and branch later. Use branching...
  • Blog Post: Multiple Solutions and Flat Projects

    Graham Barry, one of the key VSTS members helping us pave our paths through Team Foundation Server, shared a model he likes to use. He uses multiple solutions, but with a flat project list: /Source /WinFormsProject /WebProject /WindowsServiceProject /ClassLibrary1 /ClassLibrary2 /ClassLibrary3...
  • Blog Post: Structuring Projects for Team Foundation Server

    I've seen a few customers asking how to structure projects for Team Foundation Server. I don't blame them. Finding a structure that works well for you can be tricky, particularly if you don't have the benefit of hind-sight or a bunch of reference examples to draw from. My team spent some time this...
  • Blog Post: MVPs for Team System

    I updated our index of Team System MVPs index today so that my guidance team can quickly see the profiles and blogs. I couldn't find some blogs, but I'll add them as I find them over time.
  • Blog Post: patterns and practices Visual Studio Team System Guidance Now Available

    This is our first release of our Visual Studio Team System Guidance . This project is a collaborative effort with VSTS team members, customers, field, and industry experts. What you'll see so far, is Practices at a Glance and Questions and Answers as we're tackling source control / versioning. They...
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