Noah Coad

A Microsoft Program Manager on Visual Studio Platform (and an underground coder, lifehacker, hockey player)

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  • Blog Post: Search Work Items is on CodePlex

    Due to popular demand for community participation in further development, I've posted the Search Work Items (Team System Addin) project up on CodePlex at: http://www.codeplex.com/searchworkitems I've heard a lot of good ideas for improvement and it appears people are finding even its currently limited...
  • Blog Post: SnagIt + VSTS = Integration Love

    TechSmith created a plugin for SnagIt that lets you take a screen capture and real quick create a new work item or update a work item with the image attached, cool. They did some nice stuff around it too, check it out... Download the SnagIt Output for VSTS The Team System menu lets you create a new work...
  • Blog Post: VSTS Profiler

    The Visual Studio Team System Profiler is a tool that helps find resource bottle necks in your application. Like slow code (CPU bottleneck), disk thrashing, memory allocation, etc. I'm on the team that builds the Profiler, so here are some Profiler goodies. I've recorded a quick ~5min demo of how to...
  • Blog Post: TechEd 2007: DEV320 Follow Up

    An Overview of Visual Studio Team Developer tools was given at TechEd 2007 as DEV320, Writing Maintainable and Robust Applications with Microsoft Visual Studio Team System . Here are the resources from the session and you can watch it now online. If you saw the session at TechEd and are now reading this...
  • Blog Post: Team Developer MSDN Forums Refactored

    We've done some refactoring to our Team System MSDN web forums that should significantly help customers using our features. There are three key reasons driving this change. Our VSTS Team Developer forums are now: Visual Studio Code Analysis and Code Metrics Visual Studio Performance Tools (Profiler)...
  • Blog Post: TeamPlain Aquired as Team System Web Access

    We just aquired TeamPlain which provides a nice web user interface on top of Team Foundation Server! You can get it now for free . The TeamPlain interface looks real sharp , with a bunch of additional UI components "VSTS should've had from day 1". I'm so looking forward to using here on our own teams...
  • Blog Post: Team System MVPs on Campus

    The MVP Global Summit 2007 is going on right now and today is the first day of meetings between the MVPs and their respective product groups. As I blog this, Dan Kershaw is talking about TFS. Willy-Peter Schaub has some posts on what's going on at the MVP summit right now. You can read up about all our...
  • Blog Post: Search Work Items, Team System Addin

    The ability to quickly and easily search for work items using a little search box seams to be a popular Team System wishlist feature. Teamprise has a Java Team Explorer client, which they say they make sales because of their search capabilities alone. This plugin puts a little search box right into Visual...
  • Blog Post: Rolling Up Status on Work Items

    Say you have a work item type (WIT) that represent a big task, like a Feature, then you have individual Task work items that make up that feature. You want to update the work completed and remaining of the tasks, and have that roll into the corrosponding feature. Today TFS doesn't support work item heiarchy...
  • Blog Post: Script Debugging Improvements in Orcas

    We've made some significant improvements to script debugging! The VS script debugger hasn't seen real improvements since VS6 (pre-.NET). Now with ASP.NET AJAX (MS' new AJAX framework), script debugging has caught a new wind. You can try these out in the new VS Orcas March CTP . Here are the improvements...
  • Blog Post: TFS Work Item Hierarchy

    Team Foundation Server doesn't natively support work item hierarchy, we all know that. So the question is, how can you create a reasonable workaround to get a work item hierarchy? Of course, all of these techniques require custom reporting, either some fancy SQL Report MDX code, or your own reporting...
  • Blog Post: Real TFS Command Line Help

    John Lyon-Smith , a developer on my team, put togther this extensive command line help for Team Foundation's TF.exe command. In his own words... After the umpteenth time of typing “tf –?” only to have it launch the MSDN documentation that usually isn’t installed in my Dogfood environment, I threw together...
  • Blog Post: Managing Lots of Work Item Queries

    At lunch today I was discussing topics to blog about with two peers who are very involved with work item tracking. Dan is the PM of WIs and Jim is the release manager for TFS. Naturally we discussed the aspect of how a blog is one's own personal perspective on life & work, and specifically the unique...
  • Blog Post: VSTS Book: Professional Team Foundation Server

    Congratulations to my friends Jean-Luc David, Mickey Gousset, and Erik Gunvaldson on thier recent book! This is the definitive book on TFS out. It is a great companion to Jean-Luc, Erik and my last book Professional Visual Studio 2005 Team System . Jean-Luc David is a former VSTS MVP and is now a Developer...
  • Blog Post: VSTS Love w/ Korean Rap Music Video

    Check this out! The Koreans really love VSTS, they even have a song about it ! <lol> This was good entertainment, even though I only understood four words (you figure out which four). I wonder what they're saying the rest of the song... A transcript would be real nice. Enjoy it. Update on 10/31...
  • Blog Post: VSTS Desktop Wallpaper

    It's desktop background image w/ my product on it! I typically have wallpaper turned off with a plain blue colored desktop, but this is a real nice blue. The logo is in the bottom right corner so it doesn't interfere with desktop icons (typically in the top left corner). It is also set up a little bit...
  • Blog Post: Profiling a Unit Test

    A little known feature of VSTS Team Developer is the ability to use the run-time analysis of the Profiler specifically targetting the code in a Unit Test. There are a two key scenarios this integration feature targets: Collect Performance Data on Specific Code Normally you'd have to kick-off your entire...
  • Blog Post: Team Foundation Server for Texas A+M University CS Dept

    Two weeks ago I visited Texas A&M University's Computer Science Department for an Industrial Affiliates Program meeting and do so some recruiting. I had the privilege of presenting just how easy it is to do team software development with Visual Studio Team System to five software engineering classes...
  • Blog Post: New VSTS Book: Global Outsourcing with MS VSTS

    A surprise packaged just arrived on my desk and upon opening it, walla! A new book on Team System! Jamil Azher came and visited me a few months ago and mentioned he was working on a new book, well, it's out! Global Sourcing with Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team System has got to be one of the longest...
  • Blog Post: VSTS Team Online Chat, Wed 10/4/06, 10am PST, Now w Team Data

    It's that time again for another exciting 1hr live online chat with the Visual Studio Team System team. Team Data (aka Data Dude) will be present for the first time too. Come with tons of questions since this is a big investment of time for VSTS, with typically over 40 members of the team participating...
  • Blog Post: Clarification on TFS Setup with Admin Accounts

    This is in regard to installing Team Foundation Server for Visual Studio Team System with the TFSSETUP, TFSSERVICE, and TFSREPORTS accounts, whether they must be Admins on the local machine or Active Directory domain. It also includes my tips to installing TFS. I'm here at Texas A&M University in...
  • Blog Post: Team System Online Chat - Wed, Aug 6th, 10am PST

    Engineers from all five of the Team System product units (TFS, Team Dev, Team Test, Team Architect, Team Data) will be on a live chat with YOU for one hour this Wednesday, August 6th 2006, at 10:00am PST (assuming you join us ). This is a big deal for us! It is one of the few events that so many from...
  • Blog Post: Jean-Luc David Joins Microsoft

    Jean-Luc David is was a Team System MVP & a fellow C# MVP when I was an MVP. Just yesterday he accepted a job as a Microsoft Developer Evangelist (DE) (for Canada)! Welcome to the team JL! Our stock value is bound to go up with you on the team. The DE role is really cool since you get to visit customer...
  • Blog Post: My Book is Published - Pro VSTS by Wrox

    It’s about time I blog that… my book has been published! Professional Visual Studio 2005 Team System by Wrox Press . This has been over a year in the making! #1 thanks goes out to Jean-Luc David , the lead author. Not only did he let me participate in the book, but he was very easy to...
  • Blog Post: Team System Widgets & TFS Client for Eclipse (PC, Mac, & Unix)

    Accentient has a web page with a bunch of links to cool Team System related products. Two of our VSTS MVPs run the company, Steven Borg & Richard Hundhausen. They do training courses around the globe on VSTS. Team System Widgets http://accentient.com/widgets.aspx I’d like to point out...
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