Rob Caron

Developer-related topics and other stuff.

January, 2006

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    Visual Studio Start Page Customization

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    For those who use the Visual Studio Start Page, you may find this customization tip useful (if you don’t already know about it). Here’s how my startup page looks: The news section that appears on the Start Page is determined by the RSS feed specified...
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    The ROI of Software Testing

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    A recent internal e-mail (thanks, Ian!) included links to these two reports on the ROI of software testing, which may be beneficial to anyone seeking to justify software testers and tools. The Economic Impacts of Inadequate Infrastructure for Software...
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    Debating Dogfood Doctrine

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    In an opinion piece on eWeek today ( Dog Food Doctrine Deserves Debate ), Peter Coffee raises a concern that our (Microsoft’s) dogfooding of Team System may be of little value if your process doesn't match ours. I wonder, though, if Visual Studio Team...
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    Team Foundation Server Case Studies

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    In this post ( Team System and Microsoft IT ), I talked about dogfooding of Team System at Microsoft by our internal IT department. Of course, I can’t forget to mention our external customers who are also early adopters. They chose to use the same software...
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    Team System for Partners Pricing

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    In A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Visual Studio 2005 Team System for Microsoft Partners , I blogged that Microsoft Partners would be able to order additional licenses in December to complement the ones they receive as part of their Partner benefits package....
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    MSF for CMMI Process Improvement and CMMI Area Coverage

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    I attended the VSTS for Everyone pre-conference workshop at VSLive! on Sunday, which Richard Hale Shaw and Martin Shoemaker presented. During the day, a fellow attendee asked about parity between MSF for CMMI Process Improvement and CMMI Level 3 process...
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    Accessing Team Foundation Server

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    In my Inbox today is this FAQ from Wade: I've already setup a Team Foundation Server, and it seems to be running great. Now I want to setup a developer workstation to work with it -- what version of Visual Studio should I install? To access Team...
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    Continuous Integration Using Team Foundation Build

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    The continuous integration sample and article from Khushboo Sharan and Kishore M N is now available in the MSDN Library. This is the sample code that Khushboo previously covered in her blog post ( Continuous Integration using Team Build ) on the subject...
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    Coming Soon - Team Foundation Server Permission Manager Tool

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    Hey, Kannan Sundararajan has started blogging and promises some good things to come. In particular, a tool for to make it easier to manage permissions across Team Foundation Server, which is cause for celebration by itself. I am currently working...
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    Visual Studio Magazine - Writing Unit Tests

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    The February 2006 issue of Visual Studio Magazine has an article by Jeff Levinson (who has written several other Team System articles for that magazine) on writing unit tests in Team System. You can find the online version of the article here - Write...
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    User Permission Manager Tool

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    Kannan has posted a screenshot of this much anticipated tool (previously blogged about here ) for managing permissions across Team Foundation Server, Reporting Services and Windows SharePoint services. Based on our internal use and feedback from users...
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    New MSF for Agile Software Development Build

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    If you’re interested in MSF for Agile Software Development, you can now download a more recent build of both the process guidance only, and the process template for Beta 3 Refresh: Process Guidance Only Process Template for Beta 3 Refresh
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    Team System Third-Party Products

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    I was recently contacted by Tim Anderson of ITWriting.com . Tim recently posted on his blog about third-party support for Team System ( Who will *really* support Team System? ). In his e-mail to me he asked, "I wondered if you have a list of significant...
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    Unattended Install of Team Foundation Server

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    The Software Lifecycle Guys at Avanade launched a new blog about a month ago with a focus on the software life cycle and a category dedicated to Team System . In this post, they discuss creating a transform for performing an unattended install of Team...
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    Team System CodeGallery Projects

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    One of the places where you can find Team System-related projects is in the Team System featured group on GotDotNet CodeGallery : CodeGallery welcomes the new Visual Studio Team System Featured Group, whose initial project members include: the Team...
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    Where are the Web Tests?

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    Here’s a question from Glenn: So, do you have an idea as to why I don't have "Web Test" as an option on a Test Project? I just have Unit and Ordered tests. Do I need to do something to get that to show up? I contacted Glenn and he has Team Edition...
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    Soma's VSLive Keynote Online

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    You can watch Soma's VSLive keynote from Monday online, and read Roger Jennings’ write-up here . Team Foundation Server will release to manufacturing in March, said Microsoft's S. "Soma" Somasegar during his VSLive! San Francisco keynote on...
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    Team Foundation Server Work Item Utility

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    Back in December, Eric Lee posted his Team Foundation Server Work Item Utility in GotDotNet CodeGallery , which he built for moving work items between team projects. You can find more information about it on CodeGallery and in his blog post, Instructions...
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    Team Foundation Server Capacity Planning

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    I missed this post on Brian Harry's blog last week. Capacity planning, like many of the questions we get around adopting Team Foundation Server, the first answer is, "It depends." We've nearly completed our full line of load testing to determine the...
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    Scrum and Cummulative Flow Diagrams (CFD)

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    For those who have been following our use of Scrum in managing our documentation project for Team System, you may be interested in this post from David Chesnut on how to use the same Cummulative Flow Diagrams (CFD) we use to track our progress through...
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    Team System Community Blogroll

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    I just added another site, Martin Woodward’s blog , to my Team System Community blogroll (right-hand margin of my blog below the calendar). He has some great Team System posts there: Talking to VSTS From Java Hatteras Command Line Tips Unlocking...
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    Team System and Project Management

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    Are you a project manager who has acquired experience using Team System (and in particular, Team Foundation Server) to manage your software development project? If so, how about sharing your experiences with the preeminent author of a forthcoming book...
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    Team Foundation Server in a Workgroup

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    If you plan to run Team Foundation Server in a workgroup environment using local user accounts, you may want to read this post on the Team System User Education blog (my team). Managing Team Foundation Server in a workgroup environment is possible...
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    Team System and Microsoft IT

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    In this post ( Debating Dogfood Doctrine ) I blogged about how internal teams at Microsoft are also dogfooding Team System, not just our product team. Here are three case studies from the Microsoft IT Showcase that help provide insight into their use...
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    CS-Converter - Migrating Source to Team Foundation

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    With this post I figured I'd tie up some loose ends with one post. I got e-mail recently asking about migrating from Subversion to Team Foundation Server. It just so happens that Buck Hodges blogged about such a tool earlier this month. Today, I got e...
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