Rob Caron

Developer-related topics and other stuff.

January, 2006

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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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    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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    Jeff Beehler on Ask Mode

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    I've heard it said before that software doesn't ship, it escapes. Ask Mode is that phase in the software development life cycle when we start removing some of the barriers to make that possible. In this blog post, Team System’s Jiminy Cricket ,...
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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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    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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    Palo Alto - Installing Team Foundation Server

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    If you're in Silicon Valley this week, this looks like an interesting presentation on Wednesday evening at the SDForum Windows SIG monthly meeting: Wednesday, February 01 2006 , 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM Cubberly Community Center - Palo Alto Microsoft®...
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    Team Foundation Server in March

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    We've been saying for months that Team Foundation Server will ship in the first quarter of this calendar year. Today, Soma announced on his blog and in his keynote at VSLive! in San Francisco that it will ship in March, which of course means that the...
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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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    Iterative Development Resources

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    Need to blog this one so I don't lose the link. Some reading for a rainy day... Saying "do iterative development" is one thing. Figuring out how to actually do it for a group in an organization that isn't accustomed to it is another thing entirely...
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    Advanced Load Testing Features of Team System

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    Bill Barnett , a developer on the Team System load testing features (fka Ocracoke), has started a blog and posted his first blog article, Advanced Load Testing Features of Visual Studio Team System . Go read up on load profiles and connection pool models...
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    Team System for Tech Writers

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    Melanie wrote in to ask me, “I am trying to find information on, examples of, how technical writers or documentation departments have fit themselves into the dev process using [Team System].” This question has arisen a few times in e-mail and in the MSDN...
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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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    Putting Faces to Names

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    Yesterday, I finally had the opportunity to meet Jeff Lynch of CodeBetter.com , who I had previously only known through e-mail and blogging. It’s always great to put a face to a name and have the opportunity to have an old fashioned face-to-face conversation...
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    The Case For Unit Testing

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    In the January streamzine from Net Objectives , Rod Claar presents on the merits of unit testing in the software development life cycle. This presentation provides an argument in favor of developer unit testing, and illustrates the advantages this...
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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 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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    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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    Visual Studio 2005 Team System, Not 2006

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    A recent article on eWeek ( Visual Studio Team System 2006 on Horizon ) speculated that Team System would be renamed to Visual Studio 2006 Team System given the delayed shipping of Team Foundation Server to the first quarter of CY2006. As evidenced by...
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    What's New in the Team Foundation Server RC

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    See Jeff Beehler's blog post cited below to get a handle on what you can expect to find in the forthcoming Team Foundation Server Release Candidate. Since posting about the upcoming TFS Release Candidate, I’ve received numerous requests to describe...
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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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    Teamprise Webcast on MSDN and More...

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    Interested in accessing Team Foundation Server from Macintosh, UNIX or Linux? See this live webcast on Monday, January 23rd at 20:00 GMT. Find out how you can use the Teamprise Plug-in for Eclipse to access the source control features of Microsoft...
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    MSF was Agile Before Agile was Cool?

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    Andrew Delin and Clementino Mendonca set out to answer the critics who want to peg MSF as an Agile carpetbagger by finding agile qualities in MSF seven years before Snowbird. There have been some comments on the newsgroups that Microsoft invented...
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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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