Rob Caron

Developer-related topics and other stuff.

April, 2006

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    Testing and the Flow of Value in Software Development

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    Are you attending STAREAST 2006 in May? If so, be sure to attend this keynote (Testing and the Flow of Value in Software Development) by Sam Guckenheimer, Group Product Planner for Visual Studio Team System. In addition, Sam’s book, Software Engineering...
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    Linking to Work Items in E-Mail

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    When discussing work items in e-mail, I often need the ability to insert a link to the work item. Of course, I use Outlook, but I also use Word as my e-mail editor. I use the following macro (mapped to a toolbar button) to convert a highlighted work item...
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    Deploying Applications with Distributed System Designers

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    There’s a new Team System article on MSDN from Ali Pasha and Krishnakumar Balasubramanian about deploying applications using the deployment report you can generate using the Distributed System Designers. They wrote this months ago, but it’s...
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    April Team System Webcasts

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    In an effort to help promote the numerous Team System Webcasts we host each month, I’m going to start posting a list of what’s scheduled at the beginning of the month. We have a few left in April: Thursday, 27 Apr 2006 Customizing and Extending...
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    VSLive 2006 - Developing with Microsoft Tools: Past, Present and Future

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    IT World Canada has an article ( VSLive 2006 - Microsoft debuts new 'team development' tools ) by Joaquim P. Menezes that covers Jeff Zado’s keynote presentation at VSLive! 2006 in Toronto this week. Jeff Zado is a senior product manager at Microsoft...
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    Rick LaPlante Rides into the Sunset

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    Darryl Taft writes for eWeek about Rick LaPlante ’s pending departure from Microsoft, and his replacement at the Team System helm, Andrew Kass. As much credit as Rick deserves for building Team System, he deserves considerable credit for staffing the...
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    Taking the Mystery out of Software Development

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    Scott Bekker wrote an article for Redmond Channel Partner Online on Team System that examines the insight it brings to software development projects, and considers the value of Team System to Microsoft Partners. It also includes some coverage of its use...
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    Upgrading Team Foundation Server Docs

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    These docs have been in high demand for the past few weeks and I’m happy to see that draft versions are now available for your exploratory use and feedback. Today we have three more draft documents for you, all about upgrading your Team Foundation...
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    The Trouble with Thickets

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    About a week ago, I received an e-mail asking the following: I found this weird problem in VSTS/Sharepoint 2003. Create any folder call "my_files" under any of your TFS project. e.g TFSTest\Documents\Development\My_files. Now go to your portal...
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    Accepted Team System BoF Sessions at TechEd

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    It’s great to see that Culminis and INETA accepted some of the Birds of a Feather sessions at TechEd that are related to Team System: TechEd 2006 - Birds of a Feather: Switching Over to Team System? – Jean-Luc David Team Foundation...
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    Why I Prefer Virtual Server

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    Following a post I made earlier this month about my preference for Virtual Server over Virtual PC , I’ve received comments and e-mail asking me to elaborate. Ever since I learned that it works on Windows XP, I’ve preferred Virtual Server...
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    Microsoft Took Less Traveled Road to Enterprise Tools

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    Darryl Taft has a new article up on eWeek , Microsoft Took Less Traveled Road to Enterprise Tools , which examines the path Microsoft took to building enterprise tools, which provided us with one of our greatest differentiators – strong integration...
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    Code Coverage & Performance Tool FAQs

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    Ian Huff culled through the Visual Studio Team System – Developers forum to gather the most frequently asked questions, and has posted FAQs for both code coverage and the performance tools in Team System. Thanks, Ian! Visual Studio Team System...
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    Visual Studio 2005 Team System Design for Operations Integration Kit

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    If you attended any conferences lately where you saw a presentation with integration that opened work items automatically when an issue occured in a live application, you can now download the Visual Studio solution with source code. The Visual Studio...
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    Colligo Reader for SharePoint

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    Colligo Reader from Colligo Networks (a Microsoft Gold-Certified Partner) I’ve been wanting an application like Colligo Reader for a long time. I can’t think of how many times I’ve asked someone to send me a document in e-mail because I wasn’t attached...
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    Team System for C++ Developers

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    Despite the ever-growing popularity of .NET development, a question we frequently receive is, “What does Visual Studio 2005 and Team System offer for the Visual C++ developer?” Visual C++ developers will find a lot of new capabilities in Visual C+...
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    April Team System Dev & Test Chat

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    Got any feedback to share with the Team System Dev & Test teams? They’re holding an online chat this Wednesday, April 19th. These teams are in the process of planning vNext, so this might be a good time to be extra vocal about what you’d...
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    Team System Help and Support

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    If you haven’t seen it yet, there’s a new page on the Microsoft Help and Support site specifically for Team System-related Knowledge Base articles. You can find it here: Help and Support: Visual Studio Team System Based on some of the...
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    Mass Market SDLC Tools

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    Darryl Taft has an article on eWeek ( Microsoft Mass Market Play Targets Enterprise Tools ) about Team System’s aspirations and the future of Team System to address other roles in the software development life cycle. In addition, there’s a...
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    Mindjet Requirements Manager

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    I downloaded the trial for Mindjet MindManager last month and was impressed with their level of Office integration. Over the weekend I received mail about a project ( Mindjet Requirements Manager ) that integrates MindManager with Team System, specifically...
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    EDS Gives Team Foundation Server a Thumbs-Up

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    Andy Patrizio has an article on SDTimes.com about the use of Team Foundation Server at EDS , which was an early adopter of Team Foundation Server. “For the most part, they have met their objectives with this release,” said Aaron Kowall...
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    Practice Makes Perfect

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    David Lemphers has a great post that outlines a training plan to prepare a team for migrating their Visual Basic 6 & classic ASP application to ASP.NET using Team System. In it, he touches on some excellent points about keeping your team in top form...
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    US Central Region Team Foundation Server Events

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    If you’re near any of the cities listed below, you should take advantage of this half-day clinic from Microsoft’s Developer & Platform Evangelism Team. Chicago, IL – April 24 Houston, TX – April 25 Columbus, OH – April 26 Dallas, TX...
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    Which Visual Studio is for You?

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    The MSDN Visual Studio site for EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) has a Visual Studio Product Selector that steers you to the best edition of Visual Studio based on factors such as your role or interest, and preferred purchasing method. Simply...
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    Essential Unified Process Coming in June

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    According to the Ivar Jacobson International site, Essential Unified Process (EssUP) is launching at the end of June. In a previous post ( Essential Unified Process (Essential UP) ), I blogged about an eWeek article by Darryl Taft on the partnership between...
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