Rob Caron

Developer-related topics and other stuff.

August, 2006

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    Which Version of Team Foundation Server Do I Have?

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    If you have several Team Foundation Server installations, inherited one, or just don't know, here's how you can determine which version of Team Foundation Server you have. On the application-tier computer, check the file version of Microsoft.TeamFoundation...
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    Visual Studio .NET 2003 SP1 Available

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    For the people who contacted me over the past several months to ask about Visual Studio .NET 2003 SP1 (English) , it’s now available for download. This download installs Service Pack 1 for Microsoft® Visual Studio® .NET™ 2003. Fixes in this Service...
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    Expiring Team Foundation Server Installations

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    As Brian Harry notes in his blog post below, we're getting close to the point where Team Foundation Server Release Candidate and Trial Editions installed earlier this year will start to expire. We are rapidly approaching 6 months since TFS released. Yeah...
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    TechEd 2006 US Team System PowerPoint Slides

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    While I was out on vacation, the PowerPoint slides from the Team System presentations held at TechEd 2006 US in Boston were posted for download from Visual Studio 2005: TechEd 2006 . Team Edition for Database Professionals: DEV217: Introducing Visual...
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    Authoring Work Item Types with IntelliSense in Visual Studio

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    Earlier today, Buck Hodges blogged about IntelliSense while editing Work Item Types . In his post, he noted that the schema for work item types (as well as the other schemas used by Team Foundation Server process templates) is located in the Visual Studio...
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    MSDN Wiki Enhancements

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    I haven't blogged about MSDN Wiki since earlier this summer, but there are some new enhancements I'd like to publicize. First, those who were initially dismayed by the lack of Firefox support should be happy to find that MSDN Wiki now supports Firefox...
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    Branching and Merging Primer

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    Chris Birmele is a Developer Tools Technical Specialist in Australia. Back in May, he published an introductory paper on the subject of branching and merging ( Branching & Merging Primer ), which is now available in MSDN Library Online as a technical...
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    Configuring Team Foundation Server to Use a Remote SharePoint Server

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    We've received a number of requests from people asking how to use a remote Windows SharePoint site to host team project portal sites instead of hosting them on the Team Foundation Server application-tier computer. This TechNote ( Visual Studio 2005: TN_1500...
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    TeamCI: Continuous Integration for Team Foundation Build

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    Notion Solutions announced the release of TeamCI , which is a solution to provide continuous integration for Team Foundation Build. You can download TeamCI from Team System Rocks . For more information, see Dave McKinstry's blog ( Continuous Integration...
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    Extending Team Foundation Server with Sidekicks by Attrice

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    I received e-mail from Eugene Zakhareyev informing me about the release of version 1.0 of Team Build Sidekick add-in for Visual Studio ( Team Build Sidekick addin ) from Attrice Corporation . This add-in, another in a line of Team Foundation Server add...
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    Martin Woodward on the Power of the Proxy

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    Martin Woodward , the European contingent of the Teamprise team, wrote a post ( Martin Woodward: My Pint Sized TFS Proxy ) earlier today about his pint-sized Team Foundation Server Proxy. Read his post to learn how valuable the proxy can be for remote...
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    What Team Edition for Database Professionals Can Do for You

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    We just published the first MSDN article on Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals ( What Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals Can Do for You ). Tony Loton wrote this article based on the CTP4...
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    Windows Live Writer (Beta 1)

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    Windows Live Writer by Microsoft I started using Windows Live Writer back in July, and I used it to post the last 30 or 40 posts to this blog. I used BlogJet for a long time, but now I'm hooked on Windows Live Writer. Welcome to the Windows Live Writer...
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    What's New in Team Edition for Database Pros, CTP 5

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    The blogging activity from the product team indicates that CTP 5 of Team Edition for Database Professionals is just around the corner. See the following posts from the team to see what's coming soon: Gert Drapers - Importing SQL Scripts in to the Database...
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    Jeff Beehler on Software Design Reviews (SDRs)

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    Jeff Beehler , the glue that holds the Team System team together, blogged about a fundamental part of designing software at Microsoft - the Software Design Review (SDR). Read this post ( SDRs - getting customer feedback early and often ) if you want to...
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    FAQ: Source Control or Version Control?

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    A common terminology question I see is, "Is it source control or version control?" From the Team System Glossary , version control is "[t]he establishment and maintenance of baselines and the identification of changes to baselines that make it possible...
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    Now Blogging: Mario Rodriguez, PM, Team Foundation Version Control

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    Mario Rodriguez , program manager for Team Foundation Version Control, started his blog today. Mario is filling the big shoes left by Doug Neumann, who was the PM for v1 and is now Mario's boss. If you want to know what's happening with Team Foundation...
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    SDM is Now SML

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    Perhaps something that happened almost two weeks ago isn't news to most, but I'm still digging through e-mail I received while I was on vacation. While I was out, System Definition Model (SDM) became Service Modeling Language (SML) when it was released...
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    Updated MSFWinBuild Now Available

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    Late last week, the patterns & practices team released an updated MSFWinBuild on GotDotNet ( MSFWinBuild: Workspace Home ). If you're customizing MSF process guidance, this is the tool you need to compile the process guidance from the XML source to...
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    Randy Miller on Writing Scenarios

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    Randy Miller started a four-part series of posts on writing scenarios. The first post is about the most fundamental step, identifying the scenarios. I get many questions about writing scenarios, but writing scenarios in general is a four-step process...
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    Dave Glover's Mini ITX Team Foundation Server

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    I've wanted to build a Mini ITX computer for a long time 'cause it looks like a lot of fun. Dave Glover blogs about the Mini ITX system he built to run Team Foundation Server. If you surf the Mini ITX site, you'll find pics of projects where people have...
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    Team Foundation Server Dogfood Stats - August 2006

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    For those who track our internal use (dogfooding) of Team Foundation Server, Brian Harry posted the August DevDiv TFS Dogfood Statistics on his blog yesterday. We continue to add more teams to our divisional Team Foundation Server and the stats are rather...
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    Sample Code for Extending Team Foundation Server

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    Buck Hodges compiled an impressive list of code samples that each demonstrate customizing, extending, or help with administering Team Foundation Server. If you know of a good sample that he's missing, be sure to let him know. Maybe we need to add a page...
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    Global Outsourcing with Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team System

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    Jamil Azher advises me that the book he wrote, Global Outsourcing with Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team System , is now shipping from Amazon.com. I started reading an early draft of this book earlier this summer, and I will say that Jamil is very thorough...
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    Using PowerShell and SMO to Monitor Team Foundation Server Database Jobs

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    I didn't pay much attention to Windows PowerShell when it was known by its codename, Monad . Shortly after it received the PowerShell name, I started experimenting with it. Of course, James Manning is moon leaps ahead of me. He created a PowerShell script...
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