Rob Caron

Developer-related topics and other stuff.

November, 2006

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    New Case Study: EDS and Team Foundation Server

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    There's a new business case study ( EDS: Global IT Firm Improves Teamwork, Lowers Risk with Distributed-Server Development ) on the Microsoft Case Studies site . EDS has nine Centers of Expertise for its Microsoft® .NET Framework developers in various...
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    Accessing Visual Studio 2005 Hotfixes

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    Today, we're launching a pilot program to make Visual Studio 2005 hotfixes more readily available for download. Hotfix - A single package composed of one or more files used to address a problem in a product. Hotfixes address a specific customer...
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    Team System Basics Training (200-Level)

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    A self-paced, VPC-based training course on Team System basics is now available for download from Microsoft Downloads ( Visual Studio 2005 Team System Basics Training (200-Level) ). Module 1 - Overview Module 2 – Team Foundation Administration Module 3...
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    Team Edition for Database Pros to RTM on November 30

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    At Tech•Ed: IT Forum in Barcelona, Spain, Bob Muglia (senior vice president of the Server and Tools Business at Microsoft) announced the scheduled RTM date of Team Edition for Database Professionals on November 30th (see Promise to Customers: Advance...
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    Updated MSF Process Guidance Includes Database Pros

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    At Tech•Ed: IT Forum in Barcelona, Spain, Bob Muglia also announced updated MSF process guidance to support users of Team Edition for Database Professionals (see Promise to Customers: Advance the Business With IT Solutions ). Process guidance for database...
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    Team System Deep-Dive Training for Microsoft Partners in US

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    If you're a Microsoft Partner in the United States who knows the Team System basics ( Team System Basics Training (200-Level) ), you're ready for Team System deep-dive training. Over the next three months, Microsoft Partner Readiness is offering a 3-day...
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    Buck Hodges : Running Tests in a Build without Using .VSMDI Files

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    If you run tests as an MSBuild task in Team Foundation Build, you will probably be interested in a post from Buck Hodges on how to do so without needing to create test metadata files and test lists (.vsmdi files). He created a custom task that will appear...
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    Power Toys Pack Installer

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    Visit CodePlex to find the Power Toys Pack Installer , which you can use to simplify your Visual Studio power toy installation experience. In addition, you can install other Visual Studio add-ons and tools, such as MSBee, ILMerge, TFS Administration Tool...
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    New Team Foundation Server Administrator's Guide

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    There's a new edition of the Team Foundation Server Administrator's Guide that's hot of the presses and ready for download as a CHM file (NOTE: Viewing Downloaded CHM Files ). I don't have the list of changes handy, but this includes updates made since...
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    Orcas Feature Specs Online

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    As noted in Brian Harry's blog ( More Transparency ), we published a bunch of the Feature Specifications for Visual Studio and .NET Framework "Orcas" up on MSDN. These are the actual feature specifications, not glossy versions of them. I'm happy to tell...
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    Updated Guidance on Team Project Limits

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    Bill Essary, software architect for Team Foundation Server, wrote an article for MSDN Library that provides updated guidance on team project limits ( Team Foundation Server Team Project Limits ). The size of the work item tracking metadata cache is one...
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    TFS Permission Manager 1.0

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    As an alternative to TFSAdmin , you can now use TFS Permission Manager , which was created by Leon Langleyben ( Leon Langleyben: Visual Developer - ASP/ASP.NET MVP ) from SRL Group in Israel. Working with Team Foundation Server we have to perform various...
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    Team System Chat Today (11/8)

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    As noted on most of the Team System product team blogs this past week, we're holding another Team System chat on Wednesday, November 8 at 10am PST. On the agenda - anything Team System, including Visual Studio Code Name "Orcas" - October CTP . Add...
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    Interview with Scott Swigart on MSDN Wiki for Dr. Dobb's Journal

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    Recently, Scott Swigart interviewed Molly Bostic (MSDN Wiki PM) and I about MSDN Wiki for Dr. Dobb's Journal . The interview is now available online ( Dr. Dobb's | MSDN Wiki: What's Up? | November 14, 2006 ). In it you'll learn about more about MSDN Wiki...
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    Now Available: Professional Team Foundation Server

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    Congratulations to Jean-Luc David (former Team System MVP and now at Microsoft Canada), Mickey Gousset (Team System MVP), and Erik Gunvaldson (Microsoft) on the release of their new book from Wrox , Professional Team Foundation Server . Having seen chapters...
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    Looking for Feedback on the Visual Studio CTP Process

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    CTPs, or Community Technology Previews ( Team System Community Technology Previews (CTPs) ), were borne from the desire to provide access to prerelease builds of Visual Studio 2005 on a more frequent schedule than the usual Beta process. After two years...
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    Prerequisites for Installing Team Edition for Database Pros

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    Team Edition for Database Pros - CTP 7 shipped earlier this month, which is the de facto Release Candidate for the final version scheduled to ship at the end of the month ( Team Edition for Database Pros to RTM on November 30 ). As noted in Cameron Skinner...
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    Team System Widgets

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    I blogged about this page before, but there's a new development. The team over at Accentient made it easier to find their treasured list of Team System widgets: TeamSystemWidgets.com . This is a list of various Visual Studio 2005 and Team Foundation Server...
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    TeamWord 1.0 Beta

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    I learned about TeamWord from Kārlis Gaņģis on the OzTFS e-mail list. It works with Word 2003, but I'm on Word 2007 already. I guess that's why we have virtual machines, eh? TeamWord is add-in created with .NET 2.0 for Microsoft Word 2003 to enable users...
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    Party with the Team Edition for Database Pro Team

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    If you're in Barcelona for Tech•Ed: IT Forum , or in Seattle for 2006 PASS Community Summit , stop by the Team Edition for Database Professionals booth to score an invite to an exclusive party on Thursday in Barcelona, or Wednesday in Seattle. Members...
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    J.D. Meier on Test-Driven Guidance

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    When J.D. Meier showed me early releases of Guidance Explorer , one of the things I found interesting was his developer mindset to apply test cases to content development. Today, he wrote up a post about it ( J.D. Meier's Blog : Test-Driven Guidance ...
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    Team Edition for Database Pros - CTP 7

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    The latest CTP of Team Edition for Database Professionals is now available for download. For more information, see these blog posts: Gert Drapers - CTP7 is Live! Cameron Skinner - Final CTP Approaching 1165 Technorati tags: vsts , team system , data dude...
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    Draft Docs: Mirroring the Team Foundation Data-Tier Server

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    Go visit the Team System User Education blog to review some draft documentation on how to configure SQL Server mirroring for Team Foundation Server, and how to fail over to a mirrored data-tier server. I've got four new draft topics for you today about...
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    Measuring Success with Software Factories and Team System

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    If you'd like to learn more about using software factories in Team System, see this new article in the MSDN Library ( Measuring Success with Software Factories and Visual Studio Team System ) by Jack Greenfield (co-author of Software Factories: Assembling...
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    Guidance Automation Toolkit and Domain-Specific Language Tools for Visual Studio 2005: Integration Scenarios

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    There's a new article on MSDN ( Guidance Automation Toolkit and Domain-Specific Language Tools for Visual Studio 2005: Integration Scenarios ) that covers two technologies that are laying the groundwork for Microsoft's software factory strategy: Guidance...
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