Rob Caron

Developer-related topics and other stuff.

March, 2007

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    Updated: Visual Studio Team System Licensing White Paper

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    We just published v1.0.3 of the Visual Studio Team System Licensing white paper. This release contains 100% more information but with 50% less content to read. Minus the front matter, we've pared this down to 8.5 pages. We covered a lot of what-if scenarios...
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    Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Assessment

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    The Application Lifecycle (sic) Management Assessment is now live. Before you can improve anything, you have to know what your baseline is; otherwise, how do you measure the improvement, or even identify what to improve? Perhaps people in your organization...
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    Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Pros Wins Jolt Award

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    As reported on Cameron Skinner's blog , Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals won the Jolt Award for the Database Engines and Data Tools category at the 17th Annual Jolt Product Excellence Awards . Unfortunately, I didn't attend this...
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    Visual Studio Unit Testing Extends to Visual Studio Professional in Orcas

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    If you haven't heard the news yet, Visual Studio Unit Testing, which was only available in some Team System products in Visual Studio 2005, will be available in the Professional Edition of Visual Studio code name "Orcas". See this post from Naysawn Naderi...
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    Visual Studio Team System Guidance Meets Guidance Explorer

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    Last year, I blogged a few times about a CodePlex project J.D. Meier was working on called Guidance Explorer (see my posts tagged with Guidance+Explorer ). I thought Guidance Explorer had faded into patterns & practices history, but the reports of...
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    Visual Studio Decennial

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    No, that's not the name of a new feature coming in Visual Studio code name "Orcas" or Visual Studio Team System code name "Rosario". March 2007 (March 19th to be exact) is the Visual Studio Decennial since it marks the 10th anniversary of the release...
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    Ekobit Test Manager Add-In

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    One of the challenges with using Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Developers is that you don't have some of the functionality found in Team Edition for Testers to manage, execute, and organize tests. Ekobit Test Manager Add-In provides an inexpensive...
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    Microsoft Acquires devBiz, TeamPlain Now Available Free to Team Foundation Server Customers

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    Brian Harry has the good news on his blog about our acquisition of devBiz, makers of TeamPlain Web Access. Go checkout his blog for the details. Today we are announcing that Microsoft has acquired DevBiz Business Solutions, the makers of the popular TeamPlain...
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    Team System Basics Training (200-Level), March 2007 Release

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    We just published an updated release of the Team System Basics Training on Microsoft Downloads . This release only updates the expiration date of the VPC, which was set to expire on March 31, 2007 in the November 2006 release. It does not include any...
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    Community Facilitates Knowledge Transfer

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    Back in August 2005, I wrote a blog post in which I tried to answer the question, What is Community? Here's an excerpt from that post: The greatest service a product team can do for its community is to impart as much of their knowledge of the product...
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    Visual Studio Decennial, Redux

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    I created a page on the Visual Studio site with the customer & partner quotes: Happy Anniversary, Visual Studio! March 2007 (March 19th to be exact) is the Visual Studio Decennial since it marks the 10th anniversary of the release of Visual Studio...
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    Groundhog Day at MSDN

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    Last month, my wife and I celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary. It's not romantic, but one of the topics of conversation this time of year is our constant struggle with clutter at home, and how much we've accumulated over the years. Eighteen years...
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    Team Foundation Version Control Branching Guidance

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    As Jeff Beehler announced on his blog today, you can now find Branching Guidance for Team Foundation Version Control on CodePlex . I'm extremely excited to announce the availability of Branching guidance for Team Foundation Server. This was a collaborative...
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    More Defy All Challenges Videos - Munchies and Plunger

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    Video: Defy All Challenges - Munchies Video: Defy All Challenges - Plunger Defy All Challenges 1261
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    Another Jolt Award Winner in the Team System World

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    In addition to Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Pros Wins Jolt Award , I'm happy to see that stpBA Storyboarding for Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2005 Team System also won a Jolt Award at SD West 2007 in the Design and Modeling Tools category...
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    Coming Soon: Defy All Challenges

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    The countdown has started. Someone was silly enough to give me access to the teaser videos, so I posted them on Soapbox. It's probably not a bad thing. Video: Defy All Challenges - Bike Defy All Challenges Share this post : email it! | bookmark...
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    J.D. Meier on New Prescriptive Guidance for Visual Studio Team System

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    J.D. Meier of patterns & practices fame blogged about New Prescriptive Guidance for Visual Studio Team System . While Visual Studio Team System provides powerful new tools, customers are asking "where's the guidance?" ... "where do I start?" ... ...
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    Sandcastle Video from MVP Global Summit

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    If you haven't seen Sandcastle before, take a look at this taped session from the MVP Global Summit earlier this month. Last week I had the pleasure of meeting with several MVPs as a part of the Microsoft Global MVP summit. My team held sessions around...
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    More Defy All Challenges Videos - Copier and Latte

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    Video: Defy All Challenges - Copier Video: Defy All Challenges - Latte Defy All Challenges 1260
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    Sam Gazitt on Planning Tech•Ed

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    We're all in! I can now proclaim that 100% of my team is blogging. That's right, both of us have blogs. Sam Gazitt launched his blog today, and his first order of business is to blog about his number one job - planning a great Tech•Ed for developers....
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    The Expense of Failed Knowledge Transfer

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    J.D. Meier posted a great comment to my recent post on Community Facilitates Knowledge Transfer (emphasis mine): "Shipping the knowledge is just as important as shipping the product" ... YES! ... and a product without knowledge is support waiting to happen...
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    Free Teamprise for CodePlex Users

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    A very cool announcement on Martin Woodward's blog today: Today, I am pleased to announce that Teamprise are offering complimentary licenses of the Teamprise client suite for anyone wanting to use Teamprise to connect to an open source project on CodePlex...
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    Test Post with Video from Soapbox

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    I have a few really cool videos to post very soon. I thought I should try a test post with a video I have sitting on my laptop that I shot last year of the Blue Angels when they were in Seattle. Video: Blue Angels in Seattle - August 2006 1258
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    Assessing Your Current Development Capabilities

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    On March 20th there's a webcast scheduled on the topic of Assessing Your Current Development Capabilities . Adopting a product like Team System can be a great opportunity to assess and optimize your current development capabilities. However, before you...
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    New Team System Articles on MSDN

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    There are two new Team System articles on MSDN: Team System: Work Item Tracking by Brian A. Randell Database Unit Testing with Team Edition for Database Professionals by Sachin Rekhi 1266
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