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  • Blog Post: TFS Best Practices Analyzer

    Brian Harry announced the release of the Sept 2007 TFS Power Tools which contains the TFS Best Practices Analyzer, a tool to help you diagnose problems with your system and to highlight what hasn't been configured correctly. Here's a summary of what it does; Gathers configuration information...
  • Blog Post: Team System : know what you want your process to be to maximise the benefit

    I'm talking to a lot of companies about Team System at the moment, both existing users and potential users - in both cases I try to get the message across that Team System will help reduce the burden on individuals to support a given process, be it CMMI, MSF Agile, SCRUM or an existing in-house process...
  • Blog Post: Class Libraries on Application Diagrams and System Diagrams with VSTS Architecture Edition Power Tools

    I'm doing a lot of demos at the moment and most of the time I'm using VPCs since I can tee things up beforehand, do my demo and discard any changes at the end. Another advantage of this situation is that I can try out combinations of betas / CTPs quickly and easily, and remove any trace when I'm done...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Team System Case Studies

    Just a link post really, but there are lots of VSTS case studies available at http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/search.aspx?ProTaxID=2671 . That link will return you the full list, but you can try Microsoft Case Studies to filter based on Microsoft Visual Studio Team System and your Industry, Organisation...
  • Blog Post: DB Pro Power Tools - including T-SQL Analysis, dependency viewing and more refactoring options

    In a previous post I covered Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals. As of 11th August 2007 you can download DB Pro Power Tools from here . Some of these are really handy, e.g. Static Code Analysis - like an FxCop for T-SQL, and wildcard expansion which will convert e.g. SELECT * into...
  • Blog Post: Hosted TFS

    A company called Readify have come up with a hosted solution for Team Foundation Server (is this Sourcecode-as-a-Service? Sorry, lame joke). I think this was a logical space for someone to move into given Team Foundation Server's abilities, web service interfaces etc. and one thing I really like about...
  • Blog Post: Final TFS 2008 Feature List

    Brian Harry has posted what he believes to be the final feature list for TFS 2008. A few interesting ones: Support for Windows Server 2008 Support for SQL Server 2008 Support for HTTPS communication to the TFS server Simpler installation :-) - Incidentally, some of stuff on the list...
  • Blog Post: Team Edition for Database Professionals Walkthrough

    Team Edition for Database Professionals (or DB Pro for short) has two main goals: Manage changes to the DB Mitigate the risk of making those changes To achieve #1, DB Pro extends the same ALM capabilities to database professionals that software developers have enjoyed for years, fully integrating...
  • Blog Post: VSTS Webcast Series

    Check out Adam Gallant's weblog for a list of upcoming Team System webcasts starting on August 7th...It's a pretty comprehensive list, some really interesting topics which I'll definitely be checking out. Here's a summary, check out Adam's post for more details... August 7, 07 2pm EST Topic: Improving...
  • Blog Post: 5 reasons to check out Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2

    Its all about Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers! Quite an old video :-), but the gist is about right - this release is all about improving developer productivity, so even if you don't want to target the .NET framework 3.5 you can still take advantage of features like: CSS editing support...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2

    You can download VS 2008 beta 2 and the .NET framework 3.5 beta 2 from here (you can also grab VS 2008 TFS beta 2 and the MSDN Library for VS 2008) VPCs are available if you want to evaluate on a virtual machine, which is convenient (biiiggggg though). Check out this Channel9 Video where Somasegar...
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