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March, 2007

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About Microsoft UK Developer Tools Team

This is a blog about things that interest our team, in particular topics around microsoft developer tools such as Visual Studio Team System,  MSDN subscriptions and licensing. These may be interest to you too.  Sometimes we will go way off topic, we'll try to answer questions that we get through our blog, but mostly there'll be just a few snippits of information that catch our eye.  Things coming up, stuff we've seen, other bloggers who come up with something unusual, or something just plain daft or amusing to us.

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    DBPro Webcast Slides

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    Slides available here in Office 2007 format (.pptx) If you don't have Office 2007, you can download the Compatibility Pack here Enjoy, Rich
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    Resources from yesterday's DBPro WebCast

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    Slides to follow. Resources: Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-gb/teamsystem/aa718807.aspx Database Professional Team Centre http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-gb/teamsystem/aa718764...
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    Team System Roadmap

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    Yesterday was a busy day in Visual Studio land. As well as marking the 10th anniversary of the release of first version Visual Studio and the announcement of the free release of TeamPlain we have released a roadmap on the future directions of Team System...
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    Free web access to TFS!

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    Yesterday Microsoft announced its acquisition of devBiz, the developers of TeamPlain (a web based interface into TFS). As a result of this, you can now download and install TeamPlain for free! - you will of course need a TFS CAL to access the server through...
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    Branching Guidance Available

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    Customers frequently ask me which branching strategy they should use with TFS. However, TFS is incredibly flexible and does not dictate any particular way of working. To aid adoption our “VSTS Ranger” Team has produced a whitepaper giving much more detail...
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    Team System Sidebar Gadget

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    Jason Pricket (Team System dev) has written a Vista Sidebar Gadget that will monitor the status of a Team Build. The key features are: Each instance of the sidebar gadget monitors a particular build definition. An icon represents the status of the most...
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    Write your own content on MSDN

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    MSDN has now become a Wiki! Well its not completely a Wiki, we've added a community content section at the bottom of each page. I know that the MSDN guys have been trialling this for a while, but it looks like this has now gone mainstream. Personally...
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    Expression Blend - Release Candidate now available

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    If you haven't heard of Blend, it used to be called Expression Interactive and before that Sparkle. Here is the blurb from the download page: If you are new to Expression Blend and are building user experiences for Microsoft® .NET Framework 3.0...
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    Work Item Search Tool

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    Want to search all work items in the project? Unfortunately Team Explorer doesn't support this out of the box. Fortunately Noah Coad has written an Addin to do exactly that - nice one, Noah :-) Check out: Search Work Items, Team System Addin Neil.
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    Want to know more about Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals?

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    We are running a Live Meeting for customers and partners on the benefits and virtues of Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals. The meeting will take place on 28 March 2007, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m and will be delivered by our VSTS Technical...
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    VS Update for Vista now available

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    The update to Visual Studio 2005 SP1 for supporting Vista has just been released; you can download it from: Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 Update for Windows Vista Brian harry has blogged an unofficial list of all the work items that he has identified...
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    VS2005 Tips and Tricks

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    I've just seen a nice little article detailing some tips and tricks for Visual Studio 2005: Visual Studio 2005 IDE Tips and Tricks I especially like the Team Settings bit. This shows how you can distribute code formatting rules across your team...
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    Do you want to know what you get with each version of MSDN?

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    There is a great page on the MSDN site that details: - What you get with each version of Team System & - What benefits you get with the different levels of MSDN subscription The page can be found at: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us...
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    Team System for Free!

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    Just a quick reminder that anyone who has an MSDN Universal Subscription can upgrade for free to either: Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals - or - Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Software Architects - or - Visual...
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    IEeee! has been updated

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    My apologies for taking some time to get round to this, but I've finally fixed a couple of bugs that have been raised against the IEeee addin . For those that haven't seen this, it allows you to submit bugs to TFS from IE and automatically includes...
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    Great Posting on Orcas

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    Eric Lee (formerly of the Team System Product Group) has just posted an excellent article on the new features that we will be getting in Orcas. Eric has taken the trouble to take screenshots of all of these items, so don't expect another dry list of bullet...
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    Team System guidance

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    The Patterns and Practices group have released a community codeplex project aimed at providing more advice and guidance and best practices around the use of Team System. http://www.codeplex.com/VSTSGuidance The most interesting area so far is around the...
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