Learn to use Visual Studio, Visual Studio Online, Application Insights and Team Foundation Server to decrease rework, increase transparency into your application and increase the rate at which you can ship high quality software throughout the application lifecycle
Normally, I use this space to discuss the important stuff: me, and the weather in the Pacific Northwest. But not this time. This time it's all about the writers. They are all fine people.
Even though, except for one glorious day last Saturday, it has only been above 55 degrees twice since Febuary 1, and no one seems to understand the effect it has on me.
And, never play chicken with a Buick when all you got is a bicycle.
Installing Team Foundation Components
Tim makes it official.
Customizing Process Templates TFS and Project Server Integration
Kathryn re-orginizes process template info and updates the TFS / Project Server docs for the functionality released in the Team Foundation Server 2010 and Microsoft Project Server Integration Feature Pack.
Modeling the Application
Alan wants you to test your extensions to VS UML tools. He even shows you how.
Testing the Application
Howie's got it all: blog samples, conceptual topics, and even API references.
Building the Application
Andy provides a custom build template to help you control where your compiled binaries end up.
Technical Articles for Visual Studio Application Lifecycle Management
Elizabeth explains how TFS can help you comply with Sarbanes-Oxley.
TFS 2010 officially supports Win7 SP1 and Windows Server R2 SP1. If you had TFS installed and were waiting to update your OS, you are now free to move about the country (*ding, ding*) er, wait. I mean, upgrade to the latest bits.
Find out more at Tim's blog: http://elhajj.wordpress.com/2011/04/11/team-foundation-server-2010-supports-windows-7-and-window-server-2008-r2-service-pack-1/
We've streamlined and enhanced the content that addresses how to customize process template. Specifically we made the following changes:
New and Updated Topics to Support Customizing Plug-in Tasks and Type Definitions
To streamline the content, we consolidated the syntax structure and attribute definitions for the taskXml child elements within the topic that describes how to customize each plug-in or file you want to upload. The following topics are either new or revised:
You won't find the following topics in the TOC anymore. We eliminated all element definition and schema definition topics whose content had been consolidated. This resulted in the elimination of the following topics and their child topics:
(This update only applies for Dev10 SP1)
Prior to the update of Dev10 SP1, if you sorted a tree list in Excel, you received Error TF208022. You could not publish the changes you made to your worksheet after you had sorted a worksheet that contained a tree list of work items. Now, with Dev10 SP1 installed, you can publish the changes you made to work items, even if you did a sort on the tree list. All the changes you made to the tree hierarchy, however, will revert to the original link definitions. You can learn more from the following updated topic:
(These updates only apply for Dev10 SP1 and the installation of the Team Foundation Server 2010 and Microsoft Project Server Integration Feature Pack)
With the integration of Team Foundation Server and Project Server, it is possible that parent-child links become locked. Locked links are indicated in the Query Results view with the symbol: . The following topic contains an update to help you address TF208104 error when you try to publish an Excel worksheet that contains locked links:
Several updates were made to the topics that address the setup, update, and configuration of the two server products to identify all the cumulative updates required to support Project Server, as well as recommended update sequence, permission assignments, and required steps to configure SharePoint Products after the cumulative updates have been installed. You can learn about these changes in the following topics:
Several corrections and additions have been made to topics to clarify how the synchronization engine manages date-related fields, the updates of mirror fields, and the submission of new, multiply-nested work items and tasks from Team Foundation Server to Project Server. Specifically, you should be aware of the following process notes:
The following topics have been updated to reflect these enhancements:
We recommend you write unit tests to help keep your code stable through updates. If you use VMSDK to write domain-specific languages or extensions to the UML tools, then you'll find the essential clues here: How to Run Unit Tests on UML Extensions.
There's also a sample solution with the unit tests all set up, which you can download from UML: Rapid Entry tool.
There are now several cool source code samples that show you how to write your extensions for the VS Ultimate UML tools. In addition, you can use the samples as they are to add useful features to the tools. The most popular ones include:
UML: Rapid Entry toolhttp://code.msdn.microsoft.com/UML-Rapid-Entry-using-Text-0813ad8a
When you want to enter a complete model, drawing every box and line with the toolbox can be slow. This tool lets you write text commands so that you can create a model while you're in a meeting.
UML: Link Elements to diagrams, files, and other elementshttp://code.msdn.microsoft.com/Link-UML-elements-to-0adbf5a8
Drag items from Windows, section heads from Word, slides from PowerPoint, or elements from other models, onto any UML element. Later, you can double-click the element to open the linked items. Great for linking your spec or architecture docs to your model.
UML: Align shapes
Make your diagram more tidy.
Howie Hilliker has added a new code sample, Verifying the Links in your Web Application Using a Web Performance Test on his blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/howie_hillikers_blog/archive/2011/03/24/verifying-the-links-in-your-web-application-using-a-web-performance-test.aspx
How to: Create a Visual Studio Add-In for the Web Performance Test Results Viewerhttp://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff458704.aspx
The code sample in one of the procedures had an error where the wrong namespace was being displayed. This has been corrected and now the resulting Add-in works correctly.
Walkthrough: Run Tests and View Code Coveragehttp://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms182534.aspx
Added prerequisites specifying that Visual Studio 2010 Premium or Ultimate are required.
How to: Create an Action Recordinghttp://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd286647.aspx
Topic had information about how to load action recordings at bottom of topic; however, it was inserted into an unrelated note by mistake. Removed the content from the note and appended to end of last procedure.
How to: Install the Required Software to Create a Video Recording Using Test Runnerhttp://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd997558.aspx
Added additional clarification regarding when the installation of Windows Installer 3.1 is needed.
Added links from all the various assert methods (for example, Assert.IsFalse) to the related conceptual topic Using the Assert Classes (http://msdnstage.redmond.corp.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms182530.aspx).
Added C# code example demonstrating using the property.
Microsoft.VisualStudio.TestTools.UnitTesting.Assert.AreEqual Method (Object, Object)http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms243413.aspx
Added unit test code sample demonstrating how different numeric types are treated as equal if the logical values are equal. For example, a Long 42 and an Int 42.
Added cautionary note stating that the unique value assigned to WebTestUserId for a simulated user is valid only when it is used with one load test scenario and one load test agent. The WebTestUserId value is not unique across multiple agents.
Applies to: VS and Team Foundation 2010
The MSDN topic Control Where the Build System Places Your Binariesdescribes techniques that you can use to control where your Team Foundation Build system drops the compiled binaries. In response to your input, Andy has created a custom build process template that makes this task much easier. You can download the CustomOutputDirImport.xaml build process template from Andy's aptly named Downloadable Build Process Template to Control Drop Folder Structure blog post.
Sarbanes-Oxley and Team Foundation Server 2010http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg983694.aspx
Learn how Team Foundation Server features eliminate many of the risks associated with proving SOx 404 compliance for financial systems.