Rob Caron

Developer-related topics and other stuff.

January, 2006

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    MSF for CMMI Process Improvement and CMMI Area Coverage

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    I attended the VSTS for Everyone pre-conference workshop at VSLive! on Sunday, which Richard Hale Shaw and Martin Shoemaker presented. During the day, a fellow attendee asked about parity between MSF for CMMI Process Improvement and CMMI Level 3 process...
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    Debating Dogfood Doctrine

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    In an opinion piece on eWeek today ( Dog Food Doctrine Deserves Debate ), Peter Coffee raises a concern that our (Microsoft’s) dogfooding of Team System may be of little value if your process doesn't match ours. I wonder, though, if Visual Studio Team...
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    Team Foundation Server Case Studies

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    In this post ( Team System and Microsoft IT ), I talked about dogfooding of Team System at Microsoft by our internal IT department. Of course, I can’t forget to mention our external customers who are also early adopters. They chose to use the same software...
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    Where are the Web Tests?

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    Here’s a question from Glenn: So, do you have an idea as to why I don't have "Web Test" as an option on a Test Project? I just have Unit and Ordered tests. Do I need to do something to get that to show up? I contacted Glenn and he has Team Edition...
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    Team System for Partners Pricing

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    In A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Visual Studio 2005 Team System for Microsoft Partners , I blogged that Microsoft Partners would be able to order additional licenses in December to complement the ones they receive as part of their Partner benefits package....
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    Team System and Microsoft IT

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    In this post ( Debating Dogfood Doctrine ) I blogged about how internal teams at Microsoft are also dogfooding Team System, not just our product team. Here are three case studies from the Microsoft IT Showcase that help provide insight into their use...
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    The ROI of Software Testing

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    A recent internal e-mail (thanks, Ian!) included links to these two reports on the ROI of software testing, which may be beneficial to anyone seeking to justify software testers and tools. The Economic Impacts of Inadequate Infrastructure for Software...
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    Soma's VSLive Keynote Online

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    You can watch Soma's VSLive keynote from Monday online, and read Roger Jennings’ write-up here . Team Foundation Server will release to manufacturing in March, said Microsoft's S. "Soma" Somasegar during his VSLive! San Francisco keynote on...
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    Continuous Integration Using Team Foundation Build

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    The continuous integration sample and article from Khushboo Sharan and Kishore M N is now available in the MSDN Library. This is the sample code that Khushboo previously covered in her blog post ( Continuous Integration using Team Build ) on the subject...
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    Visual Studio Start Page Customization

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    For those who use the Visual Studio Start Page, you may find this customization tip useful (if you don’t already know about it). Here’s how my startup page looks: The news section that appears on the Start Page is determined by the RSS feed specified...
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    The Case For Unit Testing

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    In the January streamzine from Net Objectives , Rod Claar presents on the merits of unit testing in the software development life cycle. This presentation provides an argument in favor of developer unit testing, and illustrates the advantages this...
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    Putting Faces to Names

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    Yesterday, I finally had the opportunity to meet Jeff Lynch of CodeBetter.com , who I had previously only known through e-mail and blogging. It’s always great to put a face to a name and have the opportunity to have an old fashioned face-to-face conversation...
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    Team System and Project Management

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    Are you a project manager who has acquired experience using Team System (and in particular, Team Foundation Server) to manage your software development project? If so, how about sharing your experiences with the preeminent author of a forthcoming book...
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    Team System for Tech Writers

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    Melanie wrote in to ask me, “I am trying to find information on, examples of, how technical writers or documentation departments have fit themselves into the dev process using [Team System].” This question has arisen a few times in e-mail and in the MSDN...
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    Advanced Load Testing Features of Team System

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    Bill Barnett , a developer on the Team System load testing features (fka Ocracoke), has started a blog and posted his first blog article, Advanced Load Testing Features of Visual Studio Team System . Go read up on load profiles and connection pool models...
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    The Unchangeable Rules of Software Change

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    Brad Appleton in a recent post to the AgileProjectManagement Yahoo! group (if you don’t subscribe, you really should!): My own "anecdotal and case-study evidence" has led me to a set of "unchangeable rules of software change" that I often convey...
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    January Team System Developer and Tester Chat

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    Mark your calendars – tomorrow (Wednesday, January 18th) is the monthly chat on Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Developers, and Team Edition for Testers. If you have some burning questions based on the RTM bits that have been brewing over the holidays...
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    User Permission Manager Tool

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    Kannan has posted a screenshot of this much anticipated tool (previously blogged about here ) for managing permissions across Team Foundation Server, Reporting Services and Windows SharePoint services. Based on our internal use and feedback from users...
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    Dev'garten Downunder

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    Some cool news about an initiative David Lemphers has been working on down in Melbourne for outsourcing Team Foundation Server care and feeding. But it doesn't stop there. He also worked with Intel and Shuttle to get the latest and greatest hardware to...
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    Coming Soon - Team Foundation Server RC

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    See Jeff Beehler's blog for some information about the forthcoming release of the Team Foundation Server Release Candidate (RC). Anyway, we’re planning on releasing our TFS Release Candidate in early February (and I mean very early February as long...
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    Team System Third-Party Products

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    I was recently contacted by Tim Anderson of ITWriting.com . Tim recently posted on his blog about third-party support for Team System ( Who will *really* support Team System? ). In his e-mail to me he asked, "I wondered if you have a list of significant...
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    New MSF for Agile Software Development Build

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    If you’re interested in MSF for Agile Software Development, you can now download a more recent build of both the process guidance only, and the process template for Beta 3 Refresh: Process Guidance Only Process Template for Beta 3 Refresh
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    Unattended Install of Team Foundation Server

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    The Software Lifecycle Guys at Avanade launched a new blog about a month ago with a focus on the software life cycle and a category dedicated to Team System . In this post, they discuss creating a transform for performing an unattended install of Team...
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    Coming Soon - Team Foundation Server Permission Manager Tool

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    Hey, Kannan Sundararajan has started blogging and promises some good things to come. In particular, a tool for to make it easier to manage permissions across Team Foundation Server, which is cause for celebration by itself. I am currently working...
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    Accessing Team Foundation Server

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    In my Inbox today is this FAQ from Wade: I've already setup a Team Foundation Server, and it seems to be running great. Now I want to setup a developer workstation to work with it -- what version of Visual Studio should I install? To access Team...
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