Rob Caron

Developer-related topics and other stuff.

April, 2006

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  • Rob Caron

    Team Foundation Server Upgrade Matrix

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    I’ve seen a lot of e-mail lately asking about the upgrade path from one release of Team Foundation Server to another. Here’s a matrix I compiled with input from members of the product team on which combinations are possible, and how: ...
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    Team Foundation Server MSSCCI Provider 1.0

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    We just published v1.0 of the Visual Studio Team Foundation Server MSSCCI Provider ( updated URL ) to Microsoft Downloads. This release was tested with the following products: Visual Studio .NET 2003 Visual C++ 6 SP6 Visual Visual Basic 6...
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    Free Download: Virtual Server 2005 R2

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    Ever since I learned that it works on Windows XP, I’ve preferred Virtual Server 2005 R2 over Virtual PC for running virtual machines on my notebook. Here’s another reason to like it – it’s now free of charge! Like the Distributed...
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    Team System for C++ Developers

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    Despite the ever-growing popularity of .NET development, a question we frequently receive is, “What does Visual Studio 2005 and Team System offer for the Visual C++ developer?” Visual C++ developers will find a lot of new capabilities in Visual C+...
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    Why I Prefer Virtual Server

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    Following a post I made earlier this month about my preference for Virtual Server over Virtual PC , I’ve received comments and e-mail asking me to elaborate. Ever since I learned that it works on Windows XP, I’ve preferred Virtual Server...
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    Mindjet Requirements Manager

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    I downloaded the trial for Mindjet MindManager last month and was impressed with their level of Office integration. Over the weekend I received mail about a project ( Mindjet Requirements Manager ) that integrates MindManager with Team System, specifically...
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    VSSConverter GUI

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    I got e-mail from Eyal Post of EPocalipse Software today that he has built a GUI front-end for the VSSConverter tool, which is the command-line utility that helps you migrate source from Visual SourceSafe to Team Foundation Version Control. See his post...
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    Linking to Work Items in E-Mail

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    When discussing work items in e-mail, I often need the ability to insert a link to the work item. Of course, I use Outlook, but I also use Word as my e-mail editor. I use the following macro (mapped to a toolbar button) to convert a highlighted work item...
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    April Team System Webcasts

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    In an effort to help promote the numerous Team System Webcasts we host each month, I’m going to start posting a list of what’s scheduled at the beginning of the month. We have a few left in April: Thursday, 27 Apr 2006 Customizing and Extending...
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    Pro Visual Studio 2005 Team System eBook

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    Today, I learned about this new offer from an e-mail Ian Smith sent me. Apress has a new program called betaBook, which lets you purchase an electronic version of titles that are in the final phase of publication. This gets you early access to new...
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    Accepted Team System BoF Sessions at TechEd

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    It’s great to see that Culminis and INETA accepted some of the Birds of a Feather sessions at TechEd that are related to Team System: TechEd 2006 - Birds of a Feather: Switching Over to Team System? – Jean-Luc David Team Foundation...
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    Visual Studio 2005 Team System Design for Operations Integration Kit

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    If you attended any conferences lately where you saw a presentation with integration that opened work items automatically when an issue occured in a live application, you can now download the Visual Studio solution with source code. The Visual Studio...
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    The Trouble with Thickets

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    About a week ago, I received an e-mail asking the following: I found this weird problem in VSTS/Sharepoint 2003. Create any folder call "my_files" under any of your TFS project. e.g TFSTest\Documents\Development\My_files. Now go to your portal...
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    Expand Your Team System Skills

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    Are looking to expand your Team System skills, but you don’t know where to start, or where to look for the best stuff? Go visit this new site ( Expand Your Opportunities ) we launched over the weekend that provides a guide for introductory, intermediate...
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    Renaming a Team Foundation Server

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    Congratulations on installing Team Foundation Server. However, it turns out that management is not pleased with your choice of server name, which is some off-beat allusion that would leave even Dennis Miller scratching his head. What now? You could...
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    Managing Version Control Workspaces

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    Do you have the need to manage a lot of workspaces? Would you rather have a Windows GUI to use instead of the TF.exe command-line utility? I got e-mail today from Eugene Zakhareyev of Attrice announcing the availability of a freeware utility, Workspace...
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    Deploying Applications with Distributed System Designers

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    There’s a new Team System article on MSDN from Ali Pasha and Krishnakumar Balasubramanian about deploying applications using the deployment report you can generate using the Distributed System Designers. They wrote this months ago, but it’s...
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    Testing and the Flow of Value in Software Development

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    Are you attending STAREAST 2006 in May? If so, be sure to attend this keynote (Testing and the Flow of Value in Software Development) by Sam Guckenheimer, Group Product Planner for Visual Studio Team System. In addition, Sam’s book, Software Engineering...
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    Functional Testing in Team System

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    Another common feature request for Team System is automated functional testing for Windows applications, which we don’t have in this release of Team System. However, Compuware Test Partner does, and as Paul Krill reports for Info World, they just...
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    TeamPlain Web Access for Team System

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    Earlier this week, devbiz shipped TeamPlain Web Access for Team System . This product provides the Web UI people have asked for since the early beta releases of Team Foundation Server. We don’t have it in v1, but you can get it from devbiz today...
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    Gulf States Team System Roadshow

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    If you’re in the Gulf States region (in particular, Florida, Mississippi, and Alabama) and you want an instructor-led tour of Team System, you should contact Kevin Ayers of Idea Integration (kevin dot ayers at idea dot com) to attend a two-day class...
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    Code Coverage & Performance Tool FAQs

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    Ian Huff culled through the Visual Studio Team System – Developers forum to gather the most frequently asked questions, and has posted FAQs for both code coverage and the performance tools in Team System. Thanks, Ian! Visual Studio Team System...
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    Microsoft Took Less Traveled Road to Enterprise Tools

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    Darryl Taft has a new article up on eWeek , Microsoft Took Less Traveled Road to Enterprise Tools , which examines the path Microsoft took to building enterprise tools, which provided us with one of our greatest differentiators – strong integration...
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    Taking the Mystery out of Software Development

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    Scott Bekker wrote an article for Redmond Channel Partner Online on Team System that examines the insight it brings to software development projects, and considers the value of Team System to Microsoft Partners. It also includes some coverage of its use...
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    Rick LaPlante Rides into the Sunset

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    Darryl Taft writes for eWeek about Rick LaPlante ’s pending departure from Microsoft, and his replacement at the Team System helm, Andrew Kass. As much credit as Rick deserves for building Team System, he deserves considerable credit for staffing the...
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