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Scott Dorman Microsoft MVP, Software Architect, Developer, Author TFS There are 16 entries for the tag TFS
Favorite Visual Studio 2010 Extensions, Update
With the release of the Visual Studio Pro Power Tools (and many other new extensions having been released), my list of favorite Visual Studio extensions has changed. All of these extensions are available in the Visual Studio Gallery. Here is the list of extensions that I currently have installed and find useful: Bing Start Page CodeCompare Collapse Selection In Solution Explorer Collapse Solution Color Picker Completion Extension Analyzer Find Results Highlighter Find Results Tweak (Available from ......

Posted On Friday, June 11, 2010 10:08 PM

Professional Experience
Scott J Dorman [profile] Summary of Current Qualifications Software Development n Technical architecture/design/specifi... n Functional design/specifications n Design/Development methodologies n Reusable infrastructure API components and class libraries n Continuous Integration build systems n Application Development Management Programming Languages n C#, VB.NET, ASP.NET, ASP, HTML, DHTML, CSS, XML, XSL, XPATH, JavaScript, VBScript, InstallShield n CruiseControl.NET, NAnt, MSBuild, Team Foundation ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 20, 2009 9:43 PM

Tampa Bay IASA February 2009 Meeting Reminder
Just a quick reminder that the February 2009 meeting is tonight from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (ET) at the Microsoft office. Please be sure to register so we have a good idea of how much pizza to order. Code Generation with T4 and Visual Studio Why write repetitive code when you can generate it? Learn about Text Template Transformation Toolkit (T4) - one of the best-hidden new features of Visual Studio 2008. T4 allows you to use simple ASP.NET-like template syntax to generate application source code, configuration ......

Posted On Thursday, February 26, 2009 10:44 AM

Team Foundation Server – How Does Microsoft Use It?
If you’re looking at implementing Team Foundation Server, looking for ways to improve your deployment, or just want to know how one of the world’s largest software companies manages their day-to-day development, check out this “series” of blog posts. These are good posts from a management/process level perspective: Applying Value Up at Microsoft (Sam Guckenheimer) 60-minute-webcast Scenarios, Value Props, Experiences, Features Managing work for Team System (Jeff Beehler) Internal TFS Usage: Tracking ......

Posted On Saturday, August 30, 2008 1:31 PM

Check In Early, Check In Often
Jeff Atwood talks about what he considers the “Golden Rule” of source control: Check in early, check in often. For Jeff, it seems, going more than 1 day without checking in code is too long and will cause integration headaches down the road. I completely agree with this sentiment, and the idea of not going dark, up to a point. Where Jeff's arguments start to fail is long-running development tasks that have large (or fundamental) impact on an existing code-base, particularly one that is heavily used. ......

Posted On Saturday, August 30, 2008 11:32 AM

Microsoft and monetizing developer products
I’m catching up on blog posts and saw this one from Brian Harry about the TFS Power Tools and Software Assurance. In that post he asks “How are Power Tools monetized?” and goes on to mention that there is a possibility that the power tools will become a paid feature and part of the Software Assurance (SA) program. My response (which I tried to post as a comment, but since it didn’t save I’m turning it into this blog post instead) is this: Absolutely not! While I understand the desire to monetize ......

Posted On Sunday, July 13, 2008 9:38 AM

New Lineup of SlickEdit Tools
I have talked about the SlickEdit Tools and Gadgets in the past (here and here) and have always been impressed with both of them. Previously, the SlickEdit Tools were only available for Visual Studio 2005. Now that Visual Studio 2008 is here, SlickEdit has released an update that works with both VS2005 and VS2008. The catch here is that this is much more than a simple update. The major difference is that the tools have been organized into two products: the Editing Toolbox (datasheet), which contains ......

Posted On Thursday, March 20, 2008 4:18 PM

Customizing TFS Reports
If you use TFS, you have probably wanted to customize at least one of the reports or create your own custom report. Fortunately, the Microsoft patterns & practices group has published an excellent white paper that explains how to create or customize TFS reports. Technorati Tags: TFS ......

Posted On Friday, February 29, 2008 10:12 PM

TFS Power Tools
With the release of TFS 2008, Team Build is getting closer to providing the same features as CruiseControl.NET. To help remove some of the shortcomings of Team Build, Microsoft has released the Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Foundation Server Power Tools, which is a set of enhancements, tools and command-line utilities that improve the Team Foundation Server user experience. Team Foundation Server Power Tools includes the following tools: Team Foundation Power Tool command-line tool (TFPT.EXE) ......

Posted On Friday, February 29, 2008 8:54 PM

Stop Visual Studio From Automatically Connecting to TFS
A while ago I came across this excellent tip from Colin Beales that explains how to stop Visual Studio from automatically connecting to a TFS server when it starts up. I didn't need it until this weekend, but it works great and shortens the startup time as well. The tip couldn't be simpler and works for both Visual Studio 2005 and Visual Studio 2008. In order to make this change, you will need to modify the registry so be sure to back it up first. After that, add a DWORD value named AutoLoadServer ......

Posted On Sunday, February 24, 2008 7:53 PM

TFS Times

If you are an administrator or user of Team Foundation Server, there is a new monthly online newsletter you should check out called TFS Times. It started 2 months ago, and the January 2008 issue focuses on Team Build.

Looking at January's issue, this newsletter looks like it will be a good resource for information on working with and maintaining your Team Foundation Server.

Posted On Friday, January 4, 2008 1:16 AM

TFS Adoption at Microsoft
Brian Harry just released new statistics on Microsoft's internal adoption of TFS as they passed some fairly major milestones this month. Apparently, the adoption continues to grow at a fairly rapid pace, and there are now 1,160 Team Projects in production with 1,023,088 work items across all of the TFS instances. Not only has the Developer Division adopted TFS, but also the Office and Windows divisions. Both Office and Windows have adopted early Rosario builds and are working through some installation ......

Posted On Friday, September 21, 2007 9:33 PM

CI Factory Beta 5 (Build
Beta 5 (build for CI Factory is now available. For a full description of what's in this release, check out the release notes. The big news for this release is that Vault package is ready for use and that NCover support has been updated to support NCover 1.5.8. NCover support also provides the ability to set the process for which you want coverage collected. This is important for MSTest users to utilize app.config for the test assemblies and means you don't need to use the /noisolation ......

Posted On Saturday, May 19, 2007 2:02 PM

Visual Studio user settings per project/solution
In a recent email discussion between a few of the Subtext developers and myself, we talked about the need to have the Visual Studio editor settings (like tab size, curly brace location, etc.) stored with each solution as well as globally. The problem here is that many of us use the same development machine for our "real work" and our personal or open source projects. For some people this might not be a problem, but for most of us, it is. The real issue comes about when one client mandates a certain ......

Posted On Monday, April 23, 2007 11:12 AM

Windows Vista: Kernel Changes - Kernel Transactions
Kernel Transaction Manager (KTM) Before Vista, applications had to do a lot of hard work to recover from errors during the modification of files and registry keys. Windows Vista implements a generalized transaction manager called the Kernel Transaction Manager (KTM) which provides “all or nothing” transaction semantics. This means that changes are committed only when the associated transaction is completed and commits. The KTM is extensible through third-party resource managers and coordinates ......

Posted On Sunday, June 18, 2006 1:38 PM

Windows Vista: Kernel Changes - Resource Quotas and Symlinks
Resource Quotas Prior to Vista, quotas were system-wide. Vista supports per-user hard resource quotas that cover: CPU usage working set minimum page file usage nonpaged pool paged pool Process and thread creation have new extended attributes contained in the STARTUPINFOEX structure and new API functions: *ProcThreadAttributeList. Unfortunately, none of this information is documented yet, but keep an eye out. It promises to make quotas a lot more useful for the system administrators. Symbolic File ......

Posted On Saturday, June 17, 2006 3:13 PM

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