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Here are the resource links for the Administering Team Foundation Server 2010 Class from last week in Minneapolis. Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2010 and Team Foundation Server® 2010 RTM virtual machine for Microsoft® Virtual PC 2007 SP1 http://www.microsoft.com/do... Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2010 and Team Foundation Server® 2010 RTM virtual machine for Windows Virtual PC http://www.microsoft.com/do... ...
Some of you may have come across this helpful blog post recently, discussing when the garbage collector (a/k/a the GC) runs on Windows Phone 7 devices. Anyone who has programmed in XNA for the Xbox 360 before knows the GC well. For those of you new to XNA, there are several tricks and tips for slaying the evil GC monster that eats frames. This applies to Silverlight apps too, though since Silverlight does quite a lot for you automatically, there’s only so much control you have. First, you must leave ...
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Visual Studio 2010 Quick Reference Guidance Welcome to the Visual Studio 2010 Quick Reference Guidance! Steven van Niekerk (Technical Lead / Architect, BB&D South-Africa) initiated this project with his question “Can you tell me about TFS and VSTS in 5 minutes?” The Visual Studio 2010 Quick Reference Guidance consists of compact cheat sheets for Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2010 and Visual Studio (VS) 2010, addressing the core problem of teams in the field who are unaware of Visual Studio and ...
Just read about this new “Fact or Fiction?” ad campaign for PHP developers that Wintellect completed for Microsoft. These pages are navigated to via banner ads from a media buy that will target PHP developers (see attached image examples). The idea is to draw PHP developers into the ASP.NET and VSTS platforms. A big media buy went along with this to post these banners around the web… So we should be seeing these ads around the internet soon. I love these ads. You get the Fiction, then the Fact, then ...
Unless you've developed a one-off application, you're more than likely going to need to need to branch. In this post, I'll point you to some great documentation on how to decide on what your branching strategy should be. I will leave it to you to decide what meets your needs. In my last post I mentioned how I typically structure my source code repository no matter whether I use TFS/Subversion/etc and I'll assume you're using a structure similar to that one. My one recommendation is to branch judiciously, ...
Lately I have been diving deep into the world of TFS integration with MS Project 2007. What I mean by that is having a project plan that is created and then loaded into TFS as workitems. So the idea is that a PM can still manage their project in a tool that lends itself to that and that they feel comfortable with. One of the new features of TFS 2010 is that you can define work items as either a parent or a child of another. This new relationship is fantastic when you are managing a small project ...
Well, my attempt to resolve the issues I was having installing VSTS brought me to gave up after about 3 hours of uninstalling hotfixes and patches. I broke down and re-installed the only version I had previously been able to install without issue (Database Version). As a kicker, once I had it working, I tried to install the standard version "over the top" and it almost worked (failed during the last step). But that will have to do for now, because I need it to develop with, and at least it will compile. ...
I think that this may be a re-occurring theme here, but here we go with a "I screwed this up, hope you don't". You need to really think through your setup for checkin/checkout for SourceSafe files especially when using VSTS (Especially if this is your first time using VSTS). I really didn't get the best direction when setting mine up, and used a basic "Work" directory for my initial checkout, made some changes, and checked them back in. When I had to work on another branch for a hotfix item, I wanted ...
I was trying to create a Sysprep’d VPC image containing VSTS 2010 Beta 2 + TFS 2010 Beta 2 to distribute to the rest of my team to try out some of the new features. Unfortunately, distributing a Sysprep’d image means that everybody will input a new computer name when they boot it up the first time. TFS doesn’t like it when you go and change the computer name on it. I found an MSDN article talking about how to move a TFS server from one domain to another that probably contains the proper steps to ...
On codeplex the VSTS Rangers have published the Branching Guidance II (yes, a while ago, but still very true). The basic idea there is the separation between 3 major branches, the Main (or trunk), the Development and the Release branch. One can elaborate on these and use multiple Development branches, and also a tree of release branches, but the basic principle can be summed up with these three. Now, if we look at the different sets of build types we have, see http://geekswithblogs.net/t... ...
Brian Keller, Technical Evangelist for Visual Studio Team System just blogged about the “very soon” release of Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 which will have a “Go Live” license. That means you will receive product support from MS if you deploy and use it. Brian also includes links to some resources to help prepare for VSTS 2010 beta 2 Overview presentation (.PPTX) Detailed checklist (.DOCX) Our ALM team at Imaginet has been working with the Beta 1 bits and have been keeping in touch with MS on what to ...
I've been renewed again this year as a member of this elite cabal of crazies that call themselves Team System MVP!! I feel really happy today, this is always good to know our commitment to the product we love is recognize by our peers, community leaders and Microsoft. This program has really been a blessing for me in the last 5 years I've met incredibly bright, funny, cranky (at times) and very passionate people that I always look forward to seeing and talking too. My professional career has really ...
I’ll be very busy over the coming weeks wrapping up a big project for a client so I won’t have much time to write. Here is a brief update on happenings. This week I was able to purchase my PDC 2009 ticket. I am very much looking forward to this event as there are a LOT of exciting topics with the upcoming releases, Office 2010, VSTS 2010, and .NET 4.0. I’ll be pretty busy after this event doing presentations at work, for clients, and a few user groups in the area after learning more at the PDC. Next ...
Registration for PDC 2009 is now open. If you register by September 15th you can save a hundred bucks. Or you could get there my way: win a contest (hey, I’m a poor developer). As I mentioned in a previous article, INETA has a component contest that prizes a trip to PDC. But, it’s not the only one: Microsoft has announced the Code7 Contest - Code the Power of 7. It pays out great prizes, but you have to take advantage of the technologies built into Windows 7 like Libraries, Touch, Shell Integration, ...
Using the SDL? if not, you should be considering it… Having blurred the line between development and Test Engineering at our organization, I am finding out how little our development team(s) knows about secure development practices. Not a good thing. Recently, Microsoft released the SDL process template for VSTS and I think it’s going to help. So, if you have not seen this it is a nice start at helping ensure secure development practices are used by your team. Hmmm, amazing what a little process, ...
Dylan Smith from Anvil Digital will be presenting Tuesday night (June 23rd) on VS.NET 2010! Do you ever deal with bugs that you can’t reproduce? Do you use a lot of manual testing? You won’t want to miss this chance to see how the new features in Visual Studio Team System 2010 Tester Edition can help your team. VSTS Architecture edition has also been undergoing a drastic change, replacing what was a mostly lackluster feature set with some phenomenally useful tools. See how the new Architecture Explorer ...
Thanks everybody who Participated in the event Microsoft Day @ Dhaka, held on 20 June 2009 at IDB Auditorium, Dhaka. It was an excellent gathering of 250+ professionals, specially developers in Bangladesh. Besides the knowledge sharing stuffs, the event was very successful to create a social gathering of technical professionals. I was really found it pretty nice that, I have meet at least 20+ guys there, whom I knew and meet virtually before. The good news for the community is, we will be organizing ...
Last month (May 2009) Microsoft has released its first beta for Visual Studio Team System 2010 and Team Foundation Server 2010 release, two of the most waited and wanted tools in developer community. From my point of view these two releases are going to be one of the most historical releases, as lots of really cool stuffs has been added with respect to the last version. However, as the Beta 1 releases are pretty infant, there are very limited resources available in the web and community, so I just ...
Check the add-ins you installed before Visual Studio 2010 if you enabled VS 2010 integration in them. Particularly TestDriven.NET is the problem. Go to “Add Remove Programs” / “Programs and Features”, find Test Driven.NET, click “Change”, and then modify it to remove VS2010 integration from it. Also, if you are using AnkhSVN, make sure to download a new latest daily update build and use that, otherwise, you’ll get an exception when starting VS 2010. I’ll be writing more about VSTS 2010 and .NET 4.0 ...
This is apparently a known issue and I seem to remember I saw this issue a long time ago. I was installing VSTS 2010 Beta 1 on a VPC (yes, VPC, not Hyper-V) and I mounted the VSTS image (.iso) file on the Virtual PC for it to appear as if the actual disc was inserted, then as you can see on the screenshot below, I got Error 1330 a couple of minutes into the installation. The solution was to not install directly from the disc. I opened the contents of the .iso file using WIndows Explorer in the VPC ...

… off to create a new VPC for it and prepare to do some demos at the Dallas VSTS UG this Wednesday evening:

http://www.DallasVsts.com

http://dallasvstsug.ning.com

That’s a mouthful. Back in November of 2008 Microsoft shipped the GDR (General Distribution Release) for the Database Edition of VSTS. This update changed the way the database is modelled internally and removed the need to have SQL Server installed locally. You can check out a review of my experience with this release here. The scope of the changes required at that time was such that we decided against updating. I had estimated approximately one full day to implement the changes to our stored procedures ...
Brian Harry is continuing his series on new VSTS 2010 features. His latest entry deals with some restructuring of the Team Foundation Server and specifically the way projects are stored. Team Project Collections are a new concept in TFS 2010. They represent a set of projects that are managed together. Each TPC has it’s own set of databases. This enables TPC’s to be backed up, restored or migrated independently of other TPC’s on the same logical or physical TFS implementation. This is particularly ...
Brian Harry has begun to blog about the features of VSTS 2010. There is quite a laundry list. I’m excited to see the Architecture features become quite valuable and the Test management and execution capabilities really take shape. Keep an eye on Brian’s blog as he drills down into each of the feature areas ...
Here are some notes about my experience when testing an upgrade to the general distribution release of the Database Edition. I installed the latest version of the VSTS Database Edition (GDR) on my laptop and loaded up a copy of the a database project. Everything converts pretty much ok with the only issue being unresolved cross-database references. DBPro is now model-based and as such does not require SQL Server to be installed locally. This also allows them to have project references to other databases ...
14 marca 2009 odbyla sie darmowa (a jakze!) konferencja Community 2 Community, jednak z racji faktu, ze na poprzedniej mnie nie bylo, moge opisac jedynie tegoroczna edycje. Najwiekszym problemem byla rejestracja internetowa – konkurencja byla niesamowita, w turze zamknietej dla grup miejsca na sciezke .Net skonczyly sie w kilkadziesiat minut, a w turze otwartej dla wszystkich w okolo 10 minut. Lokalizacja konferencji Sama konferencja zaczela sie od rejestracji – juz podczas niej dal sie we znaki ...
Here's what's happening: Attendees: 428 Sessions: 73 Speakers: 49 Tracks: 15 Sessions: ASP.NET Make your Data Dance with ASP.NET Dynamic Databy Shawn Weisfeld + Show Description ASP.NET Dynamic Data is a framework that lets you create data-driven ASP.NET Web applications easily. It does this by automatically discovering data-model metadata at run time and deriving UI behavior from it. A scaffolding framework provides a functional Web site for viewing and editing data. You can easily customize the ...
While attending a Microsoft Developer Event today (the VSTS Fire Starter in Tampa), I was reminded by Joe Healey that it is my civic duty to write a blog entry at least once a year. That being said, I find that next week would be the 1st anniversary of my last Blog post. To those who actually read my blog, I apologize and to those who didn’t I apologize for making you read this one First, thanks to all who presented at the event, it was enjoyable and informative. To anyone who missed, I would recommend ...
Microsoft’s Visual Studio Team System Test Edition provides a powerful platform to perform high volume load testing. It also provides high end flexibilities to write and utilize external plug-in for extended functionalities. Email Reporter: VSTS 2008 Load Test Plug-in enables users to send the load test reports to one or more pre-configured email addresses automatically, once a VSTS Load Test is completed. This open-source load test plug-in also provides supports for customization by which you can ...
Roy Osherove written an excellent ‘Restaurant’ analogy to explain the difference between unit tests and integration tests. This type of analogy really becomes lot helpful to understand the concepts that are similar to each other, but has significant difference as well as. In the world of testing, Smoke Testing, Sanity Testing and Regression Testing are very similar to each other: to ensure the quality running the test cases of an existing application with respect to a new feature being added/dropped/modified. ...
Microsoft Visual Studio Team System/Test Edition provides an excellent tool to perform web site load testing. Using this load testing tool, you can monitor and measure the site performance along with system status with respect to a given load/stress. Fortunately VSTS provides a support for wide range of performance counters, from web page request per second to condition of physical disk, memories. Unfortunately, they are too huge that, initially testers/designers get overwhelmed with all of those, ...
Microsoft Visual Studio Team System/Test Edition provides an excellent tool to perform web site load testing. Using this load testing tool, you can monitor and measure the site performance along with system status with respect to a given load/stress. Fortunately VSTS provides a support for wide range of performance counters, from web page request per second to condition of physical disk, memories. Unfortunately, they are too huge that, initially testers/designers get overwhelmed with all of those, ...
Last month I wrote about two conferences coming up soon in Poland. Organizers were busy all the time working on providing you with greatest speakers and technical content, and today we know the full agenda of both events. 4Developers, 7th March, Kraków Here is the agenda for .NET track: Ted Neward - Busy .NET Developer’s Guide to F#: Introduction Marcin Celej - Wykresy przy uzyciu biblioteki .NET Charts Szymon Pobiega - Inversion of Control w systemach zbudowanych w oparciu o obiektowy model domeny ...
Microsoft Visual Studio Team System 2008 provides an excellent data synchronization tool, synchronize data and schema between two database. It saves lots of developer time to sync database objects. Among two possible synchronization techniques, VSTS 2008 uses the unidirectional synchronization technique. In this consideration, as safety measurement will be helpful for developers before start synchronization. The security measurement is considered whether it would create any loss of data or not. Here ...
Continuing The Project That Time Forgot, a UML case study in comic strip form... (Click pictures for larger images.) After a long hiatus due to weather, illness, work, conferences, and more stuff than I can explain, the Lounge is back. This Episode gets the ball rolling for Act II, so there’s not much new UML content here yet. But I can give you a few diagrams of the team’s review process. The process starts with some preliminaries, then splits into three threads of operations, each with a separate ...
Several people were asking me at the end of my session how they could start evaluating VSTS 2010 and I promised to post the information here, so here it is... I created a couple of tinyurl.com links for the people that wanted to write it down while they were there: http://tinyurl.com/MDCVsts2... (http://www.microsoft.com/d... - and - http://tinyurl.com/MDCVsts2... (http://blogs.msdn.com/bria... ...
Join us next Wednesday evening, January 21 @ 18:00, for a presentation by Chris Tullier. Chris will be going over the new features coming in VSTS 2010 with an emphasis on the architecture, developer, and reporting capabilities. If you weren't able to make it to PDC this year and you have yet to check out the presentation videos on Channel 9 you will want to be at this meeting! Dallas VSTS Users Group. RSVP for the meeting here ...
For those of you that may know, and those of you that don’t, I was scheduled to go to PDC 2008. The the inevitable happened. We ended up having issues with a third party vendor the week before I was scheduled to go. We also ended up having other issues and scheduling conflict that all came together to mean one thing, I MISSED PDC! I was so excited, I had never been a part of an organization that was will for me to go to one of the top conferences. But, the world’s aligned to keep me from my dream. ...
The VSTS Rangers have released the TFS Branching Guide 2.0. This updated version includes more Scenarios as well as more Q&A. The set of Drawings also comes in handy for inclusion into your own project specific documentation. Get it here. Technorati Tags: TFS ...
At the moment there are five different popular process templates, three from Microsoft official, one on Codeplex (by some Microsoft guys afaik), and one from Conchango. The fields defined in the workitemtypes found in these templates belongs to a set of namespaces. The System namespace is a predefined Microsoft namespace, with special behavior. The other ones are in reality free text. However, since some effort has been placed on defining these namespaces, and some of these fields are used in several ...
I just picked this up on RSS and am psyched! We've been using DataDude since early on in it's initial release. It has become an integral part of our database schema development process. Hats off to Gert and all of the others on the VSTS DbPro team for all of the great new features, extensibility and SQL Server 2008 support in the new edition. You can read more about it in Gert's blog post. SALUTE! Jim ...
I try to use keyboard shortcuts as much as possible. Here are some that are handy when unit testing with Visual Studio: Ctrl + R, A – Run all tests Ctrl + R, T – Run tests in context (based on if cursor is in function, class, or namespace) Ctrl + R, F – Runs all tests that are checked in Test Results – very handy because that window is impossible to navigate without a mouse Ctrl + R, Ctrl + A – Run all tests in debug mode Ctrl + R, Ctrl + T – Run all tests in context in debug mode Ctrl + R, Ctrl ...
Here's the complete list of sessions from PDC and my personal favorites. You can find all the recordings of these sessions at www.microsoftpdc.com. Here's my personal favorites: Windows Azure (Hosted ASP, Workflow, Silverlight, RAW / Azure Storage) A Lap Around Windows Azure (ES16) - 0:46 Slides | WMV-HQ | WMV | Zune A Lap Around the Azure Services Platform (BB01) - 1:12 Slides | WMV-HQ | WMV | Zune Live and Mesh (Sync, Feeds, Resources, Contacts, etc.) A Lap around the Live Framework and Mesh Services ...