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Few hours ago, Michael Schwarz, the creator of AJAX.NET Professional (A.KA. AJAXPro), the most successful AJAX framework for ASP.NET after Microsoft's ASP.NET AJAX Framework (A.K.A., ATLAS) has stated that he'll no longer be working on the project. Furthermore, he even recommended users to move to Microsoft's AJAX Framework instead!! The reasons Michael mentioned why he will stop the project used by 13.3% of ASP.NET developers doing AJAX work include the fact that ASP.NET AJAX is part of ASP.NET ...
Hey all, it's official, VS and TFS 2008 are available today for download, there are so many new things it's hard to do the product justice in a simple blog. I've had the pleasure of testing and giving Microsoft a lot of feedback on this and future release of VSTS and I'm happy to say they listen to our feedback. Feel free to send me your comments I'll make sure they are aware of them. Jeff as a great post on all the new feature available Visual Studio Team System 2008 ships! so go have a look. Brian ...
Microsoft just launched a Tester Center on MSDN. It will be interesting to see if this results in an increase in uptake of MS ideas and tooling around testing. Within my employer, we have little uptake of any MS testing technology outside of MSTest for unit testing. With testing getting expanded in VSTS Rosario, will see if this investment translates to uptake/sales to the test oriented crowd. Do you think HP/Mercury is scared? Should they be ...
I'm really happy to announce that last week our good friend Bartosz Pampuch received the MVP award in Visual Developer - Team System category. I think this is a well deserved nomination. I've met Bartek few years ago at one of our first .NET user group meetings (KGD). From the outset he was a very active member and throughout the years delivered many outstanding presentations. Bartek is currently leading the RND team for one of the largest software houses in Poland, where he researches new technologies ...
I've just been informed that I am now an MVP for Team System! I'm very honored with this award and pumped because the TFS VSTS team has great stuff coming out continuously (blog posts, power tools, etc) and are VERY hard chargers. They are a pleasure to work with and I'm excited to continue to spread the goodness of all that is Team System!!!
I just got a nice letter from Microsoft letting me know I got awarded as MVP for the 3rd year in a row. I feel really good about last year and all the stuff I did for the community. I'll try to do as much this year again. I love meeting new people and helping them network or solve their problem (If I can ;-)). Looking forward to talking (virtually) to some of you tomorrow in the Webcast, this autumn at the code camp and devteach and throughout next year. Thanks Microsoft for the 3rd vote of confidence. ...
Clark Sells, whom I believe is part of the VSTS team, has created an excellent "mind map" around all of the VSTS resources available online. This map shows bloggers, tools, MSDN references, and other community pages. Along with the VSTS Resources map, he has also created a map that shows the target stack for the TeamBuild targets. If you do anything with VSTS, these are excellent resources ...
Some of you may or may not have heard of Steve Porter. Steve is becoming one of the foremost experts in VSTS here in Canada, and has already helped many organizations learn how to implement and utilize VSTS efficiently. In case some of you are VSTS junkies, I wanted to recommend his blog to be added to your RSS feeds. Now, don't let the URL scare you...yes, he's passionate about his new Macbook Pro but he's not one of "those" Mac-heads. http://homepage.mac.com/ste... D ...
Well it's been a while since I've last posted, I'm in my eyeballs with stuff to do. We have finally released our internal Team Build offering and I will hopefully soon start my series of post on Team Build. We have just bought a house so getting everything ready running around to see what we need to do, mortgage, boxes, phone numbers, address changes... you know what I mean. I'm preparing my presentations for the fall, I'll be a panelist on the "Ignite your career" Webcast series offered by MSDN ...
Some time ago I posted my Unit Testing ASP.NET Applications notes. This post is to put togeter a few links that I found useful about general Unit testing frameworks. MbUnit vs. NUnit Vs. Team System Unit Testing - Choosing a unit test framework NUnit vs Team System Unit Test In our solutions we are using both NUnit and VSTS Unit testing. I like VSTS for the ability to generate test stubs code. But our build server has only VS Professional installed, that doesn't allow to include VSTS projects to ...
Scott Guthrie earlier today announced the availability of Visual Studio 2008 (Codename Orcas) Beta 2 for download. The downloads available are separate installation disc image for each of VS 2008 editions (including Express), and a couple of more disc images for MSDN library and TFS; also, included separated VPC image for VSTS and TFS. Quote from the download homepage: Installation Disc Images If you prefer to install the software yourself, you can download separate disc images for the following ...
So I'm still working hard on the build series, I'm up to a 26 page document right now just showing how to create a build ;-). But there are just so much new stuff happening that I'm going to skip to that and go back to document after. The whole Team System stack has been renamed check out Rob Caron's blog entry here for all the names. Essentially Visual Studio Team System 2008 - product name. Next I'm featured here on the Canadian Developer Blog there is a short questionnaire I answered about myself ...
So I haven't blogged in while, I've been so busy I can't tell when it's night or when it's daytime... Well not really but you get the idea. I have been toying about the idea of actually coming up with some content (instead of just reporting other people's content ;-)) and I've decide it was time to do so. In the next few months (weeks if I can kick myself hard enough to do it) I'll write a series of post on Team Build. I've been playing quite a bit with it and I think there is a lot to talk about. ...
Join members of the Visual Studio Team System product group to discuss features available in Visual Studio Team Foundation Server, Team Editions for Architects, Developers, Database Pros, and Testers. In addition, discuss what's new in the upcoming Orcas CTP. We will be holding two sessions: Join the chat on Tuesday, July 3rd , 2007 from 10:00am - 11:00am Pacific Time. Add to Calendar | Additional Time Zones -or- Join the chat on Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007 from 4:00pm - 5:00pm Pacific Time. Add to Calendar ...
If you still haven't upgraded to TFS SP1 because you where reading articles, blogs and forum entries with people have problems then you should now be ready to proceed. Microsoft just released a new version of the GDR Quiescing patch (what's with that name anyway?). Brian talks about it here and you can download the new version here. I'll update my install scripts to use that one and send to my good friend Stephen Borg at Accentient to host them. Cheers, ET Technorati Tags: VSTS, TFS ...
I will be a speaker at the Micrsoft "Enterprise & Development Summit 2007" in Luxembourg on June 12th. This is equivalent to the Belgian DevDays or the French TechDays. You can find the agenda and details here (in French). My session is about Team System. I will probably give a general overview and a few short demos since there haven't been many event on VSTS in Luxembourg before. This is my first (and hopefully not last) time as a speaker. Let's hope I don't get too nervous! :) Technorati tags: ...
If you're using both TFS & Project Server (god bless you BTW) the Project Server Connector has been released on CodePlex. The Visual Studio Team System Project Server 2007 Connector is designed to integrate the project management capabilities of VSTS with Project Server 2007. It's been developed by the Visual Studio Team System Rangers in response to significant customer demand for a connector solution. Future versions of Team System will have native integration with Project Server, in the meantime ...
I have been working on a CSLA project for the last few months. We are working on refining our unit testing now that we have implemented our authorization rules. All good. We are working VS2005. Honestly, I like CSLA in many ways, but there are few gotchas we've seen along the way. This post outlines one of them. However, we noticed something today. We establish our starting conditions in our ClassIinitalize in the TestClass. When we have only one TestMethod in the class, this works fine. We recently ...
Well I've been extremely busy in the last month and have not blogged much, I'm off to Disney for a few weeks, then DevTeach and after that I'll get right back to it. So after everybody and their dogs mentioned you all that VSTS "Orcas" B1 is finally available, I'm just going to say, go here for all the info. There are two (2) different VPC, one is with both TFS and VSTS and the other is only VSTS beware what you download ;-). You will also need the base differencing disk to run those images. All ...
The P&P folks have released guidance (videos, documents - HOWTO, Guidelines, Explanations) on using VSTS. This is a collaborative effort of P&P, the Team System product group, and folks from 3rd parties. Welcome to the patterns & practices VSTS Guidance Project! The purpose of this project is to build some insightful and practical guidance around using Microsoft Visual Studio Team System. It's a collaborative effort between patterns & practices, Team System team members, and industry ...
While the TFS team didn't put everything into the 1st real release of TFS, they certaintly are getting tools/powertoys/helpers/gui... out there to the community in real time. Driven by the initial need to ship, the TFS team clearly had to make some feature choices in order to meet the late 2005 schedule on the 1st release. That's just the dynamics of shipping product. However, what they've done is put out, on a psuedo supported mode (non PSS or is it CSS now?), tools that make the TFS experience ...
Microsoft has acquired DevBiz Business Solutions and their product TeamPlain Web Access for Team System. TeamPlain is a web front end for VSTS that enables users to access the majority of TFS functionality from within a Web browser. TeamPlain will become Microsoft Visual Studio Team System Web Access. Effective today, TeamPlain is available, at no additional charge, to users who own a Team Foundation Server and can be downloaded from here. Eventually this will be released as a VSTS Power Tool, and ...
Interesting news on the VSTS front.... Microsoft Acquires devBiz, Makers of TeamPlain Web Access Microsoft is excited to announce the acquisition of devBiz Business Solutions, makers of TeamPlain Web Access, a Web interface for Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server that enables users to manage Team Foundation work items, version control, documents and reports. TeamPlain is available as a free download for existing Team Foundation Server users, and will be incorporated into a future release of ...
Sorry, no technical update here...mainly life updates. Workouts My workouts have been going really well, although the scale isn't my friend anymore. I've been hovering around 265 and 270 for the last few weeks...can't seem to break that plateau. From a heart-standpoint though, I've probably never felt better. I got on the treadmill last week for the first time in a while (they've had me do other cardio stuff), and the speed/incline they gave me...well, when I started it almost killed me. Now, it's ...
This post became too long that I had to split to two parts (1, 2). Go To Part 1 The real fun started before SharePoint 2007 session started, I used to believe that this is a great extensible platform especially after reading so many blog posts and articles on areas like AJAX enabling it. Well, until I saw the army!!! A team or two from IT Worx and another team from OMS already working with SharePoint coming to ask about many things including (Why didn’t you warn us that the RTM is in a reality another ...
This post became too long that I had to split to two parts (1, 2). I intended to write this after the 3rd day in MDC, but I got REALLY busy after that, I was too stressed for Dody's travelling as well (he's already outside Egypt now, should be back in three weeks), and really tired as well, and even sort of sick too :(. I thought it was too late to blog it afterwards, until my friend Mohamed R. Samy called me yesterday, and we had discussions on some of the few good parts of the last MDC (mainly ...
So today an internal Team decided to move to our corporate TFS instance (nothing new there) the crux was that they are running a mix of VB6, VS2003 projects. I say "Hey no problem you guys can use the MSSCCI Provider for TFS and it should work like a charm!" so after our conversation I remembered that I had not tried this at home like they say, I have been using VSTS (2005) and have not worked on a legacy project in a while. So off I go and download the MSSCCI Provider and install it in VM (that ...
Well... it's been a pretty crazy year! here are a few of the highlights ... around the world (literally) in 65 days, 8 countries, 100,000 air miles, speaker at Devteach for the second year in a row, VSTS MVP for the second year in a row, speaker at the first Montreal Code camp, 15 year at EDS and last but probably the best, 20th year with my lovely wife. I don't know where I would be without her... pfeeeww ;-) man I'm tired after reading this again. So what does next year look like... Well I'll probably ...
We were supposed to get Visual Studio Team Edition for Developers in the mail by the 20th of this month (Dec 06). It still hasn't come and I don't see it on MSDN. Time to get back on the phone with Microsoft. Technorati tags: VSTS, Tired of waiting ...
*Moved to: Time That Task VSTS Check-In PolicyI have found this interesting policy for TFS. http://www.gotdotnet.com/wo... more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
Whoohoo folks! the long awaited SP for VSTx, Express and TFS is finally out you can get it right here. Also there is a hotfix to apply prior to installing the SP for TFS make sure you read all about it here, essentially it put TFS to "sleep" while patches are installed. There is nothing special to do, just install this hotfix and whenever you apply another hotfix, SP, etc TFS will go to sleep prior to install that's it guys. Happy Patching ET Update: Save some time and space installing the SP by ...
I picked up this book in order to fill an immediate need. I am working on setting up and customizing TFS and this covers about 80% of what I wanted to know. In its pages are covered the installation of all major components, third party tools that are available and customization to fit the way your shop works. I am especially thankful for the section on modifying the process template. I think this would be a good read for most team leads working on the VSTS 2005 platform ...
I am considering picking up a couple of reference books for my team (the company reimbursing me) on VSTS and TFS. I've be looking at a couple, and found some I think would meet my needs. I was wondering if anyone has read them.... They are: Professional Visual Studio 2005 Team System And: Professional Team Foundation Server I was wondering if anyone has looked at these, and what they think. They are Wrox books, and I usually like them pretty well. They tend to be less fluff and more practical manuals. ...
In a recent post, Leon Langleyben described a Team Foundation Source Control "feature" that is giving users a hard time. The "feature" is that the Check Out command in TFSC no longer performs a Get Latest on the file checked out, as we were accustomed to in VSS. In the older Visual SourceSafe, when you checked out a file VSS would get the latest version of the file to your local machine and only then open the file for you to work on. This is critical when working in Exclusive Checkout Mode, which ...
I have been working on setting up demos of VSTS and TFS on a VPC and Virtual Server. Along the way I have come across a number of snags. Some I have managed to work around. Some I have no answers for. First let me say that I didn't originally install VPC, Virtual Server or their operating systems. My normal machine didn't have enough horses to run these applications so I had our company's admin setup a new machine and install the basics for me. There seemed to be network problems which may be contributing ...
In a previous post I mentioned that I had been trying to use Team Build to get a Continuous Integration environment setup. I recently had the time to return to that task and have managed to get most of what I wanted up and running. I had to jump through a few hoops to get everything working so I'm going to try and describe what I had to do to make everything work right. My solution consists of a WinForms UI, ASP.Net Web Service, 2 Class Libraries, Database project (VSTS DBPro CTP7), Testing project, ...
I have been doing some work with VSTS and ran across a few resource that I thought some people might find of interest. Microsoft Visual Studio site - http://www.microsoft.com/vi... Team Systems Rocks (a little outdated, beta timeframe videos) - http://teamsystemrocks.com/... Team Systems Virtual Lab (only give an 90 min. environment, no instructions) - http://msdn.microsoft.com/v... Professional Visual Studio 2005 Team Systems - ISBN 0764584367 MSDN Visual ...
I have recently received an inquiry from a client that wants to migrate his NUnit test to VSTS. They had heard that VSTS unit tests performed worse than NUnit. My answer (some info comes from MSFT): It is true that running a set of empty tests using NUnit is faster than running them using VSTS (about 20% faster), but if these tests are not empty and have something in them, then this difference reduces. Performance using VSTS will be best if you run the tests from the command line and using the /noisolation ...
Software Engineering with Microsoft Visual Studio Team System By Sam Guckenheimer with Juan J. Perez Published by Addison-Wesley 2006 ISBN: 0-321-27872-0 This book stands out among Visual Studio Team System books because it’s not so much a “cook book” or “how to use” manual for VSTS as much as it is a book about how to engineer software using VSTS. That may sound confusing at first, but let’s read on. When a friend first referred me to this book, he gave me the same disclaimer – “Lou, this isn’t ...
Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2007 Microsoft® MVP Award! The Microsoft MVP Award is our way of saying thank you and to honor and support the significant contributions you make to communities worldwide. As a recipient of Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professional award, you join an elite group of technical community leaders from around the world who foster the free and objective exchange of knowledge by actively sharing your real world expertise with users and Microsoft. Microsoft ...
BizUnit is a unit testing framework for BizTalk. This post will demonstrate how to test any schema you create using BizUnit to help you do this. Problem So the problem is that you have a schema which may change over time and you want to ensure it will always validate messages as you expect. In BizTalk you have a context menu which allows you to validate this schema and also validate instances of messages against the schema. The problem however is you want to do this as part of your unit tests so ...
A known gap in the Visual Studio Team System / Team Foundation Server coverage of Application Life Cycle Management (“ALM”) is requirements. This tool facilitates the story-boarding (scenario) aspect of requirements. That in conjunction with the “list” oriented requirements gives good coverage of what’s needed and now provides full capabilities for the full ALM. I’ve been doing Agile oriented software development for 6 years, even though we didn’t have names ...
As a high school sophomore I was 6'1“ tall and 140 pounds--a human bean pole. My arms shot out of my sleeves like beanstalks in Jack's garden. You could practically see my ankles emerging from the bottom of blue jeans as I stood before you. As a physical specimen, though, you could see on my frame what I would eventually become as an adult, after a little more maturation. I was a gangly adolescent. I'm almost delirious that Microsoft finally released Visual Studio Team Server (VSTS), especially ...
I've had a little frustration lately with Team System as a result of not using the complete Team Suite version. When the licensing for Visual Studio changed last year to the role-based versions and/or Team Suite, we considered the options and decided that VSTS For Developers should be all we need. We do not do any web or load testing (just unit tests), and we do not have a need for the designers available in the Architect version. Since then that has held true for the most part. Except for some important ...
WDriven is a Microsoft WORD document template integrated with Microsoft Team Foundation Server. It enables you to communicate and collaborate on Visual Studio 2005 Team System projects from within Microsoft Word. Through VSTS Smart Tags, you can add/edit/track work items. Tables of Items gives you an overview on all the works items referred by your documents. WDriven doesn't impose any special format on your word documents. You can add Work Item Tracking to your existing regular doucment easily. ...
I’ve been travelling with my buddies Etienne Tremblay and Wayne from Microsoft all over the world talking to project teams about using VSTS and TFS. [See Etienne’s Blog for the chronicles of our trip] One topic that inevitably comes up is the fact that work items can’t be deleted. Normally, I totally agree with this practice. If a workitems was created with intent, then it should run it’s lifecycle. However, since managing projects with TFS can driven using the warehouse metrics ...
23:00 GMT – Day 45, We have been in Swansea Wales (in the UK) for the last 3 days, The training as gone well again most people are excited about VSTS and can’t wait to be using it. We find interesting deployment opportunities at every locations which makes those trips important for us. Swansea is by the sea, it’s a small but lovely town. We really haven’t much time to wander around being in meetings all days long. We will have a few day Friday and Saturday morning so we’ll ...
It appears that console hosted Windows Workflow applications hang and CPU usage climbs to 100% when executing the CreateWorkflow method from program.cs when Mailframe's Testrunner is installed on the same machine. Testrunner is a Visual Studio add-in that integrates running NUnit tests and provides test performance and coverage metrics (good when a project's unit tests were previously written with NUnit, or you don't have or wish to purchase a VSTS license). Removing Testrunner seems to fully resolve ...
To be announced, shown, released in CTP form @ TechEd 2006, this “persona” of VSTS give (or attempts) to give DB professionals (if your working mostly with SQL Server) a leg up on tools and support. There are many 3rd parties out there that probably need to rethink their overall strategy, or at least pricing. Given the price of VSTS is high, it’s an initial barrier to entry for many purchasers. Fortunately, here @ Avanade we all get VSTS Suite – which gives us everything. ...
6:15am (Argentina Time) – Day 17, This Timezone thing is killing me, I’m so confused I don’t know what time it is anymore. We Left New Zealand on Monday the 22nd at 5pm (NZ time) and after 13.5h of flying and 1.5h of layover in Santiago, Chile we arrived in Buenos Aires get that at the same time on the 22nd (Argentina Time). Talk about Back to the Future ;-). We were supposed to fly from Wellington to Aukland and then to Santiago but decided instead to road trip from Wellington ...