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Well it’s 9:30AM EST and 1:30 AM (the next day) in Wellingtion. I’ve been on planes for 14 ½ hours with about 3 hours in airports (not bad). I still have about 5h to get the get the Auckland then a little hop and I’ll land in welligton. The adventure began in Montreal were Aaron and I departed for JFK on an Ambraer 60 seater (I really don’t like that plane). When we got to JFK we had about 1 ½ hours to wait before leaving for LAX. That leg was wayyy better since ...
My two presentation went very well. I’m very happy with the turnout and add a good time with the attendees. What a feeling it is to sit with the likes of Julia Lerman, Kate Gregory, Barry Gervin, Joel Semeniuk, Richard Cambell, Kathleen Dollard, and many many others (51 in total). My talk on Adopting Team System went a bit over since I answered questions during the talk. That’s what I enjoy the most talking with attendees about real problems they are facing and decisions they need to ...
I'm currently planning a worldwide trip to promote TFS and VSTS in my company and I've been super busy with preparation for this. I'll get back to this subject soon in a series called Around the world in 65 days the chronicles of a TFS evangelist. hehe. For now, i've read a great post from Scott Kuhl on helping developer productivity (manager you should read this here). Cheers for now, can't wait to chronicle my trips... ET ...
I was trying to create a virtual image with Visual Studio Suite, BTS 2006, SQL Server 2005. But WSS has to be installed in a special way for VSTS so it has be a different image than the one that I am using for BTS 2006 and BAS, Bummer.. I dont know of a way around this. .. anyway for those curious heres the link for the official installation instruction, by the time you read this one I think you will qualify for a honarary degree in something.. Microsoftolgy..perhaps? http://www.microsoft.com/do... ...
Here is another gem from the message boards (thanks to Justin Burtch): One of the advantages of MVP is that it allows easier unit-testing. For this you need to declare all public methods of view that the presenter uses as an interface, and then you can easily substitute the actual view with its mock implementation. But to test all your components properly you need to run them in the same environment as when you run it in a GUI. By this I mean that you have some WorkItem that adds these items into ...
I was asked by a client recently what Microsoft SIG groups are available in our area (Melbourne, Australia). Up until a couple of years ago, Microsoft used to coordinate the SIGs and they would send out a regular email newsletter listing the upcoming events for all the SIGs. All the groups are now run by community members so there is no central email. However, if you register with them, most groups send out notifications of up coming events. The following is a list of all the local SIGs that I am ...
I just submitted a talk for Tech-Ed 2006 in Boston here is the abstract Adopting Team System You have seen the Team System overviews, you are stoked and want to start using the product but you’re not sure where to start? This session is for you, in it we will open the box and look inside, we will discuss the various installation scenarios (solo developer or for a group, hardware vs. Virtual), the difference between the various Visual Studio SKUs, the adoption rate of all the new features now ...
I recently installed the Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite trial and after waiting for what seemed like eternity for it to install, I encountered an odd error when opening the IDE. When I launched Visual Studio, the splash screen showed all of the correct components installed (VB 2.0, C# 2.0, VSTS for Software Developers, etc.etc), but when the IDE loads, there is no start page, and no options to create projects or websites under the File menu. The only option was to “Open File” or “Save ...
Please, help? Do I really need to buy VSTS to get integrated unit testing? I've got an MSDN subscription which I thought was kind of universal but it seems I dont get any of team system. Now, I wasn't particuarly bothered with a lot of the stuff but I dont get the integrated unit testing in the pro edition. I guess this means that I am going to be sticking with NUnit and as such recommending that my clients do exactly the same. I don't see why Microsoft should be putting this kind of an additional ...
Today Microsoft launched Visual Studio, SQL Server 2005, and BizTalk 2006 Beta 1 in Denver (These products officially launched Nov. 7th). The event was a great success with about 2000+ engineers in attendance ranging from hobbyists to seasoned professionals. I enjoyed participating in the “Ask the Experts” panel which allowed me to meet many attendees and answer questions about two of my favorite products, VSTS and SQL 2005. Hopefully I helped everyone who asked questions about these ...
"TestDirector for Quality Center led in the Test/QA Management and Integrated Test Suite categories. Microsoft came in a surprising second, with the not-yet-shipping Visual Studio Team System capturing the top votes in the Defect/Issue Management, SCM/Build Management and .NET Test & Performance categories." Full article here. This is cool, but they obviously haven't tried to install it!? Whilst on the subject of installing VSTS there is a survey for any of those folk who are suckers for punishment ...
Final touch ups to the presentations are done. About a week ago our speakers held a community “dry run” where we presented the launch content to our key community members in GTA. We took a week to incorporate their feedback into presentations. We are READY! As I am typing this blog entry, John Bristowe is uploading the web cast recording of his “design and development” session to the web. VSTS session is next! Jerome Carron is recording the “Web and smart client” ...
My good friend Joel Semeniuk from Winnipeg has just release the first alpha of his VSTS Process Editor read his post here the tool is on a moderated GotDotNet community. If you have made ANY customization to the TFS methodologies and edited the xml files by hand well you'll love Joel's tool it's all GUI and you can visually see your work item forms as opposed to have to upload the process and create a new project and see if it worked or not. I highly recommend it if you plan on doing any kind of ...
I was chatting with former NTeam-er Jonas Antonsson a few weeks ago and the topic of why finding developers for open source projects is so difficult. I guess finding those interested is relatively simple but actually getting contributions is the difficult part. Of the 50 that signed up for NTeam, only eight that I can count have contributed. This struck me as very strange and I mentioned it to Jonas and his response was that most developers are intimidated by the complexities of open source projects. ...
Some days, this is all I feel like doing: I'm probably the busiest I've ever been, and more projects keep lining up. I'm actually at a point where I may have to start turning down work. Wow. It's amazing how productive you can be when you only get 3 hours sleep a night. (That was sarcasm...) The downside to all of this is that projects that pay actual money take priority over the fun stuff that pays nothing. That's just a weak excuse for why there hasn't been a HA! release in forever. There will ...
Well, it's official I'm now a Microsoft MVP... VSTS MVP to be exact! You can view my profile here, I'm super excited about this recognition, I've spent countless hours with VSTS last year giving Microsoft feedback and studying how my company will adopt it in the next year. This is an awesome entry in the field of configuration management for Microsoft and I predict a ton of adoption when it ships early next year. I have done many talks both internally and externally about VSTS and a lot of people ...

I will be speaking at the Lexington Code Camp on October 14 and 15. The topics are 'ASP.NET 2.0 Membership and Personalization' and 'SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services'. My friend Alan Stevens is presenting on VSTS and I have to say that Alan's VSTS presentation is extremely good. Also, Wally McClure will be there presenting on ADO.NET. That makes three of us from Knoxville going. It should be impressive.

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Check out this suggestion posted over on MSDN Product Feedback (LadyBug). What I don’t understand is why people think they are entitled to the most current bits. It amazes me that people actually believe they should be plugged into the build process at Microsoft. People actually have the nerve to demand current bits because they can’t get VSTS to perform stable enough for them to use it. Come on people, it’s a beta… deal with it. You have zero recourse if it doesn’t ...
They’ve done it again. The date on this tool is a few months ago but I just found it yesterday. VMware offers for free download a virtual machine importer that will convert your Virtual PC and Virtual Server machines into VMware machines. How cool is that? Of course the first thing I tried to convert…VSTS Beta 2 VPC from MSDN. Now, I don’t know if this is covered in the EULA for the VPC they distributed but I don’t intend on using it, I just want to see if it worked. :-) ...
Well, I’ve been waiting for them to make this available ever since TechEd. They were giving copies away during the lunch session of the DotNetRocks show and since I left during the show I didn’t receive my copy. Since then I’ve been waiting for them to post it to MSDN downloads… like they promised. Well, as of July 15th they have fulfilled that promise. You can download a fully functional copy of VSTS Beta 2 fully configured and ready to test. Honestly I love this idea and ...
Too much running around last night to post this in a timely fashion. Day 4 was pretty rocking! I missed out on the Patterns for Service-Oriented Architecture session , unfortunately, but I did catch Using VSTS to build Enterprise Web Applications, Getting Ready for VS2005 and SQL Server 2005 and Extending VB to suit your needs. All very goor presentations. Took a trip to the Hands-On Labs and did a really cool set of labs on Tablet PC Development. After finishing the labs and submitting feedback, ...
Since it was our very own Ken Spencer doing a presentation on Secure Apps, it didn't matter that it started at 0'dark thirty -- I had to be there. And I'm glad I went, even though I ended up traversing the main hall at least twice to get breakfast and get back to Ken's venue. Main hall treks are only noteworthy because the main hall is about 10 miles long. By the way, somebody warn Bill Plummer that the food was not worth the walk. Without grits how can you warm up your cold eggs? But back to Ken ...
Keynote- Mr. Ballmer gets way more out of a slide than I do. Primary theme is connectivity, as it has been since Windows 95. The document handler in Longhorn looks awesome. After using a nifty search capability to reduce the number of target docs, they zoom in and all the docs began to wysiwyg render - graphics and all. As I said, awesome. To stress security, they showed us several times that a corporation can wipe a lost PDA or even set it to wipe itself after a defined number of login failures. ...
The article is http://www.eweek.com/print_... LaPlante makes two extremely good points in the article. First, Microsoft IS NOT new to Team Development, even if it has only been internal. I can't imagine a more difficult project to manage than Office or Windows. Second, that modeling will become commonplace for all developers. Has anyone else noticed that before .NET, Microsoft spent a lot of time holding the hands of about half the developers. They are not cutting those ...
I have been reading a lot here lately about MSF Agile so I decided to start digesting it for future use. It sure has it's skeptics. See here, here, and here. Well, I think that the MSF Agile team and Randy Miller are more than capable of defending their decisions in the process but there is some really good stuff in here. What I like is: The role model is very well defined and gives clear work products and responsibilities for each. There is even a section for very small teams that need to combine ...
I do not blame Microsoft for their pricing strategy on Team System. After all, you can't pay for a Pinto and get a new Cadillac. Why would you expect otherwise? Well, that is the problem. This was what we were expecting. We were not told that it was a five year development effort costing millions of dollars but we should have known. We were not told (well, Eric Sink DID warn us along with a few others) that VSTS was not a copetitor to Microsoft Project, Vault, and FogBugz but a competitor to Rational ...
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