Two new patterns & practices books from MS Press

Microsoft patterns & practices recently released the following two new titles and  they are now available in print from MS Press. Check it out and order your copy. Team Development with Visual Studio Team Foundation Server – Now available at ( You can also download this guide in .pdf format from or read them online…


Visual Studio Team System and Application Lifecycle Management

Just recently we released the Visual Studio 2008 Training kit. You can download it right now from Here is the description of what this kit contains: “The Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 Training Kit includes presentations, hands-on labs, and demos. This content is designed to help you learn how to utilize the…


p&p Summit is only two weeks away

The next patterns & practices Summit takes place November 5 – 9 at the Microsoft Conference Center at Microsoft’s main campus in Redmond, Washington. We have an impressive list of keynote speakers at this years’ conference. Keynote presentations by:Anders Hejlsberg, Steve McConnell, Scott Guthrie, Scott Hanselman, & John Lam The international patterns & practices Summit showcases the…


Want to have a say in the future of Team System Process Guidance?

My colleague Andrew Delin is conductinga survey to learn more about how you use VSTS process guidance and what you think about them. Please share your views by taking the survey yourself. Start the survey here. Andrew wrote in his blog: Recently I’ve been talking with the MSF team about the future of the MSF guidance in…


Teamsystem Resource map by Clark Sell

My buddy Clark has published a neat resource map of the various Teamsystem resources including blogs, books, download links etc. Check it out here. I know I will be using this as I am looking for Team System resources.


Microsoft Visual Studio Team System @ Agile 2007 Conference

We are getting ready for next week’s Agile 2007 Conference in Washington DC. This year Microsoft VSTS is a gold sponsor at this event and will have a booth. If you are attending the conference, please stop by our booth and say hi. I would love to hear your Agile experiences with VSTS if your are…


Release of "patterns & practices : Team Development with Team Foundation Server Guide"

J.D. just announced the release of the “Team Development with Team Foundation Server Guide. This guide has been in beta for couple of months now. Last I checked we had over 11K+ downloads of the beta guide which resulted in the team getting feedback including errors and omissions. We will be making this guide available @ MSDN…


Service Factory Customization Workshop

Don Smith just posted a blog entry announcing the “Service Factory Customization Workshop”. From his post: Service Factory Customization Workshop Microsoft Main Campus (Building 20)July 30th – Aug 1st 2007Redmond, WA This 3 day workshop will walk you through the comprehensive process of adding a new model (an entity model) to the Service Factory: Modeling…


MSDN Magazine Article by Fritz Onion on Web Client Software Factory

Fritz Onion gives a good overview about Web Client Software Factory in his latest Extereme ASP.NET column at MSDN Magazine. Check it out here. From this article: “While a software factory may sound like a single component you could incorporate into a project, it actually describes an entire collection of assets you can use in…


VSTS related Guidance

J.D Meier has just published a blog with a roundup of VSTS related guidance from patterns and practices. Check this out here: We will also publish the catalog of these guides in patterns and practices site at shortly. I would like to hear from you if you have specific feedback or comment or suggestion…