Chicago VSTS User Group – October Focuses on Eclipse Plug-in


Many projects can benefit greatly from the capabilities provided by Team Foundation Server, but are not necessarily using the latest and greatest Visual Studio IDEs for development.  The question is, can you still get TFS Source Control?  What about Work Item Tracking?  Reporting?  Automated builds? The answer is YES, you can! 

October’s VSTS User Group presentation will be lead by David Dugan from Sogeti and Edward Thomson from Teamprise.  The topic will be how to leverage Team Foundation Server capabilities without using Visual Studio 2005 or any of the Team System role editions. The IDEs they will be covering include Eclipse, MS Project, and older versions of Visual Studio such as Visual Studio 2003.  Space is limited so please sign up soon!

Date:        October 10, 2007
Time:        6:00pm – 9:00pm

Location: Microsoft Corporation
                  77 West Wacker Drive, 23rd Floor
                  Chicago, IL 

Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team System is the best integrated software development platform to build the mission-critical applications that businesses depend on. It extends Visual Studio’s integrated and productive experience from the developer to the entire development team by delivering powerful new role-based tools for software architects, developers, testers and project managers. It also includes an integrated team server and customizable processes to help teams drive predictability, visibility, and control into their software development process. 

Teamprise ( is a division of SourceGear focused on creating value-added products for Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server. Founded in 1997, SourceGear LLC is a leading provider of solutions for software developers using Microsoft tools and platforms. SourceGear's popular product SourceOffSite provides a remote access solution for Microsoft Visual SourceSafe and is used by over 70,000 developers worldwide. In October 2002, SourceGear was named by Inc magazine as one of the 500 fastest growing companies in America. Previous editions of the Inc 500 list have included Domino’s Pizza, Intuit, and Microsoft. For more information, please visit the Teamprise website.

Agenda for October 10th meeting:

6:00pm - 6:30pm Welcome, Introductions and Pizza

6:30pm - 8:30pm David Dugan and Edward Thomson talk about ways of accessing Team Foundation Server with alternate client tools

8:30pm - 9:00pm Q&A, Raffle and Wrap Up

Edward Thomson

Edward Thomson is a Software Engineer for Teamprise, who develops cross-platform client solutions for Microsoft Team Foundation Server.  Edward's focus is IDE integration in addition to compatibility on the Macintosh platform.  Prior to working for Teamprise, Edward worked for SourceGear Corporation on several other source code control products, including Vault and SourceOffSite, the popular remote access solution for Visual SourceSafe.  Edward attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

David Dugan

David Dugan is a Senior Consultant for Sogeti USA, LLC.   David has been in the IT industry for over 3 years now, working with various Microsoft technologies including Visual Studio Team System 2005 and Team Foundation Server.  David attended Illinois State University in Bloomington IL.

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