Continuous Integration

This week, I spent some time learning Team Build and configuring a build server for Continuous Integration (CI).  I’ll tell you more about that experience in a separate post.  But, before I go there, I want to make sure everyone is on the same page. For those of you unfamiliar with the practice… Continuous Integration is…

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TFS Beta 3 Refresh

Today is the day! Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005 are now available for download by MSDN subscribers. And, Team Foundation Server is releasing Beta 3 Refresh to stay in sync with the RTM bits. Since most of us in patterns & practices have already made the leap to the golden bits, I need to…

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Uninstall Visual Studio 2005 Beta 3 Additional Components

These are the instructions displayed at the end of the VSTS Beta 3 uninstall process: Additional components might have been installed on your computer by Visual Studio during setup. These components must be manually uninstalled using Add or Remove Programs in the order listed below. Note: Uninstalling these components might affect other applications you have…

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Installing TFS Beta 3

I alluded to the fact that it took us a couple of tries to get the TFS Beta 3 install right in a prior post.  Here’s the full story… If at first you don’t succeed… To begin, we chose to implement a dual-server deployment, because we anticipated the most area for feedback in this scenario.  We also…

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Piloting TFS Beta 3

A few weeks ago, Microsoft released the third beta of Team Foundation Server (TFS).  If you are not familiar with it, TFS is an integrated suite of enterprise software development tools, including source code management, work item tracking, build automation, and detailed project reporting.  At its core, TFS is a SQL Server 2005 repository with an…

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No more war rooms…

My good friend Darrell Snow recently blogged about his dislike of the term “war room.”  I couldn’t agree more.  I usually use either “team room” or “collaborative space.”  But, I agree with Darrell there, too.  They both lack pizazz. Here are a few alternate suggestions: What about working in “the den?” – It’s short which is good.  And,…

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A note on personal information security…

Three weeks ago, a bag containing my corporate laptop and ID was stolen from my car in Stanley Park, Vancouver, B.C.  Suffice to say, it has not been a pleasant experience.  I thought I’d mention it here to warn you of a few things that I’d never considered. First, there’s the property loss of approximately…

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Agile Software Development Survey

Microsoft patterns & practices is considering guidance offerings around the topic of Agile Software Development.  Like many of you, we build software using Agile tools and techniques like test-driven development, continuous integration, and iterative development cycles with daily team meetings.  We sense that there is interest in the community around these topics.  But, we need to…

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Gandhi on Agile

Okay, Gandhi never said anything about Agile, per sé.  But, he did talk about change.  And, in many organisations, Agile is a huge change to the status quo.  So, perhaps there is something for us to learn from a very wise, very successful change agent. “You must be the change you want to see in the world.” …

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Soma’s Take on Transparency

In my quest to acclimate myself to the MS world, I’ve been poking around a bit.  Today, I found a great post on transparency by S. (Soma) Somaseger, head of the Developer Division at Microsoft.  It’s already nine months old.  But, it’s new to me.  And, it’s worth a read if it’s new to you.

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