I’ve been amazed lately how many people don’t know about Team Explorer Everywhere. We’ve had it for a couple of years now. It’s a really nice solution for Java/Eclipse users to use Team Foundation Server or Visual Studio Online. It includes an Eclipse plugin and a command line both of which run on Windows, Mac or Linux. I know quite a few customers who use it and like it but it continues to surprise me that, more often than not, when I mention using TFS on a Mac or Linux, people say “Huh, you can do that?”.
Now, I think there’s a but of “it’s our own fault” going on here. I’ve recently been giving people here a bunch of grief because you have to work pretty hard to find anything about it on visualstudio.com. I hope that will be fixed soon. There is some content on getting started for Mac/Linux/Eclipse users but that’s about it – and it’s pretty shallow content.
Also, on another thread we had a conversation (again) about long paths. We added support for long paths to the server a while back but, I found out recently, that we did not add support to our cross platform clients. There’s a whole set of issues with supporting it on Windows that I won’t try to rehash here yet again, but there’s no reason we can’t support it in our non-Windows clients. The team has taken up that work and I’m hopeful/expecting that we can deliver it in TEE 2013.3.