When can I get the Team Foundation Server?

Several people have asked this question.  The server is not included in the May Community Preview distributed at TechEd.  Also, the server bits will not be included with the upcoming VS 2005 Beta 1 release.  In fact, none of Team System will be in Beta 1, so the May Community Preview release at TechEd is it for…


Migrating from SourceSafe to Team Foundation Server

We plan to provide migration tools for users switching to TFS.  A VSS user asked in the newsgroup about migrating VSS labels, revision history, sharing, and pinning. The goal is migration of all data, consisting of projects, files, and folders, with associated metadata reliably with minimal information loss while preserving user information and appropriate permissions.  There are…


12 GB CompactFlash card

Of course you can get microdrives, but if the moving parts make you nervous, Pretec offers a 12 GB flash card.  It’s only $14,900.  Then you’ll need a $60,000 digital camera to go with it.  Somehow that nifty $3,000 Nikon D2H just seems inadequate. http://www.dpreview.com/news/0405/04052601pretec12gb.asp


VSTS Newsgroups

The VSTS 2005 page mentions the newsgroups for VSTS (in the Community Resources section beside the “Ask the Team” column). It doesn’t stand out, though, and so a lot of people may not realize they are there. The newsgroups are actively monitored by a large number of VSTS folks, so it’s a great way to…


Branching models

Doug Neumann, our PM, posted on the Team Foundation newsgroupmicrosoft.private.whidbey.teamsystem.teamfoundation newsgroup a nice answer to a question about branching models and VSTS. Question (Carl Daniel): IEEE Computer, September 2002 issue contained an article entitled “the importance of branching models in SCM”. Since we can’t really evaluate the Team System SCM without the server component, perhaps…


Dev303 summary, more blogs

Thanks to Rob Caron there are good notes on Brian Harry’s presentation. DEV303 – Visual Studio Team System: Enterprise-Class Source Control and Work Item Tracking Kevin Kelly (also in North Carolina) has started a weblog, opening with “Why Work Item Tracking?”  Ask him if they can add make work items blogs. Or maybe all work items should be blog entries,…


Brian Harry’s weblog

So Korby’s gotten Brian going.  Check out “A little history on me and the Visual Studio Team System” for how we got here.


Summary of Doug’s Managing Software Configurations presentation

Korby Parnell, our checked-in tech writer, has posted a great summary of Doug’s Managing Software Configurations presentation.  He even included highlights from the Q&A.  Check it out and add your comments. Rob Caron posted a picture of Doug in action.


Doug Neumann on Software Configuration Management with Burton

Doug’s the program manager for Source Control in Visual Studio 2005 Team Server, and his talk will look at doing details of software configuration management with VSTS. Doug’s and Brian’s talks cover different ground and will really give you a feel for what we’re doing. DEVC32 How-To: Managing Software Configurations with Visual Studio 2005 Wednesday, May 26…


Visual Studio 2005 Team System (aka Burton)

The official web site for Visual Studio 2005 Team System is now live, including a Burton blog called AskBurton. I am a developer working on the Burton source control system (Team Foundation), which we code-named Hatteras. Over time I plan to add details about Hatteras and how it works. Here is a good description of Team…


Converting a text file from one encoding to another

The .NET framework handles file encodings very nicely.  Not too long ago, I needed to convert files from one encoding to another for a library that didn’t handle the encoding of the original file.  Since someone on an internal alias asked about doing this a couple of weeks ago, I thought it would be useful…


Bill Gates’ visit to the University of Illinois

I didn’t realize that Microsoft hires more computer science graduates from U of I than any other school.  It’s a great school with a lot of bright people (I don’t miss the cold January days, though). Bill Gates, the chief software architect for Microsoft, chose Illinois for his first stop on a three-day, five campus tour to…


Download the VC++ Toolkit

Three weeks ago the Microsoft Visual C++ Toolkit 2003 was made available as a free download.  It’s the full optimizing compiler.  That’s pretty cool.  It doesn’t include the IDE, though people have used it to replace the non-optimizing compiler in the VS Standard edition.