Choose your client. But choose wisely…

As you may know, Team System is not just for developers, but for all members of a software development team – testers, project managers, and architects, as well as developers (and, if you look at XNA, artists, sound engineers, modelers…the list goes on). Not all of those folks want to install/use Visual Studio, of course….

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Shameless Plug: Fog Creek Copilot

I had another opportunity to use Copilot last night, helping out a relative with a cranky printer. What is Copilot? I’ll sum it up as “Remote Desktop for Dummies,” but I mean that in the best possible way. Basically, it’s a tool to let a geek get at a non-geek’s computer quickly and easily, without having…

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TLAs, part 2: ZBB/ZRB

  You might not see these as much as RTM or even OGF, but they’re the two that are currently at the forefront of the team’s minds. The devs are chasing ZBB – the Zero Bug Bounce. I’ve also heard it defined as the “Zero Bug Balance” or “Zero Bug Backlog”, both of which actually…

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What’s an OGF?

You may have seen this “Microsoftism” mentioned before – one of our innumerable Three-Letter-Acronyms (TLAs) – the OGF. But, a casual poke around didn’t turn up a summary of what it is and how we use the concept (in MS in general, but here on Team Foundation in particular). What it stands for depends entirely on…

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So close…yet so far…

There’s a LOT to like in the 2.0 version of the Framework and Base Class Library. But, I ran into something today that I feel is missing. Or at least, it’d be really cool of it was there. I want to be able to override the ToString method on an enum. I know, I know…

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My God, it’s full of Edge Cases

I’ve posted on resolve before, but I figured it’d be nice to come back and see where things stand in the Beta3->RTM timeframe. When you run get, checkin, or merge, the system can’t always do what you want it to. There are some basic cases – you tried to checkin but you don’t have the…

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The Steering Wheel is Invalid

We wrapped up the Beta3 testpass, as you can probably guess. My favorite questionable translation from the last week of testing: Babelfish claimed an error message generated on the Japanese version of XP translated to “The steering wheel is invalid.” After collecting myself, I quickly realized the error message must be “The handle is invalid” — I don’t…

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"SHIP IT!" (virtually)

In the comments for my last post, nearly everyone was asking for VPC images to be provided along with Beta3 itself. The good news: There will be VPC images made available for the Beta3 release. The not-so-good news: They probably won’t be available on the same day. It takes some time to get these set up…

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I just called…to say…"SHIP IT!"

Team Foundation Server Beta3 is almost here. We’re finishing up the Beta3 testpass, making those painful decisions about what’s important enough to fix in Beta3 and what has to wait for RTM, making sure those last few nasty Beta3 bugs that were resolved are actually fixed, etc. It’s a fun, but busy intense time for…

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