Forrester Research says Team Foundation Server is a strong SCM performer and ready for prime time

Forrester Research did a product-based evaluation of 11 leading SCCM solutions across 123 criteria: “The Forrester Wave™: Software Change And Configuration Management, Q2 2007”. Software change and configuration management (SCCM) solutions permit IT organizations to manage the changes that they make to software during development and maintenance. Forrester’s product-based evaluation of 11 leading SCCM solutions across…


Take parts of the MSDN Library offline with PackageThis!

Today highlighted on the MSDN homepage: PackageThis! Created by the MSDN development team, PackageThis! allows you to choose documentation sets from the MSDN Library to save as HXS or CHM format files. Simply select nodes in the MSDN Library Tree View to package as your own local mini-library, or to build into your own library….


Family.Show: a new WPF reference sample

Tim Sneath posted the first end-to-end reference sample on his blog. The Family.Show application – developed by Vertigo Software – is a genealogy explorer that allows you to create or import a family tree and explore, annotate or save it to XPS. A couple of weeks ago I had installed a early internal build of…


Branching Guidance for Team Foundation Server

About a year ago at our Dev & IT-Pro Days 2006 Steven Wilssens delivered a session on advanced version control and branching strategies with Team Foundation Server. Despite Steven was announced as a speaker this year, he just notified me that – due to an overload of work for Mix07 – he won’t be able…


Guidance Automation Extensions/Toolkit Feb 2007 CTP to support Windows Vista

Earlier this week version 1.2 or the February 2007 Community Technology Preview of the Guidance Automation Extensions (GAX) and the Guidance Automation Toolkit (GAT) was released to the web. The Guidance Automation Extensions (GAX) enable you to run guidance packages, such as the Guidance Automation Toolkit or those included in Software Factories. You can use the Guidance…


Service Locator 2.0 for Enterprise Library

I came across this post from Mark Seemann “Service Locator 2 Released”. This post caught my attention as it was a while ago that I thought of it. The “service locator” mainly reminds me to the period I was still working as a consultant. Being a technical architect at that time I was deep into the J2EE…


Dynamically start and kill a workflow with Windows Workflow Foundation

Serge Luca – who recently decided to make a move from Guidance to u2u – wrote an article on starting and killing a workflow with the Windows Workflow Foundation. This was published earlier today on Here’s the summary of the article: The Windows Workflow Foundation is a programming model, a run-time engine, and a set of…


Visual Studio "Orcas" March 2007 CTP is available for download

… from the Microsoft Download Center. Microsoft Visual Studio Code Name “Orcas” is the next generation development tool for Windows Vista, the 2007 Office System, and the Web. Visual Studio code name “Orcas” delivers on Microsoft’s vision of smart client applications by enabling developers to rapidly create connected applications that deliver the highest quality rich…


SmartPart for SharePoint: now with AJAX support

During last TechEd in Barcelona, Jan and Patrick delivered a session “Building Web Parts the Smart Way”, where they showed the power of the SmartPart. As we launched ASP.NET AJAX during the conference – which resulted in an AJAX pre-conference and 7 AJAX related sessions – there was quite some interest from SharePoint developers in how…


Evidence on Visual Studio Team System ROI

If you’re looking for some evidence on the ROI of deploying Visual Studio Team System and Team Foundation Server than these 2 case studies on VSTS are some great evidence from and for customers, showing the high return customers can get by deploying VSTS. These 2 studies include an ROI analysis- one which shows an…