unit testing never sounded so good (?)

Tim O’Day is the proud representative of all of the oppressed white-collar workers of the world. Listen to “Unit Test” for a glimpse into the gritty world of this modern folk hero.  http://www.voiceoftech.com/timoday.htm One can only wonder if the rich cultural software chanteys of our day will ever be as celebrated as the great sea chanteys…


Migrating from VC6 to VC8

Two people have asked me this in as many days and I finally found the right link.  Let’s hope search keeps improving.  But anyway if you are a C++ developer still plugging away on Visual C++ 6.0 and wondering what the pros and cons (AKA “pitfalls”) are going to be when upgrading to Visual C++…


Test Driven Development con Visual Studio Team System

Francisco Lomas de Quito, Ecuador escribe sobre Test Driven Development: “..El Desarrollo basado en Pruebas o Test Driven Development es una práctica que se debe incorporar en cada equipo de desarrollo de software, así como se debe procurar introducir como cultura en la educación formal de los miembros del equipo; esta consiste en estructurar pruebas…


VSTS Tip: Brian Says Bring It On

OK, so maybe not in those exact words.  But it looks like some perf work on the TFS side is now allowing us to support up to 2,000 users http://blogs.msdn.com/bharry/archive/2005/12/09/502190.aspx  Way to go North Carolina!  Now if only we could find a way to defy Brooks’ law …


VSTS Tip: Collecting ETW event information with the profiler

I just took over the profiler feature area that covers ETW events, and getting myself up to speed. If you’re using the profiler to collect ETW event information, here’s an unofficial reference chart on what is supported by OS version:  OS ETW Events Correct ETW Event Times IIS ETW Events W2K Not Supported Not Supported Not…


VSTS Tip: deleting a team build

Conversation I overheard today that might be helpful to someone out there: Q: How to delete a team build? A: “Use TfsBuild.exe. This is installed with TFC. Call Tfsbuild help delete to learn more about this.”


running with least privilege

“In the ongoing battle to fight internal and external threats on the corporate desktop, IT staffers may be forgetting one very potent weapon in their arsenal—system lockdown.”  http://www.thechannelinsider.com/print_article2/0,1217,a=166172,00.asp If you care about this type of thing, Aaron Margosis’s blog is the place to go: http://blogs.msdn.com/Aaron_Margosis/ 


VSTS Tip: how to structure projects and solutions in TFS source control

Here is some advice for structuring projects and solutions in TFS source control from the IDE, this was cut and paste from an internal email from a PM on the TFS source control team, your mileage may vary: Create a workspace that maps $/TEAMPROJECT onto your local disk.  This is really important because we’re going…


VSTS Tip: Setting up Data Driven Tests

Here are two useful links for setting up data driven unit tests: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms182527.aspx http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/dnvs05/html/vstsunittesting.asp