My team is hiring!

We’re looking for a strong software developer in the Raleigh/Durham, NC area.  The job posting hasn’t propogated out to the public Microsoft career listings web site yet so here’s the job description: Are you passionate about delivering on the vision of “Connected Entertainment”? Do you dream about having a mobile phone based entertainment experience powered…

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Fix for Reports showing up properly on WSS 2.0 for Team Foundation Server 2008 Beta 2

If you are experiencing problems with viewing TFS reports on a WSS 2.0 server and the message is describing a problem about reading the registry key “HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Visual Studio\9.0\TeamFoundation\ReportServer\80\_layouts“, then the fix below should address your problem. You will need to update tfsredirect.aspx on your WSS 2.0 machine.  This file is installed to %ProgramFiles%\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web…

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Visual Studio 2008 Team Foundation Server Beta 2 Has Shipped!!!

Check it out!  http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/default.aspx This is a particularly exciting release for me as I’ve recently taken over leading the TFS Setup, Admin, and Ops team and we made a number of improvements in deploying and managing TFS servers for Beta 2 including support for SharePoint Farms, running TFS as Network Service, SQL Named Instances, remote SharePoint,…

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Workflow for Team Foundation?

We have a number of scenarios we’d like to enable in future releases of Visual Studio Team Foundation that would really benefit being part of a generalized workflow framework.  Things like code review/checkin processes, build release and staging, etc.  And no matter how many scenarios you cover, customers will always come up with more.  Building…

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Will Code For Food

This article originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal several years ago.  It’s come up from time to time at work and most folks find it to be an amusing tale so I figured I’d post this before I lose track of it. In these dark days of dot-com despair, Web developer Brian Yangas never…

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How to get the active Team Foundation Server and Project from an Add-In

Ed Hintz posted “How to Write a Team Foundation Version Control Add-in for Visual Studio” which is a great guide to writing an add-in to integrate with Team Foundation version control.  I won’t repeat that info her.  If you want to do something that is related to the active Team Server and/or Project from within a…

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The best thing you can get for your iPod

The Bose SoundDock.  Really.  It is way cool.  It is way expensive too but given the simplicity, elegance, and sound quality it is well worth it.  Too many iPod docking units have subwoofers, separate speakers, lots of switches, look clunky, etc. When I told my wife I was going to put a stereo in our living…

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Flashing Dialogboxes

This example demonstrates how to flash a dialog in the taskbar after performing a long running operation from the command line.  A good example of how this is useful is in the VS Team Foundation version control toolset.  Naturally, it includes a command line utility (TF.EXE) to perform source control operations.  Sometimes these operations can be…

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Robin Trower is touring the US again!!!

I’m a huge Robin Trower fan but haven’t seen him live in many years mostly because he hasn’t toured the US in many years and when he was touring he didn’t come near where I was living.  I was about to book a flight to England just to see him again so I went to…

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Overcoming a .NET ListView CheckBoxes quirk

In the Visual Studio Team Foundation version control UI, we display your pending changes in a ListView control.  That ListView has CheckeBoxes set to true as we allow you to perform a variety of operations on the checked items.  At the same time we want you to be able to double click on an item…

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