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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Give the .NET loader a hand – how to load assemblies from VS PrivateAssemblies

This program demonstrates how to use the AppDomain.AssemblyResolve event to help the .NET loader get assemblies loaded that it can’t find. The VS Team Foundation edition ships with a number of assemblies you may want to reference in your own apps.  Most of the important ones are installed in the GAC so you should have no…

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Why is Chicken Little still on American Idol?

There, I admit it.  I watch American Idol.  At least I’ve never watched Survivor or The Amazing Race. Pffft. So back to the question.  Why is Kevin Covais (dubbed Chicken Little by the show’s host Ryan Seacrest) still on American Idol? I get that he’s a nice kid with a pleasant singing voice.  But c’mon, he…

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