MSDN wiki now available

It’ll be interesting to see how much abuse (at least attempted) is a factor. http://blogs.msdn.com/mdurso/archive/2006/12/07/msdn-wiki.aspx Now anyone with a valid Live Id or hotmail account can contribute content directly to the main msdn web site. Although the wiki feature is currently available on only the VS2005 and Windows SDK managed reference docs, over the next…

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Teamprise 2.0 ships!

There are some amazing new features in their 2.0 product – it’s very impressive to see how far they’ve come along!  The work item support is great to see, especially support for things like .wiq files. Go Teamprise! http://www.woodwardweb.com/teamprise/000310.html Teamprise Turns 2.0 Tuesday marked the beginning of my second year with Teamprise and today I’m…

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New tool for TFS written by a MVP : TFS Permission Manager 1.0

While there’s a good chunk of overlap with the TFSAdmin project on codeplex, it looks like this tool does cover a number of things that TFSAdmin doesn’t.  If nothing else, it’s always good to have at least 2 entries in a space to help push each other (like KDE/GNOME, emacs/vi, etc.) http://blogs.microsoft.co.il/blogs/srlteam/archive/2006/11/27/TFS-Permission-Manager-1.0-is-Finally-out.aspx http://blogs.microsoft.co.il/files/folders/5018/download.aspx (direct download link) Using…

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A SharePoint by any other name…

One of the things I’ve personally found the most confusing about SharePoint is that it isn’t a single product.  It’s kind of a Windows thing (Windows SharePoint Services), but it’s also kind of an Office thing (Microsoft Office SharePoint Server).  Then there’s things like SharePoint Portal Server (which I’m assuming is the product now called…

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ISAPI filter without SSL, or, why cleartext passwords are evil

Ever wonder why telnet and ftp are generally considered evil by security conscious admins?  That’s right, because they send passwords in cleartext.  The same holds true of Basic authentication as well. Because of this, when we published guidance on how to use the new-in-TFS-SP1 ISAPI filter so you could use Basic or Digest authentication methods, we…

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Killer feature of VSTS DB Pro – data generation via regex

IMHO, while the DB Pro SKU has lots to like, one of the features I fell in love with the moment I heard about it was their data generation via regex. Why is that?  Because even today, sometimes the most testing your data code gets in terms of valid/invalid values are those few, all too…

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TFS administration, PowerShell, and why I sometimes hate command-line exe’s

If you’ve been reading this blog, you’ll notice that I’m a fan of PowerShell and their integration and .NET stories.  While PowerShell has great support for command-line exe’s (you can do the same separation of stdout/stderr, for instance, that bash has had over tcsh for so many years), the more I use PowerShell, the more…

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Debugging application crash/hang in production environments

Here’s a nice blog post (with lots of screen shots!) detailing how to grab a stack from a crashing or hung application.  Note that in the typical case we’ll get a Watson report, so customers don’t normally need to do this kind of manual operation for a crash, but it’s very useful info if you…

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Developing workflows in WSS 3.0 inside Visual Studio

One of the big features in WSS 3.0 includes their support for workflows (they have a new dependency on Windows Workflow Foundation in the .NET 3.0 framework).  This should help make a lot of the scenarios that people were coding in WSS 2.0 a lot simpler and easier to both develop and manage. If you’re new to Windows Workflow…

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WSS 3.0, ASP.NET 2.0, WebParts authoring

As we’re working to support WSS 3.0 in our upcoming version, I’ve been working with WSS 3.0 a lot lately and really been impressed by some of the changes from WSS 2.0.  In the following blog post, the main topic is authoring WebParts in the 3.0 version, but it happens to also include a nice…

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