Today, I am honored to share an
announcement about the future of Visual SourceSafe. If you haven't already
surmised by the content of this blog, improving the VSS class=877501200-31072003>user experience (the documentation in
particular) is my most recent project.*
In the world of software development, the following announcement was
probably barely audible, if at all. But for VSS, the href="http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/productinfo/roadmap.aspx">Roadmap is
HUGE! The href="http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/productinfo/roadmap.aspx">Roadmap is
100 decibels of source-controlled joy class=877501200-31072003>. Finally!
The SourceSafe feature team is class=877501200-31072003>planning to do more than fix bugs. class=877501200-31072003>As many customers have observed recently, the
last few VSS releases have seemed
like a reverse alphabetical countdown to something: 6.0, 6.0a, 6.0b,
6.0c, 6.0d. href="http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/productinfo/roadmap.aspx">Whidbey class=877501200-31072003>will be different...
Management (SCM) is a disciplined approach to managing and controlling the
evolution of software development and maintenance practices as they change over
time. With SCM, enterprise developers can make safe alterations to existing
code, track changes across developers, projects, and time, manage the build
process effectively, and track project defects and issues. By providing
project-oriented software management, Microsoft Visual SourceSafe delivers
integrated SCM support for developers using Visual Studio.
In Whidbey, Microsoft will improve upon the Visual SourceSafe
tools and offer programmers working in small teams the technology they need to
manage source code as well as other files in their solution. Visual
SourceSafe will be extended to offer support for Web service and Unicode
projects, helping programmers more effectively meet the challenges
of today's business. Further, programmers will enjoy improved
performance and tighter integration between Visual SourceSafe and the Visual
In addition to the improvements highlighted above, I would add two
- A big HELP viewer upgrade (the same as Visual Studio
- A greatly improved HELP experience,
which is a personal pledge from me.
you haven't done so in awhile--run Analyze on your favorite VSS
* What can I say? I'm a romantic technical writer with a weakness
for old battlehorses.
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