gotdotnet news: VSTS Process Template Editor released

If you are evaluating VSTS for use by your team, the ability to customize the default development “process” (agile, SCRUM, formal, etc) is a great feature. The “process template” defines the presentation of things like issue forms and checkin rules. For a good intro to process templates in Team System, see Amy Hagstrom’s post on Customizing Process Templates. Heretofore,…

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Choosing the Right License for your Open or Shared Source Project

Are you planning to create a shared source or open source project on Gotdotnet CodeGallery or Workspaces? If so, one of the first and most important things to do is to decide upon the terms by which you’d like to share your source code and other intellectual property with the general public. On Gotdotnet, we…

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Loyalty to Visual FoxPro: the SednaX Generation

It is my great and profound honor to welcome the FoxPro developer community to Gotdotnet’s new CodeGallery in the form of the FoxPro SednaX project: the fastest growing and newest project on Gotdotnet. May you stay long, do great things, and spread the good word about CodeGallery. Note: gotdotnet will be down today for a significant…

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Techie Toys My Toddler Digs II

My wonderful account representative at Branders.com, Hope recently and unexpectedly sent me a box of fun swag ideas. What a gal! She guaranteed that my toddler, Kiera would like the “jellyfish yoyos”. Nope. Hope is thoughtful and definitely upbeat but it’s fairly obvious she doesn’t have any kids of her own because otherwise she would know…

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gotdotnet Sponsors Seattle MindCamp – Nov 5-6, 2005

As a product manager at Microsoft, it often takes an act of God, a run of good luck, and a forcing function for me to get something important done. I FINALLY choked out a 50-worder for gotdotnet: a task that I had been postponing once an hour for over 6 weeks. My forcing function: Seattle MindCamp. “The gotdotnet…

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Techie "Toys" My Toddler Digs

As a first time parent of the most incredible creature to ever walk this Earth–my fourteen month old daughter, Kiera–I am perpetually amazed by the simplicity and inexpensiveness of the objects and experiences that capture and hold her interest. Like most new dads, I am prone to compulsive toy shopping. I don’t always buy but…

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Enumerating the # and names of files in a VSS folder

A customer asked me this question via email today. Unable to remember how to do this (I’ve been off VSS for over a year), I pinged one of the VSS team’s awesome developers, Alin, who promptly responded with this gem: “You can use VSS Automation to find out the number of files in a folder…

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gotdotnet CodeSlam

Late last month, the gotdotnet team hosted the first ever “Gotdotnet CodeSlam” for 54 attendees (26 zealous MVPs and 28 FTEs) at the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond. In the invitation, I described CodeSlam as: “an open-ended, open forum, work-social event for MVPs (like you) who can’t keep their fingers off their laptop nubbins or…

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Just Another Workday at the gotdotnet Corral

On any given Sunday, you might happen upon this scene on Microsoft’s Main Campus in lovely Redmond, WA: three lonely cars in an otherwise empty parking lot. And so you ask, ‘What kind of lunatics, on such a lovely day, are sitting at their monitors while their co-workers are at play?’ Allow me to introduce…

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CodeSlam Seattle’s [Superstar] Event Planner

Over the last few months, I’ve been planning the first of what I am certain will be many “gotdotnet CodeSlam” events (Raymond explains my choice of the name CodeSlam). Recently, those plans became a reality. CodeSlam0 was a small, invitation-only, “unconference” that we held in the Microsoft Visitor Center/Museum for a few of our favorite customers, software legends, internal…

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