Yukon Bug Progress…

SQL Server 2005 (code named “Yukon”) is built on the Whidbey platform. The integration of the Whidbey .Net Framework with the SQL server engine is well known; this provides the “SQLCLR” functionality that enables managed code stored procedures, user defined types, aggregates and functions. What’s less well known is that the Yukon administrative and business…

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DCRs and Breaking Changes

Have you ever been asked to change something when you felt you were done?  It happens; customers provide feedback, security reviews reveal vulnerabilities in a design…there’s always a reason for a change.  A “DCR” is a Design Change Request and are designed to track these types of change requests to the original design.  Often DCRs…

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Shipping the October Community Technology Preview

As part of my tasks as a release manager, from time to time I actually get to ship software! Last week we shipped the Community Technology Preview (CTP) for October. This month’s CTP consisted of a new build of the web download packages of the Visual Studio Express Edition SKU’s.   You can go download…

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Product Metrics/Release Criteria

As we drive towards Whidbey Beta 2, the Product Metrics/Release Criteria are a main guiding principle in assuring we are shipping the right quality product.  These metrics/criteria are made up of a number of goals and test coverage requirements (approx. 40) which were defined during Beta 1.  Some examples are: ·         Stress goals that ensure…

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Product Unit Reviews

We’ve been driving our bug counts down over the past few months, with an eye on what we call ZBB. We “went dark” a few weeks back, which had a significant impact on the overall bug count and really improved the quality of the product. We’ve fixed a tremendous number of bugs and have only…

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“Going Dark”

Whidbey is progressing toward its ZBB date, with only a few more weeks to go.  For the past week, and the following, teams within DevDiv have “gone dark”.  ZBB is about dropping to ‘zero’ bugs and getting ready for the final Beta and ultimate release.  In an effort to remove normal distractions, teams have been…

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Driving to ZBB

With the successful release of Whidbey Beta1 a few weeks ago, we’re now moving toward Beta2. The next key milestone between now and Beta2 is “ZBB.”  It is critical to close down on open issues during the drive to ZBB, because doing so significantly impacts our execution efficiency for months to come. Hitting this deliverable…

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Driving our security push

I’ve been spending the past two weeks focusing on pulling together our security efforts for Whidbey. See Soma’s blog on security in our division.   We have scheduled a multi week period before our Beta2 when the whole division will be focusing on security, doing things like targeted code reviews, design threat modeling and testing…

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Rick James RIP while the Dev Div VBLs live on under the careful guidance of the true Release Manager….

Funk legend Rick James passed away at age 56 last week. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5625044/ Please join me in a moment of silence to remember the Super Freak of Funk… Developer Division VBL (Virtual Build Lab). The concept of Virtual Build Labs is replicating the build process across several identical source code branches that are folks of the Main…

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Releasing the Bits

Since we started this blog I have spent some time updating my music collection. In fact, as I type this I am listening to the band “Shadow’s Fall”, really, really loud. There is nothing like some aggressive guitars to help stir the creative juices. Yea!   As you read in Jason’s intro of the team,…

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