The RC: What works with what?

Soma received a few questions on his blog from folks who received the Release Candidate at the PDC about what works with what.  The PDC was tricky because we wanted to have a set of bits that teams from Microsoft could standardize on AND we wanted to hand out the latest and greatest bits to…

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Whidbey RTM Escrow

As we begin to close down on Ask Mode for the Platform and Design Time teams we enter the final stage of the release, Whidbey RTM Escrow.    DevDiv Whidbey RTM Escrow – the phase before the completion of the RTM milestone where the product goes through a period of bake time.  No additional work…

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Whidbey RTM Release Criteria – Dogfooding Team Foundation Server

During Whidbey Beta 1 we built a web application for reporting the division release criteria called DDMetrics.  This tool served its purpose for Beta 1 and Beta 2.  Now… it is time to take it to the next level and start using an incredibly awesome tool built by the Team Foundation Server team (dogfooding)!  Starting…

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Whidbey Community Technology Previews (CTP)

Most of you are already aware of the Visual Studio 2005 Community Technology Previews (CTP) and are familiar with the philosophy and benefits of the CTPs – you get working bits more frequently, great opportunity for feedback from you to the product teams (using Ladybug), potential of finding issues earlier than RTM, ability for you…

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Whidbey RTM Tell Mode!

On Monday (6/20) the Platform teams (those teams shipping in the .NET Framework Redist) entered DevDiv Tell mode, I see this as a very exciting time of the product cycle!  It is one where you can see the light at the end of the tunnel, while at the same time every decision/bug fix gets greater…

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Whidbey Security: Pen Testing Engagement

I mentioned in my last blog that we’re heading towards a first step in the “Final Security Review” for Whidbey. A couple of weeks ago, our central security team finished a 9 week long Penetration Testing (pen-testing) effort of Whidbey. They had 8 people working just on our product. We began by doing “education” sessions…

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Whidbey Beta 2 “Broad Go-Live”

One of the things we are doing in Whidbey Beta 2 is providing a broad Go-Live License agreement.  Some of you may remember we provided an ASP.NET Go-Live License with the Beta 2 release of the .NET Framework 1.0, from an old blog post by Scott Guthrie.  We view this as a terrific way to help…

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Whidbey Beta 2 Product Metrics/Release Criteria sign-off!

Last I blog’d I talked to the Product Metrics/Release Criteria… and now we’ve released Whidbey Beta 2!  It has been a long but satisfying road…   As you can see from Chris blog below “In the home stretch…” he mentioned stress was going to be a wild card.   He was right, which is why Beta 2…

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In the home stretch….

Wow! It’s hard to believe but we’ve completed 5 weeks of “Ask Mode”.  Every day for the past 5 weeks, representatives of each product team in the Division have met daily for 2 to 3 hours reviewing each change that is going into the product.  We look first at the customer scenario that is being…

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Starting Ask Mode!

Check off another mini-milestone for Whidbey! Beta 2 Tell Mode is over, and we started “Ask Mode” today.  Over the course of the last week, we finished up a round of what we called “aggressive” integrations of the source code branches and are currently in the process of moving to a single Beta 2 branch…

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