Team Foundation Server and Team System: Presents and Futures

These are interesting times for development teams who are using Team System and Team Foundation Server for source control, project lifecycle management, process management and collaboration. TeamPlain: Web-based Access to Team Foundation Server  Yesterday, Microsoft announced the acquisition of devBiz, who created TeamPlain, a piece of software that provides a web interface to Team Foundation Server.  Brian Harry…

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Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals – Released

A very impressive addition to the Visual Studio Team System has been released for database professionals – and I’ve been neglecting to write about it! Team Edition for Database Professionals is designed to manage database change, improve software quality through database testing, and bring thebenefits of Visual Studio Team System and life-cycle development to the…

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Hungry for ”Orcas”?

If you’ve got a hunger on you for a preview of the next generation of the Visual Studio development envrionment, you can download the Community Tech Preview of Visual Studio code name “Orcas”, which is the flavor of the course that will follow Visual Studio 2005. Orcas was discussed in this morning’s TechEd Europe: Developers…

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New Team Foundation Server features in Service Pack 1 Beta (and Visual Studio 2005 SP1 Betas)

The Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 Beta has just been released.  Here’s the official announcement.  You can register for and download the Service Pack updates at http://connect.microsoft.com/visualstudio.  (The Connect site is a bit finnicky. If you get stuck, see below.*)   The usual caveats about betas apply, but if you install SP1 Beta, I…

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Top Tips for free Microsoft support and training resources

Clare asked Dave and me to reveal some hidden gems that are available from Microsoft for technical support and learning.  This was our list of the shiniest gems that we find devs and IT pros don’t always know about.  I also posted the Best of the Rest as an article.   1. MSDN Forums –…

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Dave and Rob’s Top 5 Tips for Free Microsoft Support and Learning Resources (and the Best of the Rest!)

Dave and Rob’s Top 5 Tips for Free Microsoft Support and Learning Resources   1. MSDN Forums – http://forums.msdn.com Looking for answers to your toughest technical questions?  The MSDN forums are regularly visited by members of the product teams, MVPs, influencers, and experts.  Broken out by technology and then by detailed subject.  Solve technical problems,…

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MSDN Flash Ireland – International Resources – 19 Sept 2006

Special Section: ASP.NET 2.0 [ASP.NET] [Windows Forms and Smart Clients] Dundas Map for .NET Released Dundas Software has officially launched Dundas Map for .NET – available for ASP.NET with AJAX support and Windows Forms. [ASP.NET] September ASP.NET Support Voice: Log Parser 2.2 and ASP.NET [ASP.NET] [Web Development] Free E-Learning: Create a Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0 Web…

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Fun with Texture Transfers

One of the image processing technologies that Andrew Blake (of Microsoft Research) showed us during his Computer Science and Illusion presentation was image quilting, where bits of a texture are stitched together into a large, cohesive image. A cool application of image quilting is texture transfer, where bits of a source texture are stitched together…

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Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals – CTP available for download

Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals is a suite of tools designed to help database professionals take control of change, automate database testing, and improve collaboration and communication.  The data dudes at The Register had some nice things to say about it today. The Community Tech Preview is available for free download from the…

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New Atlas Control Toolkit release on CodePlex

Have you seen CodePlex?  It’s like “Team Foundation Server in the Sky.”  I would love to have an online TFS database service like that for all my development projects. CodePlex is home to some very interesting shared source development projects, including the “Atlas” Control Toolkit.  There was a new version of the toolkit released this…

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