Team Foundation Version Control
For months you've been reading blog posts on Team Foundation version control (the feature formerly known as Hatteras) from the likes of Buck Hodges, Jason Barile, Korby Parnell, Sam Mullis, Jim Presto, Chris Rathjen, Adam Singer, James Manning, and of course, Brian Harry. It's arguably the most well-represented feature of Visual Studio Team System on blogs.msdn.com.
Darren Oakey is interested in getting his hands on Team Foundation version control after reading Joe Shirey's article (A Developer's Introduction to Visual Studio 2005 Team System):
For instance, we at the moment use a svn/cvs type build system, where we have a staged checkin, requiring developers to put in a change set first, which then needs to go through tests. The first lines I read were support for cvs style development, followed by "shelving is a new feature..."
to quote Queen ... "I WANT IT NOW!"
Team System: Post-Presentation
I spent the majority of my day sitting through the track on Microsft Team System and Team Foundation Server. There's a lot of great work being done here that will support the different roles throughout the software development lifecycle Here is an extensive list of notes from today's Team System sessions
Peter Jones recently attended some early training on Team System and likes what he sees, too:
This is huge. For medium to large sized teams I can see some big paybacks. I guess there are already other toolsets available, from Rational and the like, that do much the same thing and I'm not an expert on these either. However, VSTS looks very promising and it certainly tackles the main problems with development: production - i.e., making software development more of a structured manufacturing process.
The Next Software Wave
Mike Gunderloy's Improving Software Development column in the November 2004 issue of Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine discusses the Visual Studio 2005 wave of products (The Next Software Wave).
Product Feedback Center
Mark Cligget, Group Program Manager for the Developer Division Customer Connection Team, has a blog post that helps explain the role of the Product Feedback Center in the Visual Studio 2005 application life cycle (Product Feedback Center after VS2005 ships).
Streamzine: Advice from the Gang of Four
In the latest streamzine from Net Objectives, Scott Bain extracts the advice encapsulated in the classic "Gang of Four" text:
Our newest streamzine is entitled “Advice from the Gang of Four (with the Strategy Pattern).” This streaming presentation investigates the general design advice promoted by the authors of Design Patterns, Element of Reusable Object-Oriented Software, with the Strategy Pattern used as an example.
Streamzines are streaming education clips, but only the most recent one is available from their Web site.
If you're in the Redmond area, consider attending their forthcoming live presentation, “Comparing RUP, XP, and Scrum: Mixing a Process Cocktail for Your Team.” It's a free talk that will be presented by Dan Rawsthorne on Thursday, November 11, 2004 at Microsoft Redmond Campus, Building 27/1810-Olympic, from 6:00-8:30pm. Pizza and refreshments will be served. Click here for more information.