Visual Studio Team System
- MSF for Agile Software Development is the big news this week. See the Project Management section below.
- Ernst Kuschke is getting ready for Team System by utilizing some open source alternatives, much of which he’ll be able to replace with Team System functionality that’ll be available in time for Beta [Open Source Tools].
- After a bumpy start, Peter Jones is making progress with evaluating Team System [Finally, some progress with Team System & Visual Studio]. I can appreciate this quote, “Team System is SOOOOO big, I was just getting overwhelmed.” It’s so true. When you look at the early block diagram, it looks like a modest v1 attempt. Once you start surveying the landscape and peeling back the layers, you realize there’s more than meets the eye.
- Ian Huff, who has to find ways to best present the oodles of data from profiling runs, seeks to better understand the connections between data and the way people use it in the post [Reviewing Data Display Websites and Programs: Social Security Administration's Index of Popular Baby Names].
DSL Tools & Software Factories
- Scott Bellware is reconsidering his feelings about software factories [Mad Skills] after reading a blurb about the book [Software Factories: Assembling Applications with Patterns, Models, Frameworks, and Tools].
- If you don’t subscribe to Software Development Magazine’s Agile Modeling Newsletter, which is edited by Scott W. Ambler, you should. See this month’s column, MICROSOFT, DSLs AND THE OMG: Is my model specific enough for you?
- Bill Gates gave a keynote at the 14th annual RSA Conference 2005 in San Francisco earlier this week [Watch a recorded webcast of the presentation (Registration required, 1 hr. 12 min.)]. To coincide with that, Soma blogged about the tools in Team System (such as FxCop, PREfast & App Verifier) that’ll help you write code that is more secure [Tools to help you write secure code].
- David Anderson is presenting on Team System and MSF at Lean Design & Development 2005 in Chicago next month [Lean Design & Development 2005].
In the News
- MSF for Agile Software Development is available as a beta download. You can find a link to it and other resources on the MSF for Agile Software Development workbench in the Team System workshop. MSF for Agile Software Development is a scenario-driven, context-based, agile software development process that utilizes many of the ideas embodied in Team System.
- On the workbench, you should see Randy Miller’s latest blog entry [What’s in a name?].
- Keith Rowe is the Product Unit Manager for Team System’s MSF team. See his announcement post, too [Announcing MSF for Agile Software Development - beta release].
- Dave Bost is already seeing an opportunity to kick the tires [MSF Agile Beta Released].
- David Boschmans has a write-up on his blog about this particular build, which is the same build that will ship with the forthcoming Team System beta [Stay Agile, Adapt to Change with MSF Agile and Visual Studio 2005 Team System].
- David Anderson delivers the second installment in a series on the Declaration of Interdependence [Thoughts on DOI #2 - Customers].
- Dave Froslie considers monitoring bug burndown instead of hours from a Scrum perspective [Bug Burndown].
Team Software Development
- Join the Team Foundation team in another set of online chats! Experts from the team will be available during these two chats to answer questions on Team Foundation’s suite of source control, work item tracking, Office integration, MSF, reporting, project portal, and build automation functionality. Links to the chats are inline below. [via Ling Bao on the Team Foundation Team blog]
- Wednesday, February 23, 2005, 5:00 - 6:00 PM Pacific
- Thursday, February 24, 2005, 8:00 – 9:00 AM Pacific
- Doug Neumann blogs on the Team Foundation Team blog about version control features in Team Foundation [Highlights from the Dec. CTP].
- Elyasse Elyacoubi blogs about repair/reinstall (or the lack thereof) in the forthcoming Beta release of Team Foundation [Repair / Reinstall on the next VSTF Beta].
- One of my favorite testing bloggers, The Braidy Tester, has a post on evaluating test cases and the significance of code coverage [Grading On A Curve].
- Antony Marcano has been discussing the testing features of Team System with Ed Glas, program manager for the load testing features [Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Test scenarios]. Be sure to read some of the other posts on his blog, too.
- In the DSL Tools section above I mentioned Agile Modeling. Elisabeth Hendrickson has a companion post on agility for testers [Agile Testing][via Wayne Allen].
- Peter Jones takes a different approach to unit testing in this post [TDD without a D].
- Darrell Norton dusts off an old article by Jack Reeves titled, What is Software Design?, which was originally published in C++ Journal back in 1992 [What is software design? - article ideas still ring true 13 years later].