Some of the items in this post are over a week old due to my recent aggregator debacle [Bitten by NewsGator].
Visual Studio Team System
- I’m happy to read that Sam Gentile got his Team System environment up and running [Team Foundation Server and VSTS Finally Installed!!] using virtual machines. As Sam has discovered, performance can be an issue if you can’t allot the proper resources [Team Foundation Server Performance on VPC]. That post has links other posts about optimizing VPC performance.
- Joe Sango wishes he had Dave Bost’s article [Installing the December CTP Release of Visual Studio Team System] the first time he tried setting-up Team System using VPCs [Back into VSTS].
- Dave Bost shares a tip I gave him when installing Team System using Virtual PC [Supporting Multiple Networks In Your Virtual Machines].
- Unfortunately, others like Don Browning are still struggling [VSTS Install: Is it me or the flu medicine?]. I’m trying to track down a solution for his issue.
- Mario is convinced that using Team System will require developers to change they way they work [Something completely different … my first steps with Visual Studio Team System]. Hopefully, this is for the better, but it should be noted that you can adapt Team System to fit whatever process you have in place today.
- As Richard Hundhausen says, Don’t forget about the Team System newsgroups …
- Saravana Kumar has a collection of links related to the December CTP release of Team System [Links related to Visual Studio Team System Dec CTP].
- All three parts of the Channel 9 series on the Distributed System Designers are now online:
- Ali and Dmitriy – Early Demo of Distributed System Designers (Part 1)
- Ali and Dmitriy – Early Demo of Distributed System Designers (Part 2)
- Ali and Dmitriy – Early Demo of Distributed System Designers (Part 3)
- How do you use the Distributed System Designers? See this post [As promised, a posting from another team member…] on Jeff Welton’s blog by his teammate, Thomas Delrue.
- Via R. Ramesh [Class Designer Team Blog] and Harry Pierson [Speaking of the Class Designer], the Class Designer Team has launched a team blog . Check-out the first post from their program manager, John Stallo [A picture is worth a thousand words].
- Chris Menegay on the Distributed System Designers [Clarification on my bashing of Whitehorse]. Truth be known, I’m not happy with how Team System was presented in the recent MSDN Events series either.
- Michael Platt on the qualities software architects should posses [Architect qualities]. I have a couple of other posts from Michael in my queue, too:
- Ian Huff, who works on the performance tools in Team System, looks at another example of how to display large quantities of data in a manner that makes it easier to digest [Reviewing Data Display Websites and Programs: Football Outsiders].
- Steven Pratschner has a post about some of the new features in .NET 2.0 to help with diagnosing problems in your .NET application [Better Diagnostics in Whidbey: Loader Logging].
- Matt Pietrek shares the cardinal rules for creating a debugger [The Debugger Rules].
- MSDN TV has an episode with Peter Sollich showing how to use the CLR Profiler [MSDN TV: Introduction to the CLR Profiler].
- Eric Wise on refactoring do’s and don’ts [Refactoring Easy Assets .NET – Part 1 of ? & Refactoring Easy Assets .NET – Part 2 of ?]. Be sure to see the rest of the high-quality blogs on CodeBetter.com, too.
DSL Tools & Software Factories
- Harry Pierson had a post last week that looks at how people are actually using UML for MDA and how domain-specific languages might hold the answer for what people want to do [MDA And Software Factories – Separated At Birth?].
- Also, see these follow-up posts [Putting a Square Peg Model in a Round Hole Tool & Modeling vs. Visualization] from Harry Pierson and visit the ongoing debate [Software Factories (MDD vs. MDA] on TheServerSide.net [via Harald Leitenmüller]
- Steve Cook clarifies what he means when speaks of metadata in the context of DSL & software factories [Metadata].
- Raymond Lewallen shares his thoughts on software factories [Software Factories].
- Dave Glover : Visual Studio 2005 Team System run in conjunction with VTR in Melbourne on the March 17th, 6pm
- Scott Bellware : Rally Software Development Bringing Agile Roadshow to Austin
- Michael Platt : Technet Event on Interop
In the News
- InfoWorld : SOA’s killer app unveiled
- InfoWorld : SOA apps meet reality
- eWeek : Microsoft to Sing Visual Studio’s Virtues to Eclipse Crowd
- TestDriven.com : Scripting for Testers, Team Build, Employing TDD with Waterfall…
- Via Richard Hundhausen, there’s a site that’s listing Team System third-party products [A list of Team System third party products].
- Here’s what people are saying about the recent release of MSF for Agile Software Development:
- Eli Robillard : MSF 4 Beta
- Dave McKinstry : Initial Assessment – MSF Agile Beta
- Mike Gunderloy : Microsoft does agile – sort of
- Eric Landes : Agile Project Management & More on MSF Agile
- Peter Provost blogs about his recent undertaking, AgileProgrammer.com [Geek Notes 2005–02–26].
- In his first blog post [The first thing to build is TRUST!], Brad Appleton expands on his quote that he found in Alistair Cockburn’s email signature [via Marco A. Dorantes].
- Congratulations to David Anderson on winning the Best Business Blog Award!
- Dave Froslie on the length of Scrum sprints [Sprint Length].
Team Software Development
- Chris Rathjen is desperately seeking feedback on his recent post about merging in Team Foundation version control [Anyone? Bueller?]. Can you help him out?
- Khushboo Sharan, the program manager for Team Build, provides a first look at Team Build in her post on the Team Foundation Team Blog [Overview of Team Build]. See this post from Dave Bost, too [The 50,000ft. View of Team Build].
- Recently, Chris Menegay posted some concerns he had about work item tracking in Team System [Latest VSTS thoughts]. Then he was pleased to hear [Update on Work Item Tracking problems & Hitchhiker’s Guide] that his concerns are already being addressed as noted in John Lawrence’s post [Chris Menegay posts some thoughts on Work Item Tracking & Project Integration in VSTS] . And I agree, the new trailer for H2G2 is much better.
- Chris Rathjen blogs about fixing conflicts when using Team Foundation version control [To magically fix all of your problems, type ‘Resolve’].
- Adam Singer has an extensive post on Team Foundation version control in this post [Welcome to the Hotel Team Foundation].
- Vince Maraia, author of a forthcoming book on Microsoft’s SCM best practices, has a post about versioning [some Versioning ideas].
- Amit Agrawal has a post in the Team Foundation Team Blog about the Team System converters [Converters for VSTS].
- Roy Osherove provides his guidance for doing TDD in Team System [TDD and test generation in VS 2005 can be annoying and tricky if you don’t watch out]. Here are several other posts from Roy that I have in my queue today, which I’ll just list for the sake of brevity:
- Test Driven Development proves useful at Microsoft
- How big organizations (surprisingly) always advocated test driven development
- Response to the test generation “bug” I posted about
- Another one gets test-infected [Chris McKenzie : An Unexpected Benefit of TDD]
- Alan Page provides another perspective on testing at Microsoft [The Role of Test] and his hopes for a book on being a pragmatic tester [The Pragmatic Tester].
- Darrell Norton tips his hat on the recent passing of Macintosh creator Jef Raskin with a quote from Jef about “…a piece of commercial general-purpose software in which no bugs were ever discovered…” [Test-Driven Development in 1985].
- Grig Gheorghiu on Performance vs. load vs. stress testing [via Darrell Norton]
- The Braidy Tester on the communication gap between testers and developers [Talkie Walkie Trustie].
- Via Eric Nelson, SQL Server 2005 pricing has been announced [SQL Server 2005 pricing and packaging announced today].
- Via Ron Jacobs, the Enterprise Library Webcast Series schedule [Enterprise Library Webcast Series].