Visual Studio 2008 has RTM’d

It’s done, officially announced today, so if you have an MSDN subscription you can download the English version of the product immediately. Still reading? Well then in case you need some reasons, try 5 reasons to check out VS 2008 CI with VS 2008 5 cool features in TFS 2008 5 time-saving features in VS…


Take 5 – 5 time-saving features in VS 2008

Ok, in no particular order, here are 5 features in VS 2008 which are going to save me some time:   Extender Wizard This is convenient for use with the AJAX Control Toolkit: to add an extender to a given control, just click the to show the popup menu below: Then choose the extender you want from the…


Final TFS 2008 Feature List

Brian Harry has posted what he believes to be the final feature list for TFS 2008. A few interesting ones: Support for Windows Server 2008 Support for SQL Server 2008 Support for HTTPS communication to the TFS server Simpler installation 🙂 –    Incidentally, some of stuff on the list didn’t make beta 2 but will be in RTM.


"Team Development with Team Foundation Server" Guide Released

  Previously I highlighted the beta 1 of this guide, well now the final version has been released and is available for download at In addition to the Parts I-VIII in the beta it also includes a section on Visual Studio 2008 Team Foundation Server, highlighting the upcoming changes in the next version. I’ve dipped in from time to time…


5 reasons to check out Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2

  Its all about Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers! Quite an old video :-), but the gist is about right – this release is all about improving developer productivity, so even if you don’t want to target the .NET framework 3.5 you can still take advantage of features like: CSS editing support (really helpful in figuring out…


Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2

You can download VS 2008 beta 2 and the .NET framework 3.5 beta 2 from here (you can also grab VS 2008 TFS beta 2 and the MSDN Library for VS 2008) VPCs are available if you want to evaluate on a virtual machine, which is convenient  (biiiggggg though). Check out this Channel9 Video where Somasegar and Scott Guthrie give…


Wire in your design with VS Team System and WF

I’ve produced my fair share of class diagrams, sequence diagrams, collaboration diagrams and package and deployment diagrams; at times I’ve gone down the route of round-trip engineering, generating skeleton code from a full design and and round-tripping it back into the design tool to reflect changes made (at least for a while). I’ve done it with Java, and with C++…


5 Features I’m glad to see in Visual Studio 2008 Team Foundation Server

Apart from CI support which I wrote about in a  previous post there’s a whole bunch of new features in TFS which are noteworthy, such as SQL named-instance support (so multiple TFS instances can share a SQL server), simplified installation, support for things like log shipping and more. But here are 5 I’m glad to see, in…


TFS Migration / Integration / Extensibility

In my experience, people tend to like TFS when they see it and a typical next question is “How can I start using it with my existing systems?” Unless you’re starting from scratch, what this typically boils down to is a question of once-off migration vs. integration. Migrating from Visual SourceSafe is an example of the former,…


Continuous Integration with Visual Studio 2008 (“Orcas”) Team Foundation Server

I first started using Continuous Integration (CI) in 2002 when my then company started eXtreme Programming – I found it great and subsequently introduced it at every opportunity using combinations of CruiseControl / scheduled tasks and so on. When I started using Team Foundation Server I was a little surprised(!) that CI wasn’t included in…