Rangers … what’s up? – December highlights

This post is a terse summary of major events that occurred in the Rangers community during December 2010, continued from the November 2010 update.

The Rangers wish everyone a safe and joyous slide into 2011! May the new year be the best ever for everyone!

Rangers Index Updates

Two Rangers introduced themselves this month on our Rangers Index:


Active Rangers Projects

The two projects that have been in heavy construction mode, even during December, include:

  • LAB Management Guide (TFSLM)
    The vision of this projects is to provide practical and scenario-based guidance, backed by  custom VM Template automation for reference environments
  • Build Customization Guide (VSBCG)
    This Ranger project has the primary goal of delivering scenario based and hands-on guidance for the customization and deployment of TFS Builds activities such as versioning, code signing, branching.

Bubbling / Emerging Projects

The two projects that are expected to bubble up to a more visible state include the Word4TFS, which is undergoing some scope surgery, and CodedUI.

  • Word Plug-in for TFS (TFSWP)
    The vision of this project is to support the communication between the non-technical users, who prefer Word as requirements elicitation tool, and the developer persona. Bidirectional link between Word and TFS work item tracking is a typical example but as usual, all details will be defined by the project team.
  • Coded UI Guide (VSCUG)
    With the addition of Coded UI Testing in Visual Studio 2010, there is a need for more in-depth guidance and scenario based hands-on labs. There are also some open issues and shortcomings that customers - and our own consultants - are facing which can turn into adoption blockers. It’s also important to define best practices which explain the effective and efficient use of these product features and how it can be scaled to large applications and projects.  This guide should also act as a reference point for troubleshooting tips and answering questions like when it is appropriate to use coded UI tests versus other testing methods available in the Visual Studio 2010.

What’s planned for January 2011?

January will be a very busy month, because we will be preparing for TechReady (MSFT Internal Event) and MVP Summit, which means that both the Lab Management Guide and Build Customization Guide will be reaching a state where we will be able to start showcasing early BETA bits for those that are interested.

The readiness package for the TFS Integration Tools is expected to receive a facelift with the addition of additional Rational –> TFS walkthrough guides, we are expecting another Spanish guidance localization and new projects are on the drawing board. For those that are interested in the branching guidance, please keep an eye on this blog 🙂

We have threads spinning on Ruck and MSDN articles … again keep an eye on this blog for news flashes during January.

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