Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Data Dude + Developer Edition = Team Developer

{From My VSTS KB}

In today's press release titled: "Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0 Overview" MS also announced the merge of the Developer Edition and Database Edition SKU's.

From Gert’s post:

What does this mean?

In the next release of Visual Studio Team System we will be merging the feature sets of the Development Edition and the Database Edition into a single product. The new product – part of Visual Studio Team System codename “Rosario” – will include all of the features in the Development Edition and the Database Edition as well as new capabilities delivering even more value in a single product. This will provide a more complete set of capabilities for building software in today’s data-driven environments. Bringing these two feature sets together enables you to take advantage of the core tools for application development as well as the necessary tools for database development, including performance profiling, code analysis, code metrics, code coverage, database refactoring, Schema Compare, Data Compare, and more.

As an MSDN subscriber we want you to realize the benefit of this merged feature set now, which is why we are extending this exclusive offer. If you have either the Visual Studio Team System 2008 Development Edition with MSDN Premium subscription or the Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition with MSDN Premium subscription, on October 1, 2008 you will have access to both the Development Edition and Database Edition through MSDN Subscriber Downloads. This change also applies to customers who purchased Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Software Developers with MSDN Premium Subscription and Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals with MSDN Premium Subscription.

Announcing Visual Studio Team System 2010

Published on My VSTS KB

Microsoft has officially named the Visual Studio Team System Code-name 'Rosario' suite of tools to "Visual Studio Team System 2010" in an announcement on 29-Sep-2008.  They have also posted information on MSDN and Channel 9.

The 2010 release will be a huge step forward for the tools in the ALM space. The new architect tools look great, the build system will be improved, the tools for project management will (finally) get support for hierarchical structures, test management... The list just goes on and on...

The complete announcement can be found here.

And Brian Harry of course has some more to add about this in this post.

Here are some links to the announcements, feature sets, goodies and articles:

Brian Harry also posted also that there would be another CTP this fall.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Data Dude:Deploy Action On CTP16 Does Not Deploy The Database To Target

A lot of users confused and don’t understand why the database does not appear on the target server when they do deploy.

The reason is that in CTP 16, the default deploy mechanism is to deploy to script. If you want to deploy to database you have to change the 'Deploy action' on the project properties, deploy tab to 'Create a deployment script (.sql) and deploy to the database.'

Team Foundation Menu Doesn't Exist In VB6 After MSSCCI Isntallation

I spent hours to understand why it happened…

My customer has VB6 SP5, we installed Team Explorer 2008, MSSCCI provider…and nothing! I started the VB6 IDE, but I cannot find any source control or Team Foundation menu's.

Then I found this thread.

The Solution:

Add the line:


To c:\windows\vbaddin.ini

Then restart VB6, and you get a new menu item: Tools, Team Foundation.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Expression Blend & Team System

Many customers ask me the same question: does Expression Blend can talk with Team System / Source Control?

The answer, unfortunately, is no. Blend does not have the ability to use a source control repository and actually strips out any source control binding it finds in a project file.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The First Android Phone Will Be Launched Next Week

HTC Dream, the first mobile device that uses Android will be introduced on September 23 by T-Mobile at a press conference in New York. "HTC says it expects to ship 600,000 to 700,000 units of the smart phone, dubbed the Dream, this year," according to Wall Street Journal.
The phone will be available at the end of October, but you can see a demo from Google Developer Day in London.

Andy Rubin, Google's director of mobile platforms, is aware that the first Android-powered mobile phone is very important for the public perception. "If we come out with a dud, people will go, 'Well, that was a waste of time'". Reuters reports that the device will ship with a beta version of the Android application marketplace and Google will not make money from selling applications. "We made a strategic decision not to revenue share with the developers. We will basically pass through any revenue to the carrier or the developer."
{ via Google Operating System }

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Virtual Team System User Group

From: http://vstskb.net  - http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/vstskb/~3/394418841/

Paul Hacker and Dave McKinstry have started a virtual Team System user group. The user group will use Live Meeting for demos and talks, holding the social side of the user group meeting over in Second Life.  For more information and to register visit: http://www.tsug-ve.com/

The first meeting will be held on September 18, 2008 at 6:00 PM SLT.

For the meeting time in other time zones, click here.

Data Dude On RadioTFS

From http://vstskb.net - http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/vstskb/~3/394424099/

Just published over on Radio TFS  a special episode on the Database Edition of Team System with the Data Dude man - Gert Drapers.  In the show Gert talks how the product got started, where it is now, where it is going in the future, the latest CTP of the Database Edition GDR and more.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

<TestContainer> Works With WebTest & LoadTest In Team Build 2008 With SP1

Published on: http://vstskb.net/blog/2008/09/testcontainer-works-with-webtest-loadtest-team-build-2008-with-sp1/

The new <TestContainer> item in Team Build 2008 in a great way to run tests without test metadata file (*.vsmdi).

You can specify the following to run all unit tests found in assemblies matching the pattern *.Tests.dll and even specify .LoadTest and .WebTest files as well:

<TestContainer Include="$(Outdir)*.Tests.dll" />
<TestContainer Include="$(Outdir)WebTest1.webtest" />
<TestContainer Include="$(Outdir)LoadTest1.loadtest" />

But if you try to run it in Team Build 2008, you will get an error like: Could not load file or assembly.

That's because the task tries to do an Assembly.LoadFrom() on whatever files you include in the <TestContainer> item. This obviously fails because .LoadTest and .WebTest are XML files, not assemblies.

This problem has been solved in TFS 2008 SP1. All you need to do is to apply the TFS SP1 patch to the build machine (If you don’t want, it’s not necessary to install TFS SP1 on TF Server to get the fix).

Team Build and ClickOnce

The other day I got a question: How can I deploy an app via ClickOnce using Team Build?

There is not out of box way to do that, but we can do it with a simple workaround:

we should overload the target AfterCompile in TFSBuild.Proj to call MSBuild Task Publish and can pass the PublishDir property:

<Target Name="AfterCompile">
Condition=" '@(SolutionToBuild)'!='' "
$(CodeAnalysisOption);PublishDir=\\qa1Srv\drops\publishedVers\ "

Targets="Publish" />

From: http://vstskb.net/blog/2008/09/team-build-and-clickonce/

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Team System Web Access 2008 SP1

The Team System Web Access team had released SP1 last week.

Some of the cool new features include:

  • Ability to run multi-language in a single TSWA instance.
  • 10 languages supported
  • Work Item only view for users without a CAL!!
  • more

Ed Hintz’s announcement to see what’s new in this release:http://blogs.msdn.com/edhintz/archive/2008/08/29/team-system-web-access-2008-sp1-power-tool.aspx


Download: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=3ECD00BA-972B-4120-A8D5-3D38311893DE