Monday, May 28, 2007

Patterns & Practices Team Development with TFS Guide

Patterns & Practices Team Development with TFS Guide Beta 1 is release on CodePlex
This guide shows you how to make the most of Team Foundation Server. It starts with the end in mind, but shows you how to incrementally adopt TFS for your organization. It's a collaborative effort between patterns & practices, Team System team members, and industry experts.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

TFS - Project Server 2007 on CodePlex

TFS - Project Server 2007 Connector is now finally available on CodePlex
The Visual Studio Team System Project Server 2007 Connector is designed to integrate the project management capabilities of VSTS with Project Server 2007.
It's been developed by the Visual Studio Team System Rangers in response to significant customer demand for a connector solution. Future versions of Team
System will have native integration with Project Server, in the meantime this Connector solution is the best way to integrate the two Microsoft products. This solution builds on the previous PS2003 VSTS Connector, published on GotDotNet. This solution is intended to provide guidance, provided as source code that can be sed "as is," extended, or modified by developers to use on enterprise development projects.

Monday, May 14, 2007

VSTS for DB Professionals SP1 Pre-release

The DataDude team, aka the team that develops Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals, has just published a preview of their first service release.

It's not just bug fixes, they've included a number of new features:
  • 3+4 part name resolution through a new feature called "database references"
  • File groups and files are now part of the project settings and can e fully parameterize then to fit your deployment needs (this replaces the need for the storage deployment script)
  • SQLCMD variable support; this is enable through a new project property page for creating and editing variables that you can then use inside your scripts. Variables are stored inside the project file and can be mapped to MSBuild properties.

More details will be coming soon, but in the meantime check it out.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

TFS Cube ... Uncovered !!

Jimmy Li has posted the most amazing TFS Cube related post I ever found ... Great job Jimmy ... It's a bless :)

The post covers complete understanding of TFS Cube inside out with screenshots, demos and tips on how to use it best. It can be checked out here, he promised he'll give more so keep an eye on it !! Enjoy ...

The initial learning curve for the TFS Cube is pretty steep. It is quite overwhelming to figure out the relationships between the large number of dimensions and measure groups in the TFS cube at first. In this blog entry I will explain some of the most commonly used perspectives and show how you can easily create Excel reports from them.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

TFS Reporting Simplified using TFS Data Source Control

Kannan wrote two great posts on how to create a TFS Data Source Control and how to create a TFS Report leveraging the use of this control.

You can check the posts on the following links:

VS2005 Template for TFS Events Listening...

I've been trying to create my own TFS listening events and it was really a bit hard, until I came across Howard van Rooijen's VS2005 Template

It'll create the listner web services for TFS events, along with the appropriate signatures, as well as convert the events to an object, so that you can effectively use it.

Don't miss it ...