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Some days…

Some days, I am very proud to work at this company - and today is one of them.  I have to admit there are some days that I am both embarrassed and apologetic for things I've seen us do but I can tell you they are the rare days.  You've heard me say several times that we take customer feedback very seriously and we listen.  Today...
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Bug fixes in TFS SP1

Well, I'm going to try to beat a new path here.  We're trying to be more transparent about what we are doing, when we are doing it and why we are doing it.  The downside of that can be that we go to far and get beaten over the head with the information we provide :) Historically, we (DevDiv) haven't released detailed information ...
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Ramblings on VS SP1

Since the announcement of our SP1 release yesterday, there's been a variety of community feedback.  Some in the press, some on blogs and some in email.  I got one of those emails this morning and decided to write a few of my thoughts to share my perspective on the issues raised. It was then suggested I make a blog post out of it, so ...
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TFS SP1 Beta is available!!!

I am thrilled to announce that the much anticipated TFS SP1 Beta is available.  You can get access to down load it by visiting the Microsoft Connect Site.  Remember, it is a Beta so some caution is advised. It's been a long road but there's some great stuff in it.  Back in June, I included a high level summary of what is in it ...
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September TFS DevDiv Dogfood Statistics

Dogfood activity continues to be brisk but growth has slowed some in the last month.  I think the ramp from the onboarding of so many Orcas feature crews is behind us and the growth will be slower until we bring on more PUs. Overall performance and availability have been good but we continue to struggle with some issues.  I wanted to...

Away for a week

Sorry you haven't heard from me for a while.  It's been busy.  I just got back from Redmond (spent all last week there).  I was wrapping up a "special project".  Given my background both in CLR and in databases, I was asked to spend a few weeks looking at Linq, Linq to SQL and Linq to Entities and give some feedback.  ...
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The Next TFS Power Toy Release

We are in the (very early) planning process for the next TFS Power Toy release.  You can read my earlier posts to see what constraints we currently put on Power Toys.  Some key constraints are things like "Pure add-on" and "Delivers real value". How do we tell what is delivering real value?  Some of the Power Toy ideas come from...
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High Availability TFS

Team Foundation Server is a critical component of any company's assets.  It protects the very valuable IP that development teams create.  As such it's important that it be reliable and secure.  Building TFS on SQL Server went a long way toward accomplishing these goals.  SQL provides a robust data platform that includes ...
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Configuring the new TreeDiff Power Toy

Someone asked me in a comment on my post announcing the new TFS Power Toys if there was any way to make it ignore certain files (like .obj files).  The answer is yes.  Rather than respond directly in a comment I decided to write a new post about it because there's more you can configure. If you run regedit.exe and look in: [...
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New TFS Power Toys Available!

We've been working hard over the past several months and today we are releasing some of the fruits of that labor.  There's a lot of news in this post so I'll try to organize it well.   Official support for the TFS MSSCCI provider! The TFS MSSCCI provider allows VS2003, VB6, SQL Server Management Studio and other IDEs to connect to ...
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