Today we are announcing that Microsoft has acquired DevBiz Business Solutions, the makers of the popular TeamPlain Web Access for Team System. TeamPlain is a web front end for VSTS that enables users to access the majority of TFS functionality from within a Web browser.
Check out the newly released guidance that the Patterns and Practices team has been working on for TFS: http://blogs.msdn.com/jmeier/archive/2007/03/26/vsts-guidance-project-update.aspx
Explained: Branching in Team Foundation Server
Explained – Structuring Your Solutions and Projects in Source Control with Team Foundation Server
How To: Perform a Baseless Merge in Team Foundation Server
How To: Step Through Creating a Custom Check-in Policy for Team Foundation Server 2005
How To: Step Through Creating Your Source Tree in Team Foundation Server 2005
How To: Structure Your ASP.NET Applications for Team Foundation Server
How To: Structure Your Source Control Folders in Team Foundation Server
How To: Structure Your Windows Applications for Team Foundation Server
Source Control Practices at a Glance (updated)
Source Control Questions and Answers
On Monday of this week I was in San Jose at the SD West conference to give a keynote. I’m told that a couple of years ago we (Microsoft) gave a “marketing” keynote and the audience was extremely dissatisfied. So I went in with a very different approach.
We get lots of questions about how to organize version control in TFS, particularly around branching. We’ve wrtten a white paper describing branching approaches and best practices. A lot of this is based on who we do it internally. Jeff wrote a longer article on it than I’m planning to so I’ll just point you at his blog announcement 🙂
I’ve gotten a bunch of questions lately about whether or not TFS works with SQL SP2. I confirmed today that all of our Microsoft production instances of TFS (about 15 of them) are running SQL 2005 SP2. So I have pretty darned solid confirmation that it works well.
It’s great to see that TeamPrise has announced availability of a free license of their Eclipse and Unix/Mac TFS clients for accessing CodePlex. This will expand the breadth of people who can conveniently participate in and contribute to CodePlex projects!
We got some I/O statistics on Friday night. Unfortunately it was not what I was looking for. The version control drives were omitted from the collection and there was much less sproc analysis than I expected. The ops team is going back to replan what analysis they are going to do and will try again.
I think we’ve got enough data now that we can put a stake in the ground about where we stand on CPU utilization improvements. We’ve still got a bit more tuning and improvements to make but it’s probably within 10% of where it will turn out.
Time for the monthly installment again 🙂 I’ve been swamped lately and not able to make progress on my “Managing Quality” series. I’ll get back to that shortly.
This is the first monthly dogfood statistics update since the upgrade of the DevDiv dogfood server on 3/3.
The first week of the Orcas Dogfood server upgrade will end today. It’s been a fantastic (if hectic) week. After the initial spate of issues we hit Monday, it quieted down pretty quickly. We got the significant issues fixed on Tuesday and have been making small performance patches all week.