The Ranger team has released a new CodePlex project that contains some good guidance for using the architecture tools in VS 2010. It is very scenario oriented and includes hands on labs that walk you through using the tools to solve some real world problems.
We’ve recently published a new MSDN section focusing on the ALM aspects of Visual Studio. There’s some pretty good content there to help you learn about our offerings and over time we’ll be adding more. We’ve got a bunch of “How-To”
Yep, that’s right TFS 2010 Beta 2 and RC are expiring in 2 days. When June 30th comes, they will completely stop working. Over the past couple of weeks I’ve seen an increasing number of customers who’ve let the deadline sneak up on them and now find themselves in a situation where they don’t have the time necessary to plan and execute an upgrade from the Beta 2 or RC builds to the RTM build before it is going to expire.
We have discovered a potentially serious issue that can affect upgrades from TFS 2005 or TFS 2008 to TFS 2010. The issue is triggered by a specific pattern of labels, renames, deletes and/or branches that existed before the upgrade. Once the upgrade is complete the contents of the affected labels could be incorrect.
I’ve had numerous conversations with customers about the frustrations of lack of synchronization of products coming out of Microsoft. For instance, the fact that you can’t use VS 2010 to do BizTalk 2006 development. I continue to advocate inside the company for us to be better about this.
Yesterday, the Rangers released an update to the WCF Load Test tool that fixed some bugs and added support for integrating with VS 2010 Ultimate. Check it out: http://wcfloadtest.codeplex.com/
In a post a week or so ago, I introduced the notion of Feature Packs. Now I get to tell you about the availability of the first one! I intended to post the same day but I sat down to play with the feature pack to make sure I understood what all it could do and I realized that my impressions didn’t quite match reality.
I’ve heard increasing interest from customers in tools to help them plan, manage and execute the release management process. I was thrilled when, a few months ago, Claude stopped by and demoed for me a new tool that InCycle is building called “InRelease”.
In recent years, we have tried to move to a model of producing updates to the documentation on a more frequent basis rather than just synchronizing it with the product schedule. Inevitably the documentation lags behind the product a bit (you can’t write the docs until you have something to document :)) and they get squeezed at the end of the product cycle.
I’m VERY pleased to announce the latest addition to the Visual Studio Power Tools line-up – the Visual Studio Pro Power Tools. Over the past few years, Power Tools have been such a successful way to deliver compelling value to customers quickly that more and more teams are adding it to their repertoire.