Buck Hodges

Azure DevOps (formerly VSTS and Team Foundation Server)

VSTS pricing
VSTS pricing
There have been questions about pricing in the newsgroups.  Here is what Raju Malhotra had to say about it.  As I understand it, many of the pricing details have yet to be worked out and are far from being set in stone. We will share the specific pricing details with you as soon as they are finalized but here is what we know. ...
Interfaces for the TFS source control client
Interfaces for the TFS source control client
The new source control system in Team Foundation will have several client interfaces.Command line   The command line interface provides a complete set of commands for performing all of your source control tasks.  When run interactively (i.e., the /noprompt option is not specified), some commands will bring up dialogs.  ...
A simple example using branch and merge
A simple example using branch and merge
Merge is an overloaded word. There is a content merge and then there is a branch merge. A content merge is where you have edited a file and someone checked in a newer file, so the source control system will tell you to do a content merge before checking in the file (if it's interactive, it's a 3-way merge GUI). A branch merge is migrating ...
More on branching and merging vs. sharing and pinning
More on branching and merging vs. sharing and pinning
Branching and merging in TFS provide a more robust way to accomplish what sharing and pinning are often used for in VSS.  In TFS, you would branch a directory (source), using the "branch source target" command, to the desired location (target).  Then when there are changes in the source that you need in the target, you ...
When can I get the Team Foundation Server?
When can I get the Team Foundation Server?
Several people have asked this question.  The server is not included in the May Community Preview distributed at TechEd.  Also, the server bits will not be included with the upcoming VS 2005 Beta 1 release.  In fact, none of Team System will be in Beta 1, so the May Community Preview release at TechEd is it for a ...
Migrating from SourceSafe to Team Foundation Server
Migrating from SourceSafe to Team Foundation Server
We plan to provide migration tools for users switching to TFS.  A VSS user asked in the newsgroup about migrating VSS labels, revision history, sharing, and pinning.The goal is migration of all data, consisting of projects, files, and folders, with associated metadata reliably with minimal information loss while preserving user ...
12 GB CompactFlash card
12 GB CompactFlash card
Of course you can get microdrives, but if the moving parts make you nervous, Pretec offers a 12 GB flash card.  It's only $14,900.  Then you'll need a $60,000 digital camera to go with it.  Somehow that nifty $3,000 Nikon D2H just seems inadequate.http://www.dpreview.com/news/0405/04052601pretec12gb.asp...
VSTS Newsgroups
VSTS Newsgroups
The VSTS 2005 page mentions the newsgroups for VSTS (in the Community Resources section beside the "Ask the Team" column). It doesn't stand out, though, and so a lot of people may not realize they are there. The newsgroups are actively monitored by a large number of VSTS folks, so it's a great way to interact and provide feedback (you'll ...
Branching models
Branching models
Doug Neumann, our PM, posted on the Team Foundation newsgroupmicrosoft.private.whidbey.teamsystem.teamfoundation newsgroup a nice answer to a question about branching models and VSTS.Question (Carl Daniel): IEEE Computer, September 2002 issue contained an article entitled "the importance of branching models in SCM". Since we can't really ...
Dev303 summary, more blogs
Dev303 summary, more blogs
Thanks to Rob Caron there are good notes on Brian Harry's presentation. DEV303 - Visual Studio Team System: Enterprise-Class Source Control and Work Item TrackingKevin Kelly (also in North Carolina) has started a weblog, opening with “Why Work Item Tracking?”  Ask him if they can add make work items ...