Visual Studio Team System Training

Training, Visual Studio
I came across a (relatively) new Microsoft site today that is dedicated to providing technical information for Visual Studio Team System.Here you can access comprehensive resources from introductory to expert that include both online and self-paced training, the latest technical articles, videos, evaluation downloads, Webcasts by Visual Studio Team System experts and more. Take the first step to expand your opportunities!There are a few "coming soon..." placeholders here and there but there is still a lot of good information on this site if you're interested in learning more about Team System.
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Team Foundation Server is Shipping

TFS
Team Foundation Server has been officially launched by Rick Laplante at SDWest 2006. We've been using TFS in various beta versions for several months now. It will be nice to finally have the release version available.Read more at: http://blogs.msdn.com/somasegar/archive/2006/03/16/553413.asp
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Cleaning the Visual Studio 2005 MRU List

Tips, Visual Studio
I came across this utility a while back that allows you to easily remove project items from the Visual Studio MRU list. It works for the 2002, 2003, and 2005 versions. I saw a post today on a forum asking for a utility to do this so I thought I'd post this out for others to see (source code is included).Check it out at: http://weblogs.asp.net/egarmon/archive/2005/02/04/366825.aspx
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AutoWaitCursor Class

Utilities
If you've ever had to deal with turning the "wait" cursor on and off within your Windows Forms application then you've undoubtedly wished there was a better way.The typical approach is to set the Cursor property for the current form to Cursors.WaitCursor at the beginning of a long-running process and then resetting it back to Cursors.DefaultCursor when the process has finished. You might even set the default cursor within a Finally block in case an exception is raised so as to prevent leaving the cursor in a "wait" state.I've noticed that no matter how diligent you are, you almost always end up with the cursor out of sync at some point (e.g. your "wait" cursor doesn't display when it should or it displays when it shouldn't).What if you could have…
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WSCF – Schema-Based Contract-First Web Services

Add-ins & Extensions, Visual Studio
thinktecture has released Version 0.6 of their hugely popular Visual Studio Add-In for developing web services using a contract first approach. The new version has been updated to work with Visual Studio 2005 & .Net 2.0. This version also offers a command line interface to the code generation tool. Here are some highlights:Full support for Visual Studio 2005 and .NET Framework 2.0Generation of partial classesSupport for Nullable typesSupport for SOAP 1.2 bindingPascal case conversion is now optionalImproved support for generating code from SSL-hosted WSDLs The parameter ?wsdl can be configured to return the modeled WSDLOption for generating different styles of async calling codeOption for generating improved data binding code availableOption for generating List types instead of CollectionsAs always - it's free!
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MSBuild and Team Build Presentation

TFS
I had the opportunity to present MSBuild and Team Build to the Omaha .Net Users Group last night. We had a pretty good turn out of 73 attendees. I spent about an hour and 15 minutes going over MSBuild and Team Build and how they can drastically ease the burdon of the build process.Here is a link to the PowerPoint slide presentation if anyone is interested.
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Configuring E-mail within Team Foundation Server

TFS
We just recently updated to the RC1 release of Team Foundation Server and I had to reconfigure the e-mail settings on the server. I had to do this the first time as well when we installed the Beta 3 Refresh version.I didn't take part in the actual installation process so I don't know if the install asks for the SMTP server and Reply To address and the person installing it for us just didn't enter it, or if it's just not part of the setup.In any case, if you ever need to go back and change the e-mail (SMTP) server or Reply To address, you can do it by editing the Web.config file under the following web service folder:C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server\Web Services\ServicesNote that your installation…
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Test Driven Development (TDD)

Testing
Today we finished a 3-day crash course in TDD. We will start applying TDD techniques on our project starting next week. It should prove to be an interesting experience being that we have several schools of thought on our development team.I'm excited to give TDD a try so we'll see how it goes.
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Goin’ to Tech-Ed 2006

Conferences
I just registered for Tech-Ed 2006 in Bostan, MA. It should be a great time if it's anything like last year's Tech-Ed in Orlando.I've never been to the northeastern part of the U.S. so I'm looking forward to a little sight seeing while I'm there - as well as learning a lot about the latest Microsoft development technologies.
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