TFS Service Pack 1 in the Works

TFS
It looks like the Team Foundation Server Service Pack 1 is getting closer to its initial beta release. Based on a blog post by Brian Harry, there is no current (public) timeline set for release but he expects the beta to be available in the "not too distant future".Here is a list of improvements included in TFSSP1:Version Control, WorkItem Tracking and Datawarehouse performance/scale improvements - the majority of these have come from our continued internal deployment. You can read one of my earlier blog posts for more detail on what kinds of things we've hit and addressed. We're now seeing great results on our internal servers with these fixes."Extranet support" - We implemented an ISAPI filter that will allow the intranet to use NTLM and integrated auth while the extra…
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Tech-Ed 2006 is in Full Force

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Tech-Ed 2006 is now in ful force in Boston! I arrived yesterday afternoon, checked in, received a bag full of goodies and attended the keynote address. I had a nice, long, descriptive post about the keynote but the hard drive in my tablet PC decided to go kabunk this morning (it made some really horrible sounds and finally "blue-screened" Windows). So, if I'm able to retrieve any data from my hard drive, I'll post about the keynote at a later time.This morning (Monday) I attended the session "Building Modern Software Services, Workflow and Identity" by David Chappell. He was a very good speaker (the best I've seen here so far) - almost to the point of being a motivational speaker. He is very passionate about software services and technology in…
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MSBuild Sidekick is Released

TFS
The developers from Attrice have done it again. They have released a brand new sidekick - the Microsoft Build Sidekick. The Microsoft Build Sidekick allows you to edit your MSBuild projects in a graphical, hierarchical format. You can also use this utility to modify your TFS build types. It can take a few seconds to open up a build file and have it displayed in the utility but once it's loaded, it is very easy to work with.Here is a list of initial features:Load and modify any file complying to MSBuild schemaView build project structure in a tree view that displays tasks used in build, property groups and properties, item groups and items, targets and targets tasks and imported build projects.Show or hide presentation of imported definitions in a project…
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Team Foundation Server Build Clean-up Service

TFS
Mitch Denny has posted a new TFS build clean-up service that will clean up your TFS build files throughout the day (at some pre-configured interval). If you find that you occasionally go in to manually delete old build files, this utility could be of use.There are certain rules that must be met before the utility will remove the build files, including:Has the expiry date for the build been reached?Does the drop location exist?Has the build actually completed?Has the build been abandoned? Read the full details in Mitch's post.
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Add Intellisense to SQL Server

SQL Server
Have you ever wished you could have Intellisense when writing queries in Visual Studio's Server Explorer, SQL Server's Query Analyzer, or SQL Server 2005's Management Studio? Well, now you can! red-gate is currently offering their SQL Prompt product for free until September 1st, 2006.SQL Prompt gives you the power of Intellisense for SQL. Here are a list of features:Table/View name completionColumn name completionStored procedure name completionUSE completionJOIN/JOIN ON completionAuto-uppercasing of keywordsAuto-popup after keywords This utility is a great time saver. Get it while it's free!
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Team Foundation Server Dog Food

TFS
Brian Harry has posted an article on how Microsoft has started eating their own dog food by implementing Team Foundation Server within their own ranks. He details several of the issues they have ran into so far - most of which are related to the sheer size of their various projects. For example, one of the statistics he posts is the number of files and folders currently in their TFS system - 13,137,178 files and 1,677,668 folders. That's a lot of files although, according to his post, it will be a lot more than that by the time they're through.Brian also goes on to state that they've fixed several bugs and performance issues internally within Team Foundation Server that they will be making publicly available (presumably sometime later this year).It…
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Planning a Team Project

TFS
I came across a nice document today on Microsoft's MSDN site that helps with planning new Team Projects. Although this document has probably been around for a little while, this was the first time I had seen. It provides a nice flowchart-like approach to planning Team Projects (e.g. do you create a new project or add to an existing project?).Before creating a team project, you should carefully plan the scope of the project and consider the future path for the modification, growth, and maintenance of the team project. This topic presents a list of questions you must answer to determine whether you may want to create a new team project or expand an existing project. This list of questions is presented as a starting point for your deliberation and is…
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Microsoft Launches CodePlex

TFS
Microsoft has launched a beta version of its new community software project development site - CodePlex.CodePlex is an online software development environment for open and shared source developers to create, host and manage projects throughout the project lifecycle. It has been written from the ground up in C# using .NET 2.0 technology with Team Foundation Server on the back end. CodePlex is open to the public free of charge.Since CodePlex is based on Team Foundation Server you can connect to the CodePlex site via the Team Client which will then display all projects for which you are a member.You have to request approval to get a new project added to the site but they also state that if you create a gotdotnet project first, then your chances will be improved…
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Tech-Ed 2006 – Boston Sold Out

Conferences
It's official... Tech-Ed 2006 in Boston is now officially sold out! Luckily I was able to register early on so I'll be there. If you were not able to register and would still like to attend, you can sign up for the waiting list.See you there!
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