Corporate Deployment of Team System / Team Foundation Server

What's your company doing about source control and issue tracking? These two things can either feel like the bane of your existence or can make your life as a programmer a pure pleasure. A well designed tool and/or toolset should work with the natural flow of development.

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Updating and Monitoring the Team Foundation Server Data Warehouse

Depending on your deployment of Team Foundation Server, you may or may not have complete control over the default rate of cube processing (or updating) of 30 minutes. However, if you do happen to have the correct amount of rights you can initiate, via Team Foundation Server web services, the cube to process manually. In fact, you are instructed to do this in the various upgrade and install instructions provided with the shipping bits.

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Another Funny Commercial

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Laugh Out Loud -- A Health Insurance Commercial

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Team System and CMMI: Good Things Are in Store for Software Engineering

Last friday I attended a workshop that David Anderson pr esented at dealing with Microsoft's role in CMMI and how CMMI could really take advantage of the agile work that has been done in software practices. It was delivered for an audience of CMMI appraisers, of which I am clearly not a member, however it did get me quite excited to dig into process and process improvement as I begin plans to pilot and plan a rollout, enterprise wide, of Team System at work.

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The EBCDIC Format: A Multipart Series

For a developer who has only written software for only server and client systems it is easy to see the monolithic mainframe systems with a bit of a legacy mindset. Whether or not the legacy bit is actually true -- I am not here to debate that topic -- the fact remains that, depending on what industry you find yourself writing software solutions for, there are a lot of mainframe systems out there that we must interface with, at least with the output of these systems.

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Site Upgraded

Just finished with the upgrade of the site to CS 2.0 RTM Express Edition from the Beta 2 version of CS 2.0. I must say that it was pretty painless -- far removed from the older editions (going from .Text to 1.0 and 1.0 to 1.1 were both pretty painful experiences for me).

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Plaxo API

I just posted a first cut at putting together a .NET API for the Plaxo REST Web Service. It pretty much only consists of a Command object model, which will be made internal once my API is defined and implemented. I have made everything public for now, largely for ease of Unit Testing (which you can tell from the source folder in the code download that I need to write more tests). Click the screen shot to see a full size class diagram detailing the object model.

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Index Friendly GUIDs

I was looking for an index friendly way to use a GUID in SQL 2005 tonight and found that there is a new function that can be called as part of the table definition -- as a default value. The function is NEWSEQUENTIALID() and this works by creating GUIDs that are numerically sequential to one another allowing them to be inserted into a table and cluster index without the high risk of page splits that a non sequential clustered index would lend itself to.

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New Plugin Ideas for Cropper

I was thinking tonight of two new plugins for Cropper and was curious about if there was any interest in them before I began.

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