TFS and Explorer integration

Lately I’ve had a few TFS users complain to me that the TFS client (aka Team Explorer+Visual Studio) lacks the explorer integration you get with TortoiseSVN. Now, I’ve never felt the need for this feature but decided to do some research. And guess what? You CAN get explorer integration with TFS! In several different ways! Ler

I have not tried any of them (yet) but I’d recommend the power tools… mainly because it is Microsoft and they’ll eventually steamroll the competition (except maybe SvnBridge). Just pay attention to this small but important part of the “instructions” on the download page:

“Please note that the TFS Windows Shell Extensions are not installed by default. Choose Custom when prompted at installation to add the tool to the installed components.”

If I’m not too busy I’ll write up a short review of the TFS Windows Shell Extension in Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Foundation Server Power Tools. Jeez… Microsoft, you relly need a shorter name for these tools!

Moving from VS2005 to VS2008

This is actually really easy as long as every developer on your project makes the move simultaneously. If not, well, there are a couple of things to keep in mind.

  • VS2008 will convert your solution and project files even when you stay in .Net 2.0. Converted solution files can not be opened by VS2005. Project files can still be opened (you’ll get a warning but that is all). This means you’ll have to work with two versions of your .sln files, one for VS2008 and one for VS2005.

  • If you’ve used Microsoft’s Test Project template for writing unit test etc, the reference to ”Microsoft.VisualStudio.QualityTools.UnitTestFramework” will have changed in the conversion, breaking the project for VS2005. This reference will have to be manually changed back and forth depending on what VS version developers use.

That’s it so far, but I’m sure there are some other pitfalls out there waiting for me 😛

Mixed messsages?

There is a session at TechEd called “Women in Technology” (WIT 01-PAN) but considering the scheduling of the session I’m wondering if Microsoft would rather see women OUT OF technology. The session has its own session slot and overlaps two other slots… It is the ONLY session slot of the entire event scheduled this way!

Update: This session is no where to find in the session search tool either. First I thought it had something to do with me being a man and all, but after checking with one of the precious few women around here… No, they cant find it either…

TechEd 2007 Keynote

Mr Somasegar just finished the TechEd Developers 2007 Keynote. So, what is new and important according to Microsoft? Filtered by me…

Naturally the first two is what excites me the most. I’m looking forward to learning more about it all!