Notes from my session of the Visual Studio 2013 launch at NDC London

Thanks to anyone who came to my session ‘TFS is not just for Visual Studio users’ at the Visual Studio 2013 at NDC London yesterday. Hope you found it useful and are now thinking of TFS as a tool for heterogeneous teams, not just developers using Visual Studio. As I discussed there are many options:


  • Developers can work within their IDEs
    • Visual Studio 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013
    • Any IDE based on Eclipse
    • Any IDE using MSSCCI (VB6, VS2003, VS2005, MathLab, Enterprise Architect)
  • If not using an IDE can check code in and out  from
    • The command line (.NET and Java)
    • API (.NET and Java) and REST for your own third party developed tools (or from within PowerShell by loading the .NET API assemblies)
    • Windows Explorer Integration allows a checkin and out from Windows Explorer, great for graphics designer’s tools or IDEs with no source control integration
  • You can manage work items from
    • Within Microsoft Office, Excel and Project (2010-2013) – good for batch operations and general project manager activities.
    • But probably a web browsers will be the primary tool for most people, whether on a PC, Mac or tablet
  • Also if you are using a Git repository in your Team Project there are a while range of GIT clients for various platforms all of them will work

The links from my last slide of suggestions were