Agile Development

It seems to me that almost anyone you hear say that they use Agile Development really means they don’t use any kind of methodology at all. With the release of Visual Studio 2005 Team System many people believe they are using a methodology just because they selected one with the creation of a Team Project in Team Foundation Server. In the next few days and weeks I’ll explore what Agile development really is and why business pressures are not an excuse for a lack of integrity and professionalism among software engineers.

Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Pro’s will RTM November 30th

WOW, what a month this has been already with Microsoft releasing to manufacturing the latest versions of the Windows operating system and the ubiquitous Office toolset. Another important milestone for developers came almost silently along with these releases, the .NET Framework 3.0 which brings several important additions to the technologies many of us are using today with the .NET Framework 2.0.

It appears though that Microsoft has even more goodies in store for us developers before the month is out. Microsoft will release to manufacturing the latest member of the ‘Team System’ family, Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Pro’s on November 30th. If you’ve not heard much about the ‘Data Dude’ addition to Visual Studio then you’ll definitely be hearing more about it from Microsoft in the coming weeks and months. Essentially the latest release will bring lots of excellent features for the database developer including tighter integration with source control for database projects and also unit testing for SQL Server stored procedures.

If you’re lucky enough to have Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite then this latest edition will be available to you at no additional cost, so get those download engines ready…

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Microsoft Office 2007 on MSDN Subscriber Downloads, Vista this Friday…

Microsoft Office 2007 is now available on MSDN Subscriber Downloads and the Product Keys are also now available, all I need now is a copy of the RTM build of Windows Vista to install the latest version of Office upon. Hopefully Windows Vista will be available on MSDN Subscriber Downloads later today or in the next few days…

Update 3:40 pm – November 13, 2006 – Windows Vista RTM to be available November 17th on MSDN Subscriber Downloads. More information available at the MSDN Subscriptions Blog

Windows Vista Released to Manufacturing

It's finally happened; Microsoft has today released to manufacturing the latest version of the Windows operating system which has been in development for five long years. Windows Vista marks an important milestone for Microsoft and as Jim Allchin said "This is a good day … An hour ago we signed off [on the RTM build]. We're ready to ship".

Keep an eye on the MSDN subscriber downloads as you'll likely see Windows Vista and Office 2007 there early next week. The MSDN subscriber downloads page today indicated that it would be down for upgrades late Friday. It's likely that Microsoft is anticipating some serious traffic on the site once those .iso images appear.

It appears that Windows Vista will RTM with the build number set to 6.0.6000.

.NET Framework 3.0 Released to Manufacturing

Yesterday, Microsoft released the RTM (Release to Manufacturing) build of the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 which brings the Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) into the hands of .NET developers currently using the .NET Framework 2.0.

Unlike previous releases of the .NET Framework, the latest release does not bring along new versions of the Common Language Runtime (CLR) or even the core assemblies that constitute the Base Class Library (BCL). In essence the .NET Framework 3.0 represents some additional assemblies which contain types designed to provide enhanced communications, presentation, and workflow.

Although this may not make your job any easier convincing your IT department to let you install it onto production servers, the risk in adopting this version of the .NET Framework over previous releases is substantially reduced as your applications will continue to run within the version 2.0 CLR.

Another technology included with the .NET Framework 3.0 is Windows CardSpace, which is designed to help users store the various digital identities we all use daily. With our credit cards and various membership cards, Windows CardSpace provides a unified store for all digital identities.

You can download the .NET Framework 3.0 here.

Along with Friday's release to manufacturing of the Microsoft Office 2007 System, we should be seeing the release to manufacturing of Windows Vista any day now.

Microsoft Office 2007 Released to Manufacturing

On Friday, November 3 at approximately 2:30 PM, the Microsoft Office team signed off on build 4518.1014 as the 2007 Microsoft Office system and released it to manufacturing. Jensen Harris discusses the milestone on his blog, including the much deserved ship party for everyone in the Office team; and also reflects on the three years during which Office 2007 was taking shape.

The Microsoft Windows team is also expected to sign off this week on a build of Windows Vista which will then become the final RTM (release to manufacturing) build. After taking some time to browse through the various blog postings, some more acurate than others, the expectation is that the final RTM version of Windows Vista will be version 6.0 build 6000. Although this is also just speculation until we see confirmation of that.

Both Microsoft Office 2007 and Windows Vista should soon be available for download on MSDN and it will be nice to finally be running the RTM versions of these great products.

8th Air Force – U.S. Air Force Cyberspace Command

Today the Secretary of the Air Force Michael W. Wynne said that the 8th Air Force would become the new Air Force Cyberspace Command. You can read more information that the Air Force homepage. Today's military cannot operate without secure Internet based communications; today and in the future warfare will take place as much in cyberspace was it has done within more traditional environments. Undoubtedly the Air Force Cyberspace Command will be very active in counter-terrorism activities, the enemy is technologically aware and it is nice to see that the Air Force will be evolving to meet any threat that we may face in the future.