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New Virtual Machines for VSTS 2008 and VS 2010!

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As many of you know the virtual machines that Microsoft kindly provides for evaluation of Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server expire on December 31. Fortunately Brian Randell has been busy creating a set of new virtual machines for VSTS/TFS/VS:

This time we get both Virtual PC 2007/Virtual Server 2005 and Hyper-V compatible images, which is really useful since I use both Hyper-V and Virtual PC for demos and presentations. And we get images for VSTS 2008 SP1 and VS 2010 beta 2. The beta 2 image will be really useful for testing out the coming version (which I really recommend you checkout if you haven’t done so already). Here are the links to the full VPC images:

Here are the file sets if you use the Free Download Manager for downloads:

Microsoft Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Foundation Server SP1 and Team Suite SP1 VPC Image

Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 and Team Foundation ServerR 2010 Beta 2 for Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 SP1 Image


Written by Mathias Olausson

December 26th, 2009 at 2:52 am

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Neat Custom Work Item Control for visualizing workflow

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Recently Michel Perfetti finished up the work on a very useful work item control that lets you visualize the workflow of a work item. This is similar to the graphic view found in the Team System Web Access client but the custom control also has a nice grouping feature which further simplifies the analysis if a work items lifecycle.

The control looks like this:


Download the control and its source code from the Codeplex project TFSWorkflowControl.

If you are interested in how you can implement your own take a look at the Custom Controls for TFS Work Item Tracking project on Codeplex, which has several other controls in it as well as references to documentation on writing custom controls.

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October 21st, 2009 at 12:35 am

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TeamCompanion 2.2 Released

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I just received a mail from Ognjen Bajic at Ekobit that a new version of TeamCompanion is out.

From Ogy’s blog:

Following is the list of the most important new and improved features of TeamCompanion in v2.2:

• Better offline support and support for occasionally connected clients

• Improved Work item edit form

• Improved Work item preview (Support for history; preview is now fully customizable)

• Improved Work item from Mail action

• Improved Open related object action – for emails multiple related objects are offered; related work item for Outlook Appointments

• Improved Reports support (new conversion formats for Reports; support for Canceling )

• Improved Send Work Item as Mail action (‘with attachments’ option including attaching created mail back to the Work Item)

• Improved usability/ease of use

• TFS 2010 Beta support

• TeamCompanion v2.2 is compatible with Windows 7

Read more in this blogpost.

Here a screenshot showing TeamCompanion nicely integrated in Office 2007:

Make sure to try it out, this is a really useful add-on to TFS!

Written by Mathias Olausson

October 10th, 2009 at 6:23 am

Posted in 11402,11561,11925

Oh, my “Create Unit Test” dialog is empty…

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Today I worked on a strange little behavior in the dialog used to create unit tests from code in Visual Studio 2008.

When I choose to create a new unit test the dialog displayed was completely empty:

After searching a bit on the Microsoft support website I found the reason; it turned out that there’s a bug in VS 2008 Service Pack 1 that causes this effect when there’s a Visual Studio 2008 GDR database project in the solution. Usually I keep the database project outside the main solution but in this case it was included and was causing the trouble. The problem occurs for these project types:

  • A Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Team System Database Edition General Distribution Release (GDR) project
  • A Microsoft Silverlight project
  • A Windows Installer XML (WIX) project

Fortunately there’s a fix available that resolves this issue available here. So I installed and the dialog works fine again!

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September 7th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

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Sommarkollo 2009 – Agile Development using Visual Studio Team System

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Last week QWise colleague Magnus Juvas and I presented at Microsoft “Sommarkollo” on the above subject.

We showed a bunch tools for agile practices, here are references to some of these so you can take a deeper look yourself:


And for further readings links to the referenced literature:


The presentation can be downloaded here (in Swedish).

For those of you interested in a deep-dive on the subject we’re offering a two-day workshop. And I’m also presenting on a similar topic at Informator later this fall (in Gothenburg and Stockholm).

Written by Mathias Olausson

August 30th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

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