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July 2010 Entries

Turn off Team Build 2010 Scrapping of Project Output to Binaries Directory (OutDir)
The objective of this poat is to simply show how to turn off (disable) TFS Team Build 2010's use of the MSBuild OutDir property to "scrap" project output from the location specified in your project .csproj files to the Team Build BinariesDirectory location. I have found the existing blog postings to be rather confusing on this. So, I will break out distinct problems and show a solution for each. Problem: I don't want Team Build to change project output processing Answer: Change the OutDir property ......

Posted On Friday, July 30, 2010 1:57 PM | Comments (0) | Filed Under [ Agile SCM Talk Blog ]

Microsoft Visual Studio ALM Rangers Sabbatical for Coded UI Word Plug-in
Earlier this Summer I had the privilege of working for 16 days onsite at the Microsoft offices in Redmond and Vancouver. The assignment, a "Rangers Sabbatical," is part of the Microsoft Visual Studio ALM Rangers program. It provided me the opportunity to develop a Microsoft Word "Technology Provider" or plug-in for the Visual Studio 2010 ALM Coded UI (CUI) feature. Being onsite I was able to work closely with Microsoft Ranger and Program staff. The Sabbatical was a great success both professionally ......

Posted On Thursday, July 29, 2010 2:28 PM | Comments (0) | Filed Under [ Agile SCM Talk Blog ]

Using Environments in VS ALM 2010 Lab Management
I have recently setup Lab Management (LM) in a production environment. LM is very feature rich and flexible. So, there are lots of ways to do things, which means it can be hard to figure out the best practice for your situation. Fortunately for me, Microsoft's Vijay Machiraju has provided me with some excellent guidance, which I will summarize here. My overall goal is to be able to easily spin up a new build pool or deployment pool as needed by existing and new project teams. To achieve this, my ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 21, 2010 1:59 PM | Comments (0) | Filed Under [ Agile SCM Talk Blog ]

TFS Branch/Merge and Workspaces
I recently responded to concerns about TFS branching where "...when I delete files from my local workspace..." was part of the situation. More than once since 2005 I've had developers come to me, red faced and exasperated because TFS was "using" incorrect versions of their files even though they had performed Get Latest. Without exception I found that they had also been moving, renaming or and deleting files in the local workspace via the file system. My advice then and now is to consider how Microsoft ......

Posted On Friday, July 9, 2010 2:02 PM | Comments (0) | Filed Under [ Agile SCM Talk Blog ]

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