Getting on the VSTS Bandwagon
One truism of new development software is that however much is promised, once its installed it won’t blow you off you seat with its glitzy UI and idiotproofness. You need to work at it a little. I bit the bullet this morning and signed onto MS UK Beta Experience program [http://www.microsoft.com/emea/msdn/betaexperience/engb/] to get a hold of VSTS beta 2 and, coincidentally, the WeFly dev kit that Dave [http://blogs.ipona.com/davids] has been working on.
I’ve got some VPC images to install it on, the guide to installing it on VPC [http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/en-us/dnvs05/html/vstsinstallguide.asp], and now I’m trawling through the many and varied VSTS blogs [http://lab.msdn.microsoft.com/teamsystem/community/blogs/default.aspx] available to see what interesting things I can come up with. Nothing has yet convinced me that the UI will be anything other than the usual (certainly not the UI dreamt up over at CodeProject [http://www.codeproject.com/csharp/Concept_IDE.asp]), but in passing, I have learnt that
- It takes 1275 balloons [http://www.agilemanagement.net/Articles/Weblog/1275Balloons.html] to fill an office at MS so you can’t open the door * One of the dev team got married [http://msmvps.com/coad/archive/2005/04/24.aspx]recently * You can apply agile management techniques to the painting of a fence [http://www.agilemanagement.net/Articles/Weblog/AgileFencePainting.html] * Profiling doesn’t work on VSTS is you’re running it on VPC * Each MSDN forum, like the VSTS ones [http://forums.microsoft.com/msdn/default.aspx?ForumGroupID=5], can be viewed via RSS feeds.
and that MSDN doesn’t like giving OPML files for easy group RSS subscriptions. Grrr.Posted on July 19, 2005 #Geek Stuff