Ruminations of idle rants and ramblings of a code monkey

Test/Demo Lab URLs for TFS

One of the things that I’m working on as a part of the Team Foundation implementation that I’m working on is to create a series of short (10-15 minute … for me, that’s short) videos on different topics related to working with TFS within the environment. If these were generalized TFS videos, it would... [More]

Desktop.ini, Process Templates and TF30169

I’ve been working on customizing a process template here. Nothing special there. I’m sure you know the process – get the template, tweak, adjust, tweak – upload to the (test) server – create a project and make sure that all looks OK. Well, while I was doing this today, I came across an mysterious er... [More]

TF209001: NullReferenceException in TFBuild Logger with Custom Task

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This has been driving me absolutely nuts for … oh … a month or so (off and on). Here’s the scenario: I’ve got a custom task that access the Team Foundation Server to do some things before the build really gets kicking; the task is called in the BeforeEndToEndIteration target, which is one of the one... [More]

What is a software architect?

Idle Babbling
I had this discussion with someone recently and it’s really gotten me to thinking. There is a reason that I don't use that term much to describe myself ... it is so undefined, overused and inappropriately used that, in many ways, it has lost much of its value as a title (to me at least). I cannot ev... [More]

End-to-End Task Debugging

In my previous post, I talked about how to debug a TFS 2008 Build using MSBuild Sidekick. But there’s more to this story … you can also do end-to-end (as in, as part of a complete TF Build) debugging of custom tasks. Regardless of the number of unit tests that you write (and they should be numerous)... [More]

Debugging TFS Build

If nothing else, this is one of the coolest things in TFS 2010. But I am not, unfortunately, afforded the luxury at this time of working with TFS 2010 in my current gig. Though I won’t complain too loudly as it is 2008 and not 2005. I’m currently working on the build process. As simple as that may... [More]

TFS & Reporting Services Installation Fun

Maybe it’s me … maybe SSRS just doesn’t like me. But that has always seemed to be the most difficult piece of the whole Team Foundation Server integrated solution. But, now that I have that out of the way … I had challenges installing TFS into the production environment. Yes, I read the latest insta... [More]

Installing TFS Build on XP/Win2K3 x64

Here I was happily installing a test environment for TFS. One of the requirements for this environment is x64 so, of course, I’m installing as much as possible on x64. Of course, that does not include the TFS Application Tier … it’s 32-bit only and, while there are hacks out there to get it to insta... [More]

TFS Workgroup to Active Directory Migration Comments

Moving your TFS installation from a workgroup to an Active Directory domain? Good for you! Honestly, you shoulda started with the domain anyway but we’ll not go there right now. Maybe you didn’t have the domain in place in the beginning. I’ve been playing with the process. Well, I wouldn’t say playi... [More]

Azure .NET Dojo PPT

OK … here it is. I know it took too long to get it up here, but better late than never. The PPTX file is here and the labs and source for the (modified) personal web site starter kit are here. I will be doing a post about the (numerous) things that are wrong with that starter kit.