TFS 2010 Work Item Seed: TFS Work Item at a predefined number

This week my customer had a requirement to have all new work items created to have an ID greater than 40,000. They have another system that stores tickets and they don’t want any conflict. There have been a number of ways to achieve this through a database change, but it is not supported by Microsoft. […]

TFS vs. Subversion fact check

I spotted a good comparison of TFS vs. Subversion by Jarosław Dobrzański on DZone (you can also read the original post) but I feel that a couple of the points were either out of date, or borne out of a lack of knowledge of the product, or even more likely I just missed the point. […]

Syncing many Dynamics AX instances to a single TFS 2010 Team Project

I have been working with a customer who had been frustrated with the need to have new Team Project for every instance of AX that they use. In fact with 3 instances per customer and lots of customers it can very quickly get complicated and I wanted to see if there was a solution for […]

Team Foundation Server 2010 Event Handling with Subscribers

There is a lot of references and blog posts on how to handle SOAP events raised by Team Foundation Server 2005, 2008 and 2010 but is there anything new in 2010 that supersedes this? Even though I knew it was there, n o amount of google-fu brought back any results relevant to anything new, so […]

Calculating the Rank of your blog posts or pages

I had an idea to have blog posts, or Rules listed not in date order, or an arbitrary order, but in some sort of calculated order. For this I would need to get data from somewhere and I fancied using; Number of Comments, Number of Trackbacks, Reddit, Digg, FriendFeed Twitter and Google Page rank. In […]

How to deal with a stuck or infinitely queued build

Team Foundation Build can be a difficult beast, but not usually because of itself. Although people do experience problems when adding solutions that have been around for a while with no build run, it really does do a fantastic job. On occasion I have seen what I call a “Stuck Build” which is a build […]

Active Directory Groups not Syncing with Team Foundation Server 2010

For a little while now I had been investigating an odd occurrence in Team Foundation Server. Users added to Active Directory groups have not been filtering back into the Team Foundation Server groups cache. The meant that we had to add users directly to Team Foundation Server in order to give them permission. While this […]

Guidance: How to layout you files for an Ideal Solution

Creating a solution and having it maintainable over time is an art and not a science. I like being pedantic and having a place for everything, no matter how small. For setting up the Areas to run Multiple projects under one solution see my post on  When should I use Areas in TFS instead of […]

Guidance: A Branching strategy for Scrum Teams

Having a good branching strategy will save your bacon, or at least your code. Be careful when deviating from your branching strategy because if you do, you may be worse off than when you started! This is one possible branching strategy for Scrum teams and I will not be going in depth with Scrum but […]