December 2004 - Posts
Wow, compared to the Beta 1 Refresh, this version is a breeze to install. That might be partly because I learned a lot about VPCs and Active Directory during the B1R install that may have helped me out on this one. I haven't poked around too much yet, but I've already noticed several name changes - test Categories are now "Test Lists", and our old friend the "Portfolio Explorer" is now "Team Explorer". Portfolio projects are now "Team Projects". I followed the directions for installing both the middle-tier and client-tier on the same VPC, and it worked pretty flawlessly. I had to manually start one of the TFS processes once because it timed out on boot. I suspect that was simply a VPC slowness problem.
You should see some frequent posts from me on VSTS over the coming weeks as I am creating some new VSTS training materials, and need to go through it in pretty good depth to write the labs and demos.
**Shameless marketing follows**
One of the perks of being a MS Regional Director is that I was able to be a part of the Ascend training that customers received. I delivered the Team System track in Dallas. One of the perks of doing this was that MS is allowing us to take the training material and repackage/redeliver it. We (Notion) have training materials for VSTS, Winforms and ASP.NET 2.0, so if your company has been thinking of moving to .NET 2.0 and Whidbey, and are interested in training - let me know. The materials are not "great", since both the product and the training materials are still beta. However, it's not too bad: labs, demos, etc. I'm actually tweaking out the Winforms and ASP.NET content for a customer that we will be doing training for in January. We are willing to travel in the continental US (ok, maybe Hawaii too - but not Alaska -brrr), and will consider other countries.
I never got around to writing up an "About me" when I started blogging, so I sat down to do that today, and came up with more of an "About Notion". Oh well, if you are interested, check it out.
It seems TheServerSide.NET actually has the video up BEFORE the actual Code Room website. Way to go Paul Ballard!
Ok, sort of. Paul Murphy sent myself and the other participants the link to check it out. Supposedly it will be out on Friday for the general masses to view. I'm amazed at the amount of interest that exists on this. It will be interesting to what people's response is. I found it interesting to see how it was all edited. They had about 5 hours of footage to trim down, so a lot of stuff was left out - most of probably very boring stuff. My favorite part that didn't make the cut was the rather long van ride (about an hour I think - *sigh*), and Tracy and Scott were singing the theme from "The Love Boat".
Anyway, the full show will be available at http://www.thecoderoom.com/
I got "interviewed" by Paul Ballard of TheServerSide.NET today. Apparently they heard about The Code Room and are already trying to get the inside scoop. So check over there to see what they come up with. I think I made need an agent.
Another interesting thing on TheServerSide is they now have the dates for PDC 2005 - I didn't even know there was going to be a PDC next year!
So, am I famous yet? The trailer (wow, that sounds Hollywood) for the Code Room
is up. For the real geeks out there, be sure to notice Scott's shirt (Scott's the bald guy WITH glasses, I'm the bald guy WITHOUT). And while you're watching trailers, check out this trailer
too. Notice the top left corner at end of the trailer.