Over the past few weeks I've been presenting a series of Technical Briefings on Visual Studio 2008 Team System. At the tail of the briefing I demo and discussed what we officially know about next version of Visual Studio Team System, code named Rosario. I could only show and talk about these futures based on what was officially documented from Microsoft and what I could surmise from the publicly available VPC.
If you want to see the specifications for proposed functionality, the following specifications are available from the Rosario Specifications site on MSDN:
Although some of these were originally posted late last year, some were posted as recently as a month ago. I hope Microsoft continues to show us where they are going. It helps us provide the feedback they need and helps us plan for the future.
And on that note, this is the future... There is no released product for Rosario, no announced release date and no licensing for the CTP VPC. There are some great features coming up but not enough to diminish what is available today. VSTS is already a great product and when it becomes available Rosario will only make things better!
A final P.S. - If you're waiting on the content posting to the "SkyDrive" from the tech briefings I'm afraid you'll need to wait a little longer. Tara and I are still playing catch-up from the time on the road!
I've been demonstrating the capabilities of Visual Studio Team System recently in a series of tech briefings. In addition to what is available today, I've been showing some of what the future might hold using the November 2007 Community Technology Preview (CTP) of code name "Rosario".
Unfortunately, about a week ago the Visual Studio preview time-bombed and my demos became far less compelling. Actually, the CTP wasn't really scheduled to be obsolete yet and legally it can be extended for continued investigation or, in my case, demonstrations. I did the time honored trick of setting the clock of the Virtual PC's host back to a time before the expiration and managed to keep the demos alive.
At some point we can expect Microsoft to release another CTP without this problem. In the mean time, if you have the CTP and want to keep playing, Jeff Beehler offered me this little trick... You can turn off the synchronization of the VPC to the host machine by modifying the *.vmc (in this case Nov2007RosarioCTP.vmc).
To do so, edit your VMC and add the following within the <preferences><integration><microsoft> node:
A few side notes: First, the release date on the Rosario CTP download page has been updated so this trick might only be needed for people who have already downloaded the image and don't want to re-download the 4.8GB image. Since I haven't downloaded the newer image I can't confirm this assumption.
Second, TFS doesn't like going back in time. If you are going to set the clock back on the VPC to allow it to keep working, don't set it back to a time before the last activity in the VPC TFS.
Finally, this trick isn't to get around licensing issues. Since this is a prerelease, the trick is only to keep us up and running until Microsoft gets a new version for us to play with.
As I indicated in my first post of the year, I have given up New Year's Resolutions, but I do have intents for this year... In specific, getting back into community involvement and speaking.
Last week through an unexpected shuffle I ended up presenting on VSTS Technology Briefings this week and next week. These are free events sponsored by Microsoft and Notion Solutions and cover the breadth in VSTS 2008 and beyond in a demo-rich full day presentation. My collegue and fellow MVP, Mike Azocar, did the first two in briefings in Florida. I did one yesterday in Charlotte, NC and have three more scheduled in the southern US over the next week.
If you're in the area and want the latest on Team System 2008 and beyond, check out one of the following:
Thanks to Doug Turn for blogging easy access to the links and an idea of the schedule. Note that the actual schedule was modified slightly to include Visual Studio 2008 Team System - Database Edition.
And if you're near Little Rock instead, I'll be there on speaking on VSTS Database Edition and Unit Testing with Visual Studio 2008 Professional. That is, at the Little Rock Tech Expo 2008!
Hope to see you around! Enjoy!