Monday, January 14, 2008

VSTS Meeting on Wednesday, January 16th

If you're in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area you'll want to make sure you stop by the Visual Studio Team System Minnesota User Group on Wednesday night at 5:00PM. Details can be found on their website

I'll be the keynote speaker, which probably does little justice to the term "keynote." In all seriousness, I'll be speaking about our use of Team Foundation Server and Teamprise in a Java world. That is, we're using TFS even though almost our entire development area works in Java.

My discussion will cover our configuration management tool evaluation, why we choose TFS, how we use TFS, and some suggestions and things to look out for when implementing TFS for a Java development group.

Lastly, I hope you've enjoyed my blog so far. You may have noticed that my blog is a bit different than most TFS blogs. There are basically two reasons for this. First, we're using TFS in a Java world. I'd be willing to bet, most companies are using TFS for .NET developers. But I think that is starting to change. At least it is for us, as we've been very happy with TFS and Teamprise for our Java developers.

Second, I don't work for Microsoft, Teamprise or a consulting company implementing a Microsoft or Teamprise product. I work for a large software company and have simply been in charge of choosing and implementing a new configuration management tool. So I'm not here to sell anything, just state my observations in hope of helping others adopt TFS and to hopefully help make the product better.

I hope you've enjoyed so far!


Unknown said...


Where can I get a copy of your presentation on TFS in a Java environment?


Mac Noland said...

Hey Michael! Let me know if you can grab it from here.

Mac Noland said...

here is a hot link if you can't see it from my reply.