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Bill Heys – VS 2010, ALM, TFS, Branching and Merging, and all that

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When would I use a Branch for Developer Scenario?

Tue, 02 Aug 2011 14:09:11 +0000

Question: Any opinion on branch per developer approach? This is the first time I have come across it someplace and feel that there's just no reason too. I've been through the branching guidance and even use your article in MSDN magazine from earlier this year as reference. The development teams are offshore and not always...

VS ALM Rangers Branching Guidance–Shared Code and Dependency Management

Thu, 30 Jun 2011 08:09:09 +0000

As we begin planning the next release of the branching guidance, a top priority is to address how to manage shared code dependencies (the Dependency Repository / Shared Code issue). The newly release Build Customization Guide (now available for download from Codeplex) begins to address this issue, primarily from a build perspective. For the Branching...

VS ALM Rangers Branching Guidance – Ideas for the next release.

Thu, 30 Jun 2011 07:19:44 +0000

I think most would agree that the Rangers Team has already done a fantastic job with the Rangers Branching Guidance. This is not meant to be a self-serving comment, since the current branching guidance is the result of the hard work of many others in addition to myself. For the past couple of years I...

Renaming a branch with shelvesets

Mon, 23 May 2011 13:47:01 +0000

Caution: Renaming branches in TFS 2010 is a very bad idea unless you follow a very specific set of steps: In TFS 2010, Unshelve will follow pending renames but it will not follow renames committed between when the shelveset was created and the current workspace version.  Here are two cases. Case 1: In some...

Isolating and Integrating Parallel Feature Teams working on Separate Overlapping Releases

Mon, 23 May 2011 07:40:15 +0000

Customer scenario: How should I isolate (and integrate) changes when working with: 3 parallel efforts (two parallel development efforts, working on separate releases of the product and production support) Production(version 2.0) with the need to issue hotfixes on then current production version Development Team 1, working on the next minor (Feature) release (version 2.1). New...

How do I create bug fixes for EVERY version of a product EVER released

Thu, 05 May 2011 12:23:58 +0000

A customer asks the following question: “We are building factory machine. New machines are usually delivered with the current stable software version. We don't do regular updates because our customers prefer stability over new features. After reading the Rangers Branching Guide I have some questions. I understand the need for the main and the development...

How TFS stores files and calculated deltas on versioned files

Thu, 05 May 2011 09:22:14 +0000

  Recently I got a request from a customer to help them estimate the expected size of a proposed TFS 2010 environment, and to help them estimate a ten-year growth prediction. This customer was focusing narrowly on the overhead required to create a new branch. This customer was asking "how much database space is needed...

Learn TFS–The Visual Studio and Team Foundation “Resource Resource”

Sat, 09 Apr 2011 07:26:03 +0000

Learn TFS is subscription-based Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio ALM learning resource providing videos, articles, how-to guides, and source code to help your team better utilize Microsoft's ALM toolset. You'll find content and resources specifically tailored to meet the needs of your developers, testers, project managers, business analysts, and administrators to get the most...

Where do I fix a production defect?

Tue, 22 Mar 2011 13:37:27 +0000

Question from a customer of the Rangers Branching Guidance ( ) “My company has a major release every 3 months.  In between major releases we have monthly maintenance releases. (Similar to the "Advanced Branching Plan") Our monthly release usually is limited to high priority bugs based on customer complaints and business needs. Scenario: Lets say...

My source and target files are different, but merge tells me there are no changes to merge

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 08:58:26 +0000

When TFS does a merge, it bases the merge on prior merge history, not on the actual contents of the source and target files. There are many reasons why this is necessary, some of which will become apparent by reading this post. For example, a merge may result in a conflict (changes made to both...