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Tuesday, December 26, 2006  |  From CodePlex TFS Version Tree Browser

 

I'm proud to announce that I have finally cleared some time to get back to a far too long neglected project on CodePlex called Vertigo I have started back with a review of the as-is that Bernardo has left for me, added some work items for some immediate changes and bugs and am beginning coding agian. A new alpha release is forthcoming. We alreay have the labels showing in the tree and changeset detail available for each changeset node. This detail component is where the most work is needed. It's a bit rough around the edges. Also a few minor but important things like busy icons when work is on going etc. The .21 Alpha will be out shortly then the visible branch and merge activity will be in the .3 Alpha at which time we'll likey tighten up, refactor and prepare for a beta.

 

Crosspost from my primary blog: http://manicprogrammer.com/cs/blogs/michaelruminer/archive/2006/12/26/273.aspx 

 

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Friday, September 22, 2006  |  From CodePlex TFS Version Tree Browser

I will be on vacation this coming week: Sept 25 thru Oct 2 (Oct 2 ends Yom Kippur thus the reason for the extra day).  So.... the impact for Vertigo is all positive.

I plan to do a significant release with the latest code that is in place from Heynemann and code that I will be adding for branching and merging info as well as the refactor. This will be the first beta release of Vertigo and hopefully move it to the realm of 'useful' in certain circumstances. So look for me to burn the midnight oil and later next week look for Vertigo to hit its first Beta release.

Friday, September 8, 2006  |  From CodePlex TFS Version Tree Browser

My blog has moved to http://blogs.manicprogrammer.com/michaelruminer The historical content of this blog location will remain here. The reason for the move is nothing more than for asethetics and greater control over the blog environment. I will likely cross post a link at this location for the posts in my new home.

Friday, August 11, 2006  |  From CodePlex TFS Version Tree Browser

The first iteration release of Vertigo happened last night about 4am. Vertigo is a community project on CodePlex to build a Team Foundation Server Version Tree Browser. You know, like ClearCase, SVN and other SCC systems have available to them. This accidently coincided with Martin Woodward's blog entry that I refered to in an earlier post. It also coincided, though not accidently, with some other writing related work being finished up. But that's off topic.

Vertigo 0.20.1 Alpha is nothing to write home about but it does represent the start of a version tree browser that I have no doubt will, in the end, be pretty darn cool and also nicely useful. I recommend you join in if you have an interest. The more the merrier.

Friday, August 11, 2006  |  From CodePlex TFS Version Tree Browser

Martin Woodward does it again with a delightful, perfect and much needed explanation for how to read those darn branch history entries on a TFS item. His blog entry Understanding the Branches Tab is a must read. Then again, all of his entries are a must read.

And yes, I am no less pleased he mentioned Vertigo. In full disclosure, Martin is a honorary and consulting member of the Vertigo team.

Friday, July 21, 2006  |  From CodePlex TFS Version Tree Browser

I have been woefully behind on my posts lately. I’ve been doing lots of coding around VSTS/TFS in a number of areas. Some checkin policies, a PCW integration package and another more complex integration that I am looking forward to revealing hopefully in the next few weeks. But that is not what this post is about.

 

This post is about special recognition and kudos to Mindfusion with their FlowChart.NET 4.1 developers diagramming component. I’m coordinating an open source project named Vertigo on CodePlex . Vertigo is a project for building a simple but functional visual source code version tree browser for TFS. This obviously means we would need to create diagrams. Who wants to code that part manually when so many options are available. But it seemed we couldn’t really find an non-viral license open source diagramming tool in .NET 2.0. That left us with some tough choices.

 

Personally, I didn’t mind having some commercial dll’s in the distribution for runtime as long as the runtime distribution was free. The problem was we’d need developer licenses for the commercial product in order for the developers to develop against the component regardless of the free runtime distribution. We decided to put out a call to the commercial component developers. I was very pessimistic. To my surprise I think that everyone of them respond back very positively. One of the first responders and offering a great solution for us was MindFusion. They offered to build us a special release of the tool so that any developer working on the Vertigo project would have the ability to develop with the tool without having to buy it. If the version of the Dll’s they provided are not called from a specific Vertigo assembly with the appropriate public key then it will not work. This allows us to work with the product entirely under the context of the Vertigo without every developer involved having to buy a license. I am sure there is means this could be abused by some folks but you MindFusion stepped up to the plate regardless and for that they have my great respect.

 

Now that is customer service great support to an open source project. The greatest of kudos to MindFusion. They have won my business in the future when I need similar and licensed toolsets.

 

I just had to pass along how pleased I was about their willingness to assist and encourage those that may be so inclined to take a hard look at MindFusion for your next project when you need third party components. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Thursday, July 6, 2006  |  From CodePlex TFS Version Tree Browser

Good work all. I have been a bit tied up and have had no real time to devote since Tuesday but should be back at it Thursday night and Friday. Good work to all that are contributing. Things are coming along nicely and I love the collaborative effort. This is exactly what it should be and even better. We have a good team- keep it up. We're almost there. Soon as I or some others get to creating test cases around scenarios which don't need to be elaborate we'll be coding.

We have some folks on the developer list that have not yet been active. If that's you it may be because you are waiting on more specific guidance and waiting for the good stuff-- coding. That's fine. If so please let me know. With the exception of Martin Woodward, whom I know is not available to even begin to assist until late summer early fall, if you haven't been participating ping me and let me know that you are still interested. I want to keep the developer list clean with active folks and realize we'll all be more active at various points, that it is summer, well for those of us in the northern hemisphere, and lots of vacations in the US especially this week.  So if your on the list drop me a line. I guess I need to make sure I get an email address from now on for anyone I add to the dev list otherwise I don't know how to contact you.

Hope this finds all well,

Michael

 

Saturday, July 1, 2006  |  From CodePlex TFS Version Tree Browser

Right now I have a special category of my blog I post to and have the Newsfeeds of Vertigo read from that. This allows me to post announcements and news to the newsfeed but not to my general public published portion of my blog since the comments would make no sense to anyone other than us. Likewise, I encourage you to do the same if you wish to make announcements create a special section of your blog or create a new blog or whatever and manage the feeds on the Vertigo project to subscribe to it.

These are meant to be unidirectional announcements and not discussions. If though a discussion is needed start one in the discussion group referencing the announcement blog entry.

 

BTW... if no one has a blog and wishes for one I am hosting a startup community site running Community Server 2.0. It's not yet fully configured but you can register with it and host your blog there as well as any sort of picture hosting, file hosting etc. It's free as long as it is technology related and preferably has a frequent theme related to Microsoft Technologies (good, bad or indifferent). The community site when all configured is http://www.manicprogrammer.com/community. I'll be moving my blog there soon.

Also if you'd like to have your own private entire community site talk to me about it. You know, something like manicprogrammer.com/.NET3_0IsAllThatAndABagOfChipsToo . I'll probably create one for you. Or if you want a subdomain such as jasonisa.manicprogrammer.com let me know as well. This isn't meant to be a money maker just free to those that I know, like, and wish to support within reason. :-)

 

Saturday, July 1, 2006  |  From CodePlex TFS Version Tree Browser

All,

I will be doing major work on the source tree of the Vertigo (TFS Souce Code Version Tree Browser). It should be entirely solid by Sunday morning GMT -5:00. With it will be published a document both in wiki and hard copy (.doc, .docx, and pdf) explaining the tree structure, it uses, heirarchy, patterns and theory. I will have a latest of any files. This will definately disrupt your mappings and thus you will need to work with that. I will post to here as soon as I am complete.

 

Tuesday, June 27, 2006  |  From CodePlex TFS Version Tree Browser

This is the last call for comments on the iteration 1 vision statement  before we move forward with that as the iteration 1 goal. Speak now, or complain later (and get it in later iterations). Also comment on Iteration 2. I'm all about it how about everyone else?

As a heads up we may find some issues with the API on some merge info pending SP1.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006  |  From CodePlex TFS Version Tree Browser

According to CRN CodePlex went live today. As far as I know it's still beta. It says Beta on the page. Maybe the article hit before the release.

In any case, little ol' me, was interviewed to talk about CodePlex. Not sure why me but  I did the best I could in a rapid fire few minute conversation. I was overly kind to GotDotNet most likely in terms of performance improvements but the article is about CodePlex and that's what counts.

You can find article link here:

http://www.crn.com/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=189601926&queryText=codeplex

 

Wednesday, June 21, 2006  |  From CodePlex TFS Version Tree Browser

I am creating some work items on some infrastructure tasks for the site. I promise we'll get into the good stuff of coding and requirements management soon but first we need to set us up for project success and most importantly collaboration. I will likely not assign these taks. Just pick one you like assign it to yourself and run with it. I may assign some tasks to a few folks I know more personally.

SO... check the task list. Also add any “Feature” requests be it for the wiki site or the product as type “Feature”.

Monday, June 19, 2006  |  From CodePlex TFS Version Tree Browser

A number of new users have been added. Look under people for your name. If you believe I forgot you please bring that to my attention. I think I have added most of the people that have asked to participate into the list and you now have the ability to do wiki edits etc. With trhat said...

Welcome!

I will be placing some workitems out there for various folks to help get the infrastructure setup in prep for the continued evolution of the project. For exanple:

Revamp the front page to have a Table of Contents
Add additonal page for Links with various sections such as MSDN, rss feeds, specific blog entries.
Add additional pages for Team member bios.
Create an exposed mechanism for document sharing that others with no access to the version control repository can reach.
Compile a vision statement.
Compile team structure.
Requirements first draft for iteration 1.

This is a just a few... I'll try to spread these out.

Monday, June 19, 2006  |  From CodePlex TFS Version Tree Browser

This is a feed specifically to populate news to the CodePlex project on TFS Source Code Version Tree Browser.

It seems the most efficient manner to get updates into CodePlex was to create a feed elsewhere and then subscribe to it on CodePlex allowing me to make these updates on my blog and really but transmitted to the CodePlex project. I encourage other active participants to do the same.

Please don't use it as discussion forum but to post announcements directly related to the product such as a new document, release, related external news etc.

 

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I have been very much under the weather lately and to try and swing me out of my funk I started yesterday with my much neglected but fun Project Vertigo. It has sat at 0.3 Alpha for some time now. So basically its functionality is that IF you have a file under version control in TFS and IF this is in the solution explorer as part of a solution you are using you can right click and see a graph of the changesets and labels.

vertigo 1

 

If you right click a changeset node you get a context menu and despite what it may say only the Properties entry work.

vertigo right click

Selecting Properties will get you the Changeset Dialog file and you can do whatever you would normally do from there.

changeset dialog - vertigo
(Click the image for a higher resolution view)

It's not pretty to look at- yet. I do intend to move it over to WPF and there is the entire functionality to put in place for it's purpose which is to represent branches and merges. But now I am so far behind on work that I'll have to get to it in a few days.

 

I'm proud to announce that I have finally cleared some time to get back to a far too long neglected project on CodePlex called Vertigo I have started back with a review of the as-is that Bernardo has left for me, added some work items for some immediate changes and bugs and am beginning coding agian. A new alpha release is forthcoming. We alreay have the labels showing in the tree and changeset detail available for each changeset node. This detail component is where the most work is needed. It's a bit rough around the edges. Also a few minor but important things like busy icons when work is on going etc. The .21 Alpha will be out shortly then the visible branch and merge activity will be in the .3 Alpha at which time we'll likey tighten up, refactor and prepare for a beta.

 

 

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The Visual Studio Team System User Education site has draft guidance on SP1. I am, of course, most interested in the custom controls in work items for the project TeamPatter which has been waiting on this and the merge history which will be greatly utilized in Vertigo. I knew going into both projects these would be available to me under SP1 and that I could not do what I had planned for these products until it became available. Now, not only is it available but I have some guidance on it as well.

 

 

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A reminder for me as much as any thing else and in no particular order...

  • Vista RC1, Acronis True Image, and Virtual Machines
  • Why is my Virtual Server a dog (and it's on a real server)? ughhhhh...
  • A kind of vacation
  • BlogJet, Onfolio and my former life as an ISV (patents and all)
  • Windows desktop real estate and getting older
  • Team _Foundation_ Server... what's in a name? (this one is for you Mark M)
  • Some thoughts on CSLA
  • My love/hate relationship with User Account Control
  • An excerpt from my book... On TFS of course. Updated with new images from Vista. (this one is for you Sofia M)
  • My love relationship with the print edition of Harvard Business Review
  • WWF or is it WF and I don't mean World Wildlife Fund, 'wrastling' or anything other than .Net 3.0
  • TFS and the role of SI
  • TSP and PSP--- I'm evaluating it. (This is also for Bhavani P.) 
  • Amazon knows me too well! Not a conspiracy theory slant. True customer service.
  • A recommended Team Project Template from me to you. (This one is for you David E. and Bhavani P.)
  • VSTO 2005, Word 2007 and content controls that rock. (This one is for you Paul M. and Raman K.)
  • Vertigo the beta aka Vertigo the alpha called a beta. (This one is for you Michael Ruminer- yes me).
  • ...

This time it's a cross post from my old blog.... Vacation and a Beta.

 

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