Friday, April 20, 2007

I Love Team Foundation Server!

I am not normally one to gush about a product (ok, maybe I am), but I just have to take a moment and heap some praise on the Visual Studio Team.

My team has been developing a product over the last 6 months that incorporates a variety of business intelligence and database development. We're getting close to product delivery, and there have recently been some very nitpicky changes. Here at Configuresoft our corporate standard for source control is Perforce, but my team has been using TFS due to some of the issues we've had with Perforce and SSIS packages.

Today, I'm preparing for a beta deployment with one of our large and very important customers. I need to make sure that all of the "right stuff" is available for the deployment next week, while at the same time continue to bird-dog the team to ensure we keep track of all the last minute changes. In the last 15 minutes, I've performed the following:

  1. Label the "old" revision of the code for SSIS/Cubes/DBSchema/SSRS
  2. Consolidate and refresh changed code for all of the above
  3. Deploy "test" code for all of the above
  4. Provide change reports for all of the above

All without ever leaving Visual Studio!

To quote the Guinness commercials, Brilliant!

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