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Migrate a VSS repository to TFS

Migrate a VSS repository to TFS

Recently I had to migrate parts from a Microsoft Visual SourceSafe 2005 repository to a Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2010 repository. In this blog post I show what I had to do and what the pitfalls were. The tool To migrate a repository you have at least two possibilities: Migrate the latest snapshot or the whole history. Normally you prefer a migration of the whole history, so you don’t loose the gained advantage of an version control system. To migrate…

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Quality isn’t a tool–You can’t install it!

Quality isn’t a tool–You can’t install it!

Did you ask yourself why a team in an organization produces very good software quality and another team in the same organization just struggles to get things done and those things are in really bad quality? Interesting is also that for both teams exists the same rules (methologies, procedures, tools, frameworks, etc.). But why could and does this happen? Some people ā€“ mostly managers or vendors ā€“ try to distill quality to a recipe. Vendors could sell it expensively (with…

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TF.exe or maybe the most useful tool for TFS

TF.exe or maybe the most useful tool for TFS

When you’ve to use TFS, then there are moments when you’re missing some features in the UI tools in Visual Studio. In those situations the console tool tf.exe is very useful. In this short blog post I summarized the commands I used the most. Update an old version of a branch It could happen, that the production branch or an older feature branch isn’t up-to-date, because somebody forgot one or several merges from the main branch. To fix that, there…

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Education in companies

Education in companies

I do a lot of trainings and courses in the company where I work currently. And I was also in a lot of courses too. But I think, that those courses or trainings don’t work really. The reason, why is that they are just so called "sheep dips". Sheep dip training doesnā€™t work The first time when I heard the expression "sheep dip" was in the excellent book "Pragmatic Thinking and Learning". It means a training where a lot of…

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Speaking at the .NET Usergroup Bern

Speaking at the .NET Usergroup Bern

During a Lunch event organized by the .NET Usergroup Bern at the 7 December 2011 in Bern I will speak about the following question: Is Software design overrated? Yes, I know, it’s provocative. And obviously wrong. Really? I’m not so sure. After 10 years as software engineer and some years as software architect I saw too often no design, just a transformation from requirements directly in code. And what is the problem with that? Interested? So come to my talk,…

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