Things I Learned This Week
- If you want to see history on a file across branches, this tool helps a lot. The default history dialogs in Team Explorer do not let you do this.
- Any branching model besides Branch for Purpose (BFP) is almost not supported in TFS SCC. This is forgivable considering BFP is a very flexible and reasonable model. That said, let’s just be honest about it when talking to clients who are moving to TFS.
- I cannot merge to my grandparent unless I use a baseless merge. W.T.F.? Seriously, that seems extreme.
- There are big, money making applications in this world running on .NET 1.1. And they can build on TFS 2008. But it isn’t easy.
- MSBee will help you pull off that 1.1 CLR build with Team Build. But you have to hold your mouth just right.
- TFS Sidekicks is seriously handy. And free.
- There are developers out there who have never even heard of Scrum.
- There are developers out there who have never even heard of Unit Tests.
- There are developers out there who have never even heard of TDD.
- There are developers out there who have never even heard of Continuous Integration.
- Getting integration in a heavily regulated and controlled environment is like squeezing nuts out a squirrel. They’re in there, but you have to squeeze hard. And long. And hope the squirrel gets tired.
- When 2 people are tired and working late, that’s a really good time to pair. You will get more done with far fewer mistakes.
- In 2008, so little care is afforded to the mentally ill that I actually saw a homeless man defecating in the street in San Francisco. So did 1000 other people, many of whom cruelly laughed or jeered. This makes me sadder than anything I have seen in a long, long time. We can do better than this, can’t we?
- This whole “everyone in software development is from another country” thing has some teeth.
- I’m not missing anything by not having cable TV at home.
- You’d be surprised what can fit in the overhead bin.
- My iPhone can keep me from getting lost, but it can’t keep me from from falling down on the sidewalk in Chinatown.