Team Foundation Sidekicks for 2010 available

3 בינואר 2010

We are proud to announce Team Foundation Sidekicks for Beta 2 release candidate of Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server 2010. The release functionality is mainly identical to that of version 2.4 for 2005/2008, with the exception of the following: Permissions Sidekick: Sidekick is not available in this release (to be added back in 2010 RTM timeframe) Build Type editing (VS integration only): The feature is not available in this release Dynamic History support (VS integration only): the History toolwindow is updated only when it is visible alongside with Source Control Explorer and single instance of the window exists (in 2010 History...
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Team Foundation Sidekicks 2.4 release

11 בנובמבר 2009

We are proud to announce new Team Foundation Sidekicks release. With this release we conclude support for Visual Studio/TFS 2005 & 2008; from now on any future releases will target VS/TFS 2010. Sidekicks version for 2010 (based on Beta 2 bits) may be expected by the end of 2009. The release 2.4 includes a relatively large number of bug fixes as well as couple of new features. Features Labels Sidekick: Support filtering by file extension in Labels Comparison window Code Review Sidekick: Check-in policy violation indication shown next to...
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How to review Properties & Items while debugging with MSBuild Sidekick

16 במאי 2009

In the recent post we described the basics of debugging typical MSBuild project. In this post we shall touch upon important feature of MSBuild Sidekick debugger – namely inspecting Property and Item values during debugging with Globals and Autos windows. The walkthrough below will show how to review Property and Item values while debugging: 1. Start debugging project in step-by-step mode (see previous post) 2. When Target/Task is selected (highlighted with bold border in Debug window) click on View > Globals Window and View > Autos Window menu. Globals and Autos windows...
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How to debug step-by-step with MSBuild Sidekick

23 באפריל 2009

Have you ever tried to debug MSBuild project? If you did, in all probability you had to resort to introducing extra Message tasks into the project to output status during project execution; and then execute build and review the logs time after time to identify the problems (perhaps adding more Message tasks as you proceed). Now you can debug your projects without ever adding extra “Message” tasks while reviewing build execution in real time – jut use MSBuild Sidekick debugger and resolve problems in your builds in no time. In this post we shall show how to...
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How to use MSBuild Extension Pack tasks with MSBuild Sidekick

8 באפריל 2009

One of the most exciting and widely accepted projects in MSBuild community is MSBuild Extension Pack tasks. MSBuild Extension Pack provides a collection of over 240 MSBuild tasks you may use in your MSBuild projects for free! In MSBuild Sidekick v 2.3 we introduced integration with MSBuild Extension Pack tasks; now you can add, edit properties and view online help for all the MSBuild Extension Pack tasks in the Sidekick application. To illustrate these features let’s create new MSBuild project in MSBuild Sidekick v2.3 and add a MSBuild Extension Pack task to it. Note: you should...
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MSBuild Sidekick v 2.3 is released

25 במרץ 2009

We are happy to announce the release of version 2.3 of MSBuild Sidekick! Many of you would remember "How would you spend $100 on MSBuild?" poll published on MSBuild Team Blog. MSBuild users were asked to vote on most valuable future features in MSBuild; and while we could not improve MSBuild engine performance or add inline tasks support we did implement visual debugger for MSBuild! MSBuild Sidekick v2.3 is now the one-stop solution for all your debugging needs such as stepping through the build, inspecting locals and setting breakpoints. The new features in MSBuild Sidekick v2.3 are: Visual debugger (you can analyze...
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Code Review Sidekick in action

3 באוקטובר 2008

Right after writing post about using Code Review Sidekick I came across a post by Carel Lotz, that describes how Code Review Sidekick can be used for code review in context of Scrum software development process: “… a code review process that suited our development team as well as the Team Foundation Server toolset and the Conchango SCRUM for Team System process template we are using.  This post details what process and tooling we came up with.” If you looking for ideas on how to implement code review process, this post is highly recommended.
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Reviewing changes with Code Review Sidekick

In version 2.0 of Team Foundation Sidekicks we have first introduced Code Review Sidekick; today, I am going to explain in some detail the usage we had in mind while developing the tool. The name of the tool hints on usefulness in code review; however, since everybody has different code review process some extra explanation is required. Let’s start with review of the files, based on changesets committed to source control repository. When you invoke Code Review Sidekick from Source Control Explorer, “Find Changesets” dialog will be displayed: Depending on the changeset selection, you can easily handle the following scenarios - Review...
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Team Foundation Sidekicks 2.2 is released (and with a new Sidekick too)!

4 באוגוסט 2008

I am very proud to announce new Team Foundation Sidekicks release. In addition to numerous bug fixes and improvements, version 2.2 contains all new Permission Sidekick. Let me start with minor changes and then present new Sidekicks family member. Features Code Review Sidekick: Added work item association indication in changesets for review list (those associated with at least one WI, will have * next to changeset ID) Code Review Sidekick: Allow to compare version of file in view with previous not-in-view version Labels Sidekick: Allow saving to CSV list of changesets/work items in label Visual Studio integration: allow separate configuration of “Dynamic...
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