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  • Cleaning up your client side javascript with a templating engine

    Today, I was working on a code base for a time sheeting system. It does a lot of rendering on client side like retrieving appointments and source code comments from third party system and then renders it onto the page. Unfortunately, the javascript that did the rendering post ajax call was something like this: for ( var i = 0 ; i < wi . CheckinHistory . length ; i ++) { history += "<li><i class=\"add-note\" title=\"Add this checkin comment to the Notes field\">"...
    Posted to Eric Phan's SSW Blog by EricPhan.net on Fri, Apr 12 2013
  • Running a stand-up meeting using Team Foundation Service (tfspreview)

    Here at SSW , we’ve been transitioning all our new projects onto Team Foundation Service . It’s been a pleasure to work with in all aspects of the application lifecycle. It’s main features are: A great UI for managing the tasks in a sprint Cloud based hosting, so you don’t have to worry about upgrades and server hardware It connects to Windows Live for authentication so you don’t need to create an Active Directory account for your clients Below is a video of how Microsoft...
    Posted to Eric Phan's SSW Blog by Blog on Mon, May 21 2012
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  • CRM 2011 Outlook Client - Stuck in reboot loop installing SQL Express

    Ran into this issue today when trying to install the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 for Microsoft Office Outlook where the installer would constantly ask for a reboot when trying to install “Microsoft SQL Server Express Edition 2008 (CRM)”. No matter how many times you rebooted it would always ask to reboot again. Note: This only happens if you use the “Offline” functionality. The solution to this is to manually install Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Express and call the instance...
    Posted to Eric Phan's SSW Blog by Blog on Tue, Nov 8 2011
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  • Use a custom TFS Work Item Query to keep track of what you’ve worked on today

    At SSW we need to record timesheets for all the work that we do. Normally keeping track of what you’ve worked on is difficult and you end up writing “Worked on web stuff” If you use TFS you can easily keep track of the Work Items that you’ve completed today You can then just copy and paste the results into your timesheets Read More...
    Posted to Eric Phan's SSW Blog by Blog on Fri, Sep 23 2011
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  • Trimming down the size of your Outlook OST

    Recently my Outlook 2010 OST grew to over 4GB of space which made Outlook slow. One of the biggest reasons why it’s this large is SSW’s policy against auto-archiving and never permanently deleting anything. As a result my Deleted Items folder was actually 2.1 GB! Now, I don’t actually need all of those items as they do span back about 4 years. So the goal is to only bring down the current year’s deleted items. Read More...
    Posted to Eric Phan's SSW Blog by Blog on Tue, Jun 14 2011
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  • Adding configurable parameters to a Custom TFS Build Workflow Template & Remote Compiling Source Code on Unix

    I’m currently working at a client that requires some source code to compile in Unix - as their major systems are Unix based with new development being done in .NET. The great thing about the project is that they have are trying to consolidate everything into TFS as the single source of truth (it’s mostly there). To get the unix stuff going I’ve customized the DefaultTemplate.xaml and added an extra InvokeProcess that calls a PowerShell script to copy files to Unix using Pscp (for...
    Posted to Eric Phan's SSW Blog by Blog on Tue, May 31 2011
  • Adding configurable parameters to a Custom TFS 2010 Build Template & Remote Compiling Source Code on Unix

    I’m currently working at a client that requires some source code to compile in Unix - as their major systems are Unix based with new development being done in .NET. The great thing about the project is that they have are trying to consolidate everything into TFS as the single source of truth (it’s mostly there). To get the unix stuff going I’ve customized the DefaultTemplate.xaml and added an extra InvokeProcess that calls a PowerShell script to copy files to Unix using Pscp (for...
    Posted to Eric Phan's SSW Blog by Blog on Tue, May 31 2011
  • Customizing Work Items in TFS 2010

    The Team Foundation Server Power Tools allow you to edit templates online or offline. In the online mode, changes you make are instantly visible when you save the changes so be careful. I would advise creating a dummy Team Project to do the customizations on first before rolling the changes out to actual Team Projects. The offline mode works by saving the work item definitions locally as XML and making changes to the XML file. You will need to import the XML to the Team Project to deploy the changes...
    Posted to Eric Phan's SSW Blog by Blog on Wed, May 25 2011
  • Customizing Process Templates and Work Items in Visual Studio 2010

    One of the best features of Team Foundation Server 2010 is the ability to customize and create your own Process Templates, Work Items and Fields. The first thing you’ll need is to install the Team Foundation Server Power Tools . This will give you a menu under Tools | Process Editor to customize the templates From here you can start modifying the Work Item Types (WIT) in existing Team Projects or create new WITs. The most frequent requests I get from TFS users is to: Add additional fields to a work...
    Posted to Eric Phan's SSW Blog by Blog on Wed, May 25 2011
  • RE: Microsoft ASP.NET - Too many options

    Repsonding to Peter Gfader’s blog post about Microsoft ASP.NET - Too many options I see WebMatrix as an entry level tool to get people who don’t necessary have a development background a quick way to build and customize websites (using the templates and editors) on the Microsoft platform. It lowers the barriers to entry because you have one lightweight tool (7MB + about 20 MB of dependencies) that can edit web pages and manage your SQL. If the user wants to do more than they will need...
    Posted to Eric Phan's SSW Blog by Blog on Fri, May 6 2011
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