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March 12, 2020

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Top books every CTO should read

A CTO’s job is never finished. In a rapidly evolving industry, it is challenging to stay on top of the latest information. Between leading teams and hitting deadlines, keeping up with the latest technological trends and leadership methodologies is difficult. While reading blogs and newsletters can help, they provide high-level information without the depth needed … Continued

Crosslake Staff

April 23, 2014

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BOOK REVIEW: ReSharper Essentials

We were asked to submit a book review of “ReSharper Essentials” by Łukasz Gąsior. This book provides a useful reference for anyone starting out with ReSharper or creating plug-ins. Our full review is below. More details on the book can be found here. “ReSharper Essentials” provides an excellent introduction to the world of ReSharper, from configuring … Continued

Crosslake Staff

April 10, 2014

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BOOK REVIEW: TFS 2013 Customization

We were asked to submit a book review of “Team Foundation Server 2013 Customization” by Gordon Beeming. This book provides a useful reference for anyone getting familiar with customizing TFS. Although not quite everything it could have been, the book acts as an excellent introductory guide to customization. Our full review is below. More details … Continued

Crosslake Staff

September 18, 2013

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Source control folder structures

We have spent a lot of time lately talking to clients about how to structure their source control system. There are lots of documented branching strategies (we can talk about those some other time), but not a lot of discussion on how to structure folders, particularly how they relate to branches. A couple of options … Continued

Crosslake Staff

August 27, 2013

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Customizing exploratory testing in MTM

When you create a bug or test case during an exploratory testing session with Microsoft Test Manager, only 10 steps are retained by default. Many of our clients complain that this number is too little. There are two ways to override this limitation — one globally (to the workstation), and one per bug. Global customization … Continued

Crosslake Staff

June 7, 2013

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How to rebuild a TFS Analysis database

Although not a problem we see often, some of our clients run into issues with a corrupt TFS Analysis DB, particularly after an environmental failure of some kind. This doesn’t lead to any permanent damage or data loss but needs to be addressed. Here is a set of instructions we developed for this. Note that … Continued

Crosslake Staff

March 13, 2013

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TFS source migration opinions

We are often asked about source migrations that we have done for other teams. Below is an answer we posted to a thread on LinkedIn. We hope this helps you if you are considering migrating from another version control system to Team Foundation Server. Our team has done numerous source migrations in the past. Our … Continued

Crosslake Staff

July 10, 2012

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Importing source code into TFS

Summary  In this video, we discuss some of the challenges of migrating source code to TFS and how we approach these conversions. Also, we discuss our approach to branching source code during the migration to TFS. And finally, we will demonstrate a source code import into TFS using a custom application that we wrote. Importing source … Continued

Crosslake Staff