TeamSystem Builds

I have dived into Team System and more specific the build process. It’s quite hard to take in, I think, especially since the documentation is quite … economical.

But I hope that the question marks I have will be straighten out in a couple of days. We will get assistance from a MS-guy who is coming here.

I the mean time I have found, got and compiled some links that can, hopefully contain some useful documentation stuff that I missed when i started off:

The big thing to find out right now is how...

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Went to a wedding for a friend of mine this weekend. The wedding itself was very nice with some wonderful music, both the bride and groom are great musicians. Andreas had composed the entry march and arranged some other pieces. Then the program contained two lovely singers.

I also got the opportunity and honor to play for the happy couple, You raise me up. I had a wonderful accompaniment from the piano and it all went very well.

The evening and party afterwards was very nice indeed. I have to confess that sometimes weddings can get a bit long and … well to be frank boring. But this was very nice. As always some interesting details about the couple was revealed.

As for the rest of the weekend we spent it with the young part of the “in-law” relatives. Very nice - I am so fortunate to have...

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I have thrown together a small application for generating index cards from a Excel-based backlog list. This is very handy when you do sprint planning meetings. A printed index card is easier to move around on a withe board than a row in Excel.

The ScrumIndexCardCreator reads an Excel-file and lets the user select one or more to print. Its not very fancy but it still get the work done. To the right you’ll find some screenshots of it.

Anyone interested in it can contact me marcus,hammarberg (a) avega se

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Demo done - SCRUM rocks!

Another demo, another day! The demo yesterday went very well and more important the people that attended the demo was please and the project is running well.

I am most impressed with the output that SCRUM gives… We have been coding for three weeks now and actually have something useful to show to the customer. They understood that this was only a part, but a full part, of the final product.

More so - the team members seems to enjoy themselves in the project and we have great “flow” right now. It the project-heaven I always heard about… I hope I don’t have to experience the counterpart of it…

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Today is the first Sprint Demo for our project… We have cover quite a distance during the project so far so I am very proud to show this to the customer and to lift up the achievements of the project members.

Still there is always the risk of the dreaded demo-ghost - but I pray for it to keep away today. I also have a brand new shirt on… that have to count for something.

After just one sprint I can warmly recommend SCRUM to anyone who hasn’t tried it. It WILL get you so much more productive, with greater focus and the ability to react to changes. All these three has been major factors for our success so far.

So, I humbly list myself after those who witness of the greatness of SCRUM. As a colleague of mine said “If you want quality - it’s the only...

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Moving in!

Yesterday we moved! From our 30 square meters to 63 feels like a move from a closet to a hangar…

It was very, very nice to be able to take a shower without having to stand above the toilet (called Stockholm-shower) and to walk from a room to another.

When you move from a small apartment, like ours, it doesn’t take that long time either. Also we move one floor down - which helped the tempo a great

I’ll include some pictures from the apparent.

A special thank you to the nice folks at Indiska Odenplan, who stored our bench for 1 1/2 month. Thanks - it worked out great.

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European sounds

My favorite radio show - the Listen to the Band - show from the BBC Radio 2 has done a retrospective show of the European.

A great part of the show is spent with focus on the Goteborg Brass Band. Some great playing and a very nice (and clarifying interview with Clare Farr). Thank you!

I am so proud to have been a part of that band and that great history that now is finished.

And finally; again thank you Bengt!

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Melbourne Staff Band

Got a tip from a friend about this marvelous appearance from the Melbourne Staff Band of the Salvation Army. I really the idea of using the band as more than just a concert outfit… Just think what could be done surrounding a story or a sketch. I’ll have to do something about that I think…

Well here you go in the right order:

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Load-event of UserControls in design mode

Ran into another problem just now…

If you have code in the Load-event of a Windows usercontrol, it will fire when the usercontrol is shown in Visual Studio at design-time. This can be troublesome if the code doesn’t compile or needs some runtime-only variables.

However all Windows forms controls (forms, usercontrols etc.) inherits from ComponentModel which in turn has a property that’s called DesignMode. This property is true when the Component (control in our case) is shown in designmode in Visual Studio.

Beware for this special case though

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Long running debug-sessions in Visual Studio 2005

I think I finally found a solution to a very annoying problem. As always the solution (once found) was almost trivial…

Here’s the problem; in many modern system architectures there are at least one web service involved, sometimes more than one that call each other in sequence. When such a system is debugged in Visual Studio it now-a-days works very fine.

But… if you have a long running debugging session (like, for example, yesterday when I demonstrated some features for my team) the debugging fails all of a sudden with a time-problem. The error description doesn’t point you to anything good either.

I think i finally found a solution to a very annoying problem. As always the solution (once found) was almost trivial…

However - some colleagues of mine showed me the possibility to start several projects at once when debugging. Right-click the solution in Visual Studio 2005 and choose...

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