Wow, it’s been a busy few weeks. Seems like work has kept me more focused than normal with certain work items needed. I apologize to my loyal readers for the lack of content recently.
I have had my first real look at Microsoft Team Foundation Server and I must say I am not impressed. It looks like it has some nice features, however I would not say that it is worth the price of admission. Licensing seems a bit high and the preferred method of using it via Visual Studio is a bit clunky. The add-in (Team Explorer) works well enough, but it is plain and seems to bloat VS as many add-ins do. If I am going to settle for reduced performance in my development IDE I would expect more out of it. At this time I am looking into SharpForge, a somewhat new and growing open source project designed to perform some of the functionality of TFS or SourceForge. The web interface from TeamPlain, recently acquired by Microsoft, is not bad. I will admit that I am a bit predisposed against the entire system since it is based on Microsoft SharePonit Portal Server. I have yet to be convinced that the platform is desirable enough to move to.
In the mean time, I also passed another test on my way to MCSD and then MCPD. 70-315, Developing Web Applications with Visual C#.NET is complete. On to the next one! Target date is set for 3 weeks, although budget may push it to next month. I hate tax time. 😉