Experiences on Visual Studio Team System 2008

As you may imagine, these days I’ve been bussy with Visual Studio Team System 2008 Products which would be Team Suite, Team Foundation Server, Team Explorer. YES all of them, with great help from my friend Navid, now I have them all and with 2 days of full time work I installed them all on my Computers and here I’m gonna tell you about them all as I know them just for few days.
 
As of Team Suite, you may mention that this is not a very big jump just like 2005 version, and I gotta tell you that it is a great news I mean everytime an application, every applications not just Microsoft ones, jumps big by having lots of changes you must wait for lots of bugs and then a very soon Service Pack would come a long, THIS IS MY OWN THEORY and you may agree or not and if not you may leave me a comment here.
Anyway this version is very fast in any manners which is good, and I gotta tell you one thing, if you are a C# Developer, you MUST upgrade to 2008 version, I gotta tell you, this is so fun programming in C# 3.0 with all the ANONYMOUSE things and VAR and the most LINQ all of them are great. My friends Sami and Navid where here couple of days ago and they where amazed by all these greate features and I tell you, you would be amazed too.
Other great thing is that you can select which framework to use 2.0, 3.0, 3.5. And about the WEB now you have AJAX and also by a SDK you may have Silverlight too.
But somthing is missing, XSD DESIGNER, http://forums.microsoft.com/MSDN/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=1914084&SiteID=1 and I don’t know why, there is some XSD DESIGNER availabe for downlaod and it is for BETA 2, I just cracked the MSI via ORCA but this is just XSD EXPLORER not the XSD DESIGNER, if you work with xml just like me you would be as angry as I’m now. They aslo have another solution: "Try using Visual Studio 2005" and thats when I get more angry "FUC… you and your VS 2005, I want to use VS 2008 and I want XSD DESIGNER". I don’t know how and why they did that but they did, and I gotta found some solutions there, for now I use Altova XMLSpy http://www.altova.com/products/xmlspy/xml_editor.html and I don’t like installing alot of software on my PC.
I still didn’t have the time to try C++ in it, and when it is done I gotta tell you about it.
 
As of Team Explorer, this is also faster and some good news are ANOTATE and FOLDER DIFF, and I guess nothing else to mention.
 
And as of Team Foundation Server, this is pain in the as… to upgrade from 2005 to 2008, I mean this defently take time but this is easy I mean no error no nothing just time, mine take about 5-6 hours for fully upgrade, and by FULL UPGRADE, I mean
 
Team Foundation Server 2005 upgrade to Team Foundation Server 2008
Team Foundation Server 2008 Build
Team Explorer 2008
Team Foundation Server 2008 Web Access
Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 upgrade to Windows SharePoint Services 3.0

Team Foundation Server 2008 Windows SharePoint Services Extension

 
and thanks god that they didn’t release the SQL Server 2008 yet, because I think the whole upgrade process would take a day or two :D.
Anyway for the first time installers I would suggest them to read the Install.chm which is located in root folder of the Team Foundation Server 2008 DVD, and I suggest them to do it STEP-BY-STEP don’t get sharp and never skip a step. But for upgrade guys like myself I would suggest the same chm and also, "Tips for upgrading from TFS2005 to TFS2008 « Grant Holliday" http://ozgrant.com/2007/11/24/tips-for-upgrading-from-tfs2005-to-tfs2008/ this would be your bible don’t close it until it is done, thanks OZ Grant, and for "WSS 2.0 to 3.0 upgrade" use http://blogs.msdn.com:80/sudhir/archive/2007/05/31/upgrade-2005-with-wss2-0-to-orcas-wss3-0.aspx thanks SUDHir, as for "How to Back Up a Team Foundation Server" you may use http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms253070(vs.80).aspx and also for "How to Back Up the Reporting Services Encryption Key" you may use http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms400729(VS.80).aspx, and be sure you have lots of spare time in case you did something wrong. For the last time DON’T GET SHARP, DON’T SKIP STEPS.
 
Oh, Something else, if have you installed TRIAL version of Visual Studio Products, 2005 or 2008, and sometime you want to upgrade it to FULL version, you may just go to http://forums.microsoft.com/MSDN/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=569543&SiteID=1, here is it:
 
Upgrading is pretty simple: Click Change/Remove on the entry for TFS in Add/Remove Programs on the TFS server, then enter the permanent license key in the dialog box that appears.
 
anyway, those are my experiences, if you have something interesting to share, just leave me a comment,
Sadjad Bahmanpour

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