November 1, 2007 8:30 PM
by Ed Blankenship
Ever since I started at Infragistics, I had been working in the User Experience Group (under the Evangelism umbrella) primarily with WPF & WinForms. As some of you know, I wasn't too fond with WPF at the beginning :) but now I love it. [Shameless Plug: Have you checked out Tangerine? See my blog post about it.]
I have taken a new position now as what is usually referred to as the Configuration Manager (HR Title: Configuration and Process Improvement Engineer.)
As some of you know, I have been working with Team Foundation Server since pre-beginning (is that a word?) like during the Betas. [Strolls down memory lane... Anyone remember the Beta 2 to Beta 3 upgrade? whew... Ed K. remembers that day with the 3-hour phone call from the TFS Product Team. Those were the days. I got a cool TFS All Stars shirt from it though!] I digress. Infragistics has decided to adopt TFS and planning to migrate pretty much all of our separate systems to it. So, that's what I'm doing now in the Engineering department! Although I'll be missing doing WPF and Evangelism work, I'm pretty excited about getting to do TFS stuff full-time.
If you were at Grant and I's talk at Boston ReMix or my talk at Tulsa Tech Fest, you got the preview of a community WPF application that we're working on to gather data from TFS and replace our Release Status Wall. It's basically an application to visualize your release process. As soon as we get something ready to preview, I'll definitely post up on here. So I get to put my love of both WPF and TFS together! Grant's a God-send when it comes to making applications look great. I'm really blessed to be working for a company that has a dedicated Visual Design team... We have 5 dedicated Visual Designers now... wow.
Another one of my goals with our new system of tracking development data is to provide more transparency to our customers in regard to feature tracking, bugs, etc. I think it's important (as a previous customer) to be able to have that kind of transparency. I'm thinking something along the line of Microsoft's Connect website.
So I look forward to being able to talk more about TFS and coming out with some exciting tools and information. Don't worry, I still do WPF development too so you'll still see me from time to time blogging about it and speaking. I just finished up a WPF magazine article yesterday even :)
BTW... I'll be in DevConnections next week in Las Vegas doing some WPF Evangelism stuff so be sure to hit me up if you'll be in town!
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Ed Blankenship is a Product Manager at Microsoft for Visual Studio Online. I am an author of a few books, former Microsoft MVP of the Year, and former ALM consultant. I hold Office Hours each week if you are interested in chatting.
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