Brian A. Randell: MSDN Magazine Articles
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  • Team System: Check-in Notes and Policies
    Learn how to add check-in notes and check-in policy support to a Word add-in, in this fifth and final installment of an ongoing discussion.
    Brian A. Randell - Launch 2008
  • Team System: Custom check-in policies
    Team Foundation Server provides APIs that let you create check-in notes (categorized string data) and custom check-in policy implementations. These features combine to give project administrators better control over the group development process.
    Brian A. Randell - November 2007
  • Team System: Work Items and Undo Support
    Add support for work items to the Team Foundation Server version control add-in.
    Brian A. Randell - September 2007
  • Team System: Work Item Tracking
    In this column, Brian Randell explains how to build a simple Work Item explorer and demonstrates the core operations needed to add work item support when building your own add-in.
    Brian A. Randell - April 2007
  • Data Joins The Team: Introducing Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals
    Here Brian Randell presents everything you need to know to get started with Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals.
    Brian A. Randell - February 2007
  • Team System: Team Foundation Server Version Control
    In this new column, Brian Randell begins his long look at how to extend and enhance Visual Studio Team System.
    Brian A. Randell - January 2007
  • Express Editions: Get a Lean, Mean Dev Machine with the Express Editions of Visual Basic and SQL Server 2005
    The Express Editions of Visual Basic and SQL Server 2005 have lots of the features of the full-sized versions, but with a lot less of the overhead. Professional developer features such as full IntelliSense support, local debugger, Add Web Reference, and the improved Visual Data Tools will all be available in the Express products, so you don't have to leave your favorite features behind. In this article the author introduces you to these express editions and builds a sample app to get you started.
    Brian A. Randell - September 2004
  • Visual Studio 2005: Bridge the Gap Between Development and Operations with Whitehorse
    Microsoft is introducing a new suite of tools (code-named "Whitehorse") that will make it easier for you to design and implement systems that conform to a service-oriented architecture. Two of these tools -- the SOA Design Suite and the Class Designer -- support the graphical design of systems and components with support for code generation and support for bi-directional synchronization which lets you ensure that your diagram always represents your system design. This article introduces these tools and shows you how they'll improve your design and development efforts.
    Brian A. Randell and Rockford Lhotka - July 2004
  • Office 2003: Secure and Deploy Business Solutions with Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for Office
    Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for the Microsoft Office System is a new technology that brings the advanced features of Visual Studio .NET and the .NET Framework to applications built for Microsoft Office Word 2003 and Microsoft Office Excel 2003. Deploying solutions built with this technology requires that you understand how runtime security is enforced in managed applications and how to configure users' systems to run your solutions without introducing security holes.To promote that understanding, this article will demonstrate how to establish trust, explain policy considerations and permissions, and explain what trusted code is all about. Secure assembly deployment is also covered in detail.
    Brian A. Randell and Ken Getz - March 2004
  • Office 2003: Bring the Power of Visual Studio .NET to Business Solutions Built with Microsoft Office
    Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for the Microsoft Office System is a new technology that brings the advanced features of Visual Studio .NET and the .NET Framework to apps built on Microsoft Word 2003 and Excel 2003. Now you can use Visual Basic .NET and C# to write document-centric, managed code solutions that run in-process with Word 2003 or Excel 2003, taking advantage of the rich object models they expose. Along the way you get the benefits of the managed environment in which a fully compiled .NET-based application executes, including code access security.
    Ken Getz and Brian A. Randell - September 2003
  • Team System: Team Foundation Server Event Service
    Use the Team Foundation Server EventService to create and manage event subscriptions or create a Web service to receive and process events.
    Brian A. Randell - May 2008
  • Team System: Team Build 2008
    Brian Randell introduces you to Visual Studio 2008 Team Foundation Server Build (Team Build). Then he creates and runs a team build.
    Brian A. Randell - November 2008
  • Team System: Team Build 2008 Customization
    See how to modify the default behavior of Team Build, extend your builds with custom tasks, and make use of the enhancements in Team Build 2008 SP1.
    Brian A. Randell - March 2009
  • Team System: Streamline Team Projects With Process Templates
    See how you can streamline your team projects using Process Templates in Visual Studio Team System (VSTS)
    Brian A. Randell - December 2008
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