Microsoft Updates Team Foundation Server Tool

Latest version of the Team Foundation Server MSSCCI (Microsoft Source Code Control Interface) Provider, lets an array of IDEs gain access to TFS

Microsoft has released version 1.2 of the Team Foundation Server MSSCCI (Microsoft Source Code Control Interface) Provider, a tool that lets an array of IDEs gain access to TFS.

TFS Product Unit Manager Brian Harry discussed the release in a late-December posting on his blog. New features include support for TOAD for SQL Server 2.0 and support for handling branching in Visual Studio 2003.

"The biggest improvement is in the area of branched projects. The experience is still not perfect but it is dramatically better than it was," Harry wrote. "The one issue that remains is that the first time you open a project/solution after branching it, you need to use Open from Source Control (can also be done by double clicking on it in the Source Control Explorer) rather than opening it from your local hard drive."

Microsoft didn't originally intend to make the MSSCCI update available on a stand-alone basis, but work related to high-profile updates and projects led to the switch in plans, Harry noted.

"Originally we had planned to release the updated MSSCCI provider along with a new version of the TFS PowerToys (now renamed TFS Power Tools). Unfortunately, with all of the rush to get SP1 shipped and meet some key end of year deadlines on Orcas development, we just didn't make as much progress on the Power Tools as we wanted. We decided to decouple the releases and we are hoping to get the updated Power Tools out in January," he wrote.

IDEs supported by MSSCCI now include Visual Studio 2003; Visual Basic 6.0, SP6; Visual C++ 6.0, SP6; Visual FoxPro 9, SP1; Visual Studio .NET 2002; Microsoft Access 2003, SP2; SQL Server Management Studio 2005; Sparx Enterprise Architect 6.1; Sybase PowerBuilder 10.5; and TOAD for SQL Server 2.0.

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