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Eclipse IDE plug-in accesses Team Foundation Server

Teamprise is an IDE plug-in that allows developers to access Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server using Eclipse-based clients.

Category: Developer Life Cycle Tool

Description: As time goes by, many development managers find themselves supporting both .NET and Java. But supporting various software repositories can be a real hassle. Among the more interesting tools addressing such issues is Teamprise Client Suite, an IDE plug-in that allows developers to access Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server from within Eclipse and on Mac OS X, Linux and Unix-based operating systems.

At TechEd 2006, Teamprise demonstrated features that will be a part of Teamprise Client Suite 2.0. Notable among these are support for work item tracking on Team Foundation Server. As well, source control operations such as Visual Studio Team System's 'shelving' will be better handled in the next product version.

Teamprise's General Manager Corey Steffen told TSS.NET that the product allows developers working within the Eclipse IDE to use the source control features of Team Foundation Server. That further allows companies to standardize on Team Foundation Server for the application life-cycle management needs of both their Microsoft .NET Framework-based and Java development teams.

"Most of our interest right now we are finding in large companies where [the majority] of the development staff may be .NET developers, and the company may have 30% more working on Java or Linux," said Steffen. "What they want to be able to do is standardize on Visual Studio Team System."

The Teamprise 1.0 plug-in was released in April. A 30-day evaluation of the product can be downloaded from the company's website, Retail price is $499 per user, with volume discounts, and purchases can be made using the company's online store. Teamprise is a division of SourceGear LLC, maker of the SourceOffSite remote access solution for Microsoft Visual SourceSafe.

Teamprise is built in Java and requires the host OS to support a Java Runtime Environment (JRE). The suite of clients includes the Teamprise Plug-in for Eclipse, Teamprise Explorer, and Teamprise Command-Line Client (CLC). The Teamprise Plug-in is supported on Eclipse 3.0 and 3.1 based IDEs. Teamprise Explorer is a standalone application featuring an Explorer-style GUI, built on the Eclipse Rich Client Platform and using the Standard Widget Toolkit (SWT).

What's Microsoft's take on this? Though not unreserved, it is positive. In a statement at the time of Teamprise 1.0's rollout in March, Prashant Sridharan, group product manager of the .NET Developer Product Marketing Group at Microsoft, said: "Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server provides a complete application life-cycle management solution. Microsoft is pleased to see Teamprise extend this solution to development teams in heterogeneous environments."

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