Visual Studio Team System and Pricing - My brief historical perspective
A lot of folks are up in arms about the Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) Pricing announcements. It looks to be a little spendy, and targeted directly at large companies.
Now, I have a tendency to over-simplify, largely because I'm a simpleton. Here's what I think via historical analogy:
- Most Windows Developers didn’t use Source Control in the early 90’s until Microsoft bought OneTree Software’s “SourceSafe” and make it available for free.
- Conclusion: Free integrated SourceSafe arguably made source control happen in Windows development. Before, 99% of casual and small-company developers were just zipping stuff up.
So, it follows that
- While the ingredients of for TDD (Test Driven Development) and CI (Continuous Integration) are free and Open Source, they are varied and confusing.
- Conclusion: If there isn’t a Free (or darn near free) integrated solution with VS.NET (that we already own) for TDD and CI, then most developers won’t use ever get the dramatic benefits of Test Driven and Continuous Integration development.