Time Cockpit Blog

If you are using Team Foundation Server for your daily development and planning work time cockpit can provide you with some information from TFS via the signal trackers (e.g. checked in code). Using python scripting and the TFS client SDK you can also query the work items for your projects and store them as time cockpit tasks. This will allow you keep track of your working time based on TFS projects and work items.

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In the newest version of time cockpit we introduce a new signal type for locations. For that we use data collected by the Google Latitude location service.

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In the first entry discussing C++ inheritance, I covered how basic inheritance works: A hidden pointer to a virtual function pointer table is used to dispatch to the correct method. I pointed out that the addresses of the objects, no matter how I casted them around stayed the same. Now this was pretty straightforward for single inheritance, but you will see why this becomes quite special with multiple inheritance.

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On May 17th I did a workshop on parallel programming at parallel 2013 conference in Karlsruhe. The attendees asked me to publish some of the live coding samples I did. In this blog you can find the samples.

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Quite a while ago - still working with Rarebyte - I was designing a class library for game related stuff. Naively ensured that OOP was the only real solution to scaling software, we did a lot of (multiple) inheritance and packed stuff into the library, most of what we never needed anyhow. At one point the question came up on how this was implemented and if we actually knew what this (multiple inheritance especially) meant to the data structures. With self-competence I garbled something about function pointers and tables and a hidden pointer in every object etc. What it meant exactly, I didn't know.

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This year at dotnet Cologne I have proposed a 60 minutes live-coding talk about async/await. It was really accepted and I even got the large ballroom. Wow, live coding in front more than 100 developers. This will be awesome. In this blog I post the sample that I am going to develop on stage.

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Time cockpit allows you to assign time bookings to tasks and projects. If you are using JIRA for planning and bug tracking, this article shows you how to import issues from JIRA into time cockpit in order to use them for time booking. This can be achieved by using the REST API provided by JIRA and a small python script in time cockpit.

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In this version of time cockpit we made the usage of actions more convenient. All actions that can be executed on a time sheet are now available from the ribbon menu in the time sheet calendar.

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Last week I did a workshop for a customer on agile software development and scrum. In this blog post I publish the slides that I have used.

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First of all, a big thank you to our customers! Since we have added the feature to send error reports via email, we have received lots of information from you. Please keep on sending us your problems with time cockpit, so we can learn what we should improve. We really appreciate your feedback. We definitely had one frontrunner in your error reports: SQL Server Compact timed out waiting for a lock.

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