It's fun reading old posts like last year's on Christmas Eve. Could just copy it here and let it be. However life would be utmost boring if everything would be exactly the same, but I know it would also be unbearable if everything would be totally different.
So I cherish Chrismas Eve, get the tree set and once again prepare our Kerststol. Patiently waiting for the dough to rise, meanwhile cutting wood that will heat up our oven, allowing us this evening to bake pizza's and the Stol. Allowing me to have a somewhat slower pace, still recovering from the fever I was fallen victim to last week. Long time since I had been ill. Apart from a chainsaw cut, hockey bruises and hitting a sideboard corner.
A slower pace bringing about a mood of retrospect. Looking back on a fruitful year that brought me to new places. Enjoying that typically British humor with Mike, John, Sarah, Paul, Andy, Luke, Adam and Funghai during a couple of courses in Lane End, UK. Having a somewhat more quiet but still very intense week with Marko, Tadej, Dejan, Alan, Rado and Rok learning me about Slovenia, a place I had never been before. Really worthwhile.
Talking to and with many more people at Directions, San Diego, US, and Directions EMEA, Poznan, Poland. Including a whole bunch of ex-colleagues (Swabian or Microsoft) that I hadn't seen and spoken to for almost 2,5 years. And of course running into various of my MVP fellows which is worthwhile every time again.
Thanx to all of you that I was crossing 'roads' with last year. As simple or complex as it can be, it makes life what it is: worth living.
Merry Christmas ...
During my two days NAV ALM using TFS training I got the question how I did configure my Visual Studio client to work with Araxis instead of the built-in compare tool. I easily could show them how it was configured.
Nevertheless I had to admit I didn't think up this myself. So I googled for TFS how to set Araxis as compare tool and directly did hit the blog post that helped me so much ever since I am using TFS:
diff/merge configuration in Team Foundation - common Command and Argument values by James Manning
He does not only give settings for Araxis but for many more compare tools including Beyond Compare. And ... also settings to use external tools for merging. But I never have used that as the internal tool has an important advantage over Araxis Merge: it's much easier to select/include code into the result from either source or destination.