Team Foundation Server 2008 in Action

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Manning, 2008 - Computers - 324 pages

In complex software projects, managing the development process can be as critical to success as writing the code itself. A project may involve dozens of developers, managers, architects, testers, and customers, hundreds of builds, and thousands of opportunities to get off-track. To keep tabs on the people, tasks, and components of a medium- to large-scale project, most teams use a development system that allows for easy monitoring, follow-up, and accountability.

Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2008 (TFS), the server component of Microsoft's Visual Studio Team System (VSTS), provides a powerful collaborative platform for software-development teams. The product offers an integrated toolset for tracking work items, creating test cases, managing source code, generating builds, constructing database schemas, and so on. Because in software development one size does not fit all, TFS provides process customization, project management, and reporting capabilities to build solutions around your requirements.

Team Foundation Server 2008 in Action is a hands-on guide to Team Foundation Server 2008. Written for developers with a good handle on TFS basics, this book shows you how to solve real-life problems. It's not a repetition of Microsoft's product documentation. Team Foundation Server 2008 in Action is a practitioner's handbook for how to work with TFS under common constraints. This book walks you through real-life software engineering problems based on hundreds of hours of TFS experience.

You'll benefit from expert author Jamil Azher's extensive interactions with members of Microsoft's TFS team and MVPs, survey feedback from the author's blog, and interviews with organizations and user groups using TFS. Instead of just offering a high-level overview, the book provides detailed solutions for solving common-and not-so-common-problems using TFS. It discusses the strengths as well as weaknesses of TFS, and suggests appropriate problem resolution steps, workarounds, or custom solutions.

Purchase of the print book comes with an offer of a free PDF, ePub, and Kindle eBook from Manning. Also available is all code from the book.

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Topology and security 18 I Build agents and team projects
Understanding the structure of the build directory 21 I Creating

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About the author (2008)

Jamil Azher

has over 17 years of experience in software development ranging

from hands-on programming, remote as well as on-site project management,

technology leadership, and entrepreneurial ventures. He is currently Principal

Enterprise Architect in Wolters Kluwer Financial Services (WKFS), one of the

nation's top compliance solution providers. Over the years, Jamil has coached

members of the technical staff, created and reviewed architecture of major

products and web services, developed technology plans for VCs, supervised

development of mission-critical financial applications onsite and offshore, and

interacted with CxOs and Technology Committees of large financial institutions

regarding technology strategy. His work included ensuring compatibility and

interoperability of a company's products and services with client IT infrastructure

and policies, selecting technology platforms for executing company's business

plans, and creating technology roadmaps for the company's products and services.

Jamil has a master's degree in IT from Harvard and bachelor's degree in

engineering from Caltech. He is the author of Global Outsourcing Using VSTS,

published by Thomson Delmar Learning.

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