Professional Team Foundation Server 2010 (Wrox Programmer to Programmer) Paperback – 24 Mar 2011
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From the Back Cover
Effectively manage and deliver software projects with TFS
Team Foundation Server (TFS) has undergone a complete overhaul as the central tool in Microsoft′s Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) portfolio. This book addresses the many changes that have taken place since the 2005 version of TFS and provides an in–depth look at how these changes can work to your advantage. The team of authors reviews what′s new in TFS 2010, including its ease of configuration and installation, a new platform for testing, work item tracking and usability, and helpful new tools to manage project plans. Packed with detailed coverage, this book arms you with the information you need to effectively manage and deliver software projects with TFS.
Professional Team Foundation Server 2010:
Walks you through planning and installing a TFS deployment
Features a comprehensive overview of version control
Discusses migrating from legacy version control systems,including Visual SourceSafe
Reviews how to automate and customize the build process
Discusses project management and testing tools
Reviews administering a TFS environment, including creating a backup plan, handling disaster recovery, and monitoring server health and performance
Prepares you for taking the TFS 2010 Microsoft Certification Exam (70–512)
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About the Author
Ed Blankenship is an ALM consultant with Notion Solutions and the Microsoft MVP of the Year.
Martin Woodward is a program manager on the Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server product team.
Grant Holliday is a program manager on the Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server product team.
Brian Keller is a senior technical evangelist for Microsoft, specializing in Visual Studio and ALM.
Top customer reviews
Even if you are an experienced TFS User/Administrator there is plenty of great insight to improve your TFS game.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough
So, on the whole, the book is okay, but could have been better.
If you* have been on the lookout for a book which covers* Team Foundation Server (TFS), then chances are this is going to meet your needs. Given the amount of material this book provides, from technical illustration and reference to real world problems, solutions and tips, it represents excellent value.
I highlight `you' and `covers' above because you may have a specific area of interest and skill or you may wish to acquire a general knowledge of TFS. As the book states, it is for Developers, Testers, Stakeholders, Project Managers and Business Analysts, TFS Administrators, and Extensibility Partners, i.e. pretty much everyone. It is also clearly structured so that you may choose what areas you are interested in. The authors say the book is not for `developers or testers who are just starting out their craft', however I see no harm in these people reading this book to see and learn all the cogs that are provided by TFS to provide a successful ALM experience.
Given that this book aims to provide so much coverage and is only ~650 pages, there is extensive linking to external resources like MSDN and blog posts. This isn't a particularly bad thing, however I feel that in some cases the authors should have incorporated the content into the book. With this in mind, remember to have some bookmarks or an internet connection available when reading.
Seeing this books' Table of Contents reminds one of just how extensive TFS is. There are parts of the book which I skim read, but I know I will go back to reference when needed. I believe the selling point of this book is that it will provide you with direction and answers for your particular skill and a first step reference to the other parts of TFS when you encounter them.
I unreservedly recommend Professional Team Foundation Server 2010 for your bookshelf (be it physical or virtual).
For Beginner / Intermediate Users: 5 / 5
For Experienced Users: 4 / 5
So I would suggest it is well worth a look for anyone who is working, or planning to work, with TFS
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