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on 4 July 2011
2010 is my first implementation of TFS and so this book is reasonably useful. However I do find it quite long winded and not very concise where it needs to be. For example, they'll be long discussions about all the other build automation technologies and their histories. Also, there are some long code listings and excessive numbers of screen grabs; all of which perhaps ought to be in an appendix if they are needed. Consequently, I've had to skim read most pages to try to find the interesting and important paragraphs.

So, on the whole, the book is okay, but could have been better.
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on 26 April 2011
This is the de-facto book for anybody wishing to learn Visual Studio Team Foundation Server, it covers everything from the basics up to migration from heritage source code control solutions to administration and customisation. The material is well structured easy to read and well-targeted at a technical audience, this is not surprising considering the quality of the authors and their actual involvement with the development of the product. As a bonus the book also prepares you for the TFS 2010 Microsoft Certification Exam (70-512) which any professional TFS Administrator should have.

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
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on 1 May 2011
So who is this book for? Well it is a comprehensive guide to TFS 2010, its components and their usage, but this does not mean the book is only for teams new to TFS or people planning to take certification exams. Spread throughout there are useful little titbits of information where you find yourself going `I never know that' or `arr.. that explains so much'

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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on 5 June 2011
A few months back some distinguished members of the Microsoft ALM community released Professional Team Foundation Server 2010. I've recently completed reading it and below is a review for those who may be on the lookout for some reference reading. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary review copy, though I reserve the right to offer an unbiased opinion.

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).

My Rating
For Beginner / Intermediate Users: 5 / 5
For Experienced Users: 4 / 5
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on 22 March 2016
Had my workplace run with TFS 2010, this would have been much more useful.
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on 16 August 2013
I purchased this for someone else and i have had no complaints. Delivered in time scale promised. will probably need to purchase more sometime
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