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Professional Application Lifecycle Management with Visual Studio 2010 Paperback – April 12, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0470484265 ISBN-10: 0470484268 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 696 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (April 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470484268
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470484265
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 1.2 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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Leverage Visual Studio 2010 to develop and deploy your next project

Written by Microsoft insiders, this nuts-and-bolts guide walks you through the tools, guidelines, and methodologies you'll need for Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) with Visual Studio 2010. It focuses on practical implementation techniques and best practices, while providing you with detailed code samples and case studies. You'll dive into all the new Unified Modeling Language (UML) tools, advanced debugging techniques, manual testing functionality, the new architecture of Team Foundation Server 2010, and much more. By the end of the book, you'll be able to model, design, and coordinate enterprise solutions at every level using Visual Studio.

Professional Application Lifecycle Management:

  • Examines the Architecture Explorer and how to use it to better understand the architecture of your application

  • Presents topics that are of the most interest to a developer who is creating an application with Visual Studio 2010

  • Explores the numerous tools available for testers, including a look at the new test lab management capabilities

  • Delves into the new architecture of Team Foundation Server 2010 and the version-control system

  • Uncovers the latest process templates, along with the new backlog and capacity-planning features

Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real-world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.

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About the Author

MICKEY GOUSSET is a Senior Technical Developer for Infront Consulting Group, a consulting company focused on the Microsoft System Center family of products. He has been a Microsoft Team System MVP fi ve years running, a certifi ed professional in Team Foundation Server and SCOM 2007, and co-author (along with Jean-Luc David and Erik Gunvaldson) of the book Professional Team Foundation Server (Indianapolis: Wiley, 2006). Gousset runs “Team System Rocks!” (http://www.teamsystemrocks.com), a community site devoted to Visual Studio Team System and Visual Studio 2010, where he also blogs about Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server. He is also a co-host of the popular Team Foundation Server podcast, “Radio TFS” (http://www.radiotfs.com). He has spoken on Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server topics at various user groups, code camps, and conferences, including Microsoft Tech Ed Developer — North America 2008 and 2009. When not writing or working with computers, Mickey enjoys a range of hobbies, from playing on Xbox Live (“Gamer Tag: HereBDragons”) to participating in local community theater. Nothing beats his favorite pastime though — sitting on his couch with his lovely wife Amye, and their two Chihuahuas, Lucy and Linus.

BRIAN KELLER is a Senior Technical Evangelist for Microsoft, specializing in Visual Studio and application lifecycle management. Keller has been with Microsoft since 2002, and has presented at conferences all over the world, including TechEd, Professional Developers Conference (PDC), and MIX. Keller is also a regular personality on MSDN’s Channel 9 Web site, and is co-host of the popular show, “This Week on Channel 9.” Outside of work, he can usually be found enjoying the great outdoors while either rock climbing, backpacking, skiing, or surfing.

AJOY KRISHNAMOORTHY is a Senior Product Manager in the Microsoft Patterns and Practices group. In this role, he focuses on planning the areas of investments and business strategy for Patterns and Practices. Prior to this role, Krishnamoorthy worked as a Senior Product Manager for Microsoft Visual Studio Team System. He has more than ten years of consulting experience, playing variety of roles, including developer, architect, and technical project manager. Krishnamoorthy has written articles for online and printed magazines, and co-authored several books on ASP.NET. You can check out his blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/ajoyk. Krishnamoorthy has an MBA from Ohio State University. Any spare time is spent with his family, playing board/card games with friends, watching sports (especially when the Ohio State Buckeyes are playing), and learning to play “Tabla.”

MARTIN WOODWARD is currently the Program Manager for the Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server Cross-Platform Tools Team. Before joining Microsoft, Woodward was voted Team System MVP of the Year, and has spoken about Team Foundation Server at events internationally. Not only does Woodward bring a unique insight into the inner workings of the product he has experienced from more than a half-decade of real-world use at companies big and small, he is also always happy to share. When not working or speaking, Woodward can be found at his blog, http://www.woodwardweb.com.


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The authors have a good writing style that makes the book easy to read.
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I highly recommend this book as a general reference for Microsoft ALM technologies (from start to finish).
Bruno Capuano
This book cover almost everything you can do with TFS and Visual Studio related to ALM.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By B. Day on April 11, 2010
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I got my copy of Pro ALM with VS2010 last week and really liked the book. Nice job.

VS2010/TFS2010 is a huge new release and it was nice to have a comprehensive overview of the product in one place rather than scattered across 20 different blogs. Even though I've been working with the betas of Visual Studio 2010 and Team Foundation Server 2010 for months, there were still things that I'd missed. Plus, for the pieces/features that I already knew about, it was nice to read someone else's take.

It reads easy and it will give you a fast, efficient brain-dump for getting going with 2010.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By T. Anderson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 29, 2010
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This is a pretty sweet book. There are a ton of features in Visual Studio 2010 and Team Foundation Server 2010. This book does a great job of covering all of them that are related to Application Lifecycle Management.

The book goes into enough detail to give you a good understanding of the feature they are covering. With the number of features covered to go into great detail would have made the book 5 times larger. I did not read any topic that did not have enough detail to give me a good understanding of the feature.

The book is broken down into 5 parts. Architect, Developer, Tester, Team Foundation Server, and Project/Process Management.

The book covers UML, using the Architecture Explorer, using Layer Diagrams, Unit Testing, Code Analysis and Code Metrics, Profi ling and Performance, Database Development/Testing/Deployment, IntelliTrace, Web Performance and Load Testing, Coded User Interface Testing, Lab Management, the Team Foundation Architecture, Version Control and Branching and Merging, Team Foundation Build, Reports, Portals, Dashboards, Workbooks, and Process Template Customizations. That is a ton of stuff!!!!

The authors have a good writing style that makes the book easy to read.

If you want to get to know Visual Studio 2010 and Team Foundation Server 2010, this is a great place to start!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ed Kaim on April 28, 2010
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I lead a small software development team that has significant experience using Visual Studio. This book has been really helpful for moving to VS 2010 because it covers the complete breadth of the lifecycle tools available in VS 2010, which has been perfect for us to quickly ramp up on the new features, as well as the new (and sometimes subtle) improvements to existing features. While there are high-level explanations of lifecycle concepts (use case diagramming, unit testing, etc), the book focuses much more on practical usage of the features of VS.

I would highly recommend this book to software professionals who plan to use VS 2010 at some point. Even if you're not working in a team--or if your team hasn't standardized on using these features--you'll produce better software and save a lot of time by understanding how to use these tools.

I would not recommend this book to people looking to learn about programming basics or for a deep theoretical discussion about the software lifecycle. This book is squarely focused on practical usage for software professionals.

And if you don't like it, I will send you a check for $40.*

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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Steve Cimino on July 10, 2010
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First I want to say this isn't a bad book, and is nicely written with a decent flow. However, I don't believe I'm the audience it should be targeting. I picked this up since I became the "newly" appointed TFS2010 administrator to implement that throughout the development team. While this book does have a few chapters on it, it really wasn't much more than I can get by doing a Google search and reading free articles. That said, I know some people just like reading a book instead of surfing the web.

I have over 10 years experience in development, and have been working with VS since its 2002 release. While this book does hit the highlights, most of this was information that I have already experienced (Unit Testing, DB comparisons, architecture/UML drawings). Additionally, the authors focus on the VS2010 ULTIMATE edition. If yours is anything like my organization suffering a budget crunch, we don't have $10K per license to shell out for that. We're stuck with the more watered down versions of VS2010, so you can skip many of those chapters -- nearly a third of the book.

I would recommend this book to software developers in the .NET realm with 2 - 5 years of experience and to those who prefer reading an already laid out format decided by the authors. If this is your case, go for it. If you're like me then I'd take a pass and hit the Web.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bruno Capuano on May 10, 2010
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Visual Studio 2010 is a huge release, and when you face more than 700 pages you probably get scared. This book is a nice ride over Microsoft ALM technologies, and even if it doesn't get too deep in some subjects, you still have a fine view about most of the tools in this version.
The book overall is an excellent general reference to Visual Studio 2010 ALM. I highly recommend this book as a general reference for Microsoft ALM technologies (from start to finish).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark A. Lucas on November 6, 2012
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MS Team Foundation Server is like many tools from Bills-Sw-Company-from-Seattle, the functionality is great, the interface is a little ugly and Confusing, and the Docs SUCK.
Between the clunky UI and process flows (it's obvious several different programmers wrote different components of TFS - without a holistic design that was fine-tuned) TFS can be hard to figure out - which is Risky and frustrating when your team is going 1,000MPH to crank a major new application out the door. TFS training vendors sometimes help, but many large organizations squander their training budgets on executive perks and bonuses so .... not everyone or every company gets the right training.

SO.... this book helps Alot with undestanding TFS and how it compares to Visual Source Safe, Serena/PVCS, Subversion, etc (altho it does NOT explicitly compare them in detail... which may be nice but not absolutely necessary, assumming the reader is an experienced developer). The key functions (code library management, change requests, requirements (stories or use-cases), test plans, defacts etc.) are described well, using sufficient screen-shot examples. Interfacing with MS-Build Manager was lightly covered, (or just did not "jump out" at me) so thats an area that could be improved. Ditto for MS-Test Manager (their automated test tool).

As so happens with books like this, IMHO there are some "intuitive" areas that are covered Too Long and Too Deeply, and some quirky areas (that are not documented AT ALL or very poorly by the online and printed Vendor docs) which were Not covered in practical, useful detail.
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