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Professional Team Foundation Server 2012 [Kindle Edition]

Ed Blankenship , Martin Woodward , Grant Holliday , Brian Keller
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Book Description

A comprehensive guide to using Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2012

Team Foundation Server has become the leading Microsoft productivity tool for software management, and this book covers what developers need to know to use it effectively. Fully revised for the new features of TFS 2012, it provides developers and software project managers with step-by-step instructions and even assists those who are studying for the TFS 2012 certification exam. You'll find a broad overview of TFS, thorough coverage of core functions, a look at extensibility options, and more, written by Microsoft insiders and MVPs.

  • An update of the leading Wrox book on Team Foundation Server, written by an expert team of Microsoft insiders and MVPs
  • Provides a broad overview of Team Foundation Server for developers, software project managers, testers, business analysts, and others wanting to learn how to use TFS
  • Offers administrators the necessary tools to efficiently monitor and manage the TFS environment
  • Covers core TFS functions including project management, work item tracking, version control, test case management, build automation, reporting, and how to write extensions for TFS 2012

Professional Team Foundation Server 2012 builds on the proven Wrox Professional formula to give you a solid background in this software management tool.

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Learn to use TFS 2012 to effectively deliver software projects

Team Foundation Server is the core collaboration tool at the heart of Microsoft's Application Lifecycle Management portfolio. Completely revised and updated to focus on TFS 2012, this book provides an in-depth look at how to use, adapt, and extend TFS to your advantage. It addresses the many changes that have taken place since the original TFS 2005 release and pays particular attention to the new functionality introduced since TFS 2010, including the new web-based agile project planning tools, and it details the fundamental changes to the centralized version control system. This book also provides full details on using the new Team Explorer experience, including working with the new My Work and Code Review functionality. Written by a hand-picked team of Microsoft insiders, this book arms you with the information you need to effectively manage and deliver software projects with TFS.

Professional Team Foundation Server 2012:

  • Walks you through planning, installing, and customizing your TFS deployment
  • Features a comprehensive overview of the new Local Workspaces feature in version control
  • Offers tips for effectively developing in parallel using branching and merging, and for ensuring code quality
  • Shares techniques for adopting and using work item tracking as well as customizing your process templates
  • Reviews how to automate and customize the build process
  • Details how to use TFS from Eclipse or from Linux and Mac as well as Visual Studio
  • Reviews administering a TFS environment including creating a back-up plan, handling disaster recovery, upgrading to TFS 2012, monitoring server health, and more

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About the Author

Ed Blankenship is the Microsoft Program Manager for the Lab Management scenarios for Team Foundation Server and the Visual Studio ALM product family. He was voted as Microsoft MVP of the Year for Visual Studio ALM & Team Foundation Server before joining Microsoft.

Martin Woodward is currently the Program Manager for the Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server Cross-Platform Tools Team. Before joining Microsoft, he was voted Team System MVP of the Year, and has spoken about Team Foundation Server at events internationally.

Grant Holliday is a Senior Premier Field Engineer for Microsoft in Australia. Prior to this role, he spent three years in Redmond, Washington as a program manager in the Visual Studio Team Foundation Server product group.

Brian Keller is a Principal Technical Evangelist for Microsoft specializing in Visual Studio and application lifecycle management. He has presented at conferences all over the world and has managed several early adopter programs for emerging Microsoft technologies.

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 16199 KB
  • Print Length: 792 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (December 14, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B2S48B6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #521,154 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very comprehansive. March 17, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Few words about myself: I’m a systems architect, specializing on MS solutions: .NET, C#, SQL Server. Recently I became interested in TFS 2012 as a platform for ALM, and I had to start pretty much from zero as I had no prior experience with TFS or any other ALM solution. I purchased a few books, and this one seemed to be the one most fitting to my needs, which is “What is it, how to install it, and how to customize it – to make it work for MY company, my needs, my teams, etc.”. I bought a Kindle edition and I’m very happy with the contents, very detailed, very comprehensive. The author just seems to actually know the product, and if you are programmer like me you’ll appreciate this feeling, it’s like listening to another guy just like you. Some books make you want to ask the author” “are you repeating someone’s words, have you ever done it yourself”? But not this book, I found it very helpful, very comprehensive, and full of advises and links that I will surely use to expend my research into the areas that are most important to me. Word of advice: make sure to read something on Agile/Scrum prior to this book if you have no base in those subjects. This book is great, and while it mentions Agile theory, Agile is not the purpose of the book. There are other books that do just that, and nothing else. For example Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012: Adopting Agile Software... by Sam Guckenheimer is a very good reading on the methodology.

I highly recommend this book and I give it all five (well deserved) stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent April 1, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
For TFS newbie, this book offered everything I need to know in order to begin working with TFS. And I'm more experienced users can pick up some good hints here and there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great guide for TFS January 9, 2014
By Matuk
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a very good book that goes thorght al TFS stuf, from instalation setup to how to use.
This book is great for beginers in TFS, as it goes throught all questions that involves TFS.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Thorough 'Getting Started' Book August 1, 2014
I love the way this book lays out the entirety of Team Foundation Server 2012, but it should be noted that the focus is more towards those first steps of getting it going. There are lots of very useful sections about what TFS is, how you should configure the environment based on the size of your organization, and how to configure TFS for your organization. But then we get into some really good deep-dive material that's aimed at helping you make decisions: the authors describe the options and what they mean, and then they also provide suggestions as to when to choose which one. I'm thinking in particular of the sections on Version Control and Project Management.

One thing I like in particular is they address some very real-world scenarios, such as using TFS with Eclipse, or migrating from Visual Source Safe or Eclipse. Third-party tools and some of the options you have in integrating with them are very worthwhile reading if your shop uses them.

Team Foundation Server can be a massive undertaking. If you're new to it, you should take it one step at a time. Professional Team Foundation Server 2012 does a good job of walking you through those steps.
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