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Professional Visual Studio 2005 Team System (Programmer to Programmer) 1st Edition

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From the Back Cover

The launch of Microsoft's Visual Studio 2005 Team System (VSTS) is the most significant event in the software development lifecycle tools market for many years, and this book supplies the tools you need to take full advantage of it. Comprising three new role-based editions of Visual Studio, a server-side repository for all software development artifacts, a process enactment framework, and numerous integration features, VSTS is set to revolutionize collaborative software development.

What you will learn from this book

  • How VSTS can enable software architects to visually model your distributed systems and deployment scenarios
  • Various ways VSTS can help developers to write, validate, refactor, debug, and unit test your code
  • How testers can use VSTS to manage test cases for unit testing, web testing, load testing, and manual testing
  • How Domain Specific Language tools allow you to create a custom graphical designer using a domain model
  • The two flavors of the Microsoft® Solutions Framework and how the associated process guidance is included in the toolset
  • How software development artifacts and process-specific work items are contained and controlled in the centralized Team Foundation Server

Who this book is for

This book is for intermediate- to advanced-level professionals in the field of commercial or enterprise software development who want to learn about the newest Microsoft tools.

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.

About the Author

Jean-Luc David is a current Team System MVP and a Toronto-based trainer, consultant, and author. He is also the CEO/Lead Developer for Stormpixel Solutions, a company focused on developing .NET solutions for the desktop, mobile devices, and the web. He has published numerous technical articles on, C|NET,, and XML.COM. He also co-authored Professional Javascript, Second Edition and Professional WinFX Beta for WROX Press and Wiley Publishing. Jean-Luc has the distinction of being the first Canadian to receive the Microsoft Visual Developer-.NET Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award. His recent activities include presiding over the Toronto Windows Server User Group, a collective of over 853 IT Professionals in the greater Toronto Area. He is also part of the administrative team of the East of Toronto .NET User Group and is a speaker in the MSDN/INETA Canada Speakers Bureau.

Erik Gunvaldson is the Technology Development Manager in the Microsoft Enterprise Partners Group where he is currently focused on process methodologies and driving the Software Factories vision across Microsoft partners. Prior to the fall of 2005, Erik was the first Microsoft Technical Evangelist for Visual Studio 2005 Team System. In this role, Erik was responsible for the Team System Technology Adoption Program (TAP) for partners and enterprise customers. Before coming to Microsoft, Erik worked for several large enterprises in roles ranging from C++ developer and software manager to distributed application architect. Erik’s professional goal is to automate the building of software solutions to the point where it is 90 percent inspiration and 10 percent perspiration. When not spending time thinking about software, Erik enjoys spending time with his wonderful wife, Anna, their beautiful daughter, Katrina, and their big black lab, Joe.

Noah Coad is currently a Program Manager in the Developer and Test Tools product unit of Visual Studio Team System. His focus is on developer-driven testing, including unit testing and code coverage. As a community lead for Team System, Noah is responsible for engaging with MVPs, regional directors, and other key influencers. He is a former C# MVP and a developer at heart. While obtaining a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Texas A&M University, Noah worked as a contract programmer, taught .NET, and helped lead the initial C# online community. He enjoys mountain biking, hard-core coding, creating gizmos with microcontrollers, and spending time with his beloved wife, Dawn.

Darren Jefford is an Application Development Consultant working for Microsoft in the U.K. In his spare time (of which there isn’t much), he likes to be with his young family, follow Formula 1, play the guitar, and tinker with digital photography.

Tony Loton is a Microsoft Certified Professional for .NET Solution Architectures and MSF 3.0. He works through his company, LOTONtech Limited ( as an independent consultant, instructor, and freelance author in addition to holding an appointment as Associate Lecturer for the United Kingdom’s Open University. Tony graduated in 1991 with an honors degree in Computer Science with Management, and has authored many published works, including the book Professional UML with Visual Studio .NET and a Visual Studio 2005 article series for the MSDN Developer Center.

Christopher Bowen is the Lead Applications Architect at in Maynard, Massachusetts, where he works on the design, implementation, and optimization of Monster’s applications. Chris is highly involved in the .NET development community, contributes to running the Boston .NET User Group, and speaks on a variety of subjects at area developer events. He is a member of Microsoft’s Patterns & Practices Customer Advisory Board and the Microsoft East Region Architect Council. Christopher holds a masters of science in Computer Science and a bachelors of science in Management Information Systems from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts.


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Product Details

  • Series: Programmer to Programmer
  • Paperback: 744 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (May 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764584367
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764584367
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,182,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Noah Coad on May 31, 2006
Format: Paperback
(disclosure: this is a quick overview by one of the authors)

This is the book for leverage the power of VSTS. It covers setup and install of VSTS, specific Visual Studio tool enhancements, implementing methodology, extensibility, and overall team integration.

Each of the authors are experts in specific technologies/methodologies that VSTS addresses and they take you through the insides of all the major components of VSTS.

Other related books of interest:
- Sam Guckenheimer's book "Software Engineering with Microsoft Visual Studio Team System" is focused on software engineering and project management using VSTS.

- Richard Hundhausen's "Working with Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team System" is an introduction to "What is Team System?"

This book deal with the technical ins and outs of Team System.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on July 2, 2006
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Big software systems such as an operating system, a database, or an integrated business package have grown where they cannot be the product of a single individual. Hence programming teams have been forced to develop. Teams have been forced to further divide into specialties such as architect, developer and tester. With all this has come the problems associated with integrating the output of the members of the team who may well be geographically dispersed (Did anybody mention India?) and may have communications difficulties.

Microsoft's answer to this is the Visual Studio Team System. It's a quite sophisticated system for the record keeping and organizating of a team programming system. Neither the software nor this book is aimed at the complete beginner who has other problems rather than team efforts.

This is one of Wrox's Programmer to Programmer books. It is written by professionals with a view to its use by other professionals.

The one complaint I have, and it's a complaint about the software, not about the book, is that this software system is very Microsoft dependent. Microsoft wants to supply all the system you have on your computers, so instead of standards like UML, Microsoft has re-invented the wheel to use their own technology.

This is a big book, about a big software package. If Visual Studio Team System is what you have decided (or been told) to use, this book is an excellent place to start.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Thiago V. Temple on April 4, 2007
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This is a very good book, and covers a lot of information and has a very easy to understand language.

But it could have a sample project covering all steps from the beggining to the end.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jieba Wu on March 23, 2007
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This book is just one of those books covering everything, and actually nothing in detail.
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