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Professional Application Lifecycle Management with Visual Studio 2012 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1118314081
ISBN-10: 1118314085
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Use ALM to solve real-world challenges

Focused on the latest release of Visual Studio, this edition shows you how to use the Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) capabilities of Visual Studio 2012 to streamline software design, development, and testing. Divided into six main parts, this timely and authoritative title covers Team Foundation Server, stakeholder engagement, project management, architecture, software development, and testing. Whether serving as a step-by-step guide or a reference for designing software solutions, this book offers a nuts-and-bolts approach to using Microsoft's flagship development tools to solve real-world challenges throughout the application lifecycle.

Professional Application Lifecycle Management:

  • Includes practical examples that demonstrate the capabilities of each of the ALM tools available in Visual Studio 2012
  • Covers developing, debugging, and testing applications with tools such as Visual Studio, Microsoft Test Manager, lab management, and IntelliTrace
  • Explains how to use Team Foundation Server 2012 for version control, project management, test case management, and feedback collection
  • Provides pragmatic tutorials for the entire team—including developers, project managers, testers, architects, business managers, and external stakeholders

About the Author

Mickey Gousset is a principal consultant for Infront Consulting Group, a Microsoft ALM MVP, and coauthor of several ALM books.
Brian Keller is a principal technical evangelist for Microsoft, the coauthor of several books, and has presented at conferences all over the world.
Martin Woodward is a senior program manager for Visual Studio Team Foundation Server at Microsoft. He has coauthored several ALM books, presents on the topic at conferences around the world and is a former Visual Studio ALM MVP of the Year.
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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (September 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118314085
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118314081
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,000,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have the 2010 edition of this book (and Professional Team Foundation Server 2010 as well), and I must say that I really like the flow of this updated edition. Regardless if you are new or experienced, this edition definitely have something for you. I personally like the flow of this edition that kicks off by providing readers an introduction to ALM and Microsoft's solution around ALM, followed by immediate focus on several key topics on TFS in the order of most common usage for the product. In fact my team began with that sequence as well, by implementing TFS Version Control, enabling parallel development by branching & merging, setting up build automation for development & test environments, and followed by taking advantage of Work Item Tracking to facilitate project management.

Beginning with part two, each part serves as a go-to reference for me whenever I need to refresh on specific topics (i.e. Project Management, Development, or Testing, etc.). There are also new content that covers new features introduced in 2012 version of the product. I certainly would recommend every team member to read this book if possible, or at least be educated on certain topics relevant to their roles (especially if this is something new to them). Knowing how to use the product and use it correctly definitely will help in reducing any unnecessary frustration in the team.

Finally, if you are also administering TFS 2012, I'd strongly recommend you to get a copy of the Professional Team Foundation Server 2012. I have the 2010 edition and I found it useful in my day to day job.
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True to form, testers and testing is always ignored or treated as irrelevant. Let the thing crash in Production and the first question always asked is "Who tested this?" Nice. But I digress.

I was looking for a reference that went into some detail about the use of MS Test Manager 2012. This book isn't it. It has some information, but the free stuff I found online at msdn and channel9 was far more helpful.

If you are a tester, you can probably skip this book.
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We didn't have a TFS or even a source manager plan, so I used this book to create both the plan, and the documentation.
We are still implementing, but this is a great starter resource, especially if you are already familiar with any form of source management.
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This book gives the complete "What", "How" and "Why" on features inside Visual Studio 2012 (VS) and Team Foundation Server 2012 (TFS). The authors wrote a comprehensive guide to how to use TFS within the software development lifecycle (SDLC) from multiple perspectives of product development (Change Management, Product Management, Project Management, Architecture, Development, and QA). This includes setting up your source control, creating automated builds, storyboarding, setting up your Scrum template, creating design/architecture documents, creating tests, debugging, and doing code/application analysis.

I specifically like the explanations of different configurations and how one favors a "value" over another in practice. As a consequence of this writing style, it is not a quick guide where someone can pickup and set up their own TFS environment without investing a significant amount of time.

Coming from a software development background, I especially like the sections about source control, the Scrum template, architecture, code metrics and unit testing. I felt that the discussions were complete and very similar practices that I've seen in the field of software development. Additionally, I learned additional perspectives to the usage of TFS that I hadn't thought of before.

Overall, this is a great book if you want to be fully informed about how to integrate TFS within your SDLC.
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This is my second foray into this series of books (and I'm about to delve into the 2013 edition), and I can't recommend them enough. Whether you're using Visual Studio on its own or with Team Foundation Server (which I highly recommend), this is the book that speaks to the nuts & bolts of the business. It gives you a lot of information about how the SDLC components in Visual Studio work and it is written in a way that lets you make specific decisions about how you want to implement Visual Studio / TFS in your business. It also serves as a good reference to learn the individual components of Visual Studio if all you want to do is model diagrams, or mockups, or just Bugs & User Stories.

My organization used this book extensively for our Project Managers and Business Analysts. We had testers but the materials on Testing are probably enough to make an entire book unto itself, so you won't get a lot of specifics on that here. However, the way Work Items are used, the Architecture Explorer, and the way you can model your application's work and/or do mockups is covered very well. Visual Studio 2012 changed the way things work quite a bit, but the changes have ultimately been for the better. I'm very pleased with how much this book extends the also-excellent 2010 version. The language is good for a non-technical person to understand and the level of detail is just about right for beginner to intermediate level use of Visual Studio / TFS.

If you want to talk about the technical side of implementing Team Foundation Server, such as how to install, configure, or transition your team, I also recommend the book "Professional Team Foundation Server" - think of that book as your 'Initiation Phase' guide and this book as your 'Planning & Implementing Phase' book.
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