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Visual SourceSafe 2005 Software Configuration Management in Practice [Paperback]

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This book uses a real-world case-study project to teach you how to manage software configuration efficiently using Visual SourceSafe 2005, Microsoft's Software Configuration Management (SCM) solution for independent developers and for developers working in small- and medium-sized teams. It also provides a best-practices reference on using SourceSafe 2005 to manage the software development lifecycle. Why is Software Configuration Management important? Software Configuration Management (SCM) is the discipline of managing the building and modification of software through techniques including source-code control, revision control, object-build tracking, and release construction. SCM involves identifying the configuration of the software at given points in time, systematically controlling changes to the configuration, and maintaining the integrity and traceability of the configuration throughout the software development lifecycle. Software Configuration Management is one of the first skills a serious developer should master, after becoming proficient with his or her development tools of choice. Unfortunately, this does not always happen because the subject of SCM is not commonly taught in either academic or company training. When developing software, you need to have a manageable team development effort, track and maintain the history of your projects, sustain parallel development on multiple product versions, fix bugs, and release service packs while further developing the application. This is where the concepts of Software Configuration Management come into play; SCM is about getting the job done safer, faster, and better. Visual SourceSafe has a long history behind it. The previous versions were either loved for their ease of use and integration with other Microsoft products, or hated because the headaches caused by using them improperly. This book will help you to avoid such problems. After introducing the fundamental principles of SCM and the benefits of using SCM to manage the software development lifecycle this book uses a real-world case-study project to build a Service-Oriented Application named Orbital Hotel. You will learn the team cooperation features in Visual SourceSafe with the help of John and Mary, two fictional team members assigned to implement various project components. You can visit Orbital Hotel online and you can download its source code. The appendices deal with SourceSafe administration tasks: database creation and management, how to secure the database and how to assign users and user rights, how to manage projects and project settings, and how to customize SourceSafe to best suit your development style. This book is for .NET developers, testers and configuration managers who: . Use Visual Studio .NET 2005 for building software . Want to use software configuration to manage their products in day-to-day activities . Want to improve their efficiency by learning to use the best practices with SourceSafe . Want to install, manage, and configure Visual SourceSafe 2005 for optimal operation The book does not assume previous knowledge of Software Configuration Management or Visual SourceSafe. It takes the reader from the ground up and is a great resource for people starting to learn about this subject. Readers with previous SourceSafe experience will benefit by discovering the improved and new features in Visual SourceSafe 2005. TABLE OF CONTENTS SUMMARY 1 Controlling the Evolution of Software Products 2 The SourceSafe 2005 Architecture 3 Creating a Service-Oriented Application 4 Adding Solutions to the SourceSafe Database 5 Developing Solutions under Source Control 6 Working from Remote Locations 7 Managing the Software Development Lifecycle A Installing Visual SourceSafe 2005 B Creating and Configuring SourceSafe Databases C Database Maintenance

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Pages   404
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 7.32" Height: 0.94"
Weight:   1.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 16, 2007
Publisher   Packt Publishing
ISBN  1904811698  
ISBN13  9781904811695  

Availability  127 units.
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Not Great ... But The Best Out There Right Now  Nov 13, 2007
Why aren't there more books on SourceSafe? Moreover, why is SourceSafe so anti-intuitive? I realize it has seamless integration with Visual Studio, but actually setting up projects in it is a painful process, and forking code and merging branches isn't that easy either.

This book does explain how to do these things, but it isn't written very well. There are a ton of screenshots that let you easily follow the author through some examples, but a lot of them could have been excluded. With a good editor, this book could be trimmed down to about 100 pages of real meat. The author goes into too much detail about the 43 different ways to do something, when really they are all extremely similar or he is going to introduce the way you should really do it at the last of the chapter.

One crucial topic the book left out was how to add stored procedures to SourceSafe. That is one of the most attractive things about it, and it was left out completely.

But, there isn't a better book out there that I know about ... so what can you do? It is better than the built-in help in SourceSafe, so it was probably worth the money for me and earned a spot on the bookshelf. But it wouldn't take much for someone to through together a better book, not to mention better software.

Pleasantly Surprised  Oct 15, 2007
As far as books about Visual SourceSafe go, there aren't many to choose from, and the software itself didn't get updated for the longest time. Imagine my surprise, then, when I get this and it's not only a simple coverage of VSS, but it's also an excellent technology book in general! And I don't say that because the writing is clear, not dry and boring, even though that is true. I say that because of the fair and seemingly unbiased way that the author treats source/version control in general and how the approach of VSS fits into that. Rarely do I see technology books assess technologies without subtly vilifying or sugar-coating them, it was a nice shock to see such even-handedness here.

So if you're new to source control and you're in the Windows world of development, pick this up to learn the basics and a piece of software you can branch out from. If you're stuck being a VSS administrator and you need a reference, there's another reason to get this. And lastly, if you didn't know there was a 2005 version of VSS, this will provide a nice, in depth explanation of the new XML Web Service and remoting features.
Excellent Introduction  Oct 13, 2007
This book is an excellent introduction to the issues in software configuration managment in general and Visual SourceSave in particular. Well written, accessible, and logically laid out.

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