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Visual SourceSafe 2005 Software Configuration Management in Practice

Alexandru Serban

Best practice management and development of Visual Studio .NET 2005 applications with this easy-to-use SCM tool from Microsoft
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Book Details

ISBN 139781904811695
Paperback404 pages

About This Book

  • SCM fundamentals and strategies clearly explained
  • Real-world SOA example: a hotel reservation system
  • SourceSafe best practices across the complete lifecycle
  • Multiple versions, service packs and product updates.

Who This Book Is For

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

Chapter 1: Controlling the Evolution of Software Products
What is Software Configuration Management?
The Software Development Lifecycle
Software Configuration Management Concepts
Chapter 2: The SourceSafe 2005 Architecture
The Visual SourceSafe Server
The Visual SourceSafe Database
The Visual SourceSafe Clients
The SourceSafe Integration with Visual Studio .NET
Network Configurations
Chapter 3: Creating a Service-Oriented Application
Specifications—Project Architecture
Designing the System
Chapter 4: Adding Solutions to the SourceSafe Database
Setting up the Database
Connecting to the Database
Adding the Database to the Database List
Opening the Database
Adding the Solution to the Database using Visual Studio
What Happens after Adding the Solution to the Database
How SourceSafe Represents the Solution—the Data Model
Chapter 5: Developing Solutions under Source Control
Setting up the Workspace
Adding New Project Files
Checking In to the Database
Versions and History
Getting the Latest Versions
Team Cooperation
The Exclusive Check-Out Model
Comparing Versions
Undoing Version Changes
The Multiple Check-Out Model
Pinning Files
Searching for Files in the Database
Sharing Files
Moving Projects and Files
Deleting, Recovering, and Purging Files
Chapter 6: Working from Remote Locations
Working Online
Working Offline
Reconnecting to the Database
Chapter 7: Managing the Software Development Lifecycle
The Evolution of Software Products
Parallel Product Development

What You Will Learn

  • The fundamental principles and benefits of Software Configuration Management
  • How Visual SourceSafe integrates with Visual Studio for source-code control
  • The team cooperation features in Visual SourceSafe
  • Using SourceSafe to manage the development lifecycle to allow the easy release of service packs and updates while developing multiple application versions
  • The best practices for using SourceSafe
  • SourceSafe database creation, security, and maintenance and user management 

In Detail

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.


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