Visual SourceSafe 2005 Software Configuration Management in Practice

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  • 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 

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.

  • 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.
Page Count 404
Course Length 12 hours 7 minutes
ISBN 9781904811695
Date Of Publication 16 Feb 2007


Alexandru Serban

Alexandru Serban is the founder and CEO of Unievo, a new software development company. Previously, he worked as a .NET Software Architect with Softwin and Microsoft on extending Visual Studio for enterprise infrastructure projects. In 2004, he co-authored Pro .NET 1.1 Network Programming, Second Edition. Alexandru has been driven by the computer revolution ever since he can remember. Now he plans to be a part of it. When not planning to take over the word, he likes to drive and travel, in the summer to the sea and in the winter to the mountains, where he hits the slopes with his snowboard.