Visual Studio Team System 2008 White Papers

Date Published: 14 May 2008

Visual Studio Team System 2008 White Papers

Microsoft has published a set of white papers which provide a good technical overview of the features available in Visual Studio Team System 2008. Theyโ€™re available individually for download: Visual Studio Team System 2008 Capabilities White Papers.

The papers cover the following subjects, corresponding to features sets and design goals of VSTS 2008:

  • Communicate and Collaborate
  • Drive Predictability
  • Ensure Quality Early and Often
  • Integrate Work Frequently
  • Making Real-Time Decisions
  • Managing Team Workflow
  • Using Familiar Tools

I wrote the Integrate Work Frequently paper, which describes some of the new build system features, including the capability to implement Continuous Integration easily. Weโ€™ve been using Team System since its 2005 introduction at Lake Quincy Media, and Iโ€™ve been a longtime fan of continuous integration, as well. I was very glad to see its inclusion in VSTS 2008, and Iโ€™m sure it will be a big help to a lot of software shops.

Steve Smith

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Steve is an experienced software architect and trainer, focusing on code quality and Domain-Driven Design with .NET.