Application Lifecycle Management

The focus of this chapter has been on how you, as a Visual Basic developer, can leverage Visual Studio 2010. At the top end of the Visual Studio 2010 product line is the full Ultimate edition, and just below that is the Premium Edition. These two versions of Visual Studio have replaced the umbrella of products referred to as Application Lifecycle Management (ALM). In order to reduce confusion, this section takes a brief look at some of the tools from ALM that are part of Visual Studio 2010 These tools are focused less on languages and developing code than on managing development and the development of applications.

Architecturally, ALM had two main elements: the server-side components, which operate under Team Foundation Server (TFS); and the client components, which are part of Visual Studio. TFS is the replacement for Visual Source Safe (VSS), although thinking of it only in those terms is a bit like thinking of the modern automobile as the replacement for the horse and carriage. TFS was updated with Visual Studio 2010, and includes a client installation package: Team Explorer. Team Explorer is installed as an add-in to Visual Studio and provides access to TFS. However, the Team Explorer client package, isn't just a Visual Studio add-in, it also includes add-ins to Office, implemented using Visual Studio Tools for Office that you need in order to work with the TFS features like task and bug lists.

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