Building a Release Pipeline with Team Foundation Server 2012
Refining your Release Process
Leaders in the world of online businesses have shrunk the timeline for software delivery from months to days or even hours. No matter what size business you have, customers now expect features such as real-time customer service and frequent releases of services.
The goal of this guidance is to put you on the road toward continuous delivery. By continuous delivery, we mean that through techniques such as versioning, continuous integration, automation, and environment management, you will be able to decrease the time between when you first have an idea and when that idea is realized as software that's in production. Any software that has successfully gone through your release process will be software that is production ready, and you can give it to customers whenever your business demands dictate. We also hope to show that there are practical business reasons that justify every improvement you want to make. A better release process makes economic sense by providing:
- Faster time to market
- Better quality software
- More productive employees
Follow the team at Trey Research as they refine their processes and move from a mostly manual pipeline to one that's mostly automated.
"This book provides an excellent guide to the principles and practices of continuous delivery. If you're using Microsoft's toolchain, you'll find this book an indispensable resource." Jez Humble, Principal, ThoughtWorks
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- Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, or Windows Server 2012
- Visual Studio 2012 Ultimate or Visual Studio Premium
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- Microsoft Test Manager
- Visual Studio Lab Management
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- Web Deploy
- Windows Installer XML
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Authors and Contributors
This guide was produced by the following individuals:
- Program and Product Management: Larry Brader (Microsoft Corporation)
- Subject matter expert writer: Jose Luis Soria Teruel (Plain Concepts Corporation);
- Writer: Roberta Leibovitz (Modeled Computation, LLC)
- Development and test: Larry Brader and Kirpa Singh (Microsoft Corporation); Poornimma Kaliappan (VanceInfo)
- Edit: RoAnn Corbisier (Microsoft Corporation)
- Cartoons: Paul Carew (Linda Werner & Associates Inc)
- Book layout and technical illustrations: Chris Burns (Linda Werner & Associates Inc.)
- Release management: Nelly Delgado (Microsoft Corporation)
We want to thank the customers, partners, and community members who have patiently reviewed our early content and drafts. Among those, we want to highlight the exceptional contributions from our Advisor Council and the ALM Rangers.
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Big thanks to Willy-Peter Schaub for his input and coordinating the ALM Rangers in contributing to the book.
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