T1619: VSTS and TFS 2017 Developer Fundamentals - TFVC

Team Foundation Server 2017 and Visual Studio Online sacrifices many features to help make a developer more productive. Unfortunately That developers are self-taught or Those That are moving to TFS / VSO from version control only products thwart fail to gain the full benefit from this product.

This two day course has been designed for developers wanting to Work Efficiently with Team Foundation Server 2017 or Visual Studio Online. It focuses on Team Foundation Version Control (TFVC) rather than GIT for version control.


This course is designed for all Visual Studio 2015 developers who are starting work in a team with either Visual Studio Online or Team Foundation Server. The course focuses on features common to Both the Professional and Enterprise Editions of Visual Studio, 2015.


Attendees Should have some familiarity with Visual Studio.

Course outline:

This course starts by getting developers familiar with the product suite before They create a new Team Project to Organize Their Work. We then move onto Work Item Tracking Which is where requirements, tasks, bugs and more are defined and tracked throughout the project. The central part of the course Provides a deep dive into version control topics Which is central to a developer's day to day work. This includes Defining a branching model for the team and how to branch and merge Following best practices.

The course then Examines unit testing and code quality features before moving onto the new build automation Introduced in the 2017 product release. The final module of the course Examines features designed to Improve team collaboration such as Team Rooms and Code Review.

Course objectives:

At the completion of this course, attendees will be able to;

  • Create, configure and Manage Team Projects
  • Use the Team Explorer to navigate project content
  • Manage work using Work Items including configuring links œthe
  • Use work items such as task and Bug to Provide traceability
  • Create and Customize Work Item Queries to Find and Organize work
  • Setup and Manage Their own custom alerts (notifications)
  • Understand core version concepts and how They apply to TFS or VSO
  • Use the source control explorer
  • Configure source control folder structures
  • Use the version control system effectively including branching and workspaces
  • Use the MSSCCI provider to enable backward compatibility for Maintaining Legacy Code
  • Work with unit tests and the test Explorer window
  • Use Code Metrics and Static Code Analysis
  • Use The New Build System Introduced in TFS 2017 and Visual Studio Online
  • Work with legacy XAML build definition
  • Improve team collaboration using Team Rooms and Code Review

The Following product and technologies will be covered in this course:

  • Visual Studio 2017
  • Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2017 or Visual Studio Team Services


Module 1 - Introducing the Visual Studio 2017 family

  • What's new in Visual Studio 2017
  • Overview of the Visual Studio 2017 family
  • Overview of Product Features
  • A lap around Visual Studio Online
  • Project workflow across the Visual Studio 2017 suite of products

Module 2 - Creating and Configuring Team Projects

  • Understanding Team Projects and Team Project Collections
  • Selecting a Process Template
  • Creating Team Projects
  • Configuring permissions
  • Renaming or deleting Team Projects

Module 3 - Understanding and using Work Items

  • Overview of Work Items
  • Traceability between work items
  • Creating custom queries
  • Work Item charting and pinning charts
  • Work Item Tagging
  • Configuring project alerts and notifications

Module 4 - TFS Version Control Concepts

  • Version Control into Visual Studio
  • Version Control terminology
  • A closer look at Workspaces
  • Chang Sets and shelvesets

Module 5 - Using Team Foundation Version Control

  • The Source Control Explorer
  • Getting code into TFVC
  • Understanding the Pending Changes experience
  • Linking chang sets to work items
  • Locking files in TFVC

Module 6 - Configuring an effective Version Control Environment

  • Working with Workspaces
  • Setting team project wide source control settings
  • Check-in policies
  • Backward compatibility using the MSSCCI provider
  • Using TFS Shell Integration (Power Tool)

Module 7 - Branching and Merging

  • Defining a branching strategy
  • How to industry
  • Branch visualization and tracking changes
  • Merging and resolving conflicts
  • Custom differencing tools

Module 8 - Unit testing and code quality tools

  • Unit Testing in Visual Studio
  • Visual Studio Test Explorer
  • Code Metrics
  • Static Code Analysis

Module 9 - Build Automation

  • Understanding the new 2017 Build Infrastructure
  • Creating new build definition
  • Running tests as part of your build
  • Extending builds using scripts
  • Working with legacy XAML builds

Module 10 - Team Collaboration

  • Enhanced communication using Team Rooms
  • Improving quality using code reviews