TFS 2015 Developer Fundamentals

Team Foundation Server 2015 and Visual Studio Online offer many features to help make a developer more productive. Unfortunately, developers who are self-taught, or those who are moving to TFS/VSO from version control-only products often 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 2015 or Visual Studio Online. It focuses on Team Foundation Version Control (TFVC) rather than GIT for version control.

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 on to 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 that are 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 on to the new build automation introduced in the 2015 product release. The final module of the course examines features designed to improve team collaboration, such as Team Rooms and Code Review.

Course Outline

Module 1 - Introducing the Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 Family

  • What’s new in Visual Studio 2015

  • Overview of the Visual Studio 2015 family

  • Overview of product features

  • A lap around Visual Studio Online

  • Project workflow across the Visual Studio 2015 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 in Visual Studio

  • Version Control terminology

  • A closer look at workspaces

  • Changesets and shelvesets

Module 5 - Using Team Foundation Version Control

  • The Source Control Explorer

  • Getting code into TFVC

  • Understanding the Pending Changes experience

  • Linking changesets 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 (PowerTool)

Module 7 – Branching and Merging

  • Defining a branching strategy

  • How to branch

  • Branch visualisation 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 2015 build infrastructure

  • Creating new build definitions

  • 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


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.