TFS 2015 Developer Fundamentals - Git

Duration2 days



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Products and technologies

The following product and technologies will be covered in this course;

  • Visual Studio 2015
  • Team Foundation Server 2015 or Visual Studio Team Services
  • Git

Course Description

Team Foundation Server 2015 and Visual Studio Online offer many features to help make a developer more productive. Unfortunately developers that are self-taught or those that 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 Git version control rather than Team Foundation Version Control (TFVC).

This course starts by getting developers familiar with the product suite before they create a new Team Project to organise 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 Git version control topics which is central to a developer’s day to day work. This includes configuring a Git environment, day to day use of Git and branching in Git. We also look at Git Workflows and how to administer Git.

The course then examines unit testing and code quality features before moving onto 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 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 correctly
  • Use work items such as Task and Bug to provide traceability
  • Create and customise Work Item Queries to find and organise 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 2015 and Visual Studio Online
  • Work with legacy XAML build definitions
  • Improve team collaboration using Team Rooms and Code Review
  • Audience

    Development team members using Git for version control.


    Attendees should have some familiarity with Visual Studio.


    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 & 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 - Git Version Control Concepts

    • Centralised vs distributed version control
    • Git Internals
    • Git Stages
    • Git as a deployment tool

    Module 5 – Configuring a Git environment

    • Selecting a Git client
    • Configuring user preferences and identity settings
    • Creating a repository

    Module 6 – Using Git

    • The basic Git workflow
    • Local vs Remote Repository
    • Undoing work at each stage
    • Understanding .gitignore
    • Creating Tags

    Module 7 – Branching with Git

    • Creating and merging Branches
    • Pull Requests

    Module 8 – Git Workflows

    • The basic Git workflow
    • Centralized workflow
    • Feature branch workflow
    • Open source workflow
    • GitFlow workflow

    Module 9 – Administering Git

    • Configuring permissions on repositories
    • Creating multiple repositories
    • Configuring push alerts

    Module 10 - Unit testing and code quality tools

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

    Module 11 – Using Git in your automated builds

    • 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 12 – Team collaboration

    • Enhanced communication using Team Rooms
    • Improving quality using Code Reviews