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Visual SourceSafe 2005 Software Configuration Management in Practice

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Visual SourceSafe 2005 Software Configuration Management in Practice

Overview of this book

Why is Software Configuration Management important?Software Configuration Management (SCM) is the discipline of managing the building and modification of software through techniques including source-code control, revision control, object-build tracking, and release construction. SCM involves identifying the configuration of the software at given points in time, systematically controlling changes to the configuration, and maintaining the integrity and traceability of the configuration throughout the software development lifecycle.Software Configuration Management is one of the first skills a serious developer should master, after becoming proficient with his or her development tools of choice. Unfortunately, this does not always happen because the subject of SCM is not commonly taught in either academic or company training.When developing software, you need to have a manageable team development effort, track and maintain the history of your projects, sustain parallel development on multiple product versions, fix bugs, and release service packs while further developing the application. This is where the concepts of Software Configuration Management come into play; SCM is about getting the job done safer, faster, and better.Visual SourceSafe has a long history behind it. The previous versions were either loved for their ease of use and integration with other Microsoft products, or hated because the headaches caused by using them improperly. This book will help you to avoid such problems.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
Visual SourceSafe 2005 Software Configuration Management in Practice
About the Author
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Designing the System

In the design phase, we will create an application design based on the application architecture, project requirements, and specifications. Gathering all the information needed to design the system is a difficult task, but the most important step is to start writing down the first idea.

System Structure

The system will be composed from the following main component categories:

  • Core components (Data Access Layer, Business Logic Layer) forming the middle-tier component layers.

  • Web service components (XML Web service) forming the Service Interface layer.

  • Website components (ASP.NET website) forming the front-end WebReservation application, a web presentation layer.

  • Windows Application components (Windows Forms Application) forming the WinReservation application, a Windows presentation layer.

The following figure illustrates the overall system structure, outlining each system component:

As we saw earlier, one major advantage of a service-oriented application is the decoupling...