What’s the future of books? It’s a question many of us have been asking ourselves, as the time between technology innovation becomes shorter, making it difficult to deliver an up-to-date book. We’d be interested in your views, as a reader, on the future and value of printed versus electronic technology and guidance books. Should we, for example, move our Ranger guidance to an open source wiki, allowing continuous and collaborative modification of its content
But, I’m off topic, because I wanted to share three great books we’ve been referencing in recent community talks. The books, available in electronic and printed formats, cover important topics: DevOps, Continuous Delivery, and Team Foundation Server (TFS).
“Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers” – Isaac Asimov
The three gems
As a technical reviewer for this book, I was party to to the structure and content, as well as discussions and revisions as it evolved. Wouter created an easy to read book, that walks you through Donovan Browns definition of “DevOps is the union of people, process, and products to enable continuous delivery of value to our end users”. It covers the basics of DevOps, planning, version control, testing, continuous integration, continuous delivery, monitoring, and much more. Its packed with concepts and practical exercises that enable you to embrace DevOps on the Microsoft Stack. Whether you have dabbled with DevOps, Azure or Visual Studio Team Services, or not, it’s a reference guide you’ll enjoy! – Willy
This book is the authoritative source on implementing Continuous Delivery practices using Microsoft’s Visual Studio and TFS 2015. Microsoft MVP authors Mathias Olausson and Jakob Ehn translate the theory behind this methodology and show step by step how to implement Continuous Delivery in a real world environment. – Amazon
This is a great book for people who want to introduce DevOps practices into their daily work, but don’t have much time to dig all the details of how to do it; with the recipes delivered on this book you can quickly start using TFS/VSTS ranging from how to setup a team project, managing source code repositories, tracking work and building , deploying and testing your apps all in an integrated and cohesive manner. If you want to go beyond it will also help in managing TFS and extending it to integrate with other tools. Let’s be clear this is not a reference book or a tutorial, but a great practical how to; even if you are new to TFS/VSTS you can use this book to learn in a practical how to get most of TFS/VSTS and how you can managed your process with it end to end. – Tiago Pascoal