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Getting started with TFS Express 2012

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    Doctor Who

    I've been working with Visual SourceSafe for longer than I care to remember. I'm trying to get started using Team Foundation Server Express 2012. Where can I get some quick, get up to speed tutorials/videos/etc.?

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    PopeDai

    Excluding the more advanced features of TFS, I don't think it's a product that needs specific Getting Started advice considering your prior experience with source control systems - the discoverability of the tools in VS is good (visually indistinctive icons in VS2012 notwithstanding...) so please experiment - you can always Undo Smiley

    I think the most important thing to remember is that the Solution Explorer view does not map 1:1 with source-control, because you can have files in the Solution that aren't in TFS, and contrarywise: files in TFS that aren't in the solution.

    I don't have any experience with SourceSafe (besides reading data-loss and corruption horror stories) so I can't provide any specific examples, but I picked up TFS very quickly when I started playing with it in 2007.

    Come to think about it, the only issues I had with TFS as a newcomer was understanding the sometimes cryptic error messages when working with project binding (VS > File > Source Control > Change Source Control), which unfortunately is something you will encounter if you're importing an existing project into TFS - creating a new project from scratch is considerably simpler.

    I also recommend putting the Source Control Explorer button on your main toolbar, it's a very useful tool and window and I don't know why the VS guys chose to bury it under a View submenu. 

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    gduncan411

    Came across this in C9 Video Queue, "All Aboard the Team Foundation Server Express" http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/Europe/2012/DEV346

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