What you will learn from this book
Who this book is for
This book is for intermediate- to advanced-level professionals in the field of commercial or enterprise software development who want to learn about the newest Microsoft tools.
Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real-world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.
Erik Gunvaldson is the Technology Development Manager in the Microsoft Enterprise Partners Group where he is currently focused on process methodologies and driving the Software Factories vision across Microsoft partners. Prior to the fall of 2005, Erik was the first Microsoft Technical Evangelist for Visual Studio 2005 Team System. In this role, Erik was responsible for the Team System Technology Adoption Program (TAP) for partners and enterprise customers. Before coming to Microsoft, Erik worked for several large enterprises in roles ranging from C++ developer and software manager to distributed application architect. Erik’s professional goal is to automate the building of software solutions to the point where it is 90 percent inspiration and 10 percent perspiration. When not spending time thinking about software, Erik enjoys spending time with his wonderful wife, Anna, their beautiful daughter, Katrina, and their big black lab, Joe.
Noah Coad is currently a Program Manager in the Developer and Test Tools product unit of Visual Studio Team System. His focus is on developer-driven testing, including unit testing and code coverage. As a community lead for Team System, Noah is responsible for engaging with MVPs, regional directors, and other key influencers. He is a former C# MVP and a developer at heart. While obtaining a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Texas A&M University, Noah worked as a contract programmer, taught .NET, and helped lead the initial C# online community. He enjoys mountain biking, hard-core coding, creating gizmos with microcontrollers, and spending time with his beloved wife, Dawn.
Darren Jefford is an Application Development Consultant working for Microsoft in the U.K. In his spare time (of which there isn’t much), he likes to be with his young family, follow Formula 1, play the guitar, and tinker with digital photography.
Tony Loton is a Microsoft Certified Professional for .NET Solution Architectures and MSF 3.0. He works through his company, LOTONtech Limited (www.lotontech.com) as an independent consultant, instructor, and freelance author in addition to holding an appointment as Associate Lecturer for the United Kingdom’s Open University. Tony graduated in 1991 with an honors degree in Computer Science with Management, and has authored many published works, including the book Professional UML with Visual Studio .NET and a Visual Studio 2005 article series for the MSDN Developer Center.
Christopher Bowen is the Lead Applications Architect at Monster.com in Maynard, Massachusetts, where he works on the design, implementation, and optimization of Monster’s applications. Chris is highly involved in the .NET development community, contributes to running the Boston .NET User Group, and speaks on a variety of subjects at area developer events. He is a member of Microsoft’s Patterns & Practices Customer Advisory Board and the Microsoft East Region Architect Council. Christopher holds a masters of science in Computer Science and a bachelors of science in Management Information Systems from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts.