Chicago VS ALM User Group Meets in Downers Grove on May 12th to Talk TFS SCM!

Just wanted to let you know we have our next meeting up on the website for RSVP’ing.  We thought it’s been awhile since we re-launched the group, and it would make sense to talk about one of the premier features of TFS since its inception – Source Control!  Thanks to Dan Sniderman for volunteering to present in May – we certainly appreciate it!  This presentation from one of our members is a great trend – so if anyone wants to talk or hear about a particular topic – please continue to let me know.  We’re getting a lot of great ideas so far – so let’s keep that up.  Also – please feel free to forward this invite along to anyone who might be interested.

Here are the important details:

Where: Microsoft Downers Grove – 3025 Highland Parkway – Suite300 , Downers Grove, IL

When: 5/12/2011 – 6:30 PM – Food/Drink, 7:00 PM Dan takes the stage



Proper use of a modern Version Control System is a cornerstone of Application Lifecycle Management for organizations of any size. Many companies have never taken advantage of one of the most powerful features, Branching and Merging, out of fear of re-experiencing "old pain" (particularly on the Microsoft Platform, due to the shortcomings of Visual Source Safe). With a properly designed branching strategy that matches the needs and composition of a development organization, merging is nothing to be feared. This presentation will discuss best practices in branching and merging as well as different branching strategies, in light of the new features introduced in Team Foundation Server 2010. With the introduction of "TFS Light," these practices can be implemented by any size team, from a single developer to a large enterprise.


Dan Sniderman is a Senior Consultant with Magenic - one of the nation's Premiere .NET Consulting firms., Dan has been with Magenic for six years and has over twenty-five years experience in professional software development. Since 1993, Dan has specialized on developing business applications on the Microsoft platform. Most recently, Dan has worked with C#, VB.NET, Windows Forms, ASP.NET, SQL Server, and CSLA. In addition, Dan has done extensive consulting around using and customizing Team Foundation Server. Dan has a BA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, MCSD.NET and MCTS in Team Foundation Server. Dan has a published article on TFS in the .Net Developers Journal and speaks regularly on the subject at Users Groups and Code Camps. Dan has two small children and also is a professional trombonist.