Extensibility versus Customization


Believe it or not, there is a difference between extensibility and customization.

Customization involves modifying your environment, such as Visual Studio 2005 or Team Foundation Server, using the tools that are provided by that environment. There is no coding involved. Rather, by utilizing different user interfaces, you are able to adjust the environment to your needs. Customization can be performed by almost anyone, from end users to developers to project managers.

Extensibility, on the other hand, is concerned with adding new functionality to your environment. Coding is most definitely involved in this. By extending the platform, you are able to create new tools that meet your needs and use built-in aspects of the platform in new and different ways. Such extensions are usually created by internal IT departments or third-party independent software vendors.

Customization Examples

Here are some examples of how you can customize Team Foundation Server:

  • Modifying a process template

  • Creating a new work item type

  • Turning check-in policies on/off

  • Modifying the project portal template

These are just a few of the ways you could customize Team Foundation Server. By using provided tools and modifying a few XML files, you can quickly and easily customize the server to work in the manner in which you want.

Extensibility Examples

Some examples of how you can extend Team Foundation Server include the following:

  • Raise and subscribe to events

  • Add pages to the project creation wizard

  • Utilize the object model to create applications that access Team Foundation Server functionality

  • Create new check-in policies

  • Create new Team Foundation Build tasks

By using the Team Foundation Server Object Model and the Team Foundation Core Services, you can easily extend Team Foundation Server in a variety of ways.



Professional Team Foundation Server
Professional Team Foundation Server
ISBN: 0471919306
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2004
Pages: 168

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