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Jakob Ehn Visual Studio ALM MVP TFS API
Trigger Visual Studio Release Management vNext from TeamCity
The last couple of updates to Visual Studio has included a lot of new functionality for Visual Studio Release Management. The biggest one is the introduction of so called vNext releases, that leverages Powershell DSC for carrying out the provisioning and deployments of environments and applications. Also included in Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 was the introduction of a REST API that allows us to both trigger new releases and read back information about them. This API is only available for vNext release ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 14, 2015 10:56 PM

Copy TFS Build Definitions between Projects and Collections
The last couple of years it has become apparent that using multiple team projects in TFS is generally a bad idea. There are of course exceptions to this, but there are a lot ot things that becomes much easier to do when you put all of your projects and team in the same team project. Fellow ALM MVP Martin Hinshelwood has blogged about this several times, as well as other people in the community. In particular, using the backlog and portfolio management tools makes much more sense when everything is ......

Posted On Thursday, June 5, 2014 2:50 PM

Creating a Build Definition using the TFS 2013 API
Almost four years ago I wrote a post on how to create a build definition programmatically using the TFS 2010 API. The code is partyl still valid, but since a lot of the information in a build definition is dependent on the build process template, the code in the blog does not work properly for the TFS 2013 default build templates. In addition, since the introduction of Git in TFS 2013, there are some other differences in how you create a build definition for a Git team project compared to a TFVC ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 15, 2014 9:55 PM

Adding Fake Build Information in TFS 2010
We have been using TFS 2010 build for distributing a build in parallel on several agents, but where the actual compilation is done by a bunch of external tools and compilers, e.g. no MSBuild involved. We are using the ParallelTemplate.xaml template that Jim Lamb blogged about previously, which distributes each configuration to a different agent. We developed custom activities for running these external compilers and collecting the information and errors by reading standard out/error and pushing it ......

Posted On Friday, March 30, 2012 9:41 PM

Managing Build Templates with Community TFS Build Manager
A year ago I blogged about how to manage your build process templates using the TFS API. The main reason for doing this is that you can (and should!) store your “golden” build process templates in a common location in your TFS project collection, and then add them to each team project that requires those templates. This way, you can fix a bug or add a new feature in one place and have the change affect all build definitions. However, by having the build process templates in a single location, the ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 21, 2012 2:02 PM

Avoiding TF237124 when Creating Work Items in New Areas
At my company we write a lot of tools and extensions that uses the TFS API to automate various things for us. A very common thing to automate is the creation of work items and the areas and iterations structure. Creating a work item using the TFS API is simple, just connect to TFS, get the WorkItemStore service object and create a new work item and set any fields that you want to: Creating a work item //Connect to TFS and get the WorkItemStore object var tfs = new TfsTeamProjectCollection(new Uri("http://localhost:8080/... ......

Posted On Friday, January 20, 2012 9:42 AM

Introducing: Community TFS Build Manager
The latest release of the Community TFS Build Extensions include a brand new tool called Community TFS Build Manager and has been created for two reasons: An implementation of the Team Foundation Build API which is referenced by the Rangers Build Customization Guidance V2 (available H1 2012) Provide a solution to a real problem. The Community TFS Build Manager is intended to ease the management of builds in medium to large Team Foundation Server environments, though it does provide a few features ......

Posted On Friday, December 30, 2011 12:36 PM

First stable release of the Community TFS 2010 Build Extensions
Today the first stable release of the Community TFS 2010 Build Extensions shipped on the CodePlex site. Visual Studio ALM MVP Mike Fourie (aka Mr MSBuild Extension Pack) has been the leader of this project and has done a tremendous job, both in contributing functionality as well as coordinating the work for the first release. Great work Mike! I (as well as several others) have contributed a small part of the activities, I plan to be working on the upcoming releases as well. The build extensions contain ......

Posted On Monday, July 4, 2011 10:50 PM

Automatically Merging Work Items in TFS 2013
** Source available at http://mergeworkitems.codep... ** Half a year ago I wrote about about Merging Work Items with a custom check-in policy. The policy evaluated the pending changes and for all pending merges, it traversed the merge history to find the associated work items and let the user add them to the current changeset. I promised to post the source to the check-in policy (and I’ve got a lot of requests for it), but I never did. This was primary for two reasons: The technical solution ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 17, 2011 8:43 PM

Dependency Replication with TFS 2010 Build
Some time ago, I wrote a post about how to implement dependency replication using TFS 2008 Build. We use this for Library builds, where we set up a build definition for a common library, and have the build check the resulting assemblies back into source control. The folder is then branched to the applications that need to reference the common library. See the above post for more details. Of course, we have reimplemented this feature in TFS 2010 Build, which results in a much nicer experience for ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 8, 2010 8:02 AM

Managing Build Process Templates in TFS 2010 Build
One of the great new features in TFS 2010 Build was the ability to define Build Process Templates that can be reused across build definitions. The Build Process Template file itself is a Windows Workflow 4.0 xaml file and can be stored anywhere in source control. When a developer creates a new build definition in Team Explorer, he can choose from a list of Build Process Templates: This list is populated with the following build process templates: The ones that come out of the box (DefaultTemplate.xaml, ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 3, 2010 2:23 AM

Developing and debugging Server Side Event Handlers in TFS 2010
Update 2012-01-23: Added note about .NET framework Martin Hinshelwood wrote an excellent post recently ) about a new type of integration available in TFS 2010, namely server side event handlers, that is executed within the TFS context. I wasn’t aware of this new feature and as Martin notes, there doesn’t seem to be any material/documentation of it at all. Previously, when you wanted some custom action to be executed ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 27, 2010 10:48 PM

Creating a Build Definition using the TFS 2010 API
*** UPDATE 2010-08-17 ** Several people have asked me for a complete sample application, so I have put this together and it is available here: http://cid-ee034c9f620cd58d... **** In this post I will show how to create a new build definition in TFS 2010 using the TFS API. When creating a build definition manually, using Team Explorer, the necessary steps are lined out in the New Build Definition Wizard: So, lets see how the code looks ......

Posted On Monday, April 26, 2010 8:09 PM

Implementing Release Notes in TFS Team Build 2010
In TFS Team Build (all versions), each build is associated with changesets and work items. To determine which changesets that should be associated with the current build, Team Build finds the label of the “Last Good Build” an then aggregates all changesets up unitl the label for the current build. Basically this means that if your build is failing, every changeset that is checked in will be accumulated in this list until the build is successful. All well, but there uis a dimension missing here, regarding ......

Posted On Thursday, April 15, 2010 11:50 PM

TFS 2010 – Managing Build Agents using the API
In previous versions of TFS, you installed TFS Team Build on the build server and you got one build service agent. It was/is possible to start several build agents on the same server, but it is a bit of a mess. In addition, for each team project TFS 2008 build service can only execute one at a time (Note that builds from different team project can execute in parallell, a lot of people still don’t know this) In TFS 2010, the concept of build controllers were introduced. A build controller belongs ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 8, 2009 8:47 PM

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