Team Foundation Build Activity Reference is now available

The Team Foundation Build Default Template enables you to define a build process that can perform the basic tasks you expect from your build system. Use MSBuild to build the bits, run MSTest to test the bits, label the code, publish symbols to SymStore, drop the binaries in a folder, etc. DefaultTemplate.xaml has got you…

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Kinect is truly something new

Stop playing Donkey Koooooong! My generation was the first to spend teen years with video games. Many an afternoon I walked with my friend to the mall, where we sought out a darkened cacophonous arcade. A stout man in a blue uniform changed our dollars to quarters from a money changer on his belt, and…

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Use the Visual Studio Command Prompt to augment the IDE

Today I’m writing mostly to those of you who do not consider yourself to be power users. And yet deep down inside you suspect you are (or could be) way more powerful than anyone realizes. I’m not talking about receiving an invitation to Hogwarts, nor about pulling a sword from a stone. Rather, I’m talking…

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Everything you wanted to know about custom build processes (but were afraid to ask)

Classic career success principal: under-promise and over-deliver. In that sense, the above title is a bad idea. But today I’m turning the old saw on its head to direct your attention to a topic we published yesterday: Control Where the Build System Places Your Binaries. I’m hopeful this material veers into some fruitful territory, but…

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Migrate to Team Foundation Server from Visual SourceSafe

Have you been considering migrating from Visual SourceSafe to Team Foundation Server?  If so, then there has never been a better time than now. To help you get going, I’ve updated and completely overhauled our guidance.  The following topic should give you the information you need to make the switch: Migrate from Visual SourceSafe. If…

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Look over there…a freight train!

I’m here to muse on a matter that is broader than my main line of work, which is writing Help content for Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server.  In fact, even broader than the software, computers, or even business in general.  I hope and expect to have lots of fascinating things to say about these…

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