Build Information and Verbosity from Whiteboard to Publication

Often when I write, I’m communicating about a subject in which I already have fairly thorough knowledge. For example, when I’m sharing basic technical information with a co-worker via email. Or producing a status report. Or simply writing a topic about a subject in which I’m fluent. The fingers fly easily over the keyboard without…

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Build Content 2011 Spring Cleaning

Temps are in the ‘90s outside and the HVAC is failing in my area of the building. So while technically the season is still spring, today feels like summer to me. But I’m trying to stay cool, and I hope you find the Team Foundation Build content I’m releasing today cool as well. Publishing this content…

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Understand and Work with Build Workspaces MSDN Preview

I plan to publish a set of MSDN topics to consolidate and bolster coverage of some of the most fundamental aspects of Team Foundation Build. The content will focus attention on key concepts that include: build triggers and reasons, build numbers, and the build workspace. I’m writing to preview a sample of this update and…

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Downloadable Build Process Template to Control Drop Folder Structure

In Control Where the Build System Places Your Binaries I describe some techniques you can use to control where your Team Foundation Build system drops the compiled binaries. Several folks asked me to provide, in downloadable form, the build process template that you create in this section: Create the build definition and the CustomOutputDirImport custom…

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How good was that build?

Software teams need to continually check the current condition of their bits in order to ensure they are in at least a testable if not yet shippable state. Nearly every day, one or more people on the team seek answers to a few questions that are easily asked.  “How good is that build?”  “What was…

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