Specs for a CCTray equivalent for Team Build and TFS Hosting

Jim Lamb has posted a couple of specs recently.

The first is a Windows tray app that notifies you when builds complete, like CCTray does for CruiseControl.Net.  Due to the time constraints of the Orcas release, we were not able to implement this for the product, but we are considering releasing it as a power tool for Orcas, in addition to including it in Rosario.

Rather than lots of dense text, the spec is really just a series of drawings of the UI, so please take a look.

Build Notification Applet

Well, we've worked up an initial design for a notification applet that would run in your tray (er, I mean "notification area") and keep you up-to-date on the status of the build definitions you're interested in. Here's an annotated storyboard that walks you through the design. Please post comments here and let me know what you think. We haven't even started implementing this yet, so now is the time to give us feedback.


Jim's also been working on the plans for hosted TFS.  If you are interested in learning about the pilot program, you'll want to check it out.

Hosted TFS Pilot Program

After coming across a question regarding hosted TFS on Linked In, I thought I would post some information on the subject. Here's an excerpt from the attached TFS Hosting Brief

“Team Foundation Server (TFS) is a server product built on top of standard Microsoft technologies, including ASP.NET web services, SharePoint, and SQL Server 2005. TFS is traditionally self-hosted inside of an organization. A single Team Foundation Server can support up to 2000 users with the appropriate hardware configuration.


Comments (4)

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  2. I loved the build notification applet – As long as Queuing a build allows you to do what Force a Build would then that meets the need of launching a build.  There was a comment on Jim’s blog about having a Gadget instead of a Tray icon either one works for me.  Although the community can probably provide the gadget assuming the api is available (which with TFS usually is) and with Vista still on the uptake – a tray icon would apply to more developers.

  3. Can you monitor multiple build servers from the same applet?

  4. buckh says:

    Developing Vista gadgets seems to be a popular passtime for some folks, so I’m sure there will be choices there.

    Yes, it would effectively monitor multiple build servers, by way of communicating with the application tier (AT).


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