Build 2014 has been announced!

Build is back! You can read the full details in Steve Guggenheimer’s post on the Microsoft Blog, but here are the basics: WHEN: April 2-4, 2014 WHERE: Moscone Center, San Francisco WHY: Because you want to build awesome applications that run on awesome platforms that reach millions of people and devices. IMPORTANT REGSITRATION INFORMATION: Registration…

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Build conference is coming!

  Microsoft’s Build conference is on its way to San Francisco June 26th-28th!  Come see all the goodness around developing great experiences around Windows, Windows Phone, Windows Azure, IE, Office 365, and Xbox! Registration opens at 09:00am PDT, April 2, 2013 Early bird (first 500): $1,595 | Full: $2,095 So don’t forget to register!  Oh,…

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“Fake” a TFS Build (or Create a Build That Doesn’t Do Anything)

Team Foundation Server’s build system serves as the “heartbeat” for your development lifecycle.  It automatically creates relationships between code changes, work items, reports, and test plans. But once in a while I’m asked, “What if we don’t use TFS Build for building our application, but we still want to have builds in TFS so we…

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ALM Rangers at work again!

Earlier this month, the ALM Rangers team released two newly-completed projects to CodePlex, the Rangers Lab Management Guide and the Rangers Build Customization Guide. I expect you to find both guides valuable as you further your usage of Team Foundation Server 2010.  Below are some details for each project.  Selfishly, I’m especially fond of the…

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Running Code Metrics as Part of a TFS 2010 Build – The Poor Man’s Way

Code Metrics, not to be confused with code analysis, has always been tough impossible to run as part of a build in Team Foundation Server.  Previously, the only way to run code metrics was to do so inside Visual Studio itself. In January, Microsoft released the Visual Studio Code Metrics PowerTool, a command line utility…

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Build & Brew Follow-up

Thanks to everyone who attended the first two rounds of the Build & Brew event series in Phoenix (11/30) and Denver (12/2)!  Judging from the level of interaction and feedback, I’d say it’s been a success so far! As promised, I’ve posted slide decks and other links online for you to download.  You can get…

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Event: Come learn about TFS Build 2010 at the “Build & Brew”

Microsoft & Neudesic have partnered to deliver this half day seminar & private happy hour. In this course, we will give you a tour of the newly revamped build system in Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2010.  Learn how you can take advantage of TFS Build in your organization as we walk through new capabilities such…

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Ordered Tests in TFS Build

In an earlier article I discussed how to use and Ordered Test to control the execution order of Coded UI Tests (the same can be applied to other test types as well).  I received a few follow-up questions about how to do this in TFS Build so tests run in a particular order as part…

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