This is part to an exploration of the upcoming ALM Rangers solutions for Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server 11. Previous posts:
- ALM Rangers Visual Studio 11 Readiness – Part 1: A small peek at the upcoming TFS Planning Guide (ACV)
- ALM Rangers Visual Studio 11 Readiness – Part 2: A small peek at the upcoming TFS Branching and Merging Guidance (CEO)
- ALM Rangers Visual Studio 11 Readiness – Part 3: A small peek at the upcoming TFS Upgrade Guidance
- ALM Rangers Visual Studio 11 Readiness – Part 4: A small peek at the upcoming Lab Management Guidance (AHE)
In this post we are taking a look at the Visual Studio Build Customization Guidance which also delivered a great ALPHA release:
This Visual Studio ALM Ranger project has the primary goal of delivering scenario based and hands-on lab guidance for the customization and deployment of Team Foundation Build.
The Epics included in the guidance are:
- Practical guidance and tooling to simplify the customization of Team Foundation Build
- Practical guidance to use Team Foundation Build process templates to automate build and non-build scenarios in Microsoft environments
- Practical guidance on using Team Foundation Build in Heterogeneous Environments
- Practical guidance to enable simple and flexible deployment of applications and their data stores
- Practical guidance for Activities to empower developers and build engineers
- Quality hands-on labs that complement the guidance and effectively guide the user through the features
- Visualization of the guidance using quick reference posters
New guidance, new custom activities and even tooling creeping into the mix
The guidance makes use of the Community TFS Build Extensions (http://tfsbuildextensions.codeplex.com) which is a collection of custom build activities, templates and other resources for Team Foundation Build. Please visit and follow this project for the latest releases. In the latest show-what-you-have, we had a phenomenal demo of a new tool which will bring a smile to many build masters and administrators.
Visit the Community TFS Build Extensions (http://tfsbuildextensions.codeplex.com) and have a look at the new TFS Build Manager tool, which will bring many, many smiles to build masters and administrators:
… read more about this tool on Jakob Ehn’s blog post here.
Michael Fourie and team, you are “rocking”! Your energy, passion and tenacious collaboration is second to none!