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TFS Customization with Community Build Extensions

August 19th, 2011
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If you are looking into TFS customizations of builds using workflow activities, then the first thing you should pay attention to is the latest stable release of Community TFS Build Extensions.

This is a collection of about 100 activities that delivers many commonly requested functions, such as

    • running CodeMetrics and NUnit tests
    • creating a Zip archive
    • wrapping RoboCopy for deployment
    • updating AssemblyInfo files
    • running StyleCop
    • merging assemblies with ILMerge
    • and many others

There are all sorts of custom build activities and there are many more included on the backlog. The best part of this TFS customization project is that the source code is fully available for your use internally.

There are also examples that show you how to build your own custom activities as needed for TFS customization. The Community TFS Build Extensions Web site provides a place for build engineers and TFS developers to share workflow activities, build process template files, and tools for TFS customization of builds. You are welcome to provide feedback on the latest TFS customization package via Discussion and Issue Tracker tabs on the Web site.

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