I’ve just completed recording a Release Management webcast (more on Imaginet’s Visual Studio webcasts here). While doing the webcast, I wanted to show how you can use tokens which Release Management can substitute during the Release Workflow. Brian Keller suggests a .token file (basically an exact copy of your web.config file except that you use tokens instead of values) in his Release Management hands on lab, but I hate having to keep 2 copies of the same file around.
If you’ve upgraded to TFS 2013, then you’ll notice that there’s a new Default Build template. In fact, to support Git repositories, the product team moved the default template into a super-secret-database-backed-folder-you-can’t-get-hold-of-place in TFS. This means that you won’t see it in the BuildProcessTemplates folder.
If you have Visual Studio Ultimate and are not using IntelliTrace in production, you should be drawn and quartered. This is arguably the best feature of Visual Studio Ultimate, and in my opinion this feature alone justifies the pricing (never mind Web Performance and Load testing, Code Maps, Code Lens, UML diagrams and Layer diagrams).
I upgraded my demo environment from 2013 Preview to 2013 RC. Everything looked good until I got to the builds. I had configured a couple of default builds – the 2013 default template is actually stored in the TFS database (not in source control like the old Default xaml files) unless you actually download it for customizing.
Some of the code I’ve written before has made it into the TFS Build Extensions latest release. They are my “Include Merges (and associated work items) in a build” and “Fail code based on Code Coverage” activities.
I have installed TFS 2013 RC. I upgraded my TFS Express (that I use for mucking around with code) from TFS 2012.3 and everything went smoothly. I then opened up Web Access and was pleased to see one of the best features yet for TFS work items: lightweight charts.
Update 2013-09-12: I’ve updated the extension to work with VS 2013 RC (since there were some breaking changes from Preview).
One of my favourite reports in TFS is the Backlog Overview (Scrum) or User Story Overview (Agile). So after installing and playing with TFS 2013 Preview, I went to see what the report looks like.
Update 2012-09-04: Brian Keller posted a fix that seems to work for this problem (so you can run the InRelease build without connecting to a physical external network).
Are you (as a developer) inundated with frequent status updates? Requests like: “How far are you?” “What did you do today?” “Where are we?” Or are you a project manager that requests frequent status updates? Then this post is for you.