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Professional Team Foundation Server 2013 by Grant Holliday, Martin Woodward, Ed Blankenship, Damian Brady, Steven St. Jean

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Chapter 19Customizing the Build Process

What's in this chapter?

  • Getting to know build extension points
  • Creating and configuring script extensions
  • Reviewing common custom activities
  • Extending a build with custom activities
  • Configuring the Build Controller to deploy custom activities automatically

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As you learned in Chapter 18, Team Foundation Server includes a rich set of features for automated builds based on the Windows Workflow Foundation technology included in the .NET Framework. The main functionality for an automated build is included in the default build process template available in the standard process templates. More than likely, however, you will find yourself needing to customize that functionality or add actions for your build process.

In Team Foundation Server 2013, Microsoft has revamped the build system to make it easier to add customizations. In earlier versions, you would have to make changes to the build process template XAML file to customize the process. You can still do this, but now you can also simply hook in your own build scripts (PowerShell or Batch files) to make these customizations.

In this chapter, you learn the fundamentals for working with Windows Workflow Foundation ...

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