If you can’t wait for Team Build 2008…

This post was originally published here.

I just heard of a new project on CodePlex, TfsBuildLab.  It looks like it performs a lot of the build features Orcas will provide, and it lets you do it with Team Build 2005:

  • Continuous integration builds
  • Scheduled builds
  • Build queuing
  • Build cleanup/retention policies
  • Event notifications

The TfsBuildLab project is broken into 4 separate components:

  • Database
    • Houses the scheduling and queuing data
  • Service
    • Queues builds
    • Executes manual builds
    • Executes scheduled builds
  • Admin client
    • Configures build schedules, etc.
  • Notification client
    • Notifies clients of build status, similar to CCTray

Builds are still executed by Team Build, but TfsBuildLab puts a layer on top of Team Build to provide the extra functionality.  This looks like a nice interim solution until Team Build 2008 releases early next year.

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About Jimmy Bogard

I'm a technical architect with Headspring in Austin, TX. I focus on DDD, distributed systems, and any other acronym-centric design/architecture/methodology. I created AutoMapper and am a co-author of the ASP.NET MVC in Action books.
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