MSBuild Explorer 3


Way back in 2009 I released MSBuild Explorer 1 to help visualise MSBuild files and, perhaps more useful, to save and execute favourite sequences of targets. It took a long time but eventually I got version 2 out in beta, which looked nothing like what I first showed. In hindsight, calling it a beta was …

2014 Microsoft MVP!


I received great news from Microsoft saying that I have been re-awarded the ALM MVP award for 2014. I’d like to thank all those involved in my nomination and look forward to another successful year working with the MVP family. A fellow MVP who is now joining Microsoft put it greatly in an email to …

MyHistory 2 — hello Colleagues, what have you been up to?


In my MSDN Magazine article Extending Visual Studio Team Explorer 2012 + MyHistory Extension last year, I introduced a sample application called MyHistory which was targeted at the current user, enabling them to easily regain context / remember what they were recently doing. Over the last few months I've had some great feedback and released …

Community TFS Build Extensions – Oct 2013


The latest roundup of contributions to the community effort is now available – October 2013 release. As well as the handful of changes listed below, we are happy to announce a new addition to our delivery, PowerShell scripts. Over time we hope to build out a library of scripts that can be plugged into your …

MSBuild Extension Pack – October 2013


The MSBuild Extension Pack October 2013 release is now available. The October 2013 release contains version 3.5.14.0 for those using .Net 3.5 version 4.0.8.0 for those using .Net 4.0 or 4.5 Updated online help is now live @ http://www.msbuildextensionpack.com and the Nuget package(s) will be updated early next week.   Please consult the Changeset page …

MyHistory – Peace to the Dark Side


In June 2013 I blogged about Extending Visual Studio Team Explorer 2012 + MyHistory Extension. Since then I’ve had some great feedback and the extension has been updated 6 times to address this feedback. A long outstanding bug with regards to ‘proper’ theme support has finally been resolved withe the latest releases for Visual Studio …

How to get rid of Exclude From StyleCop menu


If you install Stylecop 4.7.46.0 you’ll notice an irritating new context menu on files which allows you to exclude them from StyleCop. There is no option to remove it, however you can use Visual Studio to customize the context menu and remove it. The menu you are after is Project and Solution Context Menus | …

Community TFS Build Extensions – Sep 2013


The latest roundup of contributions to the community effort is now available - September 2013 release.   For those who manage lots of builds we’ve added some great new features and fixes to the Build Manager including:   ·       NEW - Search and replace workspace mappings ·       NEW - Filter Build Definitions via text ·       …

Extending Visual Studio Team Explorer 2012 + MyHistory Extension


In the June 2013 edition of MSDN Magazine I cover some of the internals of Team Explorer 2012 and how you can extend it. The article can be found here - Extending Visual Studio Team Explorer 2012. I’ve also hosted the sample code for the MyHistory extension on CodePlex (contributions and feedback welcome), as well …

MSBuild Extension Pack – April 2013


I’m pleased to announce the availability of the MSBuild Extension Pack April 2013 release. The April 2013 release contains version 3.5.13.0 for those using .Net 3.5 version 4.0.7.0 for those using .Net 4.0 or 4.5 Updated online help is now live @ http://www.msbuildextensionpack.com and the Nuget package has been updated to 1.2.0 This release consolidates …