Monday, July 16, 2012

TFS Build: using the built-in editors

By default when editing parameters inside a Team Foundation Build process template you get a very simple editor.(Except for some out-of-the-box available parameters).  But wouldn’t it be nice if you could give your users a much better experience by providing a custom editor?

TFS allows you to this by changing the Editor Parameter in the Metadata argument.

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You could build  your own editor or you could start by using one of the built-in ones(available in the Microsoft.TeamFoundation.Build.Controls assembly). So just enter Microsoft.TeamFoundation.Build.Controls.{ControlName}, Microsoft.TeamFoundation.Build.Controls in the Editor parameter and everything is set.

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A list of the available designers
Editor Description Screenshot
BuildAgentSelectionEditor Select a build agent. BuildAgentSelectorEditor
BuildProjectListEditor Select a project (typically a .sln or .csproj) from source control. BuildProjectListEditor
ServerFileBrowserEditor Select a file in source control ServerFileBrowserEditor
TestSpecEditor Select a spec of tests to run TestSpecEditor
WorkItemTypeSelectionEditor Select a work item type WorkItemTypeSelectionEditor
ServerFolderBrowserEditor Select a folder in source control ServerFolderBrowserEditor
StringListEditor Edition of a list of string. StringListEditor
EnumPropertyEditor Shows the list of possible enum values EnumPropertyEditor

3 comments:

Unknown said...

Hi do you know if it possible to show the sub elements of a custom datatype in the build definition file? For example the 'Agent setting' drops down its sub elements in the same way I want to show the elements of my datatype...Thanks!

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