Wednesday, January 27, 2016

TFS 2013 XAML Builds: BuildDetail variable no longer available

After upgrading a customer from TFS 2012 to TFS 2013, we couldn’t access the BuildDetail property anymore inside our XAML build process template. Instead we got the following error message:

Error 102 Compiler error(s) encountered processing expression "BuildDetail.DropLocation".
'Microsoft.TeamFoundation.Build.Client.BuildDetail' is not accessible in this context because it is 'Friend'.

This is a breaking change when upgrading from TFS 2012 to TFS 2013. Luckily it is not hard to solve:

  • Open your XAML build process template
  • Add a Variable on the Variables tab
    • Choose IBuildDetail as type
    • Name it BuildDetail
  • Drag a GetBuildDetail activity inside your workflow
    • Set the Result property to the BuildDetail variable


Now you can access the same information as before…

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