How to customize the build summary page in TFS 2012 without a plug-in

Buck Hodges

Jason Prickett has been writing some great posts about the new features in Build for TFS 2012.  One of my favorites is the ability for you to add sections to the build summary page without having to write any plug-ins.  You just use the WriteCustomSummaryInformation activity in your workflow or make the equivalent OM calls from a workflow activity.  The result is that you can display results, hyperlinks, and more on the build summary page.

TFS11 RC – Simple Build Summary Customization

So, I did a few posts when TFS 2010 released on how developers could customize the Visual Studio Build Details View. However, it required creating a VS Add-In or Package and then deploying that to all your clients. Well, with the RC release of TFS 11 and Visual Studio, there is a much easier way to add simple content to your Build Details Summary view.


Here’s a screen shot showing a “My New Section” that he added.  Enjoy!



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