The past few weeks have been pretty busy for me. Not only was I working with some colleagues on a Robot challenge (where we finished third J, see here a movie with Woody in action  , and the post of my coleague Erik) , I also had to prepare for 3 sessions for the DevDays here in the Netherlands.

At my session on "Practical Team Foundation Server" for some reason my build server became unreachable. I promised I would post the demo and the sample task I was showing for stamping a build number in your assembly.

You can download the code for the FileVersion task over here: http://blogs.infosupport.com/files/folders/marcelv/entry12308.aspx
(Thanks to Paul Meyer from Microsoft who wrote this task used at a project we did together a while ago.)

Compile the task and copy the assembly into the folder: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\Common7\IDE\PrivateAssemblies

What You further need to do is add to the team project build file a section with a target "AfterGet" this target will be called right after the sources are retrieved from the TFS server.  There you add for each project in the solution you build a task to update the AssemblyFileVersion with the current build number. In the task I used the pattern of dddyy where ddd is 1-365 and year currently 07.

Also you need to include the task in the project. See code snippet below:

<UsingTask TaskName="Devdays2007.build.FileVersion"

         AssemblyFile="$(TeamBuildRefPath)\Devdays2007.build.dll" />

<Target Name="AfterGet">

  <FileVersion FileName="$(SolutionRoot)\<your path goes here>\AssemblyInfo.cs" Increment="true" OverrideReason="Daily build">

    <Output TaskParameter="Version" PropertyName="DemoVersion" />

  </FileVersion>

</Target>

I will be posting the slide decks as soon as I get the green light from Microsoft. The most of the time want keep a survey before they provide you access to the slides. Since the feedback is also important for me, I will wait a few days until they got the time to send the evals. I will then post the original decks I used here on my blog or link to them depending on if they do the same trick as last year. 

CTO at Xpirit, Microsoft Regional Director, Visual studio ALM MVP, Speaker, Pluralsight Author and IT Architect Consultant