The developers from Attrice have done it again. They have released a brand new sidekick – the Microsoft Build Sidekick. The Microsoft Build Sidekick allows you to edit your MSBuild projects in a graphical, hierarchical format. You can also use this utility to modify your TFS build types. It can take a few seconds to open up a build file and have it displayed in the utility but once it’s loaded, it is very easy to work with.
Here is a list of initial features:
- Load and modify any file complying to MSBuild schema
- View build project structure in a tree view that displays tasks used in build, property groups and properties, item groups and items, targets and targets tasks and imported build projects.
- Show or hide presentation of imported definitions in a project tree view
- View MSBuild project raw XML source as you modify the project
- Modify project default targets
- Add or remove tasks used in build project from external assembly
- Add, remove or modify property groups
- Add, remove or modify properties in property groups
- Add, remove or modify item groups
- Add, remove or modify items in item groups
- Add, remove or modify targets
- Add, remove or modify selected target’s tasks, tasks order
- Modify selected task properties (including output properties specification)
- Import or remove external build projects
- Open any imported project from the loaded project
This is a nice feature set for a “1.0” product. Here are a couple of features I have suggested be added to the product (we’ll see if they get implemented :-)
- Ability to connect to a TFS project and directly modify TFS Build Type projects – including the ability to check it out from version control.
- Ability to view XML source and graphical view side-by-side (or rather, over-under). It would be kind of neat, and somewhat useful, to be able to see the XML source get updated as changes are made in the graphical view.
Also, a new blog dedicated entirely to the set of Team Foundation Sidekicks has been created. Click here to check it out.
Check out the Sidekicks page for more details.