Sunday, 20 November 2016

Start building ASP.NET Core 1.1 with TFS

In my spare time I am looking at ASP.NET Core – it brings so much change that you can’t really ignore it even if you are not a web developer.

After putting together the first samples (thanks to the help of a book as well, review coming in a few weeks) I wanted to build something in my lab with a TFS build, so totally on-premise and with no connection to the shiny VSTS.

After installing all the prerequisites (Visual Studio 2017 RC is a great starting point, and I added this on top as well) you can easily get up and running by using command-line tools in the build:

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But it isn’t really what I wanted… and in Team Foundation Server 2017 there are no OOB tools for .NET Core. Not everything is lost though.

Firstly, install tfx-cli. Not only it works perfectly on-premise as well as with VSTS, but given that TFS now has a Personal Access Token system we can stop using basic authentication with it. Awesome.

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Then, we need the nice task VSTS uses. You can get it from here and upload it to your local TFS by using tfx build tasks upload --task-path <your path>. Simple as that.

So you can start using it! Instead of using a .json file as a Project file you can totally point it at a .csproj file – what the task does is nothing but wrapping calls to dotnet.exe so as long as it is updated you are totally fine.

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As I am using a basically empty ASP.NET Core application I unchecked the Publish Web Project option in the dotnet publish step – I want total control over the command. Zip Published Projects is fine as it just zips the artifacts.

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This is it – I now have a CI build running in…say five minutes? Smile

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