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FinalBuilder 7 supports code quality analysis of .NET assemblies through NDepend. Include detailed analysis and reporting of code metrics in your build process via the FinalBuilder NDepend action.

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In my previous article Getting Started with Git, I provided a simple overview of how to setup Git on a Windows machine, create a GitHub account and push changes from a local repository to your GitHub repository.

This article explores the integration of Git and Finalbuilder and provides a simple demonstration on how to setup and run Git actions using Finalbuilder.

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Git is a free, high performance, distributed version control system that was originally developed by Linus Torvalds for the development of the Linux kernel. This article provides a step by step approach to install and configure Git on your machine as well as creating a GitHub online account and linking it to your local repository.

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When upgrading to a new version of FinalBuilder 7 on a TFS2010 build server or agent, there are two post-install steps that need to be considered.&nbs...

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In order to support the new Workflow Foundation build technology used by Team Foundation Server 2010,  FinalBuilder 7 ships with a custom TFS Wor...

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A question we often get asked, is "which files triggered my build?". In FinalBuilder Server 6.2, we add The Build Overview Page.

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Many people are already using FinalBuilder with Team Build to add functionality to Team Foundation Server. FinalBuilder 6  comes with a new graphical interface for Team Build integration.

This article demonstrates how to create, edit and run Team Build projects using FinalBuilder. It also shows some of the new integration features which add value to Team Foundation Server.

For Team System Users:

If you are using Team System for your builds, then this article shows you how to easily integrate graphical FinalBuilder projects. FinalBuilder can be used to extend and customize your build process, taking a fraction of the time and effort required for MSBuild.

For FinalBuilder Users:

If you are already using FinalBuilder and have recently upgraded to Team System, this article shows you how to integrate FinalBuilder build projects into the Team Foundation Build model.

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FinalBuilder 6 includes an excellent new API for creating your own custom actions with .NET. In this technical article, I show an action created using the new API, and explain some of its new features.

"... a complete usable FinalBuilder action, with full argument validation, tagged logging, variable interaction, and taking full advantage of the .NET Framework - in 40 lines of C# code."

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Using FinalBuilder with Windows Vista and User Account Control.

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Patrick Philippot, a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), owner of MainSoft and independent consultant, talks about how FinalBuilder allowed him to automate his build process and integrate multiple configurations, saving time and avoiding costly mistakes.

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Case Study: Mitov Software and FinalBuilder
Boian Mitov, owner of Mitov Software, explains how FinalBuilder has reduced build times by 88% and delivered a dramatic improvement in productivity, so that it is now essential for their software development process.

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Microsoft's Team Foundation Build engine provides you with a way to coordinate builds using Team System. This article shows you how to expand and enhance Team Foundation Build byallowing it to call FinalBuilder projects as part of the build process.

FinalBuilder can be either used to used to customise any stage of an existing Team Build type, to augment Team Build with features that are not available through Visual Studio, or to replace the existing MSBuild engine entirely.

For Team System Users:

If you are using Team System and finding MSBuild frustrating for writing custom build processes, then this article shows you how to replace those processes with easy to create, graphical, FinalBuilder projects.

For FinalBuilder Users:

If you are already using FinalBuilder and have recently upgraded to Team System, this article shows you how to integrate your working FinalBuilder build process into the Team Foundation Build model.

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Case Study: Codix and FinalBuilder
Nick Bitounis, Chief Technology Officer at Codix talks about how FinalBuilder takes the pain away from doing builds.

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Case Study: Alter Ego and FinalBuilder
Olivier Beltrami, owner of Alter Ego Services, talks about how FinalBuilder is an essential tool that they just couldn't do without.

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Case Study: TOWER Software and FinalBuilder
Frank Eden, Principal Software Engineer at TOWER Software, talks about how FinalBuilder integrates so well with all the software products they use.

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Case Study: PlateSpin and FinalBuilder

Adam White, Manager of Test Engineering at PlateSpin talks about how FinalBuilder revolutionized their build process.

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Global options allow you to specify the location of an external tool. But what happens when you want to change that location at runtime.....

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You can easily write actions with ActionStudio, but you are always left with deploying the actions to all your users. I have created a FinalBuilder project to do this. It shows you a bit of FinalBuilder's power.

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When using script in Action script events, working with Actions created using Action Studio is a little different to the built in Actions.

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How FinalBuilder's Variable expansion works..

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A common question on our newsgroups is what the best way is to deal with incrementing version numbers in the compiler actions. This article is an attempt to explain some techniques for doing just that!

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Joel Spolsky on Daily Builds....

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"Sure, you know how to write perfect code but what good does that do you when you can't get it to market? In this column, I'll discuss the scaffolding...

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Joel talks about how FogCreek uses FinalBuilder...

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Any non-trivial software project can benefit from a standardised, formal build process. Delivering quality software requires that you have a quality process for producing the deliverables.

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