TFS alerts for changes to NuGet packages
I’ve been a little late to the NuGet bandwagon. Overall I am really happy with the service that NuGet provides. It is not all smooth sailing though and the following are the pain points I have hit:
- Packages aren’t all strong named so our solution can’t be either
- Package dependencies being updated might break other packages that depend on them
- The amount of binding redirects added to config files is not always desirable and don’t always work
- TFS get latest on a solution does not bring down NuGet package changes
I did have an idea about how to at least raise the awareness of new and updated NuGet packages in a solution to a team that uses TFS. Using the new Team Alerts feature in TFS 2012 will do the job. A custom TFS alert can notify the developers of a check in to the packages directory. The setup looks something like this:
Ensure that you have a Developers TFS team in the project.
Add a new Checkin alert that watches a specific path.
Configure the path as contains packages.