The Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010 Build component includes numerous improvements that let you build your solutions without writing code or custom build tasks. Under the covers Microsoft has built a more scalable and flexible architecture for your builds. In addition, Microsoft created new features like Gated Check-ins to help your team work better and faster. Beyond the UX, Microsoft put a nice gem into the bag by changing the Build engine’s orchestration engine to use Windows Workflow Foundation 4. In this session, learn about how the Build component of Team Foundation Server 2010 works. Get a crash course in build creation and management. Then learn when you need to consider writing custom workflow activities. Better yet, Brian shows you how to write a custom build activity, debug it, and deploy it to your build servers so you can use it in your builds.