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Change Excel connection to a team project
Once you have imported a list of work items in excel from a team project in TFS, the excel file always proposes work items from the same team project. It does not seem possible to obtain the "connect to TFS" popup window again, where you choose the team project. This is because the connection is stored as a custom property in the excel file. The answer is to delete all custom properties from the file. Go to the main menu and then: Prepare / Properties / Document Properties / Advanced Properties / ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 16, 2009 3:14 AM

Speaker
I will be a speaker at the Micrsoft "Enterprise & Development Summit 2007" in Luxembourg on June 12th. This is equivalent to the Belgian DevDays or the French TechDays. You can find the agenda and details here (in French). My session is about Team System. I will probably give a general overview and a few short demos since there haven't been many event on VSTS in Luxembourg before. This is my first (and hopefully not last) time as a speaker. Let's hope I don't get too nervous! :) Technorati tags: ......

Posted On Saturday, June 2, 2007 3:53 PM

Witimport and opened work items
Be careful not to have any work items open in Visual Studio when updating their definitions with witimport because they will not be modified Suppose you have been checking your tasks and one is open in Visual Studio (I'm not referring to status here, I just mean open in a window). Then, you proceed to run witimport with the task definition. All tasks except the one open will be updated. You will have to close the task and run witimport again. Technorati tags: Team System, witimport, work item ......

Posted On Thursday, February 8, 2007 8:29 AM

MSF: Tracks, workstreams, activities, areas and iterations (III)
After clarifying the concepts of tracks, workstreams and activities (see these previous posts), we still felt something was missing in our process template (based on "MSF for CMMI"). A couple of our developers have been working on a lists of tasks for a recent project. They are not involved in the Team System rollout so they are not aware of any of the MSF concepts mentioned earlier. They have organized the work in a hierarchy. For example: Database schema creation Analyse DTS file Analyse Excel ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 6, 2007 8:56 PM

MSF: Tracks, workstreams, activities, areas and iterations (II)
A few days ago I blogged about a discussion about MSF workstreams, activities, areas and iterations we had at the office (you can read about it here). The final decision (that I did not favour) was to include in our work items a field to indicate the current track/workstream/activity. The possible values were hardcoded like this: The reason I did not like these customization is that I believe this information has no place in work items. Workstreams and activities are like cooking recipes and their ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 6, 2007 8:31 PM

Class Code Coverage in TFS Warehouse
It turns out that the TFS Warehouse cube does not store code coverage data down to the class or method level. You can retrieve the data at the assembly level only (from the Assembly dimension).

I searched for information on this everywhere without much success. In the end I found someone mentioning this here.

Posted On Thursday, January 25, 2007 4:04 PM

MSF: track, workstreams, activities, areas and iterations
During the past week I have been busy creating a Team System process template to be used by the MSFT Development group where I work. While discussing this topic with my boss and showing him how the MSF for CMMI work items look like, he asked that I add a field to indicate the current track, workstream and activity. To be more precise, he asked me to use the "Area path" field for workstreams and activities, and to add an extra field to specify the track. I proceeded with these changes (yes, a bit ......

Posted On Saturday, January 20, 2007 10:04 AM

TF26204: The account you entered is not recognized.
As I was trying to import a work item definition into a team project (using the Process Template Editor from gotdotnet) I received the following error message: TF26204: The account you entered is not recognized. Contact your Team Foundation Server administrator to add your account.. But I had not done any security changes (adding account or groups or permissions). What was it taking about? Then I understood: I had added a field that contained backslashes as values and TFS interpreted it as user account! ......

Posted On Friday, January 19, 2007 11:15 AM

Comparing NUnit to Team System Unit Testing
This post is quite old (one year) but still useful since it outlines the main differences between NUnit and Team System tests in terms of attributes and assertions. A good summary.

Posted On Tuesday, January 16, 2007 9:18 AM

TF26214: Cannot save the work item. Fields with errors: Track,Estimate
Today I was creating a new process template for my company developers when I had a strange problem. I already had a few projects created with a previous version of this template (mytemplate v2.0). The new version (mytemplate v3.0) mainly includes changes in work item types. In order to apply the new version to the already created team projects I imported the new versions of the work items. That worked fine. Then I created a team project with the mytemplate v3.0 and ... error! Module: Work Item TrackingEvent ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 10, 2007 4:49 PM

4 interesting releases
Everyone is posting about this, and I'm going with the flow :) It will certainly interest some of my clients and colleagues. Four important releases from Microsoft: Visual Studio 2005 SP1 Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite SP1 Team Foundation Server SP1 ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 RC Have fun ......

Posted On Saturday, December 16, 2006 3:12 PM

From NUnit to Team System tests
Another chapter on my experience helping a client adopt Team System. This time, the goal was to convert their NUnit test to Team System tests. This is not a very difficult topic given the great conversion tool available on gotdotnet (here), which basically does all the work for you. However, I did stumble upon a few issues. Before going into that, this is the basic procedure I followed (fortunately, NUnit tests were already placed in a single project (*.Test)): a. Create a new test project (named ......

Posted On Friday, November 17, 2006 8:01 PM

From MSBuild to TFSBuild
For the last few months I have been helping a client adopt Team System - Team Foundation Server. Since these tools are quite new, I will try to keep a log of what I have done. Builds: From MSBuild to TFSBuild The starting situation is an MSBuild script customized for a given team's needs. The default target can execute the following procedure: Delete network share Backup latest build Clean Get latest from source control Increase version and add label in source control if building in Release mode ......

Posted On Friday, November 17, 2006 7:57 PM

VSTS Testing Framework and Performance
I have recently received an inquiry from a client that wants to migrate his NUnit test to VSTS. They had heard that VSTS unit tests performed worse than NUnit. My answer (some info comes from MSFT): It is true that running a set of empty tests using NUnit is faster than running them using VSTS (about 20% faster), but if these tests are not empty and have something in them, then this difference reduces. Performance using VSTS will be best if you run the tests from the command line and using the /noisolation ......

Posted On Friday, November 17, 2006 7:50 PM

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