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Tarun Arora - Visual Studio ALM MVP ALM, Agile, Automation, Performance Testing, Software QA, Cloud, ... TFS API Team Foundation Server Application Programming Interface, Team Foundation Server SDK, Team Foundation Server Software Development Kit
TFS API - Reporting Visual Studio Solution And Project Versions
Problem Definition I am about to take ownership of a TFS 2005 repository that has projects for BizTalk, SharePoint, SSIS, SSAS, different flavors of .NET, to complicate things, the customer is using different versions of visual studio to develop and maintain these solutions. To take control of the source control and successfully manage the build infrastructure it is important for me to have a view on what project types, what version of these project types, what version of visual studio, etc are being ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 29, 2013 1:36 AM

The year 2012 in highlights!
2012 has been an overwhelming year, I had my share of up’s and down’s. The year started on a high note with Microsoft presenting me the MVP award for Visual Studio ALM. I changed my availability status (no this doesn’t have anything to do with the MVP award) from being single to being married on 11th February – My big fat Indian Wedding. During my visit to India I met Chuck, with support from Anuthara and her team in IDC I launched an initiative to deliver a series of videos with the product team ......

Posted On Monday, December 31, 2012 9:55 AM

TFS API Change WorkItem CreatedDate And ChangedDate To Historic Dates
There may be times when you need to modify the value of the fields “System.CreatedDate” and “System.ChangedDate” on a work item. Richard Hundhausen has a great blog with ample of reason why or why not you should need to set the values of these fields to historic dates. In this blog post I’ll show you, Create a PBI WorkItem linked to a Task work item by pre-setting the value of the field ‘System.ChangedDate’ to a historic date Change the value of the field ‘System.Created’ to a historic date Simulate ......

Posted On Saturday, October 27, 2012 1:53 PM

TFS API Add Favorites programmatically
01 – What are we trying to achieve? In this blog post I’ll be showing you how to add work item queries as favorites, it is also possible to use the same technique to add build definition as favorites. Once a shared query or build definition has been added as favorite it will show up on the team web access. In this blog post I’ll be showing you a work around in the absence of a proper API how you can add queries to team favorites. 02 – Disclaimer There is no official API for adding favorites programmatically. ......

Posted On Thursday, October 18, 2012 4:24 PM

TFS API Find out who deleted your build?

I am sure you have been in the situation where you start following a change through the list of builds and suddenly realize a lot of the builds have been deleted by some one! The good news is, when the build is deleted from the build explorer in Visual Studio it is only ........

Posted On Sunday, May 20, 2012 4:43 PM

Get Detailed Build Test Results using the TFS API

It’s a Friday evening and you have just checked in that last bit of code, you are waiting for the build to go all green so that you could call it a day. Just then the build summary page comes back red on the test results section. The build summary page tells you that 1 of the test namely HelloWorld.Tests.UnitTest1.Sum_TwoIntNumbers_IncorrectResult_TestMethod has failed…......

Posted On Wednesday, May 16, 2012 11:37 PM

Community TFS Build Manager – Build Notes Preview

Lately I have been working on a feature for the TBM which will help you automate much of the release note creation process by allowing you to generate a summary document from the build summary.

Posted On Friday, April 27, 2012 6:38 PM

TFS API The All New Team Project Picker – Beautiful!

The Team Project Picker in TFS 2011 looks gorgeous. I specially like the status bar on the working state, at least let’s you know that the project picker is still working on getting the details and of course the new icons for team project collection and team projects are ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 11, 2012 11:49 PM

Build Manager Extension–Scribe for Build Notes
Scribe - Test Scribe is a documentation power tool designed to construct documents directly from TFS for test plan and test run artefacts for the purpose of discussion, reporting etc. Scribe only works with Microsoft Test Manager, so if you needed to generate documentation for TFS Builds, what options do you have? You could potentially modify the Build Process template to generate report documentation as the build is executed or you could use the TFS data warehouse to extract data to create rich ......

Posted On Saturday, January 7, 2012 12:52 PM

TFS API–Release Notes From TFS Builds
Agile taught us to release early and release often, Agile also taught us to get the end user involved more frequently and directly. Goes without saying that release notes are an important part of any release. But what you don’t want to be doing is manually putting together the release notes with each frequent release you do. TFS lets you manage the application lifecycle with great ease & minimal administrative overhead, if your team is already checking in the code against work items and if you ......

Posted On Saturday, December 24, 2011 8:25 PM

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