June ALM Documentation Update Available

Brian Harry

The documentation team continues with their plan to ship documentation updates every month to address the biggest areas of user feedback.  New content in the June update includes:

Planning and Tracking Projects


Tracking Bugs, Tasks, and Other Work Items


New and updated topics about work item tracking can help you manage and track tasks, bugs, and other information about your team project.

Controlling the Display of Work Item Fields

Providing Help Text, Process Guidance, Web Content, and Links to Web Pages on a Work Item Form

Defining Link Controls to Restrict Link Relationships

Adding the Attachments Control


New scenario-based topics provide all-in-one-place information for common work item tracking tasks.

Designing the Layout of the Work Item Form

Specifying Work Item Form Controls

Illustrations and code examples have been added to these updated topics.


Scheduling Tasks and Assigning Resources Using Microsoft Project

Scheduling Team Projects Using Microsoft Project 2010

What are the key differences between Project 2007 and Project 2010 when you are working in TFS? This new topic shows you and includes the steps you need to take to add new Project 2010 fields to Team Foundation.


Modeling the Application

Visualization and Modeling SDK – Domain-Specific Languages

You’ll find a lot of changes in this section! We hope you’ll find the content useful, and we welcome your feedback and questions – either in the Community Content at the bottom of each page, or through the VMSDK Forum.

How to: Define a Domain-Specific Language

(VS + Visualization and Modeling SDK)

We’re doing a big overhaul of the DSL topics – for example, this one explains about creating and using a DSL from basics.

User Commands and Actions ,

How to: Add a Drag-and-Drop Handler

(VS + Visualization and Modeling SDK)

Many of the topics have been updated, extended and clarified. As examples, these new topics explain how to add user interactions to your DSL.

Integrating Models using Visual Studio Modelbus

Visual Studio ModelBus Adapters can now be created quickly using the Visual Studio Modelbus Extension. The updated topic tells you how.

Microsoft.VisualStudio.Modeling.Diagrams namespace

Updated Types include:



BinaryLinkShape, BinaryLinkShapeBase














Customizing your domain-specific language is getting easier: we have updated and extended the Diagrams namespace and its key types.

















Code Generation


Text Template Directives (Visual Studio)

Added the <#@parameter#> directive, which makes it easier to pass values into your text templates for code generation.

Text Template Directives (Visual Studio)

If you are debugging a DLL that you call from a template, you’ll have noticed you can’t rebuild it for a while after it is used by a text template. We’ve added some tips on how to work around this limitation.


Developing the Application


Analyzing Managed Code Quality by Using Code Analysis


How to: Customize the Code Analysis Dictionary


Do you abbreviate ‘identifier’ as ID rather than Id? Are you okay with OK rather than Ok? Do code analysis naming and capitalization rules drive you up a wall? Use a custom dictionary to bend code analysis to your will.


Verifying Code by Using Unit Tests


Coding Custom Unit Tests Using the Unit Testing Framework


Get an overview of Unit Testing Framework attributes, classes, and methods that help you to create and extend unit testing.



Testing the Application


Installing and Configuring Visual Studio Test Agents


Configuring a Test Controller and Test Agent Across a Firewall


Updated information about setting the ports used by test agents and controllers.


Administering Team Foundation


Understanding Administrative Concepts and Tools


Team Foundation Server Architecture

There are lots of moving parts in a Team Foundation deployment and many ways for both physical and virtual machines to communicate with one another. This topic provides an overview of TFS architecture and details about the ports and protocols TFS uses.


Configuring and Administering Lab Management


Lab Management brings virtualization to testing and development in Visual Studio Team Foundation and Microsoft Test Professional.


Configuring Lab Management for the First Time

New information about creating user accounts has been added to this topic.


Extending Visual Studio Application Lifecycle Management


Extending Team Foundation


The first part of the Team Foundation SDK for Visual Studio 2010 has been published! Allen Clark provides the details, and asks for your feedback on his blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/allclark.



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