Custom checkin policies and custom work item controls are great ways to take advantage of the extensibility of TFS. You can use checkin policies to enforce certain standards on checkins (even in your builds). Custom work item controls allow you to add controls to your work item forms that present data in particular way,
The folks who produce our documentation continue to experiment and find ways to improve our documentation. The most recent change involves consolidating docs. I’d encourage you to take a look and give them feedback.
Significant Changes Made to Streamline the Content for Work Item Type Schema Reference
A move has been afoot to eliminate topics that no one is reading anyway.
Recently I was showing someone the results of a bug query and sorting by more than one column in work item tracking in Team Explorer. When the person said he didn’t realize that feature existed, I decided it would be worth posting.
In the past I’ve written posts on tools for TFS on CodePlex. I’m happy to say that there are now too many to show in a post. I’d encourage you to take a look using this query for TFS on CodePlex.
Martin Woodward has written a great post that describes a feature that was added in TFS 2008 SP1 to reduce the amount of work item tracking metadata cached by the client. Depending on the number of team projects on your server and the number of fields and rules used by all work item types,
One of the new features available in TFS 2008 SP1 is that a TSWA URL can be configured in the server so that checkin notification emails will have links to the Team System Web Access page for the changeset, which allows you to see the diffs for each of the changes.
Brian Keller has recorded a series of interviews, some of which include demos, that are being published on Channel 9. You can find them at Visual Studio Team System 2010 Week on Channel 9.
Some of the videos have already been posted.
The download is available at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=00803636-1d16-4df1-8a3d-ef1ad4f4bbab&displaylang=en.
Brian recently wrote a post about the new features: http://blogs.msdn.com/bharry/archive/2008/07/08/july-08-tfs-power-tool-preview.aspx.
This release also includes some bug fixes to the build notification app.
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Hakan has announced the availability of the new TSWA community technology preview (CTP) in his post, What’s New in TSWA 2008 SP1. Personally, I would say this release is beta quality or better, so don’t let the CTP designation scare you too much.
Hakan Eskici, program manager for Team System Web Access, has posted the spec for a new power tool that’s based on TSWA that is designed to help customers comply with the new licensing changes in TFS 2008 while getting the most out of the product.