TFS Work Item History Compare

 

I had a customer that was looking for a way to see the history of a work item in an easier to compare format then the work item itself.  I searched for such a tool, didn’t find one, so I wrote this.

I uploaded it to CodePlex in case anyone would like to use it or extend it. If you just want to try it out you can download the latest version from CodePlex.

The app is pretty simple. Simply run GetHistory.exe select the server and projects you want to query and hit connect.

On the main form below, the Project drop down will be populated with the list of projects you selected from the connection screen.

Enter a Work Item ID from that project and hit enter or click Get History.

The grid will fill with each revision of the work item. If the data in a field is different than the previous revision it will be displayed in red.

Other Options

Go to the Fields to Ignore tab to select work item fields you don’t care to see. Some are obviously pointless and should be turned off by default. (ie: Rev, ID, Area ID, Iteration ID, History, Work Item Type)

Connect to TFS: Use this button to switch to another server or collection or add or remove a project from the drop down.

Clear:  Clears the form of the last retrieved work item data.

Export to Excel: Do I really need to tell you what this does?

I hope someone out there finds it useful.

Microsoft seeing work item history made easier

Dave Lloyd has updated GetHistory a power tool for displaying work item history. Now you can export the work item history to excel. If your company has a audit process that has to be followed this tool may help you report on changes to requirements, test cases, bugs in just a few steps.

Click Get History to get the newest version. Keep your eye out on this tool you never know what features Dave may add!

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ObjectSharp At the Movies … May 1st, 2012 9am to Noon

Here is what you will see and hear from ObjectSharp's Microsoft MVPs at this event:

Metro (Win 8 + Mobile)

The Metro interface has the potential to change how a lot of people use computers. You've already seen a little of it in the Windows Phone. More if you have downloaded the Windows 8 consumer preview. In this session, we will demonstrate how the power exposed by Metro (through live tiles, push notifications, immersive user experiences, etc.) can be harnessed to provide a usable and intuitive application.

VS 11/.NET 4.5

We're still a few months away from its release, but the beta version of Visual Studio 11 and .NET 4.5 is available and with a Go-Live license too. With Visual Studio, reduction and simplification are the keywords. For .NET, assistance with parallelism this session is the big topic. Between these and other topics, the tools that will make your development life easier are covered.

TFS 2012/Test Manager 2012

The word in the TFS/Test manager world for 2012 is "Agile". Lightweight requirements gathering through PowerPoint Storyboarding. Additional reporting, including a task board, in TFS and exploratory/agile testing through Test Manager. Lots of new features to delve into and they will be in this session.

Check out all about it here.

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AlignIT - Manager Tech Talk

Tomorrow Barry Gervin and I will be interviewed on AlignIT with Ruth Morton and Jonathan Rozenblit.

We will be discussing the Pros and Cons of upgrading to the next version of VS and TFS. Affectionately known as vNext or Dev11.

Feb 29th MS announced the release of Windows 8 Customer Preview and Visual Studio 11 Beta.

Looking forward to the discussions. Watch for it on AlignIT

MTM Test Case iteration identifier –reduce waste

MTM needs a feature that allows testers to describe what an individual test case iteration is testing.

Right now I add a parameter to the last steps expected results "@Notes" and for each iteration of a test case I add to the Notes what I am testing in each iteration. Example would be testing a address site. My test case will go through all the address fields so any testing I would need can be done with parameters and iterations even boundary. But I need a easy way to identify what is being tested by an iteration.

Vote for this feature “Identifier that describes what each test case iteration is testing

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Create Reports for TFS2010 Test Results

Check out instructions on how to create reports for your TFS2010 Test Results. There is also an example that you can follow.

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Unit Testing 101–check out this webcast on unit testing

Typemock is presenting a webcast “Introduction to Unit Testing” if your a tester this will be a good intro into unit testing. Pass this onto your developers even if they unit test.

Software testing isn’t just a task for QA. In order to prevent bugs and release quality code to market, you also need developer testing, including unit testing. Discover why you should start unit testing, and how you can get started with automated tests quickly.

Click below to register

Introduction to Unit Testing

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O# at the movies is back

I remember the first ever event we did in a theater. It was all about Whidbey, remember that? Then the next year Nick Van Exan our student and part time graphics guy created a movie poster to promote the event. I think it was Barry Gervin as Dr. Evil, very funny stuff.

The tradition continues.

ObjectSharp is pleased to present it's 2012 "At The Movies" event!

At this 3-hour live morning event at the Scotiabank Theatre, on Tues 1 May 9-12 noon, you will see and hear about Microsoft's new developer tools for 2012:

Metro (Win 8 + Mobile)
VS 2012
TFS 2012 + Test Manager 2012

...from ObjectSharp's MS MVPs: Dave Lloyd, Bruce Johnson, Barry Gervin, Colin Bowern, Deb Forsyth and Atley Hunter

PLUS:  your admission includes:

Coffee + Popcorn + Soft Drinks

AND ...  multiple draws for Microsoft and Telerik cool stuff!

What does it cost?

General Admission is $25 (or register by Friday April 14 and pay just $15)!

Register Online Now!

What if I have questions?

e-mail us at ATM@objectsharp.com
or call: 416-649-3690 (ext 0)

Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Test Vs. QTP

Karthik K.K has posted on LinkedIn (click to see) a chart that compares the features of Visual Studio & Test Manager to Quick Test Professional (QTP).

I like the last item:

Visual Studio 2010 Test QTP Who’s Best
VSTS is cheaper and can be used for both development & testing. QTP is costlier and can be used ONLY for testing. VSTS

VSTS can also be used by Business Analyst, Project Managers, and Stakeholders. It can assist teams being Agile or Scrum or Waterfall thru a process template. The process template can be customized to meet your company need. VSTS reports on all aspects of a project and can tell you at any time where in the project you are at, the quality of the project to date, the status of your requirements/user stories. You can have a “Requirement to Test Matrix” in seconds at anytime.

If this alone has got your attention and you want to know more contact me directly.

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Windows 8 Camps coming…

What is a Windows 8 Camp?

A Windows 8 Camp is a free, two-day event. During the Camp, you’ll discover HANDS-ON how to build your first Metro Style App for Windows 8. You’ll learn from experts in a low-key, interactive way and apply what you’ve learned with support from Microsoft Canada.

How do I register? Click below for the city nearest you.

o Toronto – May 22nd to June 1st, Microsoft Downtown Toronto Office

o Montreal – June 4th to June 8th, Microsoft Downtown Montreal Office

o Vancouver – June 11th to June 22nd, Microsoft Downtown Vancouver Office

Where can I find Windows 8 resources?

 

· A Cornucopia of Windows 8 Goodness

· Windows 8 Consumer Preview

· Windows 8 Consumer Preview Product Guide for Developers

· Windows Dev Center

· Visual Studio 11 Beta

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