The Team Foundation Server 2010 Power Tools December 2011 released today focuses on improving the experience for developers in Visual Studio and using the Shell Extensions inside Windows Explorer.
This update of the Team Foundation Server Power Tools focusing on developers outside of Visual Studio with the following improvements:
Power Tools Come to Eclipse
New Power Tool available for download as an Eclipse update site. Simply install as you would a normal Eclipse update archive and you will be given the chance to install the following 3 tools:
- Alerts Explorer: Once installed, simply right click on the Team Project Collection in Team Explorer and select “Alerts Explorer”. This will then query your alert subscriptions and give you an Alerts Explorer editor for you to manage and create new alerts for your user id.
If you create a new alerts you get to pick from one of the templates defined and customize the alert filters to suit your needs. Alerts created in the Visual Studio Power Tool are editable by the Eclipse Alerts Explorer and vice versa.
- Work Item Templates tool helps you in creating same work item type (such as a Bug) and setting certain fields to the same value. “You create a template work item and can organize these in folders etc. Then when you want to create a new work item using that template simply right click on it and create a work item from that template. There is even a handy action to give you a link to TFS Web Access with the fields set that you have defined in your template – a great way of sharing a link with users of your application inside the company to make sure bugs they file go against your area path etc (we use exactly that feature to make it easy for people internally to log bugs against the Power Tools when we are dogfooding them),” explained Microsoft.
- Also, added in Source Control Explorer, ability to find files in the repository by file name or find files checked out by a particular individual.
64-bit MSSCCI Support
“We also made the one of our most significant updates to the MSSCCI provider for TFS 2010 in recent times by adding support for 64-bit applications wishing to use the MSSCCI provider,” said Microsoft.
VS Power Tools Improvements
Microsoft also, made some small incremental changes including:
- Now, when you enter a number in the work item search box, it’ll open the work item with that ID rather than searching for text matching the number. If you do want to search for text matching the number, just put the number in double quotes (e.g. “42”) and it’ll do a full text search rather than just using it as a work item ID. This capability is also now going to be in the search box of the new Team Explorer in VS 11.
- This release also added rules into Best Practice Analyzer to help check that common configuration issues with the Project Server integration to make sure everything is set up correctly and help diagnose any issues.
Here are the download links:
- Team Foundation Server Power Tools for Eclipse (Download)
- MSSCCI Provider for 64-bit IDE’s (Download)
- VS 2010 Power Tools update (Download)