Team Foundation Task Board Enhancer: version 2.7.8 released


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[Update 16 Oct] I’ve decided to remove this version from the download since it has a few annoying bugs. I will release a fixed version next week]

New release of Team Foundation Task Board Enhancer

This version only works on TFS 2012 with update 2 or update 3 installed, TFS 2012 (RTM or with Update 1) is no longer supported (you can still use version 0.7.6).

New Features in this release

This is mainly a bug fixing release. It fixes two bugs and I’ve managed to sneak in a performance improvement.

For some people using Internet Explorer (I couldn’t reproduce it,that is was it took so long to fix) the extension wouldn’t be loaded. One user sent me enough trace information so I finally could figure it out. I hope this is fix is final.

The extension wouldn’t do anything if board was loaded directly in team members view (or reloaded). This has now been fixed (everything would work when switching from backlog items view to team members).

The extension now fetches much less data from the server it is hard to quantify the speed improvement this will bring, since it depends on the number of work items a board has and the amount of data they hold, but on extreme cases I’ve seen a 400x improvement (very extreme cases, but for median values 5-10x speed improvements seems to be the norm).

All these changes only affect the task board, they don’t impact the Kanban board.

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[Update 16 Oct] This version has a few annoying bugs so I’ve decided to remove it. Expect a new version next week

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TFS Work Item Tags: entering multiple tags in one swoop


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Update 2 for TFS 2012 brought us Work Item tagging, work item tags allows users to add tags in a free format way.

Besides adding tags to work items

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you can also filter backlog items by tags

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while the current work item tags have yet to fill all their potential since there is still a lot that can be done in terms of features. Tags can only be added/edited/viewed in Web Access, you cannot query work items by tags (some people for example want to limit the tags a user can choose,something I think would be too limiting and it goes against the self organization of teams).

But today I want to talk you about a little trick I discovered last week. I’m I mainly a keyboard person, the less I have to touch the mouse the better.

Entering a tag, already seemed fast you enter a tag, you press enter and you can immediately enter a new tag.

But I accidentally discovered you can enter multiple tags in a single sweep. If you use a comma, it will be considered a separator and two (or more) tags will be created. This is even faster.

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If you never heard or used work item tags, you can get a much more detailed description by Tarun Arora  on his blog post TFS2012 QU2 – New Feature – Work Item Tagging

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Team Foundation Task Board Enhancer: version 2.7.7 released


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New release of my Team Foundation Task Board Enhancer (previous versions .7.6.7.5, .7, 2.6.2 (update2 only), 0.6.1, 0.6 , 0.5 , 0.4 , 0.3 , 02 and 0.1 ).

If you want to know what is Task Board Enhancer or want to see the full list of features, head on to the Task Board Enhancer page

 

This version only works on TFS 2012 with update 2 or update 3 installed, TFS 2012 (RTM or with Update 1) is no longer supported (you can still use version 0.7.6).

Based on the analysis on the downloads, there is now a big gap between version 2.x.x and 0.x.x version downloads and added to the fact that maintaining four different codebases takes quite some time (for something I’m doing on the free time that I do not have) so I’ve decided to drop versions support for TFS 2012 RTM (or update 1).

New Features in this release

This is mainly a bug fixing release.

I’ve only added a minor feature, it is now possible to display the user to which a requirement (product backlog item,….) is assigned to.

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This feature is configurable and it’s disabled by default. You can enable it on the preferences window

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Besides this feature I’ve fixed the following bugs

  • If pictures are enabled and a card has an assigned member it’s not possible to enter unassigned – If a card was assigned to an user and the show user images feature is enabled, then it wouldn’t be possible to set (on the card itself) the value to unassigned
  • When moving between team members and stories the id and state of the requirement are lost – If you switch the view to team members and then switch back to backlog items then the id and state was not visible on the requirements anymore.
  • In IE (8 and 9) when there is a large number of tasks the ids are not shown on all of them –If there was a large number of work items on the board (> 250) then on some browsers (I’ve could only reproduce it on IE8 but I’ve got some reports on IE9 also) only half of the cards would have their IDs displayed. I believe this also fixes some issues that have been reported (but I could never reproduce it) where sometimes the board failed to load on first attempt (a reload work work) on some versions of Internet Explorer

 

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This version only works on TFS 2012 with update 2 or 3, there is no version for TFS 2012 (RTM or Update 1)

For Update 2 and upwards Download version 2.7.7 of the extension

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Team Foundation Task Board Enhancer: version .7.6 released


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New release of my Team Foundation Task Board Enhancer (previous versions .7.5, .7, 2.6.2 (update2 only), 0.6.1, 0.6 , 0.5 , 0.4 , 0.3 , 02 and 0.1 ).

If you want to know what is Task Board Enhancer or want to see the full list of features, head on to the Task Board Enhancer page

 

New Features in this release

There are no new features in this release. It’s just a bug fixing release.

In the previous version, I did an optimization for modern browser to make it a little faster in the process I’ve broke Internet Explorer 8 support (every time I do a release, I test it with only the newest version Chrome, IE 9 and 10 and Firefox).

So if you are using version 2.7.5 and Internet Explorer 8 this is for you (version 0.7.5 didn’t had the issue).

I’ve had a bug report with Firefox but couldn’t reproduce (the user didn’t specify the version he was using) so this may also fix the same issue on older Firefox versions.

Download

There are two different versions, depending if you are already running TFS 2012 with update 2 or 3 or an older 2012 version (RTM or Update 1).

For Update 2 and upwards Download version 2.7.6 of the extension

For RTM and Update 1  Download version 0.7.6 of the extension

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Team Foundation Task Board Enhancer: version .7.5 released


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New release of my Team Foundation Task Board Enhancer (previous versions .7, 2.6.2 (update2 only), 0.6.1, 0.6 , 0.5 , 0.4 , 0.3 , 02 and 0.1 ).

If you want to know what is Task Board Enhancer or want to see the full list of features, head on to the Task Board Enhancer page

When I started doing this, it was just a small thing. I never expected it to become so big, so on this release most of the time was cleaning up the code (which grew very organically) to prepare it for future features. So this a very small release with only one features and two small improvements.

 

New Features in this release

As usual let’s just repeat the standard disclaimer Smile

This extension uses undocumented TFS mechanisms, this means there is a risk (which I’m not able to quantify) it will stop working in the future with new TFS releases or updates . If that happens, the fact that the extension no longer works, it will be my sole responsibility and not of Microsoft.

You can also see full list of features here

Show work item tags count

Show in the right corner of the card a count with the number of tags the work item has.

If you hover the counter, a tooltip will show you the tags (separated by commas).

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You can read more about work item tags here

This feature can be enabled/disabled. (enabled by default)

This feature only works on the task board and on TFS 2012 with Update 2012 or higher

Change the auto refresh interval in the UI

On previous versions if you wanted to change the auto scroll interval, you had to do it with a url parameter. Now you can do it on the UI.

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Freeze auto refresh countdown when a work item is open

That was already supported previously. If you opened a work item when auto refresh was enabled the counter would stop. Unfortunately it was implemented poorly and there were same cases, it wouldn’t detect it, so an auto refresh could kick in.

That has been improved, and as long as there is a window open auto refresh stops the countdown.

Don’t forget you can always subscribe to the newsletter (see right side bar) if you want to be notified when new versions are released (typically news letter subscribers can get the new version a few days before a new version is announced).

 

Download

There are two different versions, depending if you are already running TFS 2012 with update 2 or 3 or an older 2012 version (RTM or Update 1).

For Update 2 and upwards Download version 2.7.5 of the extension

For RTM and Update 1  Download version 0.7.5 of the extension

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