Team Foundation 2010 – Modify Work Item Types

Create post here on Modifying Work Item Types in TFS 2010 by Ewald Hofman

The parts I was interested in, exporting and importing…


When you want to modify the Task work item type in the project collection “DefaultCollection” on the TFS server “MyTfsServer” and the project “Agile project” you can enter the following command:

witadmin exportwitd /collection:”http://MyTfsServer:8080/tfs/DefaultCollection” /p:”Agile project” /n:Task /f:”c:\temp\Task.xml”

You can now make modifications to the work item type… When you are ready, it is time to upload or import the xml file again. To do that you can use the ImportWitd command…:

witadmin importwitd /collection:”http://MyTfsServer:8080/tfs/DefaultCollection” /p:”Agile project” /f:”c:\temp\Task.xml”

VS 2010 Low Virtual Memory Fix – Insufficient available memory


Man VS 2010 is a memory hog.  Well heck even 2k8 was too, but at least it always let me copy/paste.

After awhile I lose the ability to copy text from my code. With a warning saying “Insufficient available memory to meet the expected demands of an operation at this time, possibly due to virtual address space fragmentation. Please try again later.”


Found this post to increase the Virtual Memory:

However, they have a typo in the command.

If you run their command: bcdedit /set IncreateUserVa 3072 it fails with a “The element data type specified is not recognized, or does not apply to the specified entry.” error.

Run the proper command: bcdedit /set IncreaseUserVa 3072 and you get “The operation completed successfully.

I don’t this will remove the error, just give me more time before it happens.  Supposedly, 64bit doesn't have this problem.

10 Cool Things You Can Do In Visual Studio 2010



This one is so useful and helpful that I think it deserved a replicated post.

Found it here and original is here.

1. Pin variables when debugging

At debugging when hovering over variables the “Pin variable” option appears. Clicking on this makes the variable stick next to the source code until removed (and the pin stays there between debugging sessions). It is a really hand utility eliminating having to add variables to the Watch window one by one or search through the Locals window to find the variable one’s looking for. Definitely one of the top 3 new features I use on a day to day basis!


2. Box selection

While holding down the Alt key box selection can be made on the screen. At first glance this feature doesn’t seem to useful. However when typing anything in the selection the same text appears in all lines. So this selection is extremely useful for mass renaming of e.g. visibilities or anything else that involves changing the same thing in all lines.


3. Search on-the-fly

When pressing Crtl and , (comma) the new Navigate To window appears. This is a real-time search window offering basically the same functionality as the Find and Replace window (opened by Crtl + Shift + F) but doing it on-the fly, without having to wait seconds for search results. So the list of results updates the moment you type the next letter in your search expression. Scott said that the search database used by this window is built continously in the background by Visual Studio.

4. Zooming

There’s a small zoom drop down box on the left bottom of the application. It’s barely noticeable but is really useful when showing your code to someone else or doing presentations. Not a function you’ll use too often but comes handy every once in a while!


(Note: zooming can also be used with Crtl + mouse scroll)

5. View Call Hierarchy

Exploring code has been made much easier with the new View Call Hierarchy command in the context menu when right clicking a method. The Call Hierarchy window shows calls from the method, calls to the method and overrides of the method (if any). This little add-on makes exploring someone else’s code so much easier.


6. Sequence Diagrams

The professional and above versions of Visual Studio 2010 come with built-in sequence diagram generation functionality. Simply right click on the method and select Generate Sequence Diagram to get a nifty call sequence diagram.


7. Dependency Graphs

The professional and above versions of Visual Studio 2010 come with a built-in dependency graph generator that generates an interactive, browsable dependency graph. When there is a large number of object this graph can get overwhelmingly large. However the fact that it can track dependencies at assembly, namespace and class level as well make it a useful tool for getting an idea for the project dependencies.


8. IntelliTrace and Dump Debugging

Ever had clients submitting bug reports that you were unable to reproduce and made you wish you could just debug right on their machine? IntelliTrace brings this to reality. When running an application with IntelliTrace enabled it records the series of events happening within it and lets the developer play these back. Note however that IntelliTrace collects less information than one might need at debugging and also has a slight performance overhead when turned on. IntelliTrace is only available in Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate. For more information on Intellitrace see MSDN.

Dump Debugging is the feature that enables to open dump files from production machines and debug those. This is a great feature to use for debugging crashes happening on a production machine. See a video on how to use this feature on Channel 9.

9. Multi-monitor support

Few people knew that Visual Studio 2008 actually had multi-monitor support. You just had to launch an instance on each monitor! Aside from this joke, this feature was one that was really wanted. Now windows can be positioned across monitors making developing and debugging a much better overview on dual screens.

10. Intellisense – lots of small improvements

Intellisense has gone through lots of small improvements. The most important ones are:

  • When selecting any variable all instances of it are highlighted – a well needed improvement that has been around for in lots of text editors
  • Search is not limited to prefixes any more, it is done within strings. So when typing time for example, DateTime will be offered as well (previously only names starting with time were)
  • Intellisense can search just knowing the capital letters of a class. When searching e.g. for HttpCachePolicy it’s enough to type HCP - nice!
  • Javascript intellisense is extensive: all major Javascript libraries are supported (JQuery, Ext.JS, Prototype). Expressions are also evaluated on the fly and Intellisense is offered accordingly.

Microsoft Test And Lab Management with Test Runner and Visual Studio 2010 CodedUI Testing UI

Ok who at Microsoft can I go hug and bow down too for creating Test and Lab and Test Runner and the CodedUI Recorder script generator.  Client of mine wanted to do more automated and better testing of their web apps. I knew VS 2010 had new testing tools but didn’t know to what extent. So I did some quick research and installed it on my own and tried it out against a business application I develop.  Wow.

I still have a lot to learn on it’s use but in 5min I created a script that I could automate and test the UI functionality of the business web app.

Applications to look at:

  • Visual Studio 2010
  • Microsoft Test and Lab Management 2010 (Yes this only works with Team Foundation Server 2010. If you have TFS 2008, you’re out of luck.
  • Microsoft Test Runner 2010 (Comes as part of Test and Lab I believe)

Some quick overview features

  1. You can record your testing and play it back later to automate it
  2. It’s designed for non-developers but not end-users, for someone in QA
  3. With this tool you can have “Shared” scripts, so say you create 100 scripts and we change the login functionality. You would only need to edit that one shared script and all the other 100 are changed.
  4. Manual Testing can be turned into automated testing
  5. You can setup test environments for local, QA and Prod
  6. You can do full screen capture when manual testing and it will create Bug item in Team Foundation System with your screen shots and all the steps you performed and what data was used when you were developing.
  7. You can use datasource for username’s and passwords and addresses to test with etc.
  8. You can perform Coded UI Automated Scripts without coding anything, a recorder records and generates it for you.

You can view the Test and Lab Management Video here, skip ahead to 13:10 into video to see it in action.

CodedUI Functionality in VS 2010 Video. Fast forward to 2:20 to 7:10:  (You can do this on any VS 2008 project you have, using VS 2010 only)

Good Post on some of the Lab stuff: The Microsoft Test Runner – innovation for the Generalist Tester