New TFS Work Item Status Board from Telerik

I just found out that Telerik has just announced a new tool for visualizing work in TFS. The application is build with WPF and has a really slick UI:



Key features of the TFS Work Item Manager include:


  • Work Item grid filtering, grouping, and aggregation
  • Area and Iteration filtering using single and multi select modes
  • Filter query results using a tree of areas or iterations
  • Unique Task board view of work items independent from any process templatePrint work item cards for the board in your room
    Iteration schedule
  • Paste clipboard contents into a work item
  • “New Query by example” saves your query for other team members
  • Search the title and description of query results as you type
  • Built with RadControls for WPF

There’s also a configurable dashboard to go with this and both tools should work with the MSF project templates.


You can download the Telerik Tools for Team System here. And it’s free!

Oh, my “Create Unit Test” dialog is empty…

Today I worked on a strange little behavior in the dialog used to create unit tests from code in Visual Studio 2008.


When I choose to create a new unit test the dialog displayed was completely empty:



After searching a bit on the Microsoft support website I found the reason; it turned out that there’s a bug in VS 2008 Service Pack 1 that causes this effect when there’s a Visual Studio 2008 GDR database project in the solution. Usually I keep the database project outside the main solution but in this case it was included and was causing the trouble. The problem occurs for these project types:


  • A Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Team System Database Edition General Distribution Release (GDR) project
  • A Microsoft Silverlight project
  • A Windows Installer XML (WIX) project

Fortunately there’s a fix available that resolves this issue available here. So I installed and the dialog works fine again!