Monday, 19 January 2015

TFS 2013.4 Version Control – Enhanced Web Portal – Part 1

Several enhancements are released with TFS2013.4 for version control in TFS web portal. Let’s explore them to understand how useful each of them.

1. It is possible to download a source code folder as a zip file from web portal. May be useful, but difficult to come up with a real usage example.

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2. Code file view provides similar look at code files like in visual studio. This really helps to do code reviews etc. just using the browser. A download of code file is available as well.

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3. Can show/hide annotations of a code file.

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4. Changeset enhanced view provides file by file detailed view of changes.

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Associated work items shown if any.

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5. Discussions can be initiated as comments based on code. Other team members can reply to comments. Possible to add overall comment for the changeset.

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6. Discussions as inline comments to the changeset code.

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7. Create a work item based on a discussion on changeset. Would be really useful to create User Story/Bug/Task based on code reviews, discussion on implementation etc.

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Discussion can be opened from work item.

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8. Changesets can be viewed as list of files, files by folder or with full folder file hierarchy.

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9. Several options to show comments (discussion comments) and filter files with discussions also available.

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10. Changeset file changes can be viewed side by side or as inline changes. Inline view is really easy to read with line numbers.

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11. As shown above options available to show hide comments made in portal.

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12. Changeset file view can be in full screen mode.

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There are lot more for for Version Control enhancements in Web Portal and I will show them in Part 2.

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