Colin's ALM Checkin Policies for VS 2013 and VSO

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Colin's ALM Corner Custom Checkin Policies, including a Code Review Checkin Policy

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3/5/2015
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by intelliE | May 14 2015

by Ricardo Serradas | September 11 2014

Great extension!

by wattyjnr | August 15 2013

Exactly what I was looking for! An excellent tool and I am surprised that MS hasn't built this into the IDE. Thanks so much for contributing.

by RazmikDev | June 20 2013

Great tool!

Can you share sources to community?

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  • Make template available
    1 Posts | Last post June 11, 2015
    • Hi Colin, 
      
      Thx for the great policy.  Been useful.  But it would be nice if could make the template available so the community could help address the issues that have been reported. 
  • Issue with Tool when Code Review 'Needs Work'
    2 Posts | Last post June 11, 2015
    • We've installed the Plugin and the tool seems to work as designed, except we're having an issue with the following scenario:
      
      1. We have the tool set up to with the following options: 
         a. Required Review to be Closed - checked
         b. Fail if any response is 'Needs Work' - checked
         c. Min Pass Level: Looks good
      
      2. We initiate a TFS code review and a reviewer sets it to 'Needs Work'.
      
      3. Warning is issued when trying to checkin the file as expected.
      
      4. Initial developer (who sent out code review) fixes problem as per code review and initiates new code review (there's no way to re-issue the original code review request).
      
      5. 2nd code review comes back as 'Looks Good' and is Closed.
      
      6. When trying to check file in, warning is still issued.
      
      7. Tried closing initial Code Review, but warning is still issued.
      
      My guess is the Initial Code Review is still tagged as 'Needs Work' and that's why the policy is firing the warning.  However I see no way to change the Initial code reviews comments (i.e. to 'Looks Good').
      
      Thoughts?
    • Yes, looks like wit needs to be removed/unlinked as per another comment the other vs 2013 discussion thread.  obviously that doesn't seem like a good approach.  the approach would be to allow check in if any subsequent wits are 'good'.  I think this will take custom editing the template itself.  
  • Applying policy to paths not working
    2 Posts | Last post May 29, 2015
    • Hello,
      
      The extension is working great except that applying the policy to a sub-project path doesn't seem to work right (using Visual Studio 2013).
      
      We've added only a path that is below our main project path; however, all check-ins for all of the project's paths require a code review now. It caused quite a stir (lol) when other teams suddenly got prompted for code review (and wasn't necessarily a bad thing).
      
      Is someone else able to repro this issue?
      
      Thanks,
      rollercodester
    • Hi, i am looking into using this extension, and i would have the same issues regarding projects.   have you solved this? does it work on sub-projects only?  and does every developer need to install this on their local machine for this to work?  or can it be done server side, requiring this 'check-in' to occur. tx
  • Where to install
    2 Posts | Last post May 29, 2015
    • Hi Colin, this is a great tool. My question is where should I install this tool. Does it need to be install in the TFS App tier servers or it needs to be installed in individual machine? 
      
      As a TFS admin if I install it in my machine and apply the Check-in policy will it be universal or individual user(developer) need to install it as well?
      
    • Hi, did you ever get an answer to this? tx
  • Visual Studio 2015 support?
    1 Posts | Last post April 27, 2015
    • Hi, any plans to add Visual Studio 2015 support?
  • Missing field ClosedStatusCode
    1 Posts | Last post December 09, 2014
    • Hi ,amybe some can help me. When I click on Actions/Request Review I got this error "Work item type Code Review Response is missing field Microsoft.VSTS.CodeReview.ClosedStatusCode" 
      
      It worked very well before with TFS2012. Since then we migrated to  TFS2013. I tried to upgrade the extension to version 1.3 Then downgrade to 1.2. Still the same error.
  • Localization Issue
    2 Posts | Last post October 30, 2014
    • Hi,
      
      I found that even I set the "Min Pass Level" to "With Comments" or "Looks Good", I still can not pass the policy check. I'm using non-US version of VS2013 (actually is "Traditional Chinese"), so any idea for this problem?
      
    • Exactly the same problem here. I guess it has something todo with the language because we use a german version of tfs and we have the same problem like you. Any idea? Does this plugin just work with an english version of TFS?
  • VS2013 with VSO Check-In policy pop-up hang
    2 Posts | Last post October 02, 2014
    • Hi,
      I installed the extension in VS2013 Ultimate and connected to VSO. When I try to add a the code review as a check-in policy the dialog displays but I can't edit the source path test area and there is no way to close the dialog. Is there something I am missing like a specific version of VS2013 i.e. update 2 or 3? Any help on this is greatly appreciated.
    • I am having this same issue with VS2013 Update 3.  It seems like the form is too small, and cutting off the right and bottom
  • False positive in check-in
    2 Posts | Last post September 25, 2014
    • I'm trying to start using this policy, but it failed the first test. 
      Let's say:
      1- Developer D requests review for file F1
      2- Reviewer closes request as Looks Good
      3- D adds a new file F2 along F1 and tries to check-in
      4- Checkin succeed
      
      The files being checked-in are linked to the review for the validation?
      
      This policy is very helpful and I'm looking forward to start using it.
    • I went home and when I came back it was working. Apparently it was some restart issue.
      
      Thanks.
  • VS 2013 installation
    2 Posts | Last post August 17, 2014
    • Hi,
      
      Can you please provide installation guides? I didn't succeed to prevent check-in from developer before code review request and completion.
      What's wrong? Or this is the behavior. For example comment check in policy prevent from user to check-in. Once I provided comments and try check-in it is passed without any code review. 
      
      Evgeny
    • I found the source of the problem. It is warning override. Is it possible to prevent it?
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