Colin's ALM Checkin Policies for VS 2013 and VSO


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

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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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  • Where to install
    1 Posts | Last post May 06, 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?
  • 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.
  • Applying policy to paths not working
    1 Posts | Last post November 06, 2014
    • 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?
  • 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.
  • 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. 
    • I found the source of the problem. It is warning override. Is it possible to prevent it?
  • VS 2012 code review checkin policy installer
    1 Posts | Last post August 09, 2014
    • Hi Colin,
      The check-in Policy is awesome and has really helped me. But unfortunately one of TFS Server is 2012 and I want to implement Code Review check-in policy in TFS 2012 also. I was not able to find any link for 2012, all links are pointing to either VSO or VS 2013.
      I would be great if you can provide the VS2012 installer for code review check in policy.
      Thank you very much in advance..
  • VS2012 installer or VS2013 source
    2 Posts | Last post August 02, 2014
    • Can you provide the version that works with VS2012.   Or could you please provide the source for the VS2013 version.  thank you.
    • +1 - We are not ready to upgrade to VS 2013 yet and would like to use this for VS 2012.  The link you listed in response to a similar question below just takes me back to the 2013 version.
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