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PET Team Foundation Server Tool Provider - Template Documentation

This page describes the structure and content of a template for the PET Team Foundation Server tool provider (TFS TP). To easily understand all the given descriptions please refer to the example template (pluginData\tfs\template_de) from the Codeplex PET package.

Template configuration file

The most important part of a template for the TFS TP is the TemplateConfig.xml. It contains the template's meta data as well as information about the processing steps the TFS TP has to execute. This section will briefly explain the template configuration's structure and content.

Meta information

The template's meta information is contained in separate nodes, located in /TfsTemplateConfig. The supported information nodes are:
  • Name: Name of the template as displayed in the provider's configuration.
  • TfsVersion: TFS version this template is intended for. Possible values are 2005, 2008 and 2010.
  • TfsLanguage: Language code of the TFS installation language this template is intended for. E.g. en for English.
  • TextResourcesFile: Location of the language resource file relative to the template path. See section Language resources file.
  • TemplateFolder: Folder of the TFS process template to be transformed by the TFS TP. Path is to be relative to the template path.

Note, that the meta information is not copied to the template generated by the TFS TP.

Template Generation Tasks

The heart of the template configuration file is the /TfsTemplateConfig/Tasks node and its Task child nodes. They describe the modifications of the TFS process template, that need to be made by the TFS TP. Each Task node must have three attributes:
  • folder: Relative folder of the TFS task file to be modified.
  • file: Name of the TFS task file to be modified.
  • type: Modification type used for this file. See below.

The following sections elaborate on the four modification types the TFS TP supports:
  • classification: Modifies TFS tasks handled by the TFS plugin Microsoft.ProjectCreationWizard.Classification.
  • groups: Modifies Microsoft.ProjectCreationWizard.Groups tasks.
  • portal: Responsible SharePoint portal tasks handled by the Microsoft.ProjectCreationWizard.Portal plugin.
  • workitemtracking: Modified work item tracking tasks handled by Microsoft.ProjectCreationWizard.WorkItemTracking.

Task Type: classification
The template modification task classification writes the project lifecycle structure. It searches a Children node beneath the node <Node StructureType="ProjectLifecycle" [...]> node within the specified TFS task file to be modified and writes the (possibly hierarchical) project structure. For details see If the Children node cannot be found the template modification is aborted with an invalid template error message.

Task Type: groups

Task Type: portal

Task Type: workitemtracking

Language resources file

The language resource file is a .resources file, compiled by resgen.exe. It contains four string resources, used by the PET TP to form the iteration path of a work item:
  • IterationPath_Initiation: Project initiation.
  • IterationPath_Execution: Development.
  • IterationPath_Closing: Project closing.
  • IterationPath_Iteration: Iteration.

A iteration path is then formed by concatenating the needed resources. E.g. $$PROJECTNAME$$\IterationPath_Execution\IterationPath_Iteration 2.


- package SP template
- include TFS linker if necessary

Last edited May 3, 2011 at 8:10 AM by MtodaT, version 13


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