End of support notice
Please note that as of January 7th, 2008 the add-in is no longer supported.
The functionality previously available in the add-in is now part of
Team Foundation Sidekicks 2.0 Visual Studio integration package.
Team Foundation Sidekick add-in is Microsoft Visual Studio add-in that extends the functionality
available in Team Explorer for Team Build types and provides additional
integration features for TFS Source Control Explorer. The complete source code is provided
as well as an article describing
Team Foundation Server Version Control object model methods used for the add-in.
First version (1.0) of the add-in was named Team Build Sidekick and contained only
Team Build related functionality; upon addition of new features not related to Team
Build in version 1.1 the application was rebranded to Team Foundation Sidekick add-in.
Check out screen
Check in screen
Search menu screen
Search window screen
The add-in allows version control operations for selected build type to be performed
in Team Explorer. It provides the following commands:
selected build type .proj file with single click
checked out build type either in Visual Studio or in user's editor of choice
modified build type files with single click
check in on build type files
what editor will be used for editing .proj files and additional
The commands Check out, Edit, Check in and Undo are available through Team Explorer
context menu when selected build type is clicked, whereas Configure command is available
in "Tools" menu.
In addition to Team Build related commands, starting with version 1.1 add-in also
provides additional functions for better integration with Source Control Explorer
in Visual Studio. The features available are:
- Dynamic history feature allows user view history of each selected item
in Source Control Explore without explicitly invoking "View History" for selected
item. The feature is enabled or disabled through Configure window
- Search items feature allows user to search items under source control and
then jump to selected item in Source Control Explorer folder tree. The search permits
using wildcards such as * (for any number of any characters)or ? (for any single
character). The search window is invoked by clicking on "Search Items" menu visible upon
right-click on selected item in Source Control Explorer.
Additional information is provided through Team Foundation Sidekicks blog.
The add-in is deprecated; the functionality is now available as part of Team Foundation Sidekicks 2.0 Visual Studio
You can still download the source code of
Team Foundation Sidekick add-in (Read
the article describing the add-in implementation).
All of the build related functionality provided by the application is available through TFS Source
Control Explorer or command-line client (see also the following MSDN article).
To provide dynamic history feature, Team Foundation Visual Studio extensibility
classes are used (see blog post by Ed Hintz
The add-in uses registry for configuration storage. You need to have write access
to current user registry hive.
Team Foundation Server Explorer (and Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0) must be installed
on computer in order to run the application. The application was developed and tested
under Team Foundation Server RTM version.
The Team Foundation Sidekick add-in is a freeware and may be used for any commercial or noncommercial
purpose under the license.
Feedback and Support
We would be thankful for any
feedback on application usage, desirable features and found bugs. If you
feel that you are missing specific features - let us know and we shall endeavour
to provide them in the next release.
We would like to thank for contribution