How can I create a query and filter on more than one state? I had this question last week at a client location. If you are interested in a short answer then the answer is to comma separate the states and you use the In operator. For step by step instructions, read the rest of the article.
In Web Access,
Click on the Work tab
Click on Queries
Click on New
Click on New query
In this example, I want to select all bugs that are Approved and Committed
From the Work Item Type Value field, select Bug
Select In in the State’s Operator field and Approved,Committed in the Value field.
You can click the play button to test your query
Save your query
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Today I got this error while publishing my web and wcf application in Visual Studio 2013 using PackageWeb Zip Nuget package.
Error “DestinationFiles” refers to 2 item(s), and “SourceFiles” refers to 1 item(s). They must have the same number of items.
This error was generated by the PackageWeb.ZipExtension.targets under the -Package folder specifically by the following statement
Condition=” ‘@(_PkgLoc)’ != ” “/>
I added the Message task before the copy task to view the value of _PkgLoc
<Message Text=”***_PkgLoc:@(_PkgLoc->’%(rootdir)%(directory)’” Importance=”high” />
For some weird reason, the _PkgLoc list had two identical items.
To fix this error I added the KeepDuplicates attribute to the _PkgLoc tasks as follows:
<_PkgLoc Include=”$(DesktopBuildPackageLocation)” Condition=” ‘$(DesktopBuildPackageLocation)’!=” ” KeepDuplicates=”false” />
<_PkgLoc Include=”$(PackageDestinationRoot)” Condition=” ‘@(_PkgLoc)’==” ” KeepDuplicates=”false”/>
I am not the expert when it comes to MSBuild. If you have a better way to handle this, you can add a comment below
As you may already know, some MSDN Subscriptions come with Windows Azure Credit that can be used for Dev and Test usage. As of October 24, 2013, you can get upto $150 to spend on your Windows Azure account. For more detail visit
In this post we will provision a new VM on Windows Azure with Visual Studio 2013 Ultimate. All steps and screen shots were done and taken on October 24, 2013.
Activate Your MSDN Windows Azure
Login to MSDN
Click on MSDN Subscriptions
Click on the Access benefits button
Click the Activate Windows Azure link
Windows Azure Portal
The previous steps should activate your Windows Azure account and take you the Windows Azure Portal. If you have already activated it before, you can go directly to www.WindowsAzure.com and sign in with your account
Select your subscription
Click on the Portal button
Click Virtual Machines link on the left and then click new on the bottom
From the Menu, click on the From Gallery menu item
I am selecting Visual Studio 2013 Ultimate on WS 2012 but feel free to select another VM image and click on the arrow at bottom right corner
Give the VM a name
Select the VM Size
Create a username and password (we will use that username to login using remote desktop)
Select a Cloud Service if you have one or choose Create a new cloud service
Give it a name
Select a location
I am leaving all fields as default value
Click the check mark at the bottom right
The VM now is being created, it took around 5 minutes to complete the provisioning of the VM
When provisioning is completed, you will get notified at the bottom of the screen
Click on the connect button
Double click the downloaded rdp file or open it from your browser
Enter your username and password and you
Microsoft has released the September 2013 update for SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT). It contains a fix for the schema compare when working with large display text or high DPI.
Microsoft has announced that Release Date for Visual Studio 2013 is
November 13, 2013. October 18, 2013
Along with the RC release today, we announced the VS 2013 RTM (Oct 18th) and launch dates (Nov 13th).
The launch date is still Nov 13, 2013. You can join the Virtual Launch event at http://events.visualstudio.com
In the meanwhile, you can still download RC version of Visual Studio/TFS 2013
Visual Studio 2012 Update 4 RC3 is out. You can downloaded from
Check out this link for the update description
- Visual Studio
- VS2012.4 RC.exe
- Team Foundation Server (Choose either Web Installer or ISO Image)
- Web Installer: tfs_server.exe
- ISO Image: VS2012.4 RC TFS Server ENU.iso
- Team Foundation Server Express (Choose either Web Installer or ISO Image)
- Web Installer: tfs_express.exe
- ISO Image: VS2012.4 RC TFS Express enu.iso
- Visual C++ Redistributable (Choose architecture: x86, x64, arm)