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Download Demo - LINQpad Query

In this blog post I’ll be showing you how to query TFS using LINQpad.

1. Download LINQpad

Those who are familiar with LINQpad know its benefits and ease of use, i would urge others to try it. You can download LINQpad and read more about it from here =>

2. Download TFS SDK

I have a blog post on where and how to download the TFS SDK from => here

3. Querying TFS using LINQpad

  • Open LINQpad


  • Select Query Properties by selecting Query from menu bar and clicking on ‘Query Properties’ you could also press F4 to get to the query properties.


  • Add reference to TFS SDK dlls, click ‘Browse’ and navigate to ‘C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Common7\IDE\ReferenceAssemblies\v2.0’ and select the following references and click open.



  • At this point you should be able to see the following in ‘Additional References’


  • Click on Additional Namespace import and enter the following namespaces

        - Microsoft.TeamFoundation.Client
        - Microsoft.TeamFoundation.VersionControl.Client


  • Change the Language to C# Program, the query window should look like below now


  • Lets connect to the TFS server using the TFSTeamProjectConnectionFactory
void Main()
    var tfs = TfsTeamProjectCollectionFactory
                .GetTeamProjectCollection(new Uri(""));
  • See the results window, LINQpad gracefully dumps the results for you, no worrying about parsing or binding the results Hot smile


Doesn’t that make querying TFS for information so much easier?

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Posted on Monday, September 12, 2011 10:13 PM Power Tools , TFS API , TFS Utilties | Back to top

Comments on this post: TFS API: Using LINQpad to query TFS

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Fantastic trick Tarun. I'm going to try using that instead of jamming .net code into powershell for quick inquiries.
Left by Jason Int on Sep 13, 2011 11:36 AM

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Thanks Jason, More often than not one is after simple answers and unless it is something overly client oriented i wouldn't get in to .net code or new reports, LINQpad makes this so easy and quick, and the queries are so easy to reuse and customize. :-)
Left by Tarun Arora on Sep 13, 2011 11:59 AM

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