Define the tasks to process a plug-in
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This topic applies to team project customization for Hosted XML and On-premises XML process models. For the Inheritance process model, see Customize a process. For an overview of process models, see Customize your work tracking experience.
You use the tasks element and its child elements to define the artifacts to be uploaded or specific elements to be created for a plug-in. A task specifies work that must occur to configure something specific to the process in a new team project. A number of the tasks that you define upload the work item types, work item queries, documents, and reports for a team project. Other tasks that you can define configure other areas of Visual Studio Application Lifecycle Management, such as Team Foundation Build, Visual Studio Lab Management, Test Manager, and Team Foundation version control.
Tasks Syntax Structure
You can specify several tasks within a plug-in, and these tasks may have dependencies on one another. The tasks that you define for each plug-in must conform to the schema definition for tasks, defined in the Tasks.xsd file, and be specified in its own file using the tasks container element.
The following syntax shows the high-level structure of the tasks element and its child elements.
<tasks> <task> <dependencies> �<dependency /> . . . </dependencies /> <taskXml> . . . </taskXml> <task/> </tasks>
Tasks element reference
The following table describes each element that can define the tasks for a plug-in.
|Element||Description and syntax|
|dependencies||Optional child element of task. Specifies other groups on which a group depends.
|dependency||Optional child element of dependencies. Specifies the ID of another task on which this task depends. The other task must complete before this task can start.
|ProcessTemplate||Optional child element of taskXml element for the Build and Lab plug-ins. Specifies the name, location, and destination of a file to upload to support build processes for a team project.
Where each attribute is defined as follows:
|task||Required child element of tasks. Specifies work that must occur to configure something specific to the process in a new team project.
Where each attribute is defined as follows:
|tasks||Required child element of taskXml. Contains a collection of task elements that each specify work that must occur to configure something specific to the process in a new team project.
|taskXml||Required root element for a plug-in file. Describes the work that is required to complete this task. The XML inside this element block varies and is specific to each plug-in.
Note: The XML processor does not try to validate the content within the element.
Index to taskXML Elements by Function
For more information about the specifics of the XML markup elements that you can specify for each plug-in, see one of the following topics:
- Build: Define the initial configuration of Team Foundation Build
- Classifications: Define initial areas, iterations, and Project mapping file
- Groups and Permissions: Configure initial groups, teams, members, and permissions
- Lab: Define the initial configuration of Lab Management
- Portal: Define the project portal
- Reports: Add reports
- Test Management: Define the initial configuration of Test Manager
- Version Control: Define the initial configuration of Team Foundation version control
- Work Item Tracking: Define objects for tracking work items
Example: Define work item types
The following example shows a task that creates six types of work items by referencing the definition files for each type.
<task id="WITs" name="WorkItemType definitions" plugin="Microsoft.ProjectCreationWizard.WorkItemTracking" completionMessage="WorkItemTypes created" completionDescription = "Processing work item types used by work item tracking"> <taskXml> <WORKITEMTYPES> <WORKITEMTYPE fileName="WorkItem Tracking\TypeDefinitions\Bug.xml" /> <WORKITEMTYPE fileName="WorkItem Tracking\TypeDefinitions\SharedStep.xml" /> <WORKITEMTYPE fileName="WorkItem Tracking\TypeDefinitions\Task.xml" /> <WORKITEMTYPE fileName="WorkItem Tracking\TypeDefinitions\TestCase.xml" /> <WORKITEMTYPE fileName="WorkItem Tracking\TypeDefinitions\UserStory.xml" /> <WORKITEMTYPE fileName="WorkItem Tracking\TypeDefinitions\Issue.xml" /> </WORKITEMTYPES> </taskXml> </task>