Visual Studio Team System Quirks

As I write a book on Visual Studio Team I’ve come across various quirks in the product, which are downright irritating. It might be useful for people to read thru this to avoid frustration… so this particular post will be constantly updated. If anybody reading this has more quirks they’ve come across, please do post a comment and I’d be happy to add it out here. There are many other such things, which are missing, makes me feel more and more that this product has a long way to go. In it’s defence, I would say that VSTS is a very innovative new product enhancing collaboration among a team to an unprecedented level. Something which definitely cannot be overlooked.
 
Quirk #1 There is no way you can delete work items created by the default process template which you use in Visual Studio Team System. However you can go about editing them and mark them to be obsolete.
Quirk #1.1 There is no way by which you can edit/Change multiple work items directly from within VSTS, you need to use Excel and it’s editing capabilities to do this. http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/ms244375(VS.80).aspx
Now this is hilarious, it’s almost like an incomplete product if one has to go about doing things in a round about way. Well no doubt it’s well integrated with Office etc. however this functionality needs to be available within VSTS by default.
Quirk #4 How do Delete a Team Project From Team Foundation Server
There is no way to do this via the Team Explorer, you need to use a comand line tool called "TfsDeleteProject.exe"  This is down right irritating as it’s not obvious. There are various command line parametrs such as a q quite mode, who the hell would want to risk that, or there is a /force mode where the program would continue if some parts are not deletable… I just can’t understand why there is no option to do this via the TeamExplorer…
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