Monitoring source control changes in Visual Studio 2008

Today I was shown the “Project Alerts” feature in Visual Studio 2008. This cool feature allows you to monitor source control check-ins, failing tests, build completions, and work items in TFS. When one of these events occur you can be notified by email. Monitoring source control closely is very valuable for QA and testers, by doing so you can know the minute something is new or changed and can start building tests or investigating the change.

Here’s how to set Project Alerts in Visual Studio 2008:


  1. In the Team Explorer window, highlight the project name you want to set alerts for.
  2. In the VS 2008 top menu, click Team and then Project Alerts
  3. Enable the alert you are interested in and provide your email address in the Send to column.

ProjectAlerts

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