In the past three editions of our Team System column, Brian A. Randell explored the Team Foundation Server (TFS) version control and work item tracking APIs. Brian used the APIs to build a Microsoft Word 2003 add-in that provides support for check-ins and work item association of Word documents similar to what's available via the Team Explorer in Visual Studio 2005.

In the November issue of MSDN Magazine, Brian explains check-in notes and shows you how to write your own custom policy implementations. Check-in notes are free-form text fields that allow you to add categorized string data to a check-in.

For more coverage of Visual Studio, including previous Team System columns, see the MSDN Magazine archives.