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How do I get the attribute with type workitem to show in the parent workitems links tab?

Mike Boyersmith (643) | asked Sep 13 '13, 4:46 p.m.
I have a custom workitem (call it child), and one of the fields is of type workitem (parent). (so a user can  select a work item to reference here.

So a many child to one parent relationship.

What I want to be able to do, is when I bring up the parent work item and then navigate to the links tab I want to see all the references to child work items.

right now its empty.

How do I get this wired up, using the work item editors?

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Ralph Schoon (63.3k33646) | answered Sep 16 '13, 5:29 a.m.
edited Sep 16 '13, 5:32 a.m.
Mike if you use a work item attribute of type Item to select and store other work items, then there are no references/relationships between the work items involved. The work item basically stores a reference to the other work item in the attribute value (list). It does not create any new links/references such as parent/child or whatsoever on any of the involved work items.

If you want to have parent/child, you have to use the parent/child linking. If you want to use the work item attribute type to maintain parent/child, you would have to create a follow up action, that creates the links if they are not available yet. Please be aware, that you would have to handle exceptional cases your self in this case.

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