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API to duplicate an WorkItem

Eduardo Bello (4401922) | asked Mar 22 '11, 8:33 a.m.
There is a menu option to duplicate an workitem, but I didn't found any API method related to that.

Is there any method to duplicate an workitem or I have to copy attribute by attribute? (including the customs ones)

Jared Camilli commented Jun 04 '12, 2:07 p.m.

Hi. Would someone please reply to this post? I have the same question.

If there is no "duplicateWorkItem()" method, then what's the best way to copy a work item?


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Luan Doan-Minh (2423) | answered Jun 04 '12, 2:46 p.m.
I'm not aware of any copy/duplicate method; however, there is an internal CopyToProjectOperation class in Similarly there's the CopyToProjectAreaOperation class in The latter is the one behind the UI move/copy operation.

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Filip Wieladek (30413) | answered Jun 04 '12, 3:01 p.m.
edited Jun 04 '12, 3:01 p.m.
There is no method provided. It is not straightforward to copy a work item, especially if you copy that work item into a different project area ( you will have to resolve the attributes by identifier ).

Here is a starting point to copy the attributes:

IAuditableClient auditableClient= (IAuditableClient) teamRepository.getClientLibrary(IAuditableClient.class);
IWorkItemCommon workItemCommon= (IWorkItemCommon) teamRepository.getClientLibrary(IWorkItemCommon.class);
fType= workItemCommon.findWorkItemType(<workItem>.getProjectArea(), <workItem>.getWorkItemType(), monitor);
workItemCommon.findBuiltInAttributes(<workItem>.getProjectArea(), monitor);

That will get you all the attributes. Note, not all can be copied (e.g. the Id). Additionally, if you copy the work item over project areas, you will have to resolve the id over the new project using:

<pre>workItemCommon.findAttribute(projectArea, identifier, monitor)</pre>

Finally, the comments will have to be copied separately. I know its not pretty, but it can be done cleanly

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Jared Camilli (112) | answered Jun 04 '12, 4:44 p.m.
Thanks Guys. I appreciate your feedback. I am working on implementing per your suggestions.


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