After I have been developing with TFS Version Control object model for quite a while, I have come across very helpful class. I wish I did that couple of months before, as it would have saved me quite a bit of time in writing them string parsing functions.
I am talking about VersionControlPath class. This is a static class located in Microsoft.TeamFoundation.VersionControl.Common assembly, and it contains ton of routines you might need when working with version control items.
To give you a small sampling:
// Returns folder name from item path ("$/Project/Folder" from "$/Project/Folder/File.txt")
public static string GetFolderName(string item)
// Returns project name from item path ("Project" from "$/Project/Folder/File.txt")
public static string GetTeamProjectName(string item)
// Check whether specified path conforms to Windows or TFS path syntax (basically contains / or \ delimiter)
public static bool IsServerItem(string path)
// Prepends path with root $ char if required
public static string PrependRootIfNeeded(string folder)
// Parses item path and returns folder and file item paths
public static void Parse(string item, out string parent, out string name)
There is a dearth of other methods in VersionControlPath. Most of them are self-explanatory named, but may be a bit tricky to work with. For example, IsValidPath method will return true both for "$/Project/Folder" and "/Project/Folder" paths.
I wish I could direct you to MSDN, but documentation there is pretty thin (to be diplomatic about it).
If you find any interesting gotchas in that class, I would be delighted to know. Drop me a line.