Split Tasks

Sometimes it is not possible to complete a task as scheduled and it needs to be split into two or more parts. Aspose.Tasks for .NET supports this Microsoft Project feature.

Splitting Tasks

The SplitParts property exposed by the Task class is used to determine the split parts of a task whereas SplitTask method exposed by the ResourceAssignment class is used to split a single task into multiple parts. SplitParts returns a collection of split parts whereas SplitTask method accepts start date, finish date and calendar arguments to split the task.

Splitting and Viewing Tasks in Microsoft Project

To split a task in Microsoft Project:

  1. Identify a long task and you want to divide.
  2. On the Task menu, select the Schedule group and click Split Task.
  3. Click at the position you want to split the task.

To see split tasks in Microsoft Project one can select Gantt Chart on the View menu. Split tasks are linked by a dotted line.

Creating and Splitting Task

To create and split a task, follow these steps:

  1. Create a new project.
  2. Create and assign a new calendar to the project.
  3. Create and add a new task in the project.
  4. Create and add a new resource assignment in the project.
  5. Use the SplitTask method exposed by the ResourceAssignment class to split the task.
  6. Write the new project to the disk.

The following code shows how to accomplish these tasks:

 1// Create new project
 2Project splitTaskProject = new Project();
 4// Get a standard calendar
 5Calendar calendar = splitTaskProject.Get(Prj.Calendar);
 7// Set project's calendar settings
 8splitTaskProject.Set(Prj.StartDate, new DateTime(2000, 3, 15, 8, 0, 0));
 9splitTaskProject.Set(Prj.FinishDate, new DateTime(2000, 4, 21, 17, 0, 0));
11// Add a new task to root task
12Task rootTask = splitTaskProject.RootTask;
13rootTask.Set(Tsk.Name, "Root");
14Task taskToSplit = rootTask.Children.Add("Task1");
15taskToSplit.Set(Tsk.Duration, splitTaskProject.GetDuration(3));
17// Create a new resource assignment and generate timephased data
18ResourceAssignment splitResourceAssignment = splitTaskProject.ResourceAssignments.Add(taskToSplit, null);
21// Split the task into 3 parts.
22// Provide start date and finish date arguments to SplitTask method which will be used for split
23splitResourceAssignment.SplitTask(new DateTime(2000, 3, 16, 8, 0, 0), new DateTime(2000, 3, 16, 17, 0, 0), calendar);
24splitResourceAssignment.SplitTask(new DateTime(2000, 3, 18, 8, 0, 0), new DateTime(2000, 3, 18, 17, 0, 0), calendar);
25splitResourceAssignment.Set(Asn.WorkContour, WorkContourType.Contoured);
27splitTaskProject.Save("CreateSplitTasks_out.xml", SaveFileFormat.XML);

Viewing Split Tasks with Aspose.Tasks

The following example shows how to identify split tasks and printing their details to a console window.

 1Project project = new Project("New Project.mpp");
 3// Access task 
 4Task splitTask = project.RootTask.Children.GetById(4);
 6// Display split parts of task
 7SplitPartCollection collection = splitTask.SplitParts;
 8foreach (SplitPart splitPart in collection)
10    Console.WriteLine("Index: " + splitPart.Index + " Start: " + splitPart.Start + " Finish: " + splitPart.Finish);
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