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  1. Allow MTM to record assertions

    QA can currently record actions that can be made into Coded UI tests.

    But they can't record "assertions".

    This seems odd because they are visually asserting already.

    The assertion dialog for MTM could be much simpler than in Visual Studio. 99% of all assertions come from the "Display Value" field. Just make that the only one that MTM uses.

    This allows the QA role to create much better actions that can then translate into Coded UI tests.

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      0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Allow ability to disable XML comment warning for auto-generated code files

      I want the xml comment warnings for code generated by our developers, because it is in our coding standards to add xml documentation. However, we are using Coded UI, so there are many auto-generated code files included in our project, which clutters up the Error List (when treating warnings as errors) with thousands of errors we have no control over.

      I want to be able to turn on the xml comment warnings in general, but disable the xml comment warnings for only code files that are auto-generated that we have no control over.

      So, please add one of the following: …

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        2 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Add ability to tailormake the popup forms for PBI's etc

        When adding a PBI we would prefer to be able to add the following info in the form, as well as the list. Info required is original estimate (hrs), hrs worked, remaning work (hrs). this gives control over the transition from Scrum Poker Scores to real work that is being planned in a sprint. within the sprint you want to assess how well estimates typically are. so the deviation from Plan to Actual is highly relevant. The ability to link this bank to typical issues or individuals makes the forecasting process more tightly controlled.

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          0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Remember user setup/state on different dialogs

          If you try to customize the Backlog Item dialogue, for example, maximize the dialog - it does not utilized all available space in the editor fields, just the wide change, the height of the field does not change at all. I hope user state will be prioritized.

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            0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Bring back Test Impact Analysis in VS 2012

            The test impact view showing impacted tests after a code change has been made was a very useful feature in VS 2010. This saved a developer a lot of time identifying & running just the impacted tests rather than all the tests in the solution for a change in code. Now i see that even though there is an option to enable test impact analysis for a project in the test settings, the actual analysis is run by the TFS on the checked-in unit tests as part of build. This is inconvenient. Every developer should have the power to easily…

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              2 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Permalinks to files in TFS Web code explorer

              When linking to a file through the code explorer in TFS Web Access, I'd like to have a 'permalink' URL that can link to the latest version of the file, and that handles moves/renames of the underlying file.

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                0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Improve Lightswitch support for MySQL and Sqlite

                Lightswitch doesn't support MySQL or Sqlite out of the box. Currently 2012 makes it a struggle to support them. 2013 preview doesn't seem to be compatible at all. Minimally, Lightswitch needs to smooth out the process of adding them as datasources. I don't expect Lightswitch to have complete support out of the box, but it shouldn't block them from being used.

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                  1 comment  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • rename Work Item Type Definition

                  After applying an agile template, allow Work Item Types to be renamed. Currently We have Product Backlog Item for our user stories. However my director complains weekly, because it should be called User Story. And there should be a separate entry for Epic. It is not clear how to make these changes after a TFS server has been up and running for a while.

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                    0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • When Adding A New Team Project To TFS Allow The Tracking Of Existing Git Repositories

                    Currently when adding a Git repo to a team project all that can be done is the creation of an empty repo. I think that it would be benificial to allow a team project to track a remote repository, whether it be a 3-rd party repo (somewhere in the cloud) or a repo that is on a server/machine that is not the TFS server.

                    As far as I know Teamcity allows the tracking of Git repos in this manner.

                    Commits pushed to the repos on the TFS server should then be reflected back to the repos it is tracking.

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                      0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Link codeplex project to test projects in visualstudio.com

                      Sale test framework for an open source application is a good vector of funding open source projects.
                      It's not possible to industrialize open source projects directly from codeplex because all tfs features are not activated.
                      So, I think you could think about designing a bridge between codeplex solutions and visualstudio.com that allow to test build and deploy from visualstudio.com and keep the main project in codeplex.
                      You also could create a kind of market place for that.
                      The open source developer creates his project in codeplex
                      He industrialize it in visualstudio.com then, when the project is ready
                      He can decide…

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                        0 comments  ·  Extension  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                          0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Allow secondary email addresses associated with the Live ID to access TFS projects when asked to join

                          I have two email addresses associated with my live ID however when asked to join a TFS project with the secondary address - they do not show up.

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                            0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Remove the 5 minute timeout for checkins (after which they fail). I need a checkin system that works easily.

                            There seems to be a wide consensus (and I've checked it myself) - that Visual Studio Online (visualstudio.com) projects have a bizarre 5 minute checkin.

                            What does this mean? - I need to check my pre-existing project into VS.com in pieces - each of which is "guessed" to be less than 5 minutes of ADSL transfer.

                            Please fix this - it's a clear bug.

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                              0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Limit access for Allowed IP Addresses to TFS

                              Restrict access to TFS based on IP Address configuration will be more safe to codes.

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                                0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Align web access work item linking dialog with VS linking dialog

                                Hi, I haven't noticed this limitation before in web access 2012.2 (yes i'm still on .2) but earlier today I wanted to use built in functionality to resolve a user request, the user wanted to link work items in the quickest way but did not have/need or want team explorer installed on their machine preferring to manage their work items purely using web access. The web access dialog for linking work items does not currently have the capability to browse for work items (for example by reusing an existing query). I did not realize that this functionality differs between the…

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                                  0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Inherit TFS warehouse security based on the security that is in TFS

                                  The TFS warehouse currently does not have a notion of security, which means that I'm able to see the work items of my entire organization in the TFS warehouse as of the moment that I have been added to the warehouse readers group in sql server analysis services. It would be a great approach to show only items of the team project/team of which I'm a member. this is not only better for security, but also for performance as queries would result in a lot less result data that is transmitted

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                                    0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Have a Visual Studio Client Online

                                    Yes, that's right! I want you to take the next step and have me program in the cloud! Your TFS Preview is superb, now let me program from there, from a Web Browser. You'd let me select the proyect template: C++ Win32, C++ Metro, C++ Web, .NET, SharePoint, Office 365, and create the project in the cloud, and let me enter the IDE from the cloud, so no IDE is needed in my PC.

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                                      0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Export work item type

                                      We have developed and bespoken a new process template for TFS. It counts with custom work items type and several custom control developed integrally by us to boost and improve project management through TFS and Project Server.
                                      However, we came across a big issue. This work items type can be exported without any impediment by anyone who has the view project-level information permission set to Allow. This permission is essential in order to set to Allow to the development team. Therefore, we are in a critical point since our work can be taken by anyone and consequently we cannot offer…

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                                        0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Encapsulate the idea of Enums as Bit-Flags | Flag Keyword

                                        Right now we have to implement bit-flags using enums and they have to follow very specific formats to work. One wrong typo, and they don't work!

                                        I suggest creating what is shown in the pictures below.

                                        Right now, if you don't know how to implement flags, you have to do some research into the subject matter, and might still make mistakes. Why not have bit-flag creation be just as simple as enum creation?

                                        I also suggest that there *might* be ways to abstract out the use of bitwise OR, AND. If you don't know this bit-hacks, then you have to…

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                                          1 comment  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Snippet for lambda expressions

                                          When the user writes a method call which has a lambda expression as parameter, autocomplete it with a snippet. Example:

                                          collection.Where...
                                          then the snippet completes
                                          colletion.Where(x => x)

                                          This avoids writing x=> x every time I use a lambda expression method.

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