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  1. Stop putting VS Version number in .sln file

    Baking the VS Version number, especially when it's functionally insignificant like between Updates & CTPs of the same VS edition, causes nothing but headaches for teams with SCC.

    Please stop doing this. If the schema of the SLN file changes in a way that's significant, use schema versioning or naming to handle it instead of baking the software version that last touched it in to the file.

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      0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Universal Apps Client for Lightswitch

      Universal App Client for Lightswitch

      10 votes
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        2 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • make it possible to build the setup project (InstallShield Limited) on TFS online, so we can do continuous integration

        We are using the TFS online, and we are doing continuous integration. But the problem is that the setup project (InstallShield Limited) cannot be built on the TFS online. So we must publish new version manually, that's not good practice for continuous integration.

        13 votes
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          0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Allow for gitflow branching model

          We would like to allow for a git flow model. Or a simple branching model with branch permissions such that only team leads are capable of merge (after code review) and developers may only check into their feature/issue branch.

          http://nvie.com/posts/a-successful-git-branching-model/

          35 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Config Transforms for All XML Files - Not Just web.config

            We are currently using SlowCheetah to do XML transforms for different build configurations. Visual Studio 2013 can already do this, but for some bizarre reason only for web.config files - not app.config. Please let us do it on *ALL* XML files.

            5 votes
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              1 comment  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Support <LISTITEM value="[project]\<TheCurrentTeam>" /> in TFS work Item AssignedTo Field Allowed Values

              It is possible to currently customize work item template so that it filters AssignedTo field list of users to a given team (<LISTITEM value="[project]\Team1" />) or to a security group (<LISTITEM value="[project]\Contributors" />). But when you have multiple teams defined in a team project the only sensible way to filter is using <LISTITEM value="[project]\Contributors" /> because if a "[Project]\Team1" is used, in Team2 it is only possible to assign work items to members of Team1 (and that is not the desired outcome).

              I believe if there is a way for us to define" [Project]\<TheCurrentTeam>" in LISTITEM of the ALLOWEDVALUES of…

              38 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Object reference not set to an instance of an object.

                Please include more information in the exception. If it's in the debug mode, we get the line number, but in release all we know is the name of the method, which often makes it real hard to find out WHAT was null. You know the type of the reference, please include that.

                7 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Include and use native thread names in minidumps

                  As of today, setting native thread names involves raising an SEH exception with data that includes the name one wishes to give to the current thread.
                  This only has an effect if Visual Studio is connected as debugger. If not, the thread name seems to be lost forever.

                  One of our common debugging use cases is using minidumps. The thing is, our executables may run tens of threads with similar callstacks. Sorting out which threads are of interest without names is hard.

                  Suggestion: setting a thread name should be a system feature that is connected to minidump capture; minidumps should…

                  68 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Use tags in alerts

                    I want to use tags in my alerts query. I want to create an alert that when a workitem is changed with a particulair tag/tags I get notified.

                    27 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • AspNetCompiler does not stop on first error

                      I uses AspNetCompiler task to verify syntax of ASPX and CSHTML files. The problem is that if there are many errors (e.g. due to refactoring) AspNetCompiler reports only errors from first invalid file and then does not continue. So, if I have errors in 100 files I have to 100 times build (takes long), open the ASPX file (takes long), fix the error, save, build again and again and again.
                      It would be really helpful if AspNetCompiler reports all errors on first run (like C# or VB compilers do). So I can see all of the errors and fix all…

                      4 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • WPF runtime inspection

                        I would appreciate a way to inspect control styles and properties and runtime. All modern browsers have some developer tool which allows inspecting rendered page, showing which element is under cursor, what classes/attributes/styles it has and what are the current values for everything. It would be great if XAML had something similar. It's quite hard to find out e.g. "why there is this 5px spacing between these two things on this form".

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                          1 comment  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Compare tool to ignore whitespace within a line, not just start and end

                          The compare tool in VS2013 curently ignores whitespace changes by trimming the end and the start but not within the line of code in C#.

                          It would be good if it could be added as an option to ignore whitespace within the line too.

                          6 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • allow us to modify the message returned to the git client when implementing a git server plugin

                            This discussion explains the issue: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/5cf99831-975c-495e-a77f-8ef0eaba6c62/return-string-for-processevent-of-a-git-pushnotification

                            Basically, when implementing a server plugin to run during a push, there is currently no way (according to Allen Jin) to have the git client display the reason why a push failed.

                            10 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Support Test Inheritance for base classes in different assemblies

                              Visual studio test does not detect tests defined in an abstract base class of a separate assembly.

                              This was supposedly fixed in Visual Studio 2010 (though several users claim it wasn't even fixed then), but is definitely still a problem with visual studio 2012 update 4.

                              See: https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/466528/visual-studio-test-mstest-and-lack-of-inheritance-support-for-base-classes-that-resides-in-different-assemblies

                              24 votes
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                                2 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • The new Visual Studio 2012 Find dialog is frustrating

                                - The fact you can't undock it from the upper-right corner is bad for those of us with vertical monitors. Please make it a floating window again.

                                - The fact that you can't find forwards and backwards at the same time without first clicking a little dropdown arrow is maddening.

                                - The thin little lines which tell you if Match Case, Match Whole Word, etc are enabled is way too hard to see, plus they dissapear entirely when your mouse hovers over them or when they have focus.

                                - I miss being able to perform a Find in Files, and…

                                3 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Allow Users to add test results to TFS 2013 Web Access Home Page

                                  We love TFS, especially since you seem to be moving more MTM functionality over to Web Access (Shared Test Cases & Parameters). I also enjoy the new homepage, as a lot of data can be displayed there via queries and charts... But, the lack of test results being readily view-able, troubles me. I know I can go into the test tab to see this; I know that I can go into the project portal for this data. But why not have it as a user-configurable option on the homepage? Why can't I have a query displaying the number of failed…

                                  9 votes
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                                    under review  ·  0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Pass test configuration variables for a test point directly as a property in TestContext

                                    The test configuration variable values defined in the test configuration for the currently executing test point should be directly available in the TestContext instance as custom properties.

                                    Right now in order to get the value of a test configuration variable you need to query the configuration from TFS. And that option is actually broken because the TestContext doesn't update between separate test points of the same test case.

                                    This will open up use cases such as having a "Browser" test configuration variable and then using the appropriate browser in Coded UI tests.

                                    15 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Allow to have custom delimiters in raw string literal

                                      C++11 (and some others languages) allow you to define custom delimiters for litterals string. It allows you to copy and paste xml, html , ... easily in you code without have to double " .
                                      For inst(taken from wikipedia on c++11)

                                      R"(The String Data \ Stuff " )"
                                      R"delimiter(The String Data \ Stuff " )delimiter"

                                      108 votes
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                                        3 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Kanban or Scrum board based on Query...not sprint

                                        I have a bunch of stuff in my backlog.
                                        It is hierarchal. A few layers of stories breaking down...to bottom level stories and/or tasks
                                        I am on a team that just wants to track work. From open to close.
                                        We don't run in sprints because that model doesn't work for our team.
                                        We do some long term stuff, and lots of short term stuff.

                                        I want to be able to just put whatever I want on the board and drag it across states to closure.
                                        I want to be able to simply drag those items up and down to change…

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                                          1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Support dependent debugger breakpoint

                                          Ofter useful set breakpoint that will only trigger after another breakpoint. Please support set child breakpoints that will trigger only after parent breakpoint trigger.

                                          For example bug in often called function F2(), that called indirectly from function F1(). I can't set breakpoint directly to F2() because it's called very often before F1(). So I need set breakpoint to F1() and then when it triggers to F2()

                                          6 votes
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                                            1 comment  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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