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  1. Kanban board: More customizations and usability features

    Kanban board should provide additional capabilities so that we can effectively move existing "physical" Kanban using team or from competitive products to TFS. Some important customization capabilities:
    Which field to display on the card
    Ability to choose number of card width for a specific state/column
    Ability to have horizontal swimlane with different states (for different class of services for example)
    Ability to access the PBI related tasks as a sub-board

    And also usability features:
    - functionalities for large display for team board: auto refresh, auto scroll, etc.
    - change the priority/positionning of the card directly on the board
    - Ability…

    94 votes
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      1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Global variables at release management

      At release management it would be great to use "globale" build varaibles. For example build path, build name, drop location. Also define variables at release template to use this for more custom tasks. Also fixed variables like, date, time and so on.

      240 votes
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        6 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Provide more helpful and in-depth documentation

        For example, what are all of the settings in the VSTU "Configuration" window for? I know most are self-explanatory, such as "Send console to Visual Studio", but what about "Extensions filter"? What is that used for? What does it do? Or what about the DotSettings file? Why might a user not want it to be generated?

        Also, "Project File Generation" page in the Documentation is severely lacking. It would be really nice if there was more that covered how to use SyntaxTree.VisualStudio.Unity.Bridge. What kinds of things can this do? How should it be used? Provide some more real-world examples.

        9 votes
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          0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Tools for Unity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Entity Framework (EF) & Linq to use in JavaScript (NodeJS)

          I have seen that exist an unofficial linq library for JS:
          http://linqjs.codeplex.com
          https://github.com/mihaifm/linq

          NodeJS could be better if Microsoft create the official libraries. With NodeJS and EF We could connect with relational databases.

          5 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Avoid duplicate work item being created

            I don't know if there is a solution out there to help prevent users from creating a work item that already exist without having to go query for it.

            I just thought that it would be nice to implement in TFS, the ability for the title to be like an 'auto-search' field. When a user enter a title for the work item, it searches through all the existing work item of that type, and give some suggestion. Similar to the suggestion field in this forum. As soon as we type something in, it gives us a list of existing suggestions.

            6 votes
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              0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Provide the ability for project templates that load NuGet packages to Update to Latest at the time of project creation

              This idea came out of a Mobile Services discussion - because of differing cadences, the project templates that load with VS projects are significantly out of date by the time the VS update that includes them is released. As a result, the project creation process involves first loading the NuGet packages referenced by the project and, then immediately waiting a similar amount of time while updating those very same NuGet packages to the latest versions (in the case of Zumo, they were as much as 3 revs & 3 months out of date with VS2013U3.)

              This is certainly not assumed…

              5 votes
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                3 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Allow NuGet packages containing XAML controls to add entries to the toolbox

                It should be possible to add entries to the toolbox for XAML controls that are contained within a nuget package.

                9 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Provide a framework for long running human workflows

                  It is really a common requirement, in my experience, for LOB systems to provide support for human workflows (tasklists & queues).

                  Currently, to achieve this with WF, requires a lot of up-front custom code to be developed. It would be especially helpful if this could be released with out-of-the-box ASP.Net MVC integration.

                  8 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                      34 comments  ·  General  ·  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".

                      6 votes
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                        2 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Run the build process on a separate thread. Sometimes I want to kick off a build locally and go update the status of a task or bug.

                        Run the build process on a separate thread. Sometimes I want to kick off a build locally and go update the status of a task or bug and the IDE hangs. This is an issue for folks maintaining larger solutions.

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                          0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • HLSL Syntax Highlighting

                          Allow intellisense and the IDE to use syntax highlighting for HLSL. This would make graphics programming a lot more enjoyable and better.

                          7 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Provide 'Total Effort' on Backlog page

                            On the Backlog page provide the 'Total Effort' for all PBIs. In our Sprint review and planning meetings we spend to much time manually adding the 'Total Effort'.

                            3 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Allow to save tests runs and restore crashed ones - Visual Studio Test Explorer

                              Save the last run in a temporary location and been able to loaded at any time. Been working with Visual Studio Test 2010 and this always been a problem, now with Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 I'm getting random crashes at the middle of my work, is becoming annoying and a wastes of time, every-time Visual Studio crashes or become unresponsive I have to rerun the whole regression ( > 1000 test, ~2 hours to complete)

                              24 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • SQL Server 2014 ClickOnce bootstrapper packages

                                Visual Studio 2013 comes with bootstrapper packages for 'SqlExpress2008R2', 'SqlExpress2012' and 'SqlLocalDB2012'. SQL Server 2014 was released earlier this year but bootstrapper packages are still unavailable. Please release the bootstrapper packages.
                                Although it would be possible to create a package by myself there are a few problems which make this difficult and undesirable:
                                - What are the fwlink links for download packages from Microsoft's website
                                - What are the public keys for the packages

                                LocalDB in particular is supposed to be used as a replacement for SSCE which is deprecated. How can we use it if there's no simple way…

                                24 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Improve C# IntelliSense to open the window after a backspace should it find matches and match on case insensitive.

                                  Improve C# IntelliSense to open the IntelliSense window after a backspace. If you fat finger a key and lose the window the only way to get IntelliSense window back is to go back and retype the "." for those of us that heavily use IntelliSense in other languages this would go a long way.

                                  3 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Shift+Tab should unindent the line no matter where the cursor is on the line

                                    Since Shift+Tab has no meaning besides unindent, pressing this shortcut should trigger that behavior from anywhere on the line.

                                    Examples (period is space, pipe is cursor location, tab width is two spaces):
                                    ....|sometext -> shift+tab -> ..|sometext
                                    |....sometext -> shift+tab ->|..sometext
                                    ....some|text -> shift+tab -> ..some|text

                                    Currently only the first example works and the second and third have no effect. (Shift+Tab only unindents the line if the cursor is placed before any characters except whitespace. If the cursor is at the beginning of the line and shift tab is placed, nothing happens even if there is whitespace before the first…

                                    6 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Please add support for Azure Websites performance monitoring with Application Insights

                                      Application Insights doesn't support server performance monitoring in Azure Websites (only Cloud Service and Virtual Machine) It would be nice if the tiles are also available in the new Azure Portal.

                                      78 votes
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                                        4 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Add System.Text.Encoder.Convert Method (String, Int32, Int32, Byte[], Int32, Int32, Boolean, Int32, Int32, Boolean)

                                        System.Text.Encoder has two Convert methods which allow chunked encoding (UTF8 or other) into buffers. They are ideal for buffered I/O, where a long string gets encoded in chunks.

                                        The only issue is that there's no overload that simply accepts... a String. We are forced to call String.ToCharArray() - producing a copy, allocating useless heap memory...

                                        I'm aware of the unsafe overload that accepts a pointer, but that is frequently not an option. We need a fully safe and efficient way to do chunked encoding of a string.

                                        6 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • VS IDE should support file patterns in project files

                                          Patterns should be preserved and unmodified when working with *proj files. If I specify a pattern with something like **/*.cs for my code files. If I add a new .cs file that fits that pattern the .csproj file should not be modified.

                                          MSBuild already respects this, but the IDE will always modify the project file.

                                          For numerous scenarios this could simplify the diff / merge process.

                                          3,066 votes
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