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  1. Queued build should utilise newly enabled build agent

    When a build is queued, if it can't be started immediately, it appears to determine straight away what are the available build agents that it can run on.

    It will then only wait for those agents, even if in the meantime another agent is enabled, which meets the criteria for running that build.

    It would be nicer if the queued build re-evaluated available agents and could utilise a newly-enabled agent if one is provisioned whilst it is waiting in the queue.

    7 votes
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      0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Support azure worker roles monitoring by Application Insights APM agent

      Currently worker roles monitoring by APM is not supported. Please vote if you are using worker roles and want this support

      294 votes
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        8 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Write test code for Windows Phone using other popular frameworks (xUnit.Net, NUnit, etc.)

        With VS2013 + Update 2 I have the ability to write unit tests for WIndows Phone platforms (8.0 and 8.1) using MSTest framework that comes out-of-the-box with Visual Studio.

        However, I would like the flexibility of writing tests in other popular frameworks like NUnit, xUnit.Net

        5 votes
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          0 comments  ·  Phone  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • incorporate a "slow motion" debugger.

          It would be nice to have a feature that added an automatic step-through debugging mode that would step through (or step over) each line at a configurable interval. I find myself debugging a lot of legacy code, observing each line in sequence. Something like this might have some application for observing the flow of data within complex or recursive methods, and would spare me the trouble of mashing F10 constantly.

          6 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Code review the changes for a task

            We follow agile and we check in frequently. We create tasks that spans from a day to 3 days. Once the task is completed by the developer it is sent for review. So we have multiple changesets to review. It is very hard to have a good picture of the changes to a file since the changes are across multiple changesets. As of now, we are finding all the files that are affected by that task and go to "view history" of the file and pick the most recent version and the version before the task started to get a…

            80 votes
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              2 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Ability to run Custom Action (restore to snapshot) after each test within a test suite in Build Deploy Test Workflow

              Currently restore to snapshot is only possible before start of test run in Build Deploy Test workflow. If any of the testcase fails within a test run, testagent should revert to snapshot before running the next testcase within same test suite.

              Background: Automated test can lead the system into unstable condition by installing driver, adding registry key etc. We need to ensure the system is reverted to snapshot before executing the next test within a testrun, otherwise next test will give erroneous test result.

              7 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Display sum of story points in a sprint - agile template

                When planning sprints it would be very nice to see a total of the story points that have been added. The only way to do this right now is open a query in Excel and sum the column. Not very handy when planning a sprint using the web client.

                137 votes
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                  1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Map Kanban board Pseudo-states to Work Item State AND Reason

                  The Kanban board allows teams to map pseudo-states to work item states but sets reason to the default value. This defeats the purpose of having multiple reasons for a given state transition. The Kanban board should map to both work item state and reason since it is the combination of these 2 fields that describe the status of the work item.

                  23 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Direct support for PowerShell in pre/post build events

                    Currently only cmd/batch files are supported. PowerShell is a great replacement available on every Windows box basically. Writing complex pre/post build scripts is way easier in PowerShell.

                    15 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Please fix: 'Or' filter using multiple optional parameters returns incorrect results

                      When only one of two optional parameters is specified, all rows are returned.

                      e.g for a table containing records that contain "Division A" ,records that contain "Division B", and records that contain "Division C", after selecting "Division A" from the first pick list and not selecting any Division from the second list, ALL records are displayed, (Division A-C). When both Parameters are set to a value, the filter works and rows are retuned as expected.

                      See this Connect bug closed:defered - whatever that means.

                      https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/829352/lightswitch-or-filter-using-multiple-optional-parameters-returns-incorrect-results

                      See this thread where Justin Anderson suggests logging a bug.

                      http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/01bc581a-c297-4ded-9414-6d3b40c7dda9/multiparameter-query-and-related-table-how-to-accomplish?forum=lightswitch

                      Also see this sample…

                      4 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Make FileInfo.Length a method that could take a "format" parameter for the units ("B", "K", "M", etc),

                        Make FileInfo.Length a method that could take a "format" parameter for the units ("B", "K", "M", etc),

                        5 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  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 →
                          • Horizontal splitter between controls in TFS Work Item Type

                            In the layout of a TFS work item type you can use a vertical splitter between two columns. Why isn't there a splitter for horizontal divides between two controls in a column?

                            Please extend or provide the splitter for horizontal support, Thanks :-)

                            9 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Simplify enum attributes

                              Attributes for enums are overly complicated both in defining them and accessing them. Please simplify this as follows

                              enum ItemSize { big, small };

                              enum ItemTypes
                              {
                              [Attribute(ItemSize size=big)] car,
                              [Attribute(ItemSize size=big)] truck,
                              [Attribute(ItemSize size=small)] bicycle,
                              [Attribute(ItemSize size=small)] skate
                              }

                              And then access them such.

                              void ProcessItem(ItemType ty, string itemName)
                              {
                              ItemSize size = ty.Attribute(size);
                              if (size == ItemSize.big)
                              {
                              ...
                              }
                              else if (size == ItemSize.small)
                              {
                              ....
                              }
                              }

                              This could be achived by using current C#, .net 4.5 and VS 2013, but the method including getting the attributes is overly complex. This complex code could all be…

                              6 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Returning multiple values

                                For a very long, long time I've been jealous with some languages that can just return multiple values out of a function, especially the way it's implemented in Ruby and Lua it's just beyond amazing and simple.

                                Here is the way we can take advtange over this feature in Lua

                                function GetPoint2D(x, y)
                                -- Do something with x and y
                                return x, y
                                end

                                I know we can use Tuples, Arrays, ref/out and whatnot to do the same thing but they all have too few pros if at all and many cons in the context of this problem and I'll…

                                3 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Inheritance from TreeNodeCollection

                                  It is impossible to inherit from TreeNodeCollection because it has only 1 constructor which is internal.
                                  I suggest to make a protected constructor in this class so it will be possible to inherit from it.

                                  9 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Hybrid App support for JavaScript Universal Apps

                                    In JavaScript Universal App project there should be a way to add a reference of Windows Runtime component to Shared JavaScript library project. This is a key feature of Hybrid Apps that is missing from existing Universal App Templates.

                                    6 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Create a MSDN Subscription - Lite version - cheaper and limited tools

                                      Currently all MSDN subscriptions are expensive for individual developers and they provide all s/w that are not really required by individuals.

                                      An individual developer, for hobby, can use express editions of SQL Server, does not need Enterprise editions of OS / Office and similar software that increase the cost of MSDN license.

                                      The suggestion is to create a MSDN Lite subscription that individual developers can buy and will provide tools such as Visual Studio, Expression Studio, Azure

                                      The licensing cost should change little bit-
                                      * For individual developers, the rates should be lower.
                                      * For enterprises, the price can be…

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                                        22 comments  ·  MSDN  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Allow the Export of Process Templates from Existing Customised TFS Team Projects

                                        It would be great if there was a feature to export the entire customised TFS Process Template from an existing Team Project. I would like to export the "full" customised Process Template file structure, in the same way (i.e. using Process Template Manager) I export the CMMI, Scrum and Agile Process Templates. I need to store the Process Template in Source Control in case I require an identical Team Project, and so that I can clearly see (e.g. using Visual Studio Compare) the changes resulting from an upgrade (e.g. TFS 2012 to 2013), and see the changes resulting from running…

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                                          1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Enable .NET Native for LightSwitch

                                          To make it as fast as Access & Windows Forms :)

                                          25 votes
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