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  1. Fix TFS local data store concurrency issues - TF400030: The local data store is currently in use by another operation...

    TFS local data store really sucks in compare to traditional SVN integration.
    There should be special service to handle concurrent operations, when you have more than one VS opened - or - some kind of tool like TortoiseSVN would be better.

    I still get race conditions causing change conflicts, e.g. by operations during T4.

    Local data store should act logically - last change wins.

    It's so easy to integrate using monikers (http://bit.ly/1nC0w3Q), so vote for MS developers to learn own tech. ;-)

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      1 comment  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Increase the length of token names

      The length of the token names in MRM is too short (50 characters) to facilitate the naming of tokens in a readable manner. Please increase the maximum length of this item.

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        1 comment  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Token repository

        Create a token-value repository: multiple components can use the same value for shared tokens in a specific environment. Now these values have to be filled in for each component. Would be handy is we could use a token repository to store the values and have the all components make use of this value.

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          1 comment  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Improve experience with multiple screens

          When I'm doing a manual test, I just got the video recording on screen one.
          And the checklist window always stay in the same side of the screen .
          I work with two screens and I desire to choose where the checklist window will stay, and what screen to capture video (both screens would be an option too)

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            0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • A cheaper license that allows Team Room access

            I am using VS Online Basic for free. I want to use team room, but its very expensive to pay 60 dollars * 4 members, just to use team rooms.

            We need some alternative

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            • Provide commenting support in .skin files

              Currently, when editing .skin files in Visual Studio, the comment/uncomment icons in the toolbar are greyed out. In addition, if you include server-side comments in your code, then the Theme attribute in Page Directives do not recognize the Themes because of the comments in the .skin files. Therefore, please add support for commenting in .skin files so that the code can be more easily maintained and increases readability.

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                0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Allow Security Administration from the HTML Client, as well as self-managed password change

                Please provide the ability to manage users and roles from within the HTML Client, eliminating the Silverlight client, so LS applications could be 100% mobile and web. Also the ability to the user to change its own password, and reset to a new one if forgotten.

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                  0 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Create an Anti-Null-Coalescing Operator

                  To replace the common logic of:

                  return x == null ? null : x.Property;

                  have an operator to provide such logic.

                  return x !?? x.Property;

                  This is similar to the idea of a safe navigation operator (?.), only may be simper to implement.

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                    1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Compile-time attributes

                    It would be great if there was an interface for attributes which would serve for notifying a user about the used classes / methods like obsolete attribute.

                    When using obsolete attribute a specific warning message can be shown. However, there is no general interface for attributes that could generate warning messages.

                    It would be useful to have: ExperminetalAttribute for experimental classes / methods or other user-made ones.
                    The support for this could be done by implementing specific attribute interface.

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                      0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • "Do you want to stop debugging?" dialog

                      Major frown here for two reasons, both caused by the "Do you want to stop debugging?" dialog. 1) because it's modal I was unable to send a frown from the same instance of VS. For all the reasons that modal popups are evil, this dialog is evil. Please get rid of all modal popups from VS. 2) This popped up because I was attempting to close VS. If what I want to do is to close VS, then obviously I want to also stop debugging. I loathe this popup, more than the average popup. If I didn't want to stop…

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                        3 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Allow Code Snippets that are part of a solution to be automatically added for use

                        A user's snippet library can become quite an unruly place. Currently, the only way to add snippets that are not part of an extension or provided out of the box is to add them to your personal snippet library.

                        At many organizations, you may be working in two or more solutions with many projects. It may be helpful to have code snippets defined--some of which only pertain to the current solution. However, the only recourse is to add them all to your personal snippet library.

                        As a developer, I want to be able to add code snippets to a Visual…

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                          0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Universal Providers: Add schema and/or table name prefix configuration.

                          The universal providers do not include a namespace style prefix to them which results in conflicts where the tables are in the same database as the application (prevents cross database joins).

                          Having the ability to specify a schema, which also enables schema level security, and/or to specify a table prefix will help avoid naming collisions.

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                            0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Provide TFS Build Source Indexing for Git

                            Embedding version control paths or source indexing is available for TFVC builds. Please make this feature available for TFS Git builds.

                            34 votes
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                            • Provide webform engines templates for MVC3 projects in Visual Studio 2013

                              I currently work on a project written in MVC3 (originally MVC2) which uses the WebForms view engine.

                              We recently moved from VS2012 to VS2013 and now when I want to add a new item, select Visual C# >> Web >> MVC from tree all the view/partial templates offered to me are MVC 5 xxxxxx (Razor). Seems the only way around this is to close solution, reopen it in *VS2012* add my new view/partial save and the close and reopen in VS 2013 - WTH!!

                              This is just plain ridiculous! There are some nice changes in VS2013 that I find useful…

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                                0 comments  ·  Compatibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Standard Holiday Calendar for Team/Organization

                                Provide a way to specify the team/organization's standard holiday calendar so that the holiday does not show up on the Sprint's Burndown Chart.

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                                • integrate zoomable canvas and nodeXL into the shell

                                  integrate zoomable canvas and nodeXL into the shell combining the on-chip graphic engine and gpu for graph traversal , virtualization , and hit testing . Hardware accelerated graph processing to enable the UI to be expanded in virtual space , and extended to include semantics enabling knowledge organization and retrieval instead of file structures and text searches .

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                                    0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Continue on Error

                                    Allow a deployment sequence to continue normally after a release action has failed.

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                                      0 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Reorder User Stories Within Feature Using Drag And Drop

                                      When doing portfolio planning, I've found that I can't reorder a Feature's component User Stories using drag and drop. I have to view Stories only to do that but then I lose the hierarchy of Stories -> Features so what's the point. One possible way to implement this would be to institute a new "Focus" view, where you "Focus" on a Feature (context menu choice), and your view is limited to only the Feature and its stories. There you could drag and drop without having to deal with complexities of moving stories from one Feature to another, etc. The lack…

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                                      • Allow multiple project views on the dashboard

                                        e.g. see multiple projects status (team query results) on the dashboard
                                        so it can be easily accessed and configured.
                                        It would allow the quick status and overview of development Program/Team activity.

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                                            0 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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