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  1. 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.

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    • Scrap the entire VS 2012 user enterface.

      This new design is far and away the WORST UI design I have ever encountered. It is painful to look at, and I'm not kidding. Just because font-awesome has become popular on the web, doesn't mean you should put it into an app. Do the devs at MS even use VS? Do you people listen the them? And the thing I can't understand is why MS is so willing to forge ahead with it, even though countless devs have complained about how hideous it is. It's not just inconvenient, it's extremely difficult to use and even more difficult to look…

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      • Create a recent activity list for work items in TFS.

        It would be nice to be able to see a list of recently added/modified/completed/deleted etc... work items in TFS so you can see what others on your team have added or are working on more easily.

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        • Using DSC, bring the Virtual Machines into the ALM lifecycle.

          Using DSC as a VM "definition language", develop the process that Will allow the VMs to be generated as part of the buld process. This Will allow maintenance teams to generate development VMs on request, as well as test environments to be generated and integrated with the Test Management tooling.

          62 votes
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            under review  ·  0 comments  ·  Rangers Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • in the links and tasks tabs of a product backlog item, size the columns to show maximum detail

            The default column size for the linked work item controls in VSO is too small to show the assigned to and state columns. Closing a work item dialog forgets any size that the user has specified.

            It would make it easier to do work item management if these controls automatically resized the columns appropriately when opening a work item.

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            • Add Lambda Expression Generation to Code Completion in C++

              Auto generate empty Lambda expression as soon as typing '[', that we could start to dive right into the Lambda body (or the capture)

              The parameter list generation should be derived appropriately according to the context

              Check this for reference: http://www.jetbrains.com/resharper/webhelp/Coding_Assistance__Code_Completion__Smart.html#lambdas

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                0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Provide the ability to see test run warnings because of DeploymentItem files missing for example

                Provide the ability to see test run warnings because of DeploymentItem files missing for example.

                In previous versions of Visual Studio, the "Test View" displayed warnings and indicated when DeploymentItem files were missing for example.

                However, it doesn't seem that Visual Studio 2012/2013 has this feature and so it requires a little more time to troubleshoot and resolve.

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                  0 comments  ·  Compatibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Provide the ability to invoke a build which includes an updated build process template from the shelveset

                  I suggest you provide the ability to invoke a build which includes an updated build process template from the shelveset.

                  For example, my current build definition points to a build process template xaml file within the same branch as the code being built.

                  I would like to test changes to the build process template before checking it in as part of the shelveset I select during a manual build with a shelveset.

                  Thank you.

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                  • ajax control toolkit toolbox items f1 help

                    Pressing F1 with an Ajax Control Toolkit item should bring you to help about that item. Or am I missing something and it already does this? On my installation it just brings you to the home page for visual studio 2013

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                      0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                        0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Allow actions to continue on failure

                        Allow actions to fail but continue with the process. Either through a property setting of the action or something.
                        For example... Stop Website action. If the website does not exist (new web server) it will fail because the website does not exist, even if the following step is deploying the website. This makes it currently to where you have to have 2 different release templates. One for a new clean server and one for a server with already existing deployments. Having the fail and continue option will allow for a single template for all scenarios.

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                          1 comment  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Improve Intellisense (in VB) for variables declared as Dim X as New SpecificObject

                          In VB, if you declare Dim X = New SpecificObject, Intellisense thinks that X is an Object and gives only the methods for Object. It should give the methods for SpecificObject.

                          This might be deeper-seated - hovering the mouse over "X" gives Object as its type.

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                            0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • implement SuspendingDeferral as IDisposable

                            Plesae implement Windows.ApplicationModel.SuspendingDeferral as IDisposable (probably already declared in ISuspendingDeferral) and call method Complete() from within IDisposable.Dispose() to simplify its usage:

                            new:
                            using (e.SuspendingOperation.GetDeferral()) {
                            //do something
                            }

                            old:

                            SuspendingDeferral d = e.SuspendingOperation.GetDeferral();
                            //do something
                            d.Complete();

                            Thank you.

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                              0 comments  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Multiple filters in Application Insights

                                Add additional filters for Usage > Features > Events, this will allow us to better view and analyze the existing data

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                                  0 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • to change Expect100Continue default value to be False

                                  In the current day and age, it's no longer a good idea for .NET web clients to use the Expect100Continue header by default.

                                  By doing so, the client is wasting an unnecessary round trip to the server instead of just sending in the entire HTTP message with headers and body.

                                  I would like to suggest to change the default value of Expect100Continue to be false.
                                  http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/system.net.servicepointmanager.expect100continue(v=vs.110).aspx

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                                    0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Need to see what builds are consuming the most time. I can see the "Resource Usage" numbers for the build hours but not the details.

                                    I need to see what builds are consuming the most time. I can see the "Resource Usage" numbers for the build hours but not the details. A plus sign expanding to the builds that contributed to the accumulated hours detailing the hours consumed for each build definition. This information could be used to better manage the rate of consumption of build hours.

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                                    • Error 1 The "GenerateResource" task failed unexpectedly.

                                      Error 1 The "GenerateResource" task failed unexpectedly.
                                      System.Runtime.InteropServices.ExternalException: A generic error occurred in GDI+.
                                      at System.Drawing.Image.Save(Stream stream, ImageCodecInfo encoder, EncoderParameters encoderParams)
                                      at System.Drawing.Image.Save(MemoryStream stream)
                                      at System.Drawing.Image.System.Runtime.Serialization.ISerializable.GetObjectData(SerializationInfo si, StreamingContext context)
                                      at System.Runtime.Serialization.Formatters.Binary.WriteObjectInfo.InitSerialize(Object obj, ISurrogateSelector surrogateSelector, StreamingContext context, SerObjectInfoInit serObjectInfoInit, IFormatterConverter converter, ObjectWriter objectWriter)
                                      at System.Runtime.Serialization.Formatters.Binary.WriteObjectInfo.Serialize(Object obj, ISurrogateSelector surrogateSelector, StreamingContext context, SerObjectInfoInit serObjectInfoInit, IFormatterConverter converter, ObjectWriter objectWriter)
                                      at System.Runtime.Serialization.Formatters.Binary.ObjectWriter.Serialize(Object graph, Header[] inHeaders, __BinaryWriter serWriter, Boolean fCheck)
                                      at System.Runtime.Serialization.Formatters.Binary.BinaryFormatter.Serialize(Stream serializationStream, Object graph, Header[] headers, Boolean fCheck)
                                      at System.Runtime.Serialization.Formatters.Binary.BinaryFormatter.Serialize(Stream serializationStream, Object graph)
                                      at System.Resources.ResourceWriter.WriteValue(ResourceTypeCode typeCode, Object value, BinaryWriter writer, IFormatter objFormatter)
                                      at System.Resources.ResourceWriter.Generate()
                                      at System.Resources.ResourceWriter.Dispose(Boolean disposing)
                                      at System.Resources.ResourceWriter.Close()
                                      at Microsoft.Build.Tasks.ProcessResourceFiles.WriteResources(IResourceWriter writer)
                                      at Microsoft.Build.Tasks.ProcessResourceFiles.WriteResources(String filename) …

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                                        0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Decrease Build Times with Visual Studio Online

                                        We've recently migrated to Visual Studio Online from an on premisses TFS server. We've created build defs that work almost the same as our on premisses however, the VS Online build def takes almost 3x longer than the on premisses build script which makes no sense given everything is on Microsoft Data Center side of things at this point. The pricing structure of 60 minutes per month given our builds are taking close to 20 minutes is unfair. This performance issue needs to be addressed and that pricing structure needs to be re-considered until the performance problem is squashed.

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                                        • Support indirect pointers to databases as Data Source

                                          There are times when I need to keep the location of a Data Source as flexible as possible. During development the Data Source might point to one location, but the deployment might need another location.

                                          In VB6, I could use a .udl (Universal Data Link) file as the source of the file location, but in VS, if I try to use a .udl file in Add Connection, I get an error message "Unrecognized database format".

                                          I'd like to suggest that we have the ability to have indirect pointers for Data Sources.

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