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  1. Support converting TFS online project from TFSVC to Git

    I want to be able to convert an existing project in TFS online from using TFSVC version control to Git. Currently I can only get Git by creating a new project.

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      6 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Compilation responsivness and enhancement

      C# and VB.NET compilers are blazingly fast! However, on RebuildAll scenarios, the user experience could be (easily) enhanced if:

      1) The progress bar would show accurately the RebuildAll progression.

      2) If before compilation, VS could warn/break if one or several target DLLs WndHandle are currently hold by some processes, and which process hold which handle (the process explorer way)

      3) RebuildAll doesn't try to recompile DLLs relying on DLLs that didn't compile successfully.

      217 votes
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        2 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Support server SSL certificate chain inspection in Portable Class Libraries

        As requested in http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/3158400-add-httpclient-support-in-portable-class-libraries there is now an HttpClient that can be used in Portable Class Libraries. The latest version of portable HttpClient today is 2.2.15 and it supports also SSL connections.

        When a SSL connection is created, the HttpClient doesn't offer any way to inspect the x.509 certificate chain returned by the remote server. I want to implement certificate pinning for additional security in my app and therefore I need an API to read the values of individual x.509 certificates.

        I've understood that this could be done in these frameworks:
        - .NET FW 2.0 (or newer): using System.Net.ServicePointManager.ServerCertificateValidationCallback API…

        215 votes
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          6 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Built-in support for NuGet packages

          Build definitions should be able to query (customizable) NuGet feeds (HTTP/HTTPS) & download packages referenced by the solution(s) - as we don't want them in source control (setting?).
          In addition, build definitions should be able to create, push & publish packages to any NuGet feed.
          This should be possible and configurable out-of-the-box, without any customization.

          214 votes
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            1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • save text files with the newline convention present in the file when opened

            The Visual Studio text file editor has an "advanced save" option that allows me to choose a particular format to save to, every time I save a file.
            However, 99% of the time, the right thing to do is to save the file using whatever convention was present when the file was originally opened. Thus, if I open a file with LF-style line termination, new lines I add should be terminated with LF, and the file should be saved as LF-terminated. If I open a file with CRLF convention, new lines I *** should be terminated with CRLF, and it…

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              4 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Workflow Status Designer/Visualizer on the Web

              The idea is to show the status of workflow graphically. Typically we can do it by re-hosting the designer in a Rich Client, but the web equivalent is rather painful. Need a new HTML5 implementation. I have been planning on starting an open source version for a LONG time now, need the right kick in the pants to get down in. In my lob app I am using a highly customized version that spits out ImageMaps (sooooo web 1.0)...

              Once the visualizer is up, extend it to do small designer functionalities. Something akin to Nintex's workflow designer for Sharepoint. Something…

              212 votes
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                4 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Incorporate the ribbon and ditch the toolbars!

                Is there any other app that has an incredible amount of commands that would benefit more from a results-driven UI? I think incorporating the ribbon is a no brainer!

                212 votes
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                  38 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Add many-to-many relation support

                  Today it is a lot of manually coding to build a application with a many-to-many relation.
                  It would be nice to have more out of the box support for this.

                  212 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    Hans-Otto,

                    Thank you for taking the time to create this suggestion. LightSwitch currently supports the consumption OData feeds that contain a many-to-many relationship. This suggestion is being left as ‘under review’ because the ability to create many-to-many relationships within LightSwitch is on our product backlog to be considered for a future release.

                    Thanks,
                    Elizabeth Maher, LightSwitch Team

                  • Allow conditional compile statements in XAML markup

                    Allow the XAML markup editor to allow conditional compile statements so that a developer could have #ifdef statements in their markup

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                      0 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Support Adding Workflow Activities to Toolbox Using Toolbox Controls Installer

                      Third-party builders of workflow activities (like for TFS Build) would like to be able to add their workflow activities to the Workflow Designer Toolbox by either having end users install our activity package using a VSIX deployment (using the Visual Studio Gallery) or by an MSI Installer.

                      This process would be similar to the way other third-party component vendors are able to add to the toolbox for WinForms, ASP.NET, Silverilght, WPF, etc. controls. We would like the same functionality for Workflow Activities.

                      Original Forum Post with more details: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/vsx/thread/410242a8-42ac-42b6-8fcf-08088bd5b31a

                      202 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Show real dates instead of "3 days ago" in Build, Work item tracking and Version Control

                        In several places of the product, dates are shown as "3 days ago" rather than the real date. Telling me that a build finished "3 days ago" is not very useful to me and frequently reduces my efficiency.

                        Please change the way how the dates are shown. Ideally add a global TFS setting to define how dates are shown in both the web portal and in visual studio. If the setting is set to "real dates", then show the date including time (hh:mm:ss)

                        202 votes
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                          1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Visualize the rights of a user/group on all different aspects of a Team Project

                          You can set rights in TFS on a lot of different levels. On Team Project, Area/ Iteration/ Team Queries, Source Control/ Folders/ Files, Builds / Reports / SharePoint. Especially in TFS with different TFS groups that sometimes contain the same users/groups, it is hard to see why a user has a specific right or is not allowed to do something. At the moment it is hard to find this without checking everything manually.

                          201 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • include graphics debugger in VS2012 Express Edition

                            Because PIX is now officially replaced with the graphics debugger ( and even crashing with anything DX11 on Win8 ), but graphics debugger is not included in the Express Edition, it is now literally impossible to develop anything DX11 because of the lack of any means to debug.

                            Homebrew software, demoscene programmers, after-work tinkers were always a significant driving force for MS and DirectX, but now it is impossible for anyone to learn/play/experiment with DX at home. I suggest to include the graphics debugger just as PIX was included before in the DX SDK for free.

                            200 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Make the "My Work" section available in VS 2012 Professional

                              I've recently discovered that the fantastic new "My Work" section of Team Explorer that is enabled with TFS 2012 is not available in Visual Studio 2012 Professional. The My Work feature is one of the tenets of TFS 2012, as it defines and enables a new and much improved workflow. To limit it to VS Ultimate is to cripple one of the basic features of TFS 2012 for the majority of Visual Studio users.

                              200 votes
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                                3 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Add support for .NET Micro Framework to MSVS 2013

                                My Thesis on .NET MF. Currently I am using Visual Studio 2013. I want to be able to work on not 2013 instead of being forced to have 2012 instead. It is vital for me.

                                199 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • F# add Unit Test support

                                  Although FP style is Unit Test ready code there is no support in VS for Unit Test feature in F#.

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                                    7 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Make "Go To Definition" faster (C++)

                                    Clicking on that option often takes 5-10 seconds and it completely hangs the GUI.

                                    198 votes
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                                      6 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Add MIDI to WinRT to help musicians

                                      Musicians use MIDI. MIDI is not supported for Metro applications. MIDI should be part of WinRT and connect to USB devices and any other kind of MIDI device installed on the PC. One Microsoft employee who is also a musician has suggested a possible inferior solution:
                                      http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winappswithnativecode/thread/72f78574-02c3-4986-8d5f-623b31c89765?prof=required

                                      197 votes
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                                        9 comments  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Return Multiple values from functions effortlessly without creating new classes for everything

                                        When you think of it, its silly that methods by default can only return one value, but can take many arguments. Often times you want many return values, but it would be too painful to create classes/structs for each set, so often developers decide to then use ref or out parameters.

                                        Instead what if method/function calls could return many values without the need to define a class/struct.
                                        This example is a bit contrived but this shows the power of the fact that error information and values can easily be returned al at once.

                                        Syntaxt like:

                                        private {int index, bool IsError=false,…

                                        196 votes
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                                          34 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Provide a ResourceManager abstraction mechanism

                                          The existing System.Resources.ResourceManager is based on .resx files built into a fallback assembly with multiple satellite assemblies. This model works fine for some situations but it is inappropriate for others. It is relatively easy to create custom resource managers but it is not simple to get an application to use the custom resource manager instead of the ResourceManager.

                                          What is needed is an abstraction from the 'default' ResourceManager - a mechanism by which I can tell my application to use *my* resource manager instead of System.Resources.ResourceManager.

                                          The solution should not be tied to a specific user interface technology. For example…

                                          196 votes
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                                            3 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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