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  1. Support for online/offline database sync for field devices without internet access

    It would be great if there was official support for Microsoft-Sync (or similar technology) so field devices (or laptops without internet access) could use LightSwitch apps offline and sync once they were back online.

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      1 comment  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Creating Queries - Token for Current Iteration

      When creating a work item query, you are given the option to select the iteration path for which the query is to return results for. It will be fantastic if a token was provided such as [Active Iteration] and you can specify the active iteration manually, or TFS calculating it via the Start/End dates

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        under review  ·  41 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • enable changing the order of test cases on the web gui and let them be tested in this order for both manual & automated tests

        With the MTM 2012, it is possible to change the order of test cases within one test suite and this order is considered when testing. This functionality is missing in the web environment. It is not possible to order test cases and then have somebody else test them in a specific order. If a test suite is run, the tests are ordered by ID only. Make this work for both manual & automated tests.

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        • Debug Lambda expressions [Planned]

          Allow Quick Watch and other Debug functions to work with Lambda expressions.

          "Expression cannot contain lambda expressions" makes this powerful language feature second-class within the IDE.

          Especially for data intensive applications being able to write Lambda expressions in the Quick Watch, Watch, Immediate Windows and debug evaluation is a must have.

          9,108 votes
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            82 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            TL; DR – We’re working on it and we’re super excited about it.

            Hey all,

            Just shooting you all an update on this since I can see some of you are wondering if we forgot about this issue. Unfortunately, with UserVoice we can only mark a suggestion as “Under Review”, “Declined”, or “Complete”; there’s no “Planned” or “In Progress” state which is why this suggestion is still marked “Under Review” even though we’ve been working on enabling this for a while.

            So here’s where we stand.
            1) We want this to work as much as you do. It’s not under review – it’s in progress.
            2) We figured out how to make it work; it simply requires rewriting everything.
            3) We’re rewriting everything.
            4) Rewriting everything takes a lot of time and a lot of testing.

            You see, the Immediate and Watch windows are powered by this thing called…

          • Create a "remove all remnants of Visual Studio from your system" program.

            I'm writing this on behalf of the thousands of other Visual Studio users out there who have had nightmares trying to uninstall previous versions of VS. Thus cumulatively losing hundreds of thousands of productive work hours.

            During this year, I had installed the following programs/components on my system:
            * Visual Studio 2012 Express for Desktop
            * Visual Studio 2012 Express for Web
            * Team Foundation Server Express
            * SQL Server Express
            * SQL Server Data Tools
            * LightSwitch 2011 trial (which created a VS 2010 installation)
            * Visual Studio 2010 Tools for SQL Server Compact 3.5 SP2
            * Entity Framework…

            1,088 votes
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              22 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              Thank you very much for your feedback. We are aware of this issue and we are evaluating whether we are able to address it in a future release. In the meantime, have you tried our uninstall /force feature? You are able to use this feature even if you have already uninstalled Visual Studio:
              http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2771441/EN-US#Force
              I understand that this does not completely meet your needs but I am hopeful that it will help resolve some of the issues you described above.

              Thanks again for taking the time to provide feedback.

              Kelly Berman
              Visual Studio Program Manager

            • 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.

              15 votes
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                under review  ·  0 comments  ·  Rangers Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Add ability to order test suites

                When test plan is defined it would be nice to have ability to order test suites in it as you can order test case in test suite (ability to edit SequenceNumber from table tbl_SuiteEntry for suites)

                69 votes
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                  8 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Enhance the v2 and v3 ALM Readiness Treasure Maps

                  Enhance the v2 and then the v3 ALM Readiness Treasure Map. Consider a v3 to implement features mentioned as vNext in http://blogs.msdn.com/b/willy-peter_schaub/archive/2013/08/03/alm-readiness-treasure-map-v2-1-and-vnext-feature-triage.aspx.

                  If you feel that the team should continue its showcase, readiness and dog-fooding project with a v4, then donate your vote(s) to this idea.

                  30 votes
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                    2 comments  ·  Rangers Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • As a TFS Administrator, I would like to extract permission reports to audit purposes

                    This is a common request, mainly in Banks, Government and large corporations with audit sector. Often I'm asked how to extract reports showing TFS Users and what access level they have.

                    Something like:

                    User: Andre Dias
                    Access to:
                    Project Level -> Delete team project, View project-level information
                    Build Level -> Administer build permissions, Edit build quality
                    Version Control -> Check out, Check in

                    A access level matrix would be fantastic.

                    47 votes
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                      under review  ·  0 comments  ·  Rangers Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Create practical guidance on Agile Portfolio Management with TFS 2013 and beyond.

                      Create focused and "crisp" guidance around agile portfoilio management, team projects and teams, to complement the TFS Planning Guide (www.vsarplanningguide.codeplex.com) and capturing dogfood findings by the ALM Rangers and from the field.

                      67 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  Rangers Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Allow Users to add test results to TFS 2013 Web Access Home Page

                        We love TFS, especially since you seem to be moving more MTM functionality over to Web Access (Shared Test Cases & Parameters). I also enjoy the new homepage, as a lot of data can be displayed there via queries and charts... But, the lack of test results being readily view-able, troubles me. I know I can go into the test tab to see this; I know that I can go into the project portal for this data. But why not have it as a user-configurable option on the homepage? Why can't I have a query displaying the number of failed…

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                          under review  ·  0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • rename project in TFS

                          Rename existing project in TFS

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                            147 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Add a RowTest attribute to MSTest to facilitate parameterized tests.

                            It would be great to have a RowTest attribute (like in NUnit) added to facilitate parameterized tests, like:

                            [RowTest]
                            [Row(10, 10, 100)]
                            Public void Add_MultipleValues_ReturnsSum(int x, int y, int expected) { … }

                            304 votes
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                              7 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Multithreaded C/C++ linker

                              We build more than 600 C++ projects. We invested a lot into breaking them into parallel build-able blocks but any HW upgrade give us almost nothing in the end as the linking process is utilizing only one CPU :(

                              1,151 votes
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                                9 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                The linker itself is not a CPU bound problem it has traditionally been an I/O bound problem. So just adding cores is not going to help. Having said that we understand that what you are looking for is a faster linker.

                                We are currently parallelizing two major phases of the link process. Merging of debug information is perhaps the single most time consuming tasks when it comes to non-whole program optimized builds and we will merge this with the symbol resolution phase of the linker. This should result in better parallelism and improved linker throughput overall.

                                Hope that helps.

                              • Make the Visual Studio installer more customizable

                                Let one don't install some components if one don't need it - for example Silverlight development support, visual designers for WPF or Windows Forkflow, or unit testing (many developers use third-party solutions like NUnit and don't use VS built-in testing tools).

                                1,202 votes
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                                  66 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Bring back Macros

                                  I am amazed you've decided to remove Macros from Visual Studio. Not only are they useful for general programming, but they're a great way to be introduced to the Visual Studio APIs.

                                  If you are unwilling to put in the development time towards them, please release the source code and let the community maintain it as an extension.

                                  4,631 votes
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                                    526 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    We are currently reviewing the feasibility of delivering a scripting capability in a future version of Visual Studio. Please continue to offer your comments on what scripting capability we should offer while we research this suggestion.

                                    Tony Goodhew, Program Manager, VS Pro.

                                  • Add a Treeview Control to Lightswitch

                                    Display of hierarchical data is a requirement in many business applications. The forums and blogs are full of questions on how to add a treeview to a Lightswitch application. While it can be done with a custom control, adding it to the standard set of controls would certainly make Lightswitch a more powerful business application development environment. BTW, be sure and have a two-way SelectedItem property.

                                    295 votes
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                                      6 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      Dave,

                                      Thank you for the suggestion. We have added it to our product backlog and will consider it for a future release.

                                      Displaying hierarchical data is possible today using custom controls in a LightSwitch HTML client application. Michael Washington has written a blog post (http://lightswitchhelpwebsite.com/Blog/tabid/61/EntryId/2220/JQuery-Mobile-Tree-Using-Collapsible-Sections-and-Dynamic-Views-in-LightSwitch.aspx) describing how to implement collapsible sections using Jewel Lambart’s Collapsible Content Control (http://jewellambert.com/jquery-mobile-collapsible-content-control-with-lightswitch/).

                                      Thanks,
                                      Elizabeth Maher, LightSwitch Team

                                    • Allow .NET games on Xbox One

                                      Yesterday was announced that Xbox One will allow indie developer to easily publish games on Xbox One.

                                      Lots of indie developers and small game company are using .NET to develop games. Today, we are able to easily target several Windows platforms (Windows Desktop, Windows RT and Windows Phone 8) as well as other platforms thanks to Mono from Xamarin.

                                      As we don't know yet the details about this indie developer program for Xbox One, we would love to use .NET on this platform - with everything accessible, from latest 4.5 with async, to unsafe code and native code access through…

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                                        270 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Better support to Continuous Deployment Practices

                                        The Microsoft ALM platform has adopted a lot of Agile practices. The new Dev11 Agile Planning Tool is the dream of any agile team. So, we have fantastic tools for planning, designing, developing, testing, building, but what about deployment?

                                        A software can be done without “formal requirement”, without design, test, etc. But we have to deploy it in order to use. So, I think we could make the life of build master easier and add a kind of deployment process in team build.

                                        I know we can customize the build process template, we can use BRD Lite from Rangers, but…

                                        331 votes
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                                          6 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Implement indexed full-text search of work items, check-in comments and source

                                          TFS stores a tremendous amount of text, but finding what you are looking for with the built-in tools is not very easy. The work item query editor follows the old structured approach - which is good for some things - but is clumsy for full-text, unstructured searches. Check-in comments are even more problematic.
                                          Imagine a search engine that crawls the full TFS content, with simple scoping (project/folder and item type) that instantly finds changesets, work items and source code. The web frontent should have a very familiar "web search engine" style, but it should also be possible to perform these…

                                          245 votes
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                                            9 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                            Thanks for the feedback. The web access site for TFS 2010 features a search box for work items. The work item search box has been added into the product for the next version of Visual Studio. As BertrandH notes, there’s a third party plug-in that adds a search box for work items to VS 2010. Our official powertools for VS 2010 also recently released with a work item search box added in: http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/c255a1e4-04ba-4f68-8f4e-cd473d6b971f.

                                            We continue to look into a comprehensive search solution for all artifacts in TFS besides just work items.

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