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  1. Easy way delete a task or work item in Team Foundation Server

    It is common to make a few mistakes, duplicates etc when entering a bunch of new work items or tasks. There is no easy way to delete the bad ones and try again.

    I know it is possible to to do this from the comamnd line, but it is a pain and defeats the purpose of having a GUI. The end result is that poor items get left in the project because it is a pain in the *** to remove them and start over.

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      23 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 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…

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        29 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

      • rename project in TFS

        Rename existing project in TFS

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          152 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 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.

          9,202 votes
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            83 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…

          • 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.

            264 votes
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              1 comment  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 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.

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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

              • 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).

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                  67 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Treat TFS as an Enterprise Symbol Server

                  I want my Team Foundation Server instance to be the Symbol Server for the Enterprise. Visual Studio and other debugging clients could then inherently understand when it sees a TFS URL how to locate the symbols or alternately, TFS could provide a URL that exposes symbols correctly (i.e. https://tfs.mycompany.com/tfs/DefaultCollection/Symbols). For those using the Azure-based hosted Team Foundation Service solution, it provides them a publicly-accessible (with authentication) location for Symbol Server as well.

                  We don't need a file share any longer if you have a TFS server! Symbols could be stored and maintained using the version control system (or some…

                  785 votes
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                    under review  ·  11 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Provide VB.NET Templates for developing Universal Apps

                    As we all know, universal apps are the future in windows and apps market. Though, Universal Apps template is not available on Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 RC. So, please make it available as there are more developers in VB.NET than we think.

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                      26 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      Hey all,

                      If you haven’t seen it already, VB Language PM, Lucian Wischik has put together a great series on building Universal Apps for Windows Phone and Store using Visual Basic on the Visual Basic Team Blog.

                      Check it out @ http://blogs.msdn.com/b/vbteam/archive/2014/06/15/vb-universal-app-part-2-for-the-developer-sharing-xaml-assets-and-code.aspx

                      The benefit of a Universal app to consumers is that when an app in the Windows Store and an app in the Windows Phone Store share an identity purchases for either count as purchases for both. That’s a great experience for users that VB developers can build today in their own apps. Lucian walks through how to set this up in your VB solutions in the first post of his series: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/vbteam/archive/2014/06/15/vb-universal-app-part-1-getting-started.aspx

                      When building Universal apps (or any app that targets multiple platforms/devices), reuse is the name of the game and through Portable Class Libraries and linked files Visual Basic developers already have two powerful tools in their…

                    • Collapsible Outlining in F# Code Editor

                      Create collapsible outlines around functions, type declarations, and workflows at minimum, perhaps around more fine-grained constructs as well. Allow mouse-less collapse and expansion with Ctrl+M key.

                      58 votes
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                        2 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        Update: The Visual F# Power Tools project (http://fsprojects.github.io/FSharpVSPowerTools) is a community-driven project based on the FSharp.Compiler.Service and Fantomas tools. It is available as a Visual Studio gallery entry in Visual Studio 2012 and 2013.

                        While it is at an early stage, collapsible outlining is one of the features enabled. The project is seeing significant contribution levels. We encourage community contributions to this project.

                        This item is being left as “under review”. Possible future paths which could eventually be considered may include migrating functionality from the Visual F# Power Tools to the Visual F# Tools proper, depending on quality levels and other factors.

                        Don Syme, answering on behalf of the Visual F# Tools Team

                      • Add "Create Unit Tests" menu option back!

                        Add "Create Unit Tests" menu option to automatically create unit test skeletons for methods and namespaces as it was in VS 2010!

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                          Thank you for using Visual Studio and for your commitment to improving it. Though the ALM Rangers have released a workaround for this issue, we will change this item’s status to “Under Review” while we continue to evaluate the feasibility of including this into the product in a future release.

                        • 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.

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                            531 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.

                          • ability to add multiple activities per team member in sprint

                            I really like the new feature (may be) in TFS where you can add capacity in the sprint which estimates work by activity.

                            currently a developer can spend 2/3 of this time in development and 1/3 in bug fixing(testing). so, i would like to see two/more entries per team member to divide their capacity across different activities and properly track the project activities (dev, test, requirements etc etc)

                            hope you got what I am trying to say.

                            810 votes
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                              24 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                under review  ·  40 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  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  ·  45 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Provide more visibility for a test case's result status

                                  Currently in MTM, you have to switch back and forth between the Test and Plan tabs because you can't see the test run status (i.e. Active, Passed, Failed, etc.) at the same time as you can assign testers to test cases. This makes re-balancing the workload across a large set of test cases very painful. (Also, the interface for assigning multiple test cases to a tester (or testers) is cumbersome.)

                                  It's difficult to report on test case result status within a suite - you can only easily report status using the pie chart for the entire test plan.

                                  Allow the…

                                  146 votes
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                                    5 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Improve WPF Editor performance

                                    Improve Visual Studio WPF Editor performance. With Visual Studio 2010 it is very good, but also a bit slow.

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                                      under review  ·  12 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • 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 →
                                      • Allow developer to copy/paste layout hierarchy between screens.

                                        Often I'm finding screens may have similar custom layouts, but I need to build each one from scratch. I have to flip back and forth between screens (see my other sugg. "Allow developer to have multiple screen designers open simultaneously."), and manually tweak the hierarchy to get screens to be consistent with each other. I'd like to be able to select a node in one design screen, copy it, and paste it into another.

                                        276 votes
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                                          4 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • add folders for build definitions in Team Explorer

                                          I would like to have folders for my build definitions in Team Explorer that allow me to organize and apply batch updates to several definitions at once. I could apply security to the various folders which would be inherited by the build definitions underneath. Batch updates could include regular expression modification of the build definition names, workspace folders, drop locations, and/or projects to build.

                                          438 votes
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                                            14 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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