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  1. provide a way to version-control build definitions

    Currently, there is no way to revert back to an old version of a Build definition once you've made changes to it.

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      29 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Debug Lambda expressions

      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.

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        under review  ·  62 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Allow impediments to be viewable next to their respective tasks within the Board page.

        Up until a few weeks ago, we had been using the Urban Turtle extension for TFS, which was much easier to work with than the base web interface. I love the new TFS web interface, however, there is no way to view impediments to a task (no easy way). If an associate is waiting on something in order to complete their task, we add an impediment to the task. Urban Turtle then shows that impediment (in yellow) next to the task, so that we can easily see that the developer is unable to proceed. This allows our project manager to…

        139 votes
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          8 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • create a central place to manage rights for TFS, Sharepoint and Reporting Services

          Currently, I can only manage TFS rights from Visual Studio/Team Explorer. It would be very nice to have a central place, to not only manage TFS rights, but Sharepoint and Reporting Services as well.

          767 votes
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            13 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  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  ·  39 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  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.

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                514 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.

              • 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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                  269 comments  ·  .NET  ·  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.

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                    2 comments  ·  Rangers Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • filter product backlog on columns

                    It would be nice if the product backlog could be filtered. Just like filtering in excel or the (asp .net) gridview of DevExpress.com.
                    https://www.devexpress.com/Products/NET/Controls/ASP/Grid/

                    Now you have one large list with backlog items. If you could filter a particular column, then you could get instant overviews and you don't have to make a query.

                    75 votes
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                      3 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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.

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

                        Rename existing project in TFS

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                          144 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  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

                          • Hierachical Navigation Menu

                            In a real world LOB system, there may be a lot of menu items, which should be organized in a hierachical navigation menu.

                            308 votes
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                              21 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Allow "default" values on automatic properties

                              When using auto-properties, I should be able to set a default value without having to create a constructor, like I can with a field:

                              Something like:
                              public bool IsActive = true { get; private set; }

                              1,321 votes
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                                69 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                It is our plan to add this feature to C#.

                                The syntactic form of it will be to put an initializer at the end of the auto-property declaration, just like for field initializers:

                                public int X { get; set; } = x;

                                The initializer directly initializes the underlying field – it doesn’t go through the setter. For that reason, it is now meaningful to allow getter-only auto-properties:

                                public int Y { get; } = y;

                                For getter-only auto-properties, we would generated the backing field as readonly.

                                Thanks for all the great comments and suggestions! We looked at the feedback in our design discussions, and ended up deciding that this was the best approach all up.

                                Mads Torgersen, C# Language PM

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                                  under review  ·  39 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • 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!

                                  2,812 votes
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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.

                                  • Provide the ability to convert a work item to a different type

                                    ...for example, change an existing work item from an Issue to a Bug, etc.

                                    Users less familiar with the system frequently enter work items using the wrong work item type. Currently, you can't fix these items.

                                    311 votes
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                                      under review  ·  10 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  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.

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                                        4 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Enable Export to Excel for Web Application Template

                                        Exporting to Excel is only available for local desktop applicaitons, but more applications these days are deployed as web applications. The export to Excel feature is incredibly valuable, and would be a great addition to applications deployed to the Web and Cloud.

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                                          3 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          Chris,

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

                                          Exporting to Excel is possible using some custom code. See http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/5494c41d-bce2-46f6-a1ab-0d09e7004653/lightswitch-html-client-how-to-export-to-excel-or-word?forum=lightswitch to read a few of the solutions provided by the LightSwitch community.

                                          Thanks,
                                          Elizabeth Maher, LightSwitch Team

                                        • 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.

                                          258 votes
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