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  1. 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 →
    • 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 "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; }

        1,316 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

        • Add "?." operator to C#

          Add the "?." operator to C# and make it chainable like CoffeeScript so we don't have to write null reference checks for every nested property. An example would be:
          myObject?.Items?.[0]?.DoSomething()

          5,345 votes
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            204 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            We are seriously considering this feature for C# and VB, and will be prototyping it in coming months. Syntax in C# would be

            e?.x // member access
            e?.M(…) // method invocation
            e?[…] // indexing

            Semantically this will be similar to

            (e == null) ? null : e.x

            etc., except that e will only be evaluated once of course.

            If the type of e.x (etc) is a non-nullable value type S, then the type of e?.x is S?. Otherwise the type of e?.x is the same as that of e.×. If we can’t tell whether the type is a non-nullable value type (because it is a type parameter without sufficient constraints) we’ll probably give a compile-time error.

            Thanks for all the great comments!

            Mads Torgersen
            C# Language PM

          • support parameters for radio buttons and checkboxes in MTM

            I can use parameters while creating action recording and playback for text fields and drop down elements. This does not work for check boxes or radio buttons (For example, if I create a parameter with value "Yes" and use that for a check box, the binding does not work)

            145 votes
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              8 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  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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                511 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.

              • 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.

                308 votes
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                  under review  ·  9 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • rename project in TFS

                  Rename existing project in TFS

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                    143 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 →
                    • 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 →
                      • 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.

                        8,813 votes
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                          under review  ·  58 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • 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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                            27 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…

                            874 votes
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                              19 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

                            • Tag filters need to work on the Kanban board

                              I love the tags in update 2 as they help with managing themes in our backlog. However, when I switch the view to the Kanban board I have no tags. Having this feature would enable us to use the kanban board really effectively....without it only small backlogs work. Help!

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                                under review  ·  2 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  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…

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                                  8 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Provide the ability to prioritise Backlog items in a sprint backlog by dragging and dropping the item

                                  When I am working with the sprint backlog in the new new web UI I want a way to easily re order the backlog items in the sprint.I can currently do this in the main product backlog but not in a sprint backlog

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                                    15 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • New Work Item Control: Checkbox

                                    Creating string fields with "Yes" and "No" (or "True" or "False", or "1" and "0") as allowed values, is a viable "workaround" for a Yes/No field - but still, a real checkbox control would make it even better.

                                    btw: Checkboxes are a Windows control introduced from the very beginning (Windows 1 actually, I checked. ;)

                                    488 votes
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                                      6 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Working Hours and Days Off to be entered in User Profile

                                      Adding working hours and days off to the user profile will allow members to take responsibility of their working hours, making capacity planning easier.

                                      A project administrator may also need to be able to update these for a user, for cases of unexpected absence, etc...

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                                        9 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Add ability to minify your javascript, CSS and HTML when not in debug mode

                                        Minifing the output code means faster load times for the client and less bandwidth. Visual Studio do this automatically on building a release copy of code. Debug code should not be minified or at least have the option to do it or not. See Yahoo's tool http://developer.yahoo.com/yui/compressor/

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                                          under review  ·  2 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • 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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                                            19 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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