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  1. 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.

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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…

      1,182 votes
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        24 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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          149 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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            530 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.

          • 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  ·  42 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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                10 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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                  270 comments  ·  .NET  ·  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. ;)

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                    6 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  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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                      30 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • coded ui

                      Enhance Coded UI Test to include the many common features found in commercial-off-the-shelf software test automation packages like SmartBear's Test Complete. These packages typically feature very rich functionality in mapping and managing UI control objects, whereas Coded UI does not. Packages like Test Complete also boast an impressive list of technologies with which it is compatible. Coded UI is limited in this respect as well.

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                      • Allow for updating process templates on existing projects in TFS

                        To keep up with improving processes, there needs to be a migration path for existing templates to be upgraded to new templates. Some information in work items may be lost when mapping these to new work item types of the new templates, but this may well worth the benefits of moving to a newer process. Creating a new team project is not always feasible, especially if the source code versioning needs to be in place.

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                          under review  ·  21 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  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…

                          780 votes
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                            under review  ·  11 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Provide build configuration dependencies in TFS Build

                            Provide the ability to create build configuration dependencies such that the success of one build configuration can trigger another build configuration such as a successful build triggering the building of an installation package or a build configuration which deploys to a development or staging server. Other tools such as Cruise Control.Net and Jetbrains TeamCity already offer build configuration dependencies/build configuration triggering through various means, therefore, TFS Build should also provide this type of support.

                            1,611 votes
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                              under review  ·  16 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • 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 →
                              • 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.

                                778 votes
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                                  22 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…

                                  • Hide Area and Iteration Names users don't have permission to view

                                    In TFS 2010 we can set permissions on areas and iterations to limit access to work items and queries. However, all TFS users can still see the names of all area and iteration nodes regardless of permissions. There should be permissions that limit the visiblity of area and iteration node names.

                                    Scenario: We use a single team project for development of multiple products for multiple different customers. We configure areas and iterations for each different customer/product and set permissions on those nodes to limit access. Some customers and products are highly confidential and the associated area and iteration names should…

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                                      5 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

                                      • 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 →
                                        • Custom Sort Order for TFS Fields

                                          At the moment is very difficult to get a good sort order for any field that is not-numerical. Give me the ability, either when I create a field, or when I create a query, to set a custom sort order.

                                          This comes up all the time. But here are two examples.

                                          Status: I have New, Active, Closed. I'd like to have the sort order match the chronology of the workflow, but all I can get is alphabetical.

                                          Stack Rank: We use stack rank to organize the most pressing work item, but don't apply it to all items in our backlog.…

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