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  1. Improve the XAML Designer performance

    It often takes several seconds for a XAML Window to fully display. The editor is constantly pausing as I type, sometimes for as long as a second, before catching up with keystrokes.

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      22 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Cross Project user dashboard feature for TFS 2012

      I love the Team project dashboard in 2012, but I still need a view thats purely user focused as well. I should have my own dashboard where i can see all of my active backlogs, task, bugs, etc at a glance. I understand that i can build a my own query that will list this, however that query is still stored in whatever team project i created it in. We need some global functionality that supersedes the team project container.

      97 votes
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      • 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…

        2,143 votes
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          55 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

        • Add support for SSH keys as alternate authentication method in TFS Online

          A common way to authenticate clients in a Git setup is to use SSH keys. It would be nice to have that method on TFS Online as well.

          1,377 votes
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          • TFS Integration With Jira

            I would like to see the TFS Integration Toolkit provide 2-way synch between TFS and Jira.

            Submittted by ALM Ranger.

            5 votes
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            • Make work item columns customizable in check-in dialog

              When checking-in our policy is that a work item has to be linked. Our work items have a custom field with an ID that differs from the TFS ID. The columns in the check-in dialog are not customizable which makes it very ennoying to find the correct work item.

              75 votes
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              • Allow Newly Created Items to appear instantly in Team Query results without refresh

                If a team query result is loaded in the IDE when a new work item is created, and where the new work item matches the filter, the item should appear instantly in the result set, rather than needing to refresh the query in order to see it. This leads to fewer clicks and reduces confusion about where an item 'went'. Based on a scenario where we use child/parent items to build up a feature set.

                3 votes
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                • Introduce "Is empty" operator in TFS WIQL for rich text fields

                  It is currently not possible to search for rich text fields that are empty. You have to specify a value that the field must either contain or not contain. This value cannot be left blank, so searching for work items where not text has been entered is not possible.

                  In addition to the "Contains" and "Does not contain" operators "Is empty" and "Is not empty" operators would be very useful.

                  165 votes
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                    Thank you for using Visual Studio and for your commitment to improving it. We are currently evaluating whether we will be able to include this into the product. We will be providing an update soon.
                    - Justin Marks (Microsoft)

                  • Painless Environment Setups in Lab Mgmt

                    Today to add a new environment can take weeks to setup, let alone prep for builds. This whole process needs to be simplified.

                    1. Install of VM Lab components should be done by 1 installer, not 3.
                    2. VM Test machines should have their own best practice analyzers to check for problems
                    3. Creating automated builds should be easier by...
                    3a. Providing common template scripts for the most basic tasks such as deploy web site, backup database, etc.
                    3b. Need a better way to supply .config file changes per environment at this level.
                    4. It would be nice to see…

                    34 votes
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                      5 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      Thanks for helping us by making improvement suggestions for Lab Management! Visual Studio 2012 and Team Foundation Server 2012 should address #1 and #2 on your list. I’m interested in hearing more about what you think in #3, #4, and #5. (I’ll reach out to you shortly.)

                      Let us know what you think after kicking the tires of the 2012 release.

                      There’s not really a good way for me to split each of these into separate User Voice items but I’ll mark the whole item as started since we haven’t released the Visual Studio 2012 family just yet.

                      Ed Blankenship, Program Manager, Lab Management – Visual Studio ALM

                    • Combine "Using" with "With"

                      Combine "Using" with "With", so that you could write for example:

                      Using System.IO.File.CreateText("log.txt")
                      .WriteLine("This is line one.")
                      .WriteLine("This is line two.")
                      End Using

                      instead of

                      Using writer As System.IO.TextWriter = System.IO.File.CreateText("log.txt")
                      writer.WriteLine("This is line one.")
                      writer.WriteLine("This is line two.")
                      End Using

                      30 votes
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                        8 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        Hi,

                        I’ve seen this request a few times before and while I’m not unsympathetic there are a few problems. The first is we haven’t been able to come up with a good syntax for it – one that is sufficiently descriptive while being concise and aesthetically pleasing but that still reads well.

                        “Using With x” doesn’t make sense as a natural sentence which goes against the grain of the language.

                        Another is how such a feature fits stylistically/philosophically in the language. Like why are Using and With specially, what about Sync Lock? What if I want to Lock on a disposable resource and have it be the implicit receiver of member access? Using With SyncLock, SyncLock With Using? Can I mix any two? Like, is there a notion or pattern in the language of combining blocks this way? We’d want to think through that one too for a bit.

                        One…

                      • Support for regions in JavaScript-editor of Visual Studio

                        In Visual Studio Developer Preview 11 in CSS-Editor adds the ability to split code on regions, which can expand and collapse. In CSS-code regions is defined as follows:

                        /*#region Region 1 */
                        .test1
                        {
                        color: Red;
                        }
                        /*#endregion*/

                        I propose to add support for regions in JavaScript-editor. For JS-regions can use the following syntax:

                        //#region Region 1
                        function test1() {
                        alert("Test");
                        }
                        //#endregion

                        7 votes
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                          under review  ·  0 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Allow the subject of a With block to be referenced in the block using a new keyword WithRef

                          Primarily, this is a convenience mechanism to avoid having to declare a variable in certain cases.

                          Proposed:

                          Function ReturnNewCheese(cheeseType as CheeseEnum) as Cheese
                          With New Cheese
                          .CheeseType = cheeseType 'property
                          .Curdle 'method
                          Helpers.DoSomethingWithCheese(WithRef)
                          Return WithRef
                          End With
                          Exit Function

                          Now:

                          Function ReturnNewCheese(cheeseType as CheeseEnum) as Cheese
                          Dim x as New Cheese
                          With x
                          .CheeseType = cheeseType
                          .Curdle
                          Helpers.DoSomethingWithCheese(x) 'requires explicit variable declaration
                          End With
                          Return x 'requires explicit variable declaration
                          Exit Function

                          10 votes
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                            under review  ·  5 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Add component based test functionality similar to HP BPT to VST/MTM.

                            From my experience so far with VSTS/MTM the design of the tool requires either programming savvy testers or a programmer embedded in the test team to automate tests. With multiple product teams, I currently have a more cost effective module using HP BPT. In each of my teams, non-technical product SMEs can easily learn to create reusable component based BPT (Business Processing Tests) scripts. One small team of automation engineers (4) using HP QTP then automates tests for many test teams who then run those tests. With existing SME based product test teams, it would be difficult to justify adding…

                            51 votes
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                              3 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              We have a backlog item to add more features to Coded UI Test Editor with the goal of significantly minimizing the Code required for creating/maintaining Coded UI Test.

                              In addition, we are proposing a graphical editor to manage the recorded methods.

                            • Ability to constrain linked work items based on rules/conditions

                              For example, I want to prevent the creation of Sprint Tasks before a Product Backlog Item is ready for development, assigned to a Sprint, contains a description, and is prioritized.

                              239 votes
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                              • 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)

                                72 votes
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                                  8 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Centralized Build View & Management

                                  Create an interface to centrally view and manage builds for administrators. As an admin that manages builds across team projects, I find it tedious that I have to navigate to each Team Project’s Build Explorer to see current build activity. It makes it even worse that you force each Build Explorer to open in the same VS Window.

                                  Minimally, the interface would be the current Build Explorer without the Team Project filter, thus allowing admins to have a central view of build activity. Ideally, it would be a similar interface that allows for a centralized build activity view and also…

                                  190 votes
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                                  • 4 votes
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                                    • Import/export data from Visual Studio Online

                                      possibility to export a collection and import it in an on premises installation and the other way

                                      311 votes
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                                        We have included both import and export from Visual Studio Online on our product backlog. Brian has some more information about data export available here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/bharry/archive/2014/02/21/vs-online-early-adopter-program-extended-to-may-7-2014.aspx

                                        Additionally, this week at TechEd North America we have announced that we have partnered with OpsHub to create a free migration utility to move the most requested data including history from TFS to VSO. You can find out more details on this migration utility that was released here: http://bit.ly/OpsHubBlogPost. We will also continue to include proper import support on our backlog for future investments.

                                        Thanks!
                                        Ed Blankenship, Ewald Hofman, and Andrea Scripa
                                        Visual Studio Online Team

                                      • Start and End dates of iterations and sprints

                                        Could we have the option of selecting a start date then enter how long the project will run in weeks or days and have the end date calculated? Iterations and Sprints are thought of as weeks normally so it would be handy

                                        4 votes
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                                        • Gathering hours completed and remaining on a WI should be easier

                                          Getting these fields to be filled by developers is almost impossible the way it's done.
                                          Two solutions that reflect two steps in the roadmap:
                                          Phase 1: Allow filling these fields from pending checkin window, using default values like completed = estimate and remaining = 0
                                          Phase 2: Build a way that the developers notify the start task and count times from there to the close of the task. Allways add completed work and by default subtract remaining. Something like "Grindstone" software, having into account idle machine times and asking what task was that time to be associated.

                                          Today's implementation due…

                                          61 votes
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