VS11. Bring back the old "Pending Changes" window
The new one is very confusing!!!
I think the old one was almost perfect so why did you change it??? I mean, you can add new options but why did you change the philosophy?
The most important problems I see with the new one:
- No way to have that window independent so it can be accessed easily and fast
- Difficult to see at first sight the files changed! (of course, the new “no color” interface is part of the problem...)
- Difficult to exclude changes! (in the old one it was so easy by clicking the checkbox...)
give it back!!
Luc van Vugt commented
@Dave de Vos: thanx, have installed it already. Surely the pending changes window is of great help to me.
David Whitehead commented
The VS2012 Pending Changes window is the worst design in the history of design.
Dave de Vos commented
Install TeamPilgrim which is an extension to VS 2012, available in the the visual studio extension gallery:
Phil Tutt commented
The new panel takes up too much screen realestate to pin and nearly needs a screen on its own.
It's trying to be too pretty but is loosing function.
I used the old one to keep a working list of files and quick link to switch between working files.
I understand why the drag and drop change to make it more clear what is going to be checked in by creating separation, but I what think would be better is using the checkboxes, then when you click commit it displays a dialog confirming the files to be checked in and a textbox to add a comment.
In the last two projects I've worked on this was one of the top 3 things cursed opon about VS12 by all the developers I worked with. Ever week someone would start a rant about VS12 being great in some ways but missing the olden way of handling pending changes.
Old Pending Changes back!!!
Anders Karlgren commented
Bring back the 2010 "Pending Changes" window asap
I'm not going to add anything new, I have the same old beef as everyone else. Please give options on the pending changes, I hate having things check in unintentionally. :-(
Brian Kirkland commented
It is the worst instance of real-estate overloading that I have ever seen.
Luc van Vugt commented
Fully agree with the initital post
David S commented
If it ain't broke, fiddle with it until it's miserably destroyed and unusable.
Team explorer in vs 2012 is a total mess and the pending changes pane is the worst of it - unfortunately the part that you have to use frequently. you should really consider to care about usability instead of some f*cking style guides written by people who have obviously no idea about usability.
Tommy Sjöblom commented
I was really disappointed by Team Explorer 2012. The pending changes with its drag-and-drop function is cumbersome to use because it's difficult to locate the "drop" target quickly, since its in a scrolling window (and could even be scrolled outside of the visible region in Team Explorer).
The idea of including and excluding changes does not provide a useful overview of the pending changes because the Team Explorer window is so small that only a small portion of it is visible at one time.
My productivity is taking a dive because of the extra work needed to check and double-check that everything that needs to be included and excluded really is marked as included/excluded correctly, which requires scrolling up and down in a small window with a collapsable tree structure.
I have tried hard to like it, but instead it makes me frustrated every time.
Gabriel Vonlanten C. Lopes commented
This is really not the case of "fear of the new" is a case where the new is not best! I have been using the TFS pending changes for the vs2012 for a few months, and i have headache when i think about checkin in things! I had so many more features on the window! Please do this, add the option to use the old style window or the new treelist!
When you are doing heavy checkin (of hundreds of files) it gets really meassy (like when editing a T4 that generates POCO classes or editing the Edmx).... please consider this!
Eric Lewis commented
Please bring back the old one, much easier to use
The VS2012 Team Explorer pane contains a combination of both information that is best displayed in a horizontally docked pane and also information that is best displayed in a vertically docked pane !
The Pending Changes functionality is a notable example of the former whereas most functionality falls into the latter category.
So I vote YES.
@Jonathan Stevens, not really I've been using this every day for 4 months now. I like some aspects of it, but overall I struggle to say it is better. This needs
a) A way to seperate the window from other tfs stuff - I want to be able to have a window with work items and a pending changes window, not go, oh **** I don't know the work item, back, back, work items.. 15 clicks later I've opened the query, back to pending changes, drag work item in.
b) the concept of showing only some of the changes (e.g. a max of 80 or something and then having a button to see all) is terrible. I want to see all by default but collapsed, not have 2 views
c) I want to be able to switch between a tree view and the only style of a list of changes
give me those 3 things and this becomes an improvement.
Jonathon Stevens commented
This is a classic case of, new is scary. There is a new mindset you need to work with ALL the new TFS improvements, all of which make things easier to use and flow, once you are used to them.
Alvin Manabat commented
The VS2010 "Pending Changes" window is much more usable than VS2012. Please bring that old functionality back.