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...)
We are happy to let you know that in today’s release of Visual Studio 2013 Preview we have made numerous improvements to the Pending Changes experience. The most significant additions are the ability to undock the Pending Changes page from Team Explorer, an option for viewing changes in a flat list, text filtering, and the removal of the “All Changes” page that was used when your number of files exceeded 250 items.
You can get the VS2013 Preview build here:http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=306566
Program Manager | TFS Version Control
Dismiss your usability experts!
Agreed - I find this a nightmare to work with!
Please bring it back
Michael Kröschel commented
uh yes bring it back when you work in differnt branches the tree drives you mad :(
Please bring it back
bring them back
Randy Bratton commented
I don't have the option that some other developers have of going back to VS2010. My company says I HAVE to use VS2012, so this is going to be one PITA once I have to start checking in change sets. I have to exclude certain files because I work remotely, so these can NEVER be checked into the Team's TFS.
One of the reason that VS-TFS UI integration is so pathetic is that MS developers don't use TFS internally.
They use source depot, which is one of the best source controls I have ever seen.
They need do dogfood it more thoroughly.
To Sean Bergam on MultiSelect:
This is a very lame reason to use VS 2012. You can do it easily (and more intuitively) in VS 2010.
Just multi select your files (using space/shift/Ctrl+A... whatever) and press space.
Also, VS2010 has a tree view option in Pending Changes also, why can't VS2012 have a listview too?
Pending Changes in VS 2012 is a complete ****. In fact VS 2012 in whole is so non intuitive that it is unusable. MS forgot that VS is a developer tool, and developers need to know their changes in a plain view, WE know what we are doing.
DON'T try to teach us what we are doing.
The other big pain point is shelving/unshelving.
I am using VS 2010 just because the UI designers of VS2012 are mentally ********.
Argument-less comments such as "I like it" or "I dislike it" should be dismissed as a subjective personal like or dislike.
Joberto Diniz commented
I have to disagree, I liked this way.
Vinai Singh commented
Bring back interface similar to 2010..
William Bosacker commented
When dealing with multiple TFS Projects, the repurposed TFS Explorer window fails in all regards. The old setup was extremely easy to use. Being forced to work with one, and only one TFS Project at a time makes it extremely difficult projects that have branches across several TFS Projects, especially during merges. The current design completely fails in this regard.
Sean Bergam commented
I suggest everyone take a deep breath here. :) I was originally VERY frustrated with the Pending Changes UI in VS 2012 and was considering going back to VS 2010 because of it. However, when I realized that you can multi-select and then just right-click to move between Included/Excluded I felt much better. I agree the old one was better, but I can live with this one for now. I really hope the VS team fixes this soon, though (maybe in SP1?)
Also, I really hate that everything is all "metro-y" in VS 2012. Developers need utility, not stylish UI.
Craig Klassen commented
I agree with the original idea's statements and would like to add that it adds a significant amount of overhead in terms of folder structure information.
Before, the file's location was a column that could be used to sort the pending changes list and the information was displayed in one concise column. Now there are several rows that I need to skip over before I view the actual files changed.
Stanley Goldman commented
I'm pretty sure I got the message loud and clear.
"Give up on TFS, go use Git somewhere else."
Mark Sowul commented
I had to go back to 2010. The whole TFS ui in 2012 is such an unbelievably painful mess that I cannot fathom how it went through the entire cycle of design, development, qa without developers rebelling. Either I'm a luddite, or all dissent was crushed. I can't think of a single way in which this "cram everything into one stupid panel" is better.
And not only is the work item association workflow now completely idiotic "oh, you have no 'favorite queries' set up, better click ten times to go change that, and lose your place of course because it's in the same window as 'pending changes'", but it still doesn't have the only thing you really would probably need: the ability to _search for a work item by text_ from the pending changes area.
Want to compare your changes before you check in? Oh, well, have fun right-clicking on every file. And clicking and dragging to include/exclude is so much easier and clearer than a list with checkboxes. Well, done, chaps!
Ugh. Since MS seems intent on committing suicide with every product these days, which is a damned shame.
I really, really, really want it back
Ex - Loyal Microsoft Customer commented
They changed it because since Bill left, Microsoft has been invaded by ******* arrogant morons. Take Windows 8 for example... Everything they touch these days TURNS TO ****
Just give them time to keep shooting themselves in the foot by not listening to what their customers actually want - eventually their arrogance will finally shut them down for good.