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  1. Expand options in Alerts to match those in Queries

    We are using TFS 2010. I am trying to define an alert for Test and Application Leads. One of my projects is a large implementation of an application suite across multiple entities. I am unable to create this type of alert:
    Any change to a work item that WAS assigned to you, but is now assigned to another user.

    The specific users that I have in mind are Test and Application Leads. Depending on work item type, once an item has been created, it is assigned to either a Test or Application lead. From there, it will be reviewed and…

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      0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Coaded UI Test URL Abstraction

      Coded UI Maps should not have hard coded URL's This needs to be abstracted so that tests can be run against different instances of uniquely named servers.

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        0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Use Regex for Coded UI Assertions

        Whenever we want to assert string values are present but must be unique, we cannot rely on basic assertion from Coded UI testing. We need to customize our assertions to do so. This is extremely common in in the life of QA automation.

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          0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • More robust alert mechanism than what is in TFS 2012

          Currently you can set up fairly decent alert notifications using the web interface, however there is one thing missing that is in most major ALM's. It appears that currently you can only email yourself or a list of e-mail addresses that you enter. What about allowing for the ability for using the value of a work item field as the e-mail address. Suppose you have an approval e-mail on the work item and when you move from state x to state y you want that e-mail to be sent an e-mail. Currently you have no way to do that, as…

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            0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • a very useful & important idea

            IN a code eding window of IDE, when mouse poiner stops on 'END IF " or "END SELECT " or other "End ..." sentences, tips should be shown on mathcing Sentences, such as "IF ...", or "SELECT ..." or other,including the whole content of the macthing sentence. This is very inportant and convenien for editor to know the macning code ahead without rolling the window, especially for muiti nesting codes.

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              0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Improve check in dialog (once it's brought back)

              As per the other suggestiong, BRING BACK THE MODAL DIALOG!!! The docked window is STUPID! (Yes command line "TF CHECKIN" works, but oh god, really?)

              After that's done, improve the comments text editor to at least be as good as TortoiseSVN: auto-complete and history are REALLY useful features!

              3 votes
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                1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Add URLs or other links to Team Favorites

                On the Team Foundation Service Home home page and project pages, allow the Team Favorites to include URLs. This will allow publishing helpful locations from a single point.

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                  0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • ...warn users who are downloading the VS2012 ISO that it doesn't run on XP so they don't waste 600Mb of download and an hour of their time.

                  Why can't you warn users who are downloading the VS2012 ISO that it doesn't run on XP so they don't waste 600Mb of download and an hour of their time?

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                    0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Conditional Formatting in UI Designer

                    PROBLEM: UI hidden from the designer!

                    SOLUTION: Support multiple layouts within UI designer and make each layout accessible programmatically.

                    This could work quite simply: 1. Users can build a UI as is done currently and an additional property on the properties window for the control could display "Layouts". This property could include an ellipsis button for editing the property. 2. When the ellipsis button is clicked access to other layouts for this control would be made available and a default layout could be selected.

                    3. Having added or selected a different layout for that control would then make any changes…

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                      0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • visual studio crashing

                      Since updates over the weekend of 2013.01.11 to 2013.01.14, Visual Studio 2012 has become very very unstable .... does anyone with microsoft actually know what they're doing ?

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                        0 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • consolidate C++ including DirectX into the MSDN C++ topic and broaden the scope

                        I like the idea of a catch all, this way its easier for me MVP x3 to help questioners. I am very good with C and C++ including game programming.

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                          0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Ability to customize build templates and run locally

                          Currently, in order to autor/customize a build template you have to check in the XAML file with small changes, test it by queuing a new build, and then re-do until you finish implementing all the changes.
                          This process is very tedious and time consuming (and the TFS changeset history you end up creating is not really nice either).

                          I'd like the ability to author the XAML file and run it locally (and potentially debug easily too). Once I finish doing all the changes, then I can check-in the updates.

                          12 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Make all Entity Framework documentation available off-line

                            Only part of Entity Framework is available off-line. There are parts that are missing from the books available to download, for example, the System.Data.Entity documentation. It would be great for people like me who do part of their work off-line to have that docs off-line.

                            73 votes
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                              3 comments  ·  Help  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Enable Webview to navigate to a local html file

                              It will be a good idea for Microsoft to unlock the webview and allow the Metro App users to navigate to a local html file from inside a Metro UI App.
                              I know that it is locked for security reasons but consider allowing that for folders that were added in the futureaccesslist and are authorized.
                              For eg. In my downloads folder I have created a folder added in the future access list and in there I have my local Html files.
                              It will be great to be able to navigate there from my webview which I have in My windows…

                              22 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Separate code visualization from code formatting in file

                                There should be an option to define code formatting for files and another for user (.suo?) to define how he/she wants to see that code in Visual Studio editor.

                                For teams this would give the freedom to individually setup code visualization for personal taste and keep shared (committed) code in commonly accepted format thus preventing unnecessary differencies in committed files.

                                25 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Provide command prompt for v110_xp platform toolset in VS2012

                                  Recently, VS2012 Update 1 CTP has been released. I've installed the update and tried to use command prompt to build the 3rd-party library (some 3rd-party library uses its build script, for example, boost).

                                  However, the default SDK environment in command prompt is still using WinSDK 8.0.

                                  if can, providing the command prompt with the environment same as platform target v110_xp (WinSDK 7.1A) will be better.

                                  29 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • 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

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                                      6 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…

                                    • Reduce the time it takes to populate server explorer lists

                                      Visual Studio Premium 2012

                                      The time it takes to populate long lists (Stored procedures, Views
                                      etc...) in the Server Explorer docked window is much longer than in SQL Server management studio... Please improve this feature.

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                                        3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • provide Lambda functionalities for functions, that are useable like a Block (with '{' and '}' )

                                        A functionality as described here can ensure reuseable and easy refactorizeable code without thinking around the box.
                                        This concept is like a box. A box with it's own features...

                                        Here will be the description in some kind of c# like pseudocode ( "/" means a placeholder for or, '//' means a placeholder for types, names any other keyword in this category inside two of this symbols as a kind of description, '...' means in some kind of this, '//'):

                                        public/private/protected void/... //functionname//(//parameter//)
                                        {
                                        //different work and variable declarations, that can also be loops, iterations and also a wrapping of a…

                                        3 votes
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                                          2 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • add report Viewer control in WPF Application

                                          use as in Windows application

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                                            0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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