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  1. Universal Apps Client for Lightswitch

    Universal App Client for Lightswitch

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      2 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • SQL Server 2014 ClickOnce bootstrapper packages

      Visual Studio 2013 comes with bootstrapper packages for 'SqlExpress2008R2', 'SqlExpress2012' and 'SqlLocalDB2012'. SQL Server 2014 was released earlier this year but bootstrapper packages are still unavailable. Please release the bootstrapper packages.
      Although it would be possible to create a package by myself there are a few problems which make this difficult and undesirable:
      - What are the fwlink links for download packages from Microsoft's website
      - What are the public keys for the packages

      LocalDB in particular is supposed to be used as a replacement for SSCE which is deprecated. How can we use it if there's no simple way…

      14 votes
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        1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Allow for gitflow branching model

        We would like to allow for a git flow model. Or a simple branching model with branch permissions such that only team leads are capable of merge (after code review) and developers may only check into their feature/issue branch.

        http://nvie.com/posts/a-successful-git-branching-model/

        35 votes
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          0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Support <LISTITEM value="[project]\<TheCurrentTeam>" /> in TFS work Item AssignedTo Field Allowed Values

          It is possible to currently customize work item template so that it filters AssignedTo field list of users to a given team (<LISTITEM value="[project]\Team1" />) or to a security group (<LISTITEM value="[project]\Contributors" />). But when you have multiple teams defined in a team project the only sensible way to filter is using <LISTITEM value="[project]\Contributors" /> because if a "[Project]\Team1" is used, in Team2 it is only possible to assign work items to members of Team1 (and that is not the desired outcome).

          I believe if there is a way for us to define" [Project]\<TheCurrentTeam>" in LISTITEM of the ALLOWEDVALUES of…

          38 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Include and use native thread names in minidumps

            As of today, setting native thread names involves raising an SEH exception with data that includes the name one wishes to give to the current thread.
            This only has an effect if Visual Studio is connected as debugger. If not, the thread name seems to be lost forever.

            One of our common debugging use cases is using minidumps. The thing is, our executables may run tens of threads with similar callstacks. Sorting out which threads are of interest without names is hard.

            Suggestion: setting a thread name should be a system feature that is connected to minidump capture; minidumps should…

            68 votes
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              1 comment  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Use tags in alerts

              I want to use tags in my alerts query. I want to create an alert that when a workitem is changed with a particulair tag/tags I get notified.

              27 votes
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                1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Compare tool to ignore whitespace within a line, not just start and end

                The compare tool in VS2013 curently ignores whitespace changes by trimming the end and the start but not within the line of code in C#.

                It would be good if it could be added as an option to ignore whitespace within the line too.

                6 votes
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                  1 comment  ·  Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Pass test configuration variables for a test point directly as a property in TestContext

                  The test configuration variable values defined in the test configuration for the currently executing test point should be directly available in the TestContext instance as custom properties.

                  Right now in order to get the value of a test configuration variable you need to query the configuration from TFS. And that option is actually broken because the TestContext doesn't update between separate test points of the same test case.

                  This will open up use cases such as having a "Browser" test configuration variable and then using the appropriate browser in Coded UI tests.

                  15 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Kanban or Scrum board based on Query...not sprint

                    I have a bunch of stuff in my backlog.
                    It is hierarchal. A few layers of stories breaking down...to bottom level stories and/or tasks
                    I am on a team that just wants to track work. From open to close.
                    We don't run in sprints because that model doesn't work for our team.
                    We do some long term stuff, and lots of short term stuff.

                    I want to be able to just put whatever I want on the board and drag it across states to closure.
                    I want to be able to simply drag those items up and down to change…

                    2 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Support dependent debugger breakpoint

                      Ofter useful set breakpoint that will only trigger after another breakpoint. Please support set child breakpoints that will trigger only after parent breakpoint trigger.

                      For example bug in often called function F2(), that called indirectly from function F1(). I can't set breakpoint directly to F2() because it's called very often before F1(). So I need set breakpoint to F1() and then when it triggers to F2()

                      6 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Simplify enum attributes

                        Attributes for enums are overly complicated both in defining them and accessing them. Please simplify this as follows

                        enum ItemSize { big, small };

                        enum ItemTypes
                        {
                        [Attribute(ItemSize size=big)] car,
                        [Attribute(ItemSize size=big)] truck,
                        [Attribute(ItemSize size=small)] bicycle,
                        [Attribute(ItemSize size=small)] skate
                        }

                        And then access them such.

                        void ProcessItem(ItemType ty, string itemName)
                        {
                        ItemSize size = ty.Attribute(size);
                        if (size == ItemSize.big)
                        {
                        ...
                        }
                        else if (size == ItemSize.small)
                        {
                        ....
                        }
                        }

                        This could be achived by using current C#, .net 4.5 and VS 2013, but the method including getting the attributes is overly complex. This complex code could all be…

                        9 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Views history comment in Pending changes

                          In the "Pending Changes" tab

                          1) If the Comment field is selected
                          2) The text is empty
                          3) Pressing down arrow to view the last 10 comments.

                          9 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Allow to have custom delimiters in raw string literal

                            C++11 (and some others languages) allow you to define custom delimiters for litterals string. It allows you to copy and paste xml, html , ... easily in you code without have to double " .
                            For inst(taken from wikipedia on c++11)

                            R"(The String Data \ Stuff " )"
                            R"delimiter(The String Data \ Stuff " )delimiter"

                            105 votes
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                              3 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Custom UI controls for custom applications that interact with TFS

                              Based on a discussion on the ALM Champs list and ALM Rangers Forums:

                              I’d love control(s) that:
                              - Allows me to pick files and/or folders from TFVC and/or Git
                              - Allows me to configure and save a ACL for an object of my choosing (akin to the Team Administrator ACL)
                              - Allows me to select a Build (output)
                              - Allows me to select tests to run (akin to the automation… window)
                              - Allows me to pick one or more area’s/iterations
                              - Allows me to pick one or more teams
                              - Check-in UI
                              - etc

                              These would allow others to easily…

                              9 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Rangers Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Allow Generating a Sequence Diagram from Source Code in Shared Project.

                                Is possible to Generating a Sequence Diagram from Source Code (Reference is http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/vstudio/ee317485.aspx)

                                We cannot generate it from projects that share code across multiple apps.

                                Please allow it.

                                13 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Support Test Inheritance for base classes in different assemblies

                                  Visual studio test does not detect tests defined in an abstract base class of a separate assembly.

                                  This was supposedly fixed in Visual Studio 2010 (though several users claim it wasn't even fixed then), but is definitely still a problem with visual studio 2012 update 4.

                                  See: https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/466528/visual-studio-test-mstest-and-lack-of-inheritance-support-for-base-classes-that-resides-in-different-assemblies

                                  21 votes
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                                    2 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Debug JavaScript running in the WebView control.

                                    This should apply to Windows Phone Emulator, attached WP8 device, and Windows 8

                                    Currently you can only debug js code if it is running in the root of the app ( ala a JS based application ) It would be great to be able to debug js code running inside a WebView as well.

                                    Even if the only way to do this was by putting `debug` in your js code, and being prompted to open a new instance of VS, it would be extremely helpful.

                                    12 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Have a big button MTM Test Runner to Pass or Fail the current step and move to the next

                                      The reason for the big button is that when testing a windows store app or a touch enabled application, it would be easier to avoid putting the device down or switching to the keyboard. We have a touch screen monitor with MTM running and it is great to be able to touch the device to perform the test and then simply touch the monitor to say that the test has passed or failed. Problem is, that the button to pass or fail is too small for touch.
                                      Also an auto drill down into shared steps would be good, that is…

                                      22 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • support Spec Explorer in Visual Studio 2013

                                        Spec Explorer 2010, a model-based testing tool extension is supported in Visual Studio 2010/2012, this suggestion is to make it work with Visual Studio 2013.

                                        119 votes
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                                          2 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Path.TryGetAvailableSpace(path,SpaceEnum.UserWritable)

                                          This should work. I should be able to "try" this on any file system (unc, junction, mount point, network, dvdrw) without pinvoke.

                                          if (Path.TryGetAvailableSpace(var writablespace,path,SpaceEnum.UserWritable) > x) && writablespace < 123) { ... fail ... }

                                          6 votes
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                                            3 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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