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  1. Add Markdown support for source checkin/commit comments.

    For displaying checkin/commit comments for either TFS Source or Git Source, I suggest you add Markdown support so that some simple formatting can be included in comments.

    To get more details visit Markdown specs page http://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/.

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      1 comment  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Code Review Notification

      I find it to be a flaw when someone on my developer team has to send me a message on Skype telling me they have sent me a code review and then I have to go dig through "My Work" to find the review and accept it.

      What I would like to start seeing for this and other events like this that occur in Visual Studio would be "Skype-like notifications" that happen perhaps on the bottom right hand side of my screen, a little box that pops up that tells me I have a new code review. I could then…

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        2 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Ability to see labels in browser view / TFS Web Access

        There seems to be no way to view labels at all in the web access to TFS. Any plans to support it? Would be nice for us non-Visual Studio developers :)

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          2 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Quick code editing switch or warning

          The quick editing feature from TFS2015 doesn't take into consideration the check-in policies that are in-place for a team project.

          Scenario:
          Work item policy setup in order to warn the developers to associate their changesets with one or more work items. They can bypass the policy but at least they're aware of it.
          If they check-in from web interface then they are not even aware that a check-in policy exits.

          It would be useful if a setting would be provided to enable/disable this feature. Or an warming that would notify the users that a check-in policy is in place when…

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            7 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Keep a pull request comment's context when code changes are pushed

            When I create a pull request, other team members can comment on specific lines of changed files to indicate things that should be addressed. After I push my changes, the code is updated, but the comments stay attached to the same line numbers, which might no longer be relevant. An example is attached.

            It would be better if the comments moved to the appropriate line when a change is made, or if the commit that the comment was originally made on could be shown easily. As of now, you have to guess what part of the code the comment was…

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              3 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Create more display filters for TFS2012 Web Access.

              Users need to be able to view PDF, Docx and VSS file extensions without having to download the file first. This would make the Web Access tool in TFS more popular with none programmers

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                2 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Support github flavored markdown

                GitHub uses GitHub flavored markdown. VSTS evidently uses Markdown basic and you get a different and better rendering experience on GitHub. Please consider using the same rendering engine for VSTS.

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                  4 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Support displaying the svg image in markdown from webportal

                  Currently, the svg image in markdown cannot be displayed correctly fron web portal if the svg image is hosted in TFVC/Git repositories.

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                    1 comment  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • View history for whole GIT repository.

                    Currently in Visual Studio 2015 when looking at the branches tab for a GIT repository, I can do a history for any branch. The root of the GIT repository will show the history for the currently checked out branch. This can already be had looking at the history for the highlighted branch. It would be nice to have the history of the root of the repository show the history for all branches very much like the "Visualize All Branch History" available in git-gui by Shawn Pearce, et. al. in the windows git package suggested by Visual Studio.

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                      0 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Moving branch/folder in TFS should keep & display all change history of old branch_name folder at the new branch_name folder

                      After renaming a branch (for re-organisation purpose), some or most of change history used to be seen in the old branch_name folder is no longer seen in the new branch name folder.

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                        2 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Allow access to code review comments

                        In medical device development it is mandatory to provide code review reports:
                        1. Allow to access code review comments via TFS API.
                        2. Provide a code review report via reporting services.

                        - cheers

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                          2 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Remove source control binding information from inside files

                          Visual Studio uses Source Control Bindings (persisted as various Scc* settings in the solution and project files and also in *.vspscc and *.vssscc files) for legacy reasons. The TFS API allows source control information (server url, check-out status, etc) to be retrieved using only the local file path and Visual Studio should use this capability without requiring the user to manage superfluous bindings.

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                            2 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            As explained in this blog post (http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudioalm/archive/2015/10/08/how-we-use-user-voice-to-make-a-better-product.aspx), we had updated the status of this suggestion to “Under Review” to let you know we are tracking it on our backlog. To better indicate which one we are actively working on or which ones are on our 6-month plan, we introduced the states “Started” and “Planned”. The goal is to give an update on in progress suggestions at least every 3 months. This suggestion is still on our backlog, but they are not part of the 6-month plan.

                            Ewald Hofman

                          • The command line utility tf.exe should allow to associate work items to a check in

                            The command line utility tf.exe should allow to associate work items to a check in.

                            Something like tf checkin /workitems:1234,5874,5777

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                              5 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Support sparse checkout in the git extension

                              Currently, if you look at all the changes in a sparsely checked out git repository, all the files that were NOT checked out are listed as deleted.

                              All the files that were not checked out by the sparse checkout should likewise be ignored by git in visual studio.

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                                1 comment  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • pull request diff ignore whitespace

                                When comparing pull request changes, could the whitespace be ignored in the file diff tab.

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                                  4 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Allow me to select "Team Queries" at check-in in TFS 2012, like in TFS 2010

                                  In TFS 2010, when checking-in code change, you could select any work-item query from "My Queries" or "Shared Queries". In TFS 2012, you can only select from "My Favorites", but you first have to DRAG and DROP a Team Query into your Favorites. Why the manual step? Out of the box with a new team project, developers cannot check in code with first performing the manual step of this drag-and-drop of work-item query...why? Doesn't make sense from a usability perspective. Additionally, I cannot chance the Process Template to default a "My Favorite" query. Manual intervention should not be mandatory to…

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                                    3 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Syntax highlighting for Scala, bash (and other things) in VSO text viewer

                                    A bunch of languages/file types we are using have no syntax highlighting in VSO text viewer:

                                    - Scala (.scala, .sbt)
                                    - .properties
                                    - bash (.sh, .profile, .bashrc)

                                    Ideally would be nice to have parity with GitHub in this area, but probably can start with these three?

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                                      1 comment  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Support git atomic push in Visual Studio Online

                                      Could you support git atomic push?

                                      My story around that is for large team, where you want both your initial commit and associated merges in upper branches to be pushed at the same time.

                                      git push --all --atomic

                                      Documentation is here
                                      https://git-scm.com/docs/git-push (search "--[no-]atomic")

                                      Thank you

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                                        1 comment  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Pull Request shouldn't allow edits after "approval"

                                        After my pull request was approved, before it was "completed", I committed another change to the branch.When I subsequently "completed" the pull request, it included the latest change that had not been reviewed as part of the approval.

                                        This is similar to "Clear pull request Approval/Rejection when new commits come in", but I'm not sure if it's a bug that the latest change was included or not?

                                        Perhaps the branch could be tagged at the "approved" version and that version could be the one merged when "complete" is clicked

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                                          3 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Allow me to perform an unsolicited code review

                                          Sometimes I'm performing code reviews on random changesets, and I want to send my comments to the original developer. However, there is no way for me to create the code review request myself.

                                          I would like to be able to kick off a code review myself, without the committer needing to explicitly create a request.

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