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  1. TFS code review should not require a new code review to be started when code that is already under review is changed based on review comment

    It seems that TFS requires a new code review to be started whenever code that is already under review is updated in response to review comments. It is not only unnecessary busy work for a developer to initiate a new review each time a review comment would suggest a change to the code that is already under review is necessary, but it also prevents having a single picture of changes made as a result of the review process.

    With the current method, a single logical code review may span multiple physical code reviews and the comments for the single logical…

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

      We have a lot of investment taking place on our code review platform that will enable iterative code reviews, and we will initially bring that functionality to Git (via pull requests). Improving iterative code reviews for TFVC is still on our backlog, but it is not in our 6 month plan, so we are resetting the status.

      Matt Mitrik

    • Make visible the current working changeset at which the code is updated in TFS Source Control History

      It could be useful to see which is the current working changeset at which the source code is updated like in SVN.
      For example using a bold font for the changeset line in the History

      599 votes
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        1 comment  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Dont add the default team as reviewer when doing a pull request

        When doing a pull request the default team in Team Services is added as reviewer by default. When you have multiple team (which I assume is the most common case), this makes little sense as you cant even select which VSTS team you are working in in Visual Studio. Why adding a team when working in Visual Studio most likely always will be the wrong team (unless you only have a single team).

        As you can see in
        https://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/docs/git/pull-requests#add-detail-to-your-pull-request
        that "[Fabrikam]\Fabrikam Team" is added by default.

        Please change Visual Studio pull requests to not add any team by default.

        If…

        388 votes
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          started  ·  20 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Restore "Missing" TFS Power Tools functionality in VS/TFS 2017

          With the removal TFS Power Tools for the 2017 release there are some significant features absent from Visual Studio 2017.

          Find by status (server workspaces) allowing you to search for a users checkouts.

          On the command line: online, scorch and treeclean don't appear to have any equivalents. These commands are very useful when automating the import/export of objects to or from TFS.

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

            For the Find by Status feature, we’re working on an extension to add this capability back to VS. We don’t yet have an ETA for the availability, but I’ll update here when it’s ready.

            For tfpt online, scorch, and treeclean, the functionality has been replaced by tf reconcile. If you use tfpt {command} /help, you’ll see a message about the specific options to use to get equivalent functionality with tf reconcile.

            Tfpt uu doesn’t have a replacement in tf.exe. The old tfpt commands should continue to work against newer versions of TFS and VSTS.

            Thanks,
            Matt Mitrik
            Program Manager | VSTS

          • Change Pull Request Target Branch

            It would be great to be able to change the target branch of a pull request. Sometimes a pull request is simply opened against the wrong branch. Other times, the comments and discussion resolve in wishing to integrate with a different branch prior to promoting to the original target.

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

              We’ve seen this climbing in recent months, and we recently revisited the priority of this on the backlog. It’s currently on our list of items we want to tackle in the next few months. I’ll update when it’s officially part of our 3-sprint plan.

            • Allow organizing/grouping git repositories in a team project

              The ability to host multiple git repositories in a single team project was essential to get uptake of git as a source control option for larger teams.

              But with this comes organizing those repositories.

              We need a way to be able group git repositories perhaps through some sort of virtual folder structure (like adding solution folders) to help navigation when a large amount of git repositories exist in a single team project.

              328 votes
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                21 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Allow the ability to prove that a code review was done for a task

                I was asked to escalate this from here: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/5e9c476d-a728-4505-a310-9614b1c3b06f/how-to-find-a-work-items-code-review-request?forum=tfsworkitemtracking

                We are using VS2013 connected to TFS2012.

                We are currently being audited as to our development practices. Overall it is going well and we can provide evidence on our processes.

                However it seems TFS won't allow us to find a code review for a task.

                We use a 1 tier branch, so everything gets committed and released from that. Before a commit a code review request is created. Only when the code review passes will the code be committed. This all works fine. However when looking at a task I cannot…

                180 votes
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                  14 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

                • Automatically start expired pull request build on "Auto-complete"

                  Currently if we use "Auto-complete" option inside of pull request that has expired build. It will wait until that build is restarted manually and successfully completed. It would be nice if expired pull request build would started automatically when "Auto-complete" option is used.

                  175 votes
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                    8 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • implement branch history for folders

                    In the history of a single file the branch/rename history is visible by plus-sign on the left.
                    I would like to have such a feature for complete folders which are branched/renamed.

                    170 votes
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                      29 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Enable fastforward merge from pullrequest

                      The opposite of https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/330519-team-services/suggestions/6073200-no-fastforward-merge-from-pullrequest really.

                      We'd like an option to allow fast-forward merges for Pull Requests (and even one step further, to automatically rebase the pull request off the destination branch).

                      We end up merging small changes via Pull Requests (due to branch policies) and this can lead to the number of merge commits getting in the way of the actual commits for no real reason. Our developers rebase off master before creating the PR, so 90% of the time the merge will happily fast forward.

                      We'd accept it falling back to a merge commit if other changes had been…

                      119 votes
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                        19 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Allow deletion of pull requests

                        Sometimes developers issue pull requests against the wrong branch - especially when using gitflow. This is purely a mistake and the pull request should be deleted and re-issued.

                        VSO only gives the option to abandon the pull request which leaves them hanging around. They can also be re-activated after abandoning.

                        When mistakes are made, we just want them deleted.

                        109 votes
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                          12 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • 102 votes
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                            7 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • VSTS Custom Team Capacity Activity as well as custom status

                            Ability to add custom Team Capacity activity as well as Custom issue status

                            100 votes
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                              10 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • assign code review to a TFS group

                              In any medium to large development environments that I know, each team has at least a few senior developers that do code review on a regular basis. We also fall in this category and we could really use a way to assign code review to a TFS Group, instead of adding each one of the code reviewers in the team to every code review request

                              99 votes
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                                5 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • VSTS - Personal Git repositories for forking

                                Give each user a personal Git repo space. The "root" repo today is "Git Repositories". Create a special root called "My Repositories".

                                Then add a "fork" button next to the "clone" link that would automatically clone in a new repo in "My Repositories" Git folder. Repositories here should still have their origin remote and be available to submit Pull Requests against the origin.

                                Here is a manual workaround that some are following to recreate this flow:
                                http://www.woodcp.com/2014/01/how-to-fork-git-repositories-on-visual-studio-online/

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

                                  We are working on forks now and expect to ship it soon. The notion of a dedicated “personal space” to land a forked repo is something we’re going to build in the future. In the short term, we recommend creating a dedicated project for developers to put forks in.

                                • Add Git pre-receive hooks

                                  Add built-in Git pre-receive hooks to block undesirable commits from the repository. Examples include commit messages, file content scanning, and file names.

                                  96 votes
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                                    10 comments  ·  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.

                                    86 votes
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                                      12 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Update work items on commit for git

                                      Allow resolving of work items when committing to git on Visual Studio Online.

                                      79 votes
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                                        9 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Code Review after tasks in TFS completed

                                        Now we can perform a code review on checked in code. But my group does incremental check ins and doesn't want a code review after checking in 4 lines of code. We would like to see code reviews after say, the developer has completed a User Story task or a user story. preferrably a task.

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

                                          We have a lot of investment taking place on our code review platform, including the ability to review multiple changesets. Adding this for TFVC is still on our backlog, but it is not in our 6 month plan, so we are resetting the status.

                                          Matt Mitrik

                                        • Unshelve across branches

                                          Commonly write some code in one branch and then have to defer the feature/fix to another release. Need to be able to shelve the changes and retreive them to the other branch. This needs to be supported in the UI.

                                          68 votes
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                                            3 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

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