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  1. There should be a Visual Studio edition for young developers

    There should be a Visual Studio edition, dedicated to young developers, providing them with templates to start their coding right away.

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      0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Make C/C++ compiler (cl.exe) independent of IDE

      Consider a node.js developer, who builds native addon module using node-gyp in C++.

      Node-gyp require MSVCR to compiler the project on Windows. If I am using sublime for my JS and C++ development, I would like to only take C++ compiler and libraries instead of installing plethora of stuff that I don't require.

      Original concern was posed here: http://stackoverflow.com/q/26959640/.

      35 votes
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        2 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Enable Smart Unit Tests to generate tests for ASP.NET vNext projects

        In VS2015 Preview, Smart Unit Tests does not support generating tests for ASP.NET vNext projects. Please extend this feature to enable generating tests for ASP.NET vNext projects.

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          1 comment  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Mark a Backlog Item Committed When Assigned to Sprint

          When assigning a Backlog Item to a sprint/iteration it would be very helpful if the state would automatically be marked Committed. Likewise, when kicking a backlog item/story out of the sprint/iteration it would be helpful if it's state would be automatically changed to Approved.

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              2 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Provide Native TFS Build Server Support for Fake - F# Make Build

              I would like the ability to use F# Fake build scripts instead of using build templates, msbuild files, and powershell scripts to define my build process. It would be nice if the TFS build server to supported it out of the box.

              10 votes
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              • add custom tool support to shared projects

                Both VS 2013 U4 and VS 2015 Preview does not seem to support custom tools in shared projects. That makes it impossible to use shared projects with many useful single file generators, including those shipped with Visual Studio (RESX, T4 Templates, etc.).

                In our usecase we would like to use shared projects for shared data models. Normally these data models are specified in our schema DSL and we have MsBuild tasks that generate necessary source code. This approach is not applicable to shared projects because they are never built, however we could do the same with custom tool (single file…

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                  0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Don't use IE exclusively as the internal browser, but instead use the OS configured default browser

                  I can't use VS anymore because my organization blocks IE. We can't access anything externally with IE except for approved exceptional situations. They don't block Chrome and FireFox. Visual Studio 2015 (and also earlier versions) appear to use IE internally to sign in to VSO, display help, download packages, etc. Third party extensions such as Telerik's AppStudio do the same (probably by default). I can't figure out a way to change this default behavior.

                  Whenever I try to access anything from IE, I can see the HTTP traffic in Wireshark. Lot's of "M-SEARCH"s and "GET"s. Eventually, it fails with "HTTP/X.X…

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                    1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Consider my detailed proposal for non-nullable references (and safe nullable references)

                    Here are the benefits very briefly:

                    1. Minimal syntax changes.
                    2. Null reference exceptions eliminated.
                    3. No changes to code compilation as such (only introduces compiler error checks).
                    4. Existing code will continue to compile unchanged.

                    See my full proposal at:
                    https://github.com/dotnet/roslyn/issues/227

                    7 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add comment intellisense for xml comments contained in a different file

                      It is possible to put your comments in a different file using the XML include tag referenced here: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/9h8dy30z.aspx. However there is no support for comment intellisense using this method. Please add support for displaying the documentation popup messages for comments included in a different file. This allows source code to be kept clean from story-like comments, while still retaining the valuable documentation.

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                        0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • make issue tracking easier in Visual Studio Online

                        I used to host the source code for my projects on GitHub. All project templates are very complicated and geared towards teams. On my projects usually I'm the only developer so simple Issue/Bug Management is really enough.

                        I don't want to spend the time to learn all the Scrum/Agile terminology.

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                        • Update Web Performance Tests to not create bindings for the __EVENTTARGET and __EVENTARGUMENT form post parameters of ASP.NET WebForms sites

                          When recording web performance tests of an ASP.NET WebForms site (using Visual Studio 2013 Ultimate) extractions rules are generated to extract the values from hidden fields. This works well for ASP.NET WebForms fields like __VIEWSTATE where the value is created dynamically on the server and has to be sent back just as received. However, the __EVENTTARGET end __EVENTARGUMENT fields are always empty initially and will be set only on the client (through the __doPostback() JavaScript function). Extracting those fields and thus creating a binding for the values will make the tests fail. In order to repair the tests, the bindings…

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                            0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Allow Team Web Access Charts to Group by Tags

                            Specifically with the Scrum process template, there is no place to do root cause analysis, so the natural candidate is to use Tags, this avoids having to customise the process template. The problem is that I cannot produce a work item query "chart" that will allow me to "Group by" the tag. While I appreciate that this might be a challenge with the nature of the pseudo managed field, it would be really useful.

                            74 votes
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                            • Having a error in the task runnen fail the current build.

                              When a Grunt or Gulp is running through the task runner before a build and the task is being failed (for example when running jshint) it should be possible to fail the entire build or at least have a warning.

                              4 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Make the QuickWatch window non-modal

                                Currently QuickWatch opens in a modal dialog which must be closed in order to interact with the code editor.

                                This is annoying when you have a state in your QuickWatch window that takes time to reproduce, as you have to reopen the window after doing simple debugging tasks such as stepping through code etc.

                                4 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Don't remove the menues and force ribbons on us

                                  Ribbons are nice to look at, much prettier than an oldscool menu. But they are terrible when you want to find something but don't know exactly where it is or how it looks; what do the icon for "add service reference" or "create GUID" look like?
                                  Take the Office ribbon, I attached a small example of some items. Their functions are only available from the "home" ribbon and none of them has a descriptive text. Can you tell what they do just by looking at them?
                                  Some people like ribbons, great, but please don't enforce it on us who like…

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                                    0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Export Product Backlog Items, Test Cases, and Bugs to MS-Word (including images) with a specific order

                                    Dear all.

                                    To prepare an upcoming User Acceptance Test I would like to export our finished “Product Backlog Items”, “Test Cases”, and “Bugs” (relevant items specified in a query with specific selected fields and with a specific item order) from TFS (Visual Studio Online 2013) to MS-Word 2010 (could also be Office 365). To have a full overview, not only the text of the corresponding items should be exported from TFS to Word but also the included images.
                                    Furthermore it would be great of having already a structure exported to MS-Word (the items should be seen in the “navigation” bar;…

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                                    • 105 votes
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                                        1 comment  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Capture Build Output into into specified structure using Pattern Rules

                                        Allow custom Build Output in a similar way as TeamCity. For example,

                                        solutionFolder\WebApplication\\**\* => WebApplication.zip
                                        solutionFolder\AWindowsService\\bin\* => WindowsService.zip
                                        solutionFolder\AWindowsService\\Config\* => WindowsService.zip

                                        This would create two ZIP files. One from a Web App and the other from a Service. These files can easily by consumed by downstream deployments.

                                        I need this kind of control without writing custom MSBuild or Powershell scripts that have to be maintained separate from the Build Definition.

                                        5 votes
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                                        • Allow Builds to be organized in a Folder structure

                                          We are organizing all Teams in a single Project for reporting reasons. While it has always been painful to have a flat list of Builds it's creating madness to have all Builds in a project in a single list.

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