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  1. Create a Memory Recorder

    The Memory Recorder could be an implantable device that records certain events in your life whether you're participating or watching automatically that you want recorded. The memory recorder would be great for when you want to show your buddies or family the event and don't want to mess with finding tapes, dvds, glasses, or other devices. The memory recorder could automatically upload events that you recorded into a cloud application and play them on any device.

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      0 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Code Highlight and\Or List Member Access that belong to a particular Import\Using Namespace

      Code complexity, legacy or not, is a very common issue in todays development world.

      Adding IDE features/efficiencies will allow for better understanding of current code and its complexity level.

      The idea is to add a feature in the IDE that would allow a developer to highlight a namespace (e.g. System.Collections.ObjectModel) and the IDE will highlight and/or list box results the code that access members in that namespace.

      - The List Box Results could be used for reporting and code reviews
      - The Highlighting makes it easier to see which code access the ns.

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        0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Add filtering to MEF Import attribute

        It would be very useful if MEF could filter which types it imports by either the ContractName, a metadata value or a new property on the ExportAttribute. This would be beneficial, for example, in the case where two executables are in the same directory with the dependent plugins (or are using the same plugin directory) but need differing implementations.

        e.g. (Assume matching against ContractName)

        [Import(typeof(IFoo), new [] { "New", "Old", "" })]
        public IFoo Foo { get; set; }

        This means: If you find an export with ContractName "New", use it; else if you find an export with ContractName "Old",…

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          0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Add "Ignore users" option when publishing SSDT project

          You need to add an "Ignore users" option when publishing Sql Server Data Tools projects. You have this option on import. The ideal solution would be to reuse the same include/exclude objects dialog from import.

          This is a major problem for us, and obviously for more than us: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/aa87ac52-d7b1-40e3-b6d0-063472b127df/how-to-ignore-users-in-vs-11-sql-server-database-project-publish?forum=vstsdb

          Regards,

          Morten

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            3 comments  ·  Database Projects  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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              0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • PLEASE allow for easy copy of VSTF work item number within a template!

              My area switched to an out-of-box template and one of the "features" is completely missing: ability to copy the work item ID number from the template.

              Since my area has switched to this new template, there has been at least a dozen or so occurrences where someone misread of fat-fingered the work item ID number when sending out an email.

              An easy solution would be to put the work item ID number within a template field so it can easily be cut/copied/pasted.

              See attached file for visual explanation.

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              • Allow Grouping of Files

                One of the most repeating tasks in anyone's workflow is opening up of files. For example working on a tiered project you may need to open [UserController, UserService, IUserService, UserRepository, IUserRepository] for a certain task.

                You can keep the few dozen or so files opened in pinned tabs, but this hurts VS performance and kind of defeats the purpose (open enough files and you may as well be mirroring the Solution Explorer)

                Ideally one would be able to select groups of files , give them a name and have those groups listed on the solution explorer. Once clicked they would…

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                  0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Separate out the TFS Team Administrator from the TFS Project Administrator more cleanly

                  Separate out the TFS Team Administrator from the TFS Project Administrator more cleanly.

                  Remove the ability of the TFS Team Administrator (sub-teams, not projects) to add users to the Team Project. Keep the TFS Project Administrator to add/remove users from the project with complete auditability of security. This is often done by an Enterprise group that requires a formal process.

                  Empower the Team Administrator to identify which members of the project are on their team. This is typically not a security restricted item that requires auditing and can change with any iteration.

                  In addition, allow the Team Administrator to edit…

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                  • Add Exploratory Testing feature to VS Online

                    Add Exploratory Testing feature to VS Online. Today this is only possible with MTM client.

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                      1 comment  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Make edmx connection string take transform files into account

                      When you have an edmx open, it pulls the connection string from the App.config file. It will use this value when you do an "Update Model From Database".

                      I want there to be a way to make it pay attention to transform files such as App.Debug.config. I already have it set up to transform those files on build.

                      I have a custom transformation to replace certain pieces of the connection string depending on the build configuration, and I would prefer not to place it directly into the main App.config file.

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                        1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Allow xdt:Import path to be relative or allow build macros to be used

                        In a config transform file such as Web.Debug.config, adding an xdt:Import for a custom transforming must be done either by specifying the full path to the dll or putting it in the GAC.

                        I am working with a team and I would like for the other developers to be able to just get the project and run it without a lot of extra configuration.

                        I would like to be able to specify something like:

                        "xdt:Import path="$(SolutionDir)\lib\CustomTransforms.dll"

                        or:

                        "xdt:Import path="..\..\lib\CustomTransforms.dll"

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                        • Reduce Coded UI Test UI Map path to reach a control while hand coding

                          Can you reduce the path to traverse to a UI Map control object
                          by hiding the navigation document path and just showing the UI controls

                          Expected: e.g. UIMap.UIUsernameisrequiredPane1

                          instead of:

                          Actual: this.LoginUIMap.ABCDJournaWindow.UIADocument.UIUsernameisrequiredPane.UIUsernameisrequiredPane1.InnerText.Contains

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                            0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Windows 8.1 - Hey Microsoft -look down from the ivory tower and listen to your users -

                            When u click the WINDOWS BUTTON on WINDOWS 8.1 - it toggles between the DESKTOP and 8.1 PANEL VIEW (Nice) - Now PLEASE do what EVERY ONE of your users want you to and make the DESKTOP choice look and act like WINDOWS 7 -- PUT BACK THE START BUTTON, SCROLLING MENUS OF PROGRAMS and PUT BACK THE CLOSE BUTTON, MAXIMIZE and MINIMIZE BUTTONS on ALL WINDOWS -- THEN YOU WILL HAVE A GREAT BUSINESS PRODUCT, that's easy to use AND YOUR USERS WILL LOVE - I did a consulting project back in the 80's you based Windows on (with…

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                            • Ctrl+A, Ctrl+C in debugger visualizers

                              When I try using the HTML visualizer while probing a variable, I cannot use common keyboard shortcuts like Ctrl+A, Ctrl+C. I have to manually select the text, then right click and select copy. I take these shortcuts for granted since they are available everywhere else I can select text in VS. Not being able to use them is a big pain, as I end up trying to use them without thinking about it and only catch myself when what I'm pasting is incorrect.

                              The CTRL-C shortcut does however work as expected when using the Text Visualizer.

                              Same complaint about the…

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                              • Ability to Create Backlog Items Faster and in one step

                                Currently I'm still using VersionOne because creating backlog items is much faster and easier to manage. The first step in this direction for VSO is to allow creation of Backlog items without the three step process. Type in a "Title" click New. Double Click the Item, Edit the Description and Save.

                                On the first create of a Backlog item, allow description and some basic fields, so that items can be quickly added.

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                                • Please remove the word silverlight from windows phone silverlight 8.1

                                  Please remove the word silverlight from windows phone silverlight 8.1

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                                  • Cannot search for builds in Release Management since the name is not based on template name or build definition

                                    The Search functionality is essentially useless for automated builds since they are not named based on template name or build definition.

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                                    • Federated user authentication capabilities for lightswitch applications

                                      ADFS for lightswitch applications allowing Federated user authentication capabilities for lightswitch applications

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                                      • Please make a "beginner mode" Visual Studio for new programmers

                                        When I was in high school, I downloaded Visual Studio and tried to learn C++ on it. However, I didn't get past all of the buttons, windows, and right-clicks needed to build a simple program, and I waited until college to learn how to write a simple program in Visual Studio. It would be incredibly helpful for new programmers to have a "beginner mode" that takes away most of the buttons that don't have much relevance to someone just starting to code. (Maybe ask if that's what the user wants in the initial setup box, where it asks what language…

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                                        • Please add ways to trouble shoot the Application Insights Issue: "I don't see my data"

                                          There are several scenarios that make it difficult to trouble shoot data not appearing in Application Insights...please add diagnostics/UI to help in these situations

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