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  1. Show members of all parent classes inside child class

    When a class is open in C# editor or VB editor, in addition to its member, it would be very useful to show members that are inherited or developed in parent base classes in light gray or silver color. Suppose in child class I can see what is implemented in a virtual method which I am just going to use it. It seems possible and helps a lot in code reviews and bug fixes

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      0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • MTM Test Result - Select test suites from current plan checkboxes should also select child textbox

      I am using MTM 2012 with update 4. The checkboxes under Plan>Results>Test Suites are not respecting parent inheritance. When I try to review the test results and narrow down the suites selected, I have to select or deselect each suite individually and this is not convenient. Is there anyway I can just select/deselect a parent suite and by default all children folders should respect that selection?

      I am referring to the below link: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh553099(v=vs.110).aspx

      In the example provided on this page, deselecting Test Suite 1 should automatically deselect Test Suite 1.A and 1.B. Is there a setting I am missing?

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        0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Bring back "Apply server settings to all users (store in project file)" in Visual Studio 2013 (web projects)

        In the Web tab of the Project properties window, there used to be a checkbox to store server settings in the project file (in my experience, storing server settings in the proj file is a bad plan). All our web projects have this unchecked, so developers can use their preferred environment (IIS/Cassini/IIS Express). The refactoring of the Web properties tab removed this checkbox in Visual Studio 2013. I know that if you stay out of this properties tab in VS2013, it will still store your server settings in a user project file, but if you have to actually make a…

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          2 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Add a keyword that restricts calling a method only within specific other methods

          I want to have the option to allow private methods in a class to be called only from within some specific other methods, WITHOUT the use of nested delegates.
          The way I like to develop is creating many private helping methods to a general method, and I don't want to add them all as nested delegates.
          using #region helps grouping them, but I would like the compiler to restrict where I'm calling the methods.
          An example:

          public class Example
          {
          private void a() { b(); }
          private void b() onlyWithin: {this.a} { c(); }
          private void c() onlyWithin: {this.a,this.b} {…

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            0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • click once and proxy

            XBAP deployement is not allowed behind a proxy...means click once does not manage any proxy authentication...please change that miss-take that exist for years. WPF is not dead -:)

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              0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Build effectful type inference capabilities (like MSResearch Koka lang) into .NET

              We need the ability to write safer code, and Microsoft has some researchers doing fantastic work on making that easier -- but it has only started making its way into .NET in the form of F# (no null exceptions), but we could have more.
              Types should include effects, and they should be inferred -- see Koka from MSR for an example of how to do this.

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                1 comment  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Allow Team Foundation Server Databases to be backed up by third party SQL backup software

                Allow Team Foundation Server Databases to be backed up by third party SQL backup software/agents. Allowing this would make it easier for teams to hand off the SQL databases to existing DB teams that already have the storage, infrastructure and backup/restore procedures in place. Our experience with the power tool is that it is great for smaller teams but not for large implementations. I am sure the database synchronization is a huge factor in why this not possible currently.

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                • Add a linker/librarian option to delete .pdb files before each link

                  When you repeatedly build a project (without doing a clean or rebuild all) then .pdb file is updated. Instead of starting from scratch each time with a new GUID the existing .pdb file is incrementally updated, and the 'age' is incremented.

                  This seems like a good idea, and presumably gives some modest build-speed advantages, but it means that over time .pdb files grow. They get fragmented, or they temporarily increase in size due to test code, but they never shrink.

                  They. Never. Shrink.

                  If anything causes a .pdb file to grow then it will never shrink until you do a…

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                    1 comment  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Add [Retry] button to "Go Offline - The Team Foundation Server is currently unavailable" dialog

                    I'm sure I'm not the only one who's got their TFS server accessible only via a VPN. It's pretty annoying that if you forget to (re)connect the VPN before starting Visual Studio, the dialog that eventually appears to inform you that the TFS server is unavailable doesn't give you a chance to retry the connection and even if you do connect the VPN, your solution gets opened offline and you have to waste time brining it online again.

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                    • Add support for expressing data parallel workloads to target HSAIL/HSA (Heterogeneous System Architecture)

                      HSAIL is HSA Intermediate Language which is the assembly language of HSA. LLVM compiler outputs to HSAIL binary object format which the HSA Finalizer ingests then translate to the native machine code of the Throughput computing unit( GPU, SPU)

                      This is already being implemented in Java 8. When will Microsoft add this to .Net?

                      Please see the Aparapi api AMD has released to see how they implemented it with Java:

                      http://developer.amd.com/tools-and-sdks/heterogeneous-computing/aparapi/

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                        0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Add Functionality to display Normals in Model Viewer

                        For the model Viewer it would be helpful to be able to display (/Add/Calculate) Normals (face vertex, etc)..

                        this will assist in simple debugging

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                          1 comment  ·  Games  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Make the state diagram editor more like Visio

                          I was very glad to see the TFS power tools add in a state diagram editor and it has had a huge impact on how useful the TFS Process Templates are as it is possible to customize them. Now that the powertools have been out for a while, it would be great to see improvements to the Process Editor to make it easier to use -- it would be great to see you consider making it possible to edit the diagrams in Visio or make the edit experience more like working with Visio (ability to easily add new states, change…

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                          • View Assertions performed as part of Test Report/UITestActionLog.html

                            We run tests using MSTest from command-line. We use the UITestActionLog to show our QA the steps that were performed during the execution of a test. The missing component that QA would like to see is the actual assertion that is being performed, complete with an expected result and the actual result.
                            The UITestActionLog that is created is great and they are very happy with seeing the screenshot that shows the control that was used during a test in the test case. However, without being able to see the assertion that was performed, the only fall back we have is…

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                              0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Allow TFS "Feature Mapping" across projects

                              When selecting which team to pull Features from in the Feature Mapping tool in TFS web access you can currently only select from teams within the same project. I would like to be able to choose teams from other projects to pull Features or Initiatives from since sometimes dependent teams are not always within the same project.

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                              • Selective First Chance Exception Reporting Disable

                                This is actually a serious coding quality/reliability issue.

                                Add a statement/block-level [attribute] to signal the debugger that SPECIFIC "first chance exceptions" occurring at that statement/block have been examined by the programmer and are known to be acceptable and should not be reported.

                                Experienced programmers know you do not simply ignore compiler warnings because it leads to overlooking warnings that should not be ignored. Instead you fix the code so the warnings go away so any compiler warning/errors stands out as an anomaly that need addressing.

                                The same logic holds true for exception reporting. Flooding the output window with exception reports…

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                                  0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Add an option in Create monitors to crawl my website and find the locations

                                  Add an option in "synthetic monitors" to crawl my website (robots.txt) and find the endpoints to monitor. I should be able to choose which ones are relavent.

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                                    1 comment  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Please PUT the ASP.NET Website Administration Tool Back

                                    Please PUT the ASP.NET Website Administration Tool Back
                                    or give us another way of getting to it, which doesn't take half a day

                                    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/webdev/archive/2013/08/19/asp-net-web-configuration-tool-missing-in-visual-studio-2013.aspx?PageIndex=2&wa=wsignin1.0#comments

                                    Does not work, and I don't have all day, after spending hours doing wonderfull stuff with WebApi i'm now stuckm until I jump thru hoops

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                                      2 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Open Source the VSTO Libraries

                                      Currently, the VSTO libraries are not open source. For open source add-ins to Microsoft Office, it's awkward to have to ship or require closed-source libraries. There's no business reason for keeping these closed as these libraries only have use for people who want to improve Office projects. Additionally, there's likely nothing secretive in the VSTO libraries.

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                                        0 comments  ·  Office/SharePoint  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • "Quick Find"

                                        While I appreciate the slimmed down UI footprint of the new Quick Find in VS 2012, there are lot of functional changes that really mess with my normal workflow, and it'd be great to get these fixed and get the behavior closer to the old VS 2010 Ctrl+F behavior.

                                        - There needs to be an option to populate the find dialog only when there's selected text (ie, what it did in VS 2010). I don't want to have to copy/paste my search terms, but I also don't want to overwrite previous search terms with random single characters from where ever…

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                                          0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Provide a standard WPF Project type for F#

                                          I have heard that you can do WPF in F#. I have even seen downloadable project extensions for it. Aside from being buggy, they were not as fully featured as their C# counterpart, particularly for the designer.

                                          If F# is really a first-class citizen in the .NET world, then it needs to be treated like it. It needs to have a Microsoft standard F# WPF template that works and is fully functional out of the box, just the same as its C# counterpart.

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                                            0 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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