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  1. Support Data Breakpoints for C#

    Data Breakpoints are very useful when debugging state issues as they break into the debugger when the value of a variable changes.

    It is currently only supported in C/C++

    Please extend support to C# and the other managed languages. We need it badly. The reason there is no uservoice suggestion is that most NET Developers don't know it exists in C++

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      1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Avoid duplicate work item being created

      I don't know if there is a solution out there to help prevent users from creating a work item that already exist without having to go query for it.

      I just thought that it would be nice to implement in TFS, the ability for the title to be like an 'auto-search' field. When a user enter a title for the work item, it searches through all the existing work item of that type, and give some suggestion. Similar to the suggestion field in this forum. As soon as we type something in, it gives us a list of existing suggestions.

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        0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Provide the ability for project templates that load NuGet packages to Update to Latest at the time of project creation

        This idea came out of a Mobile Services discussion - because of differing cadences, the project templates that load with VS projects are significantly out of date by the time the VS update that includes them is released. As a result, the project creation process involves first loading the NuGet packages referenced by the project and, then immediately waiting a similar amount of time while updating those very same NuGet packages to the latest versions (in the case of Zumo, they were as much as 3 revs & 3 months out of date with VS2013U3.)

        This is certainly not assumed…

        5 votes
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          3 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Allow NuGet packages containing XAML controls to add entries to the toolbox

          It should be possible to add entries to the toolbox for XAML controls that are contained within a nuget package.

          9 votes
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            0 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Provide a framework for long running human workflows

            It is really a common requirement, in my experience, for LOB systems to provide support for human workflows (tasklists & queues).

            Currently, to achieve this with WF, requires a lot of up-front custom code to be developed. It would be especially helpful if this could be released with out-of-the-box ASP.Net MVC integration.

            8 votes
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              1 comment  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • WPF runtime inspection

              I would appreciate a way to inspect control styles and properties and runtime. All modern browsers have some developer tool which allows inspecting rendered page, showing which element is under cursor, what classes/attributes/styles it has and what are the current values for everything. It would be great if XAML had something similar. It's quite hard to find out e.g. "why there is this 5px spacing between these two things on this form".

              6 votes
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                2 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 1,445 votes
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                  34 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Run the build process on a separate thread. Sometimes I want to kick off a build locally and go update the status of a task or bug.

                  Run the build process on a separate thread. Sometimes I want to kick off a build locally and go update the status of a task or bug and the IDE hangs. This is an issue for folks maintaining larger solutions.

                  7 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • HLSL Syntax Highlighting

                    Allow intellisense and the IDE to use syntax highlighting for HLSL. This would make graphics programming a lot more enjoyable and better.

                    7 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Allow to save tests runs and restore crashed ones - Visual Studio Test Explorer

                      Save the last run in a temporary location and been able to loaded at any time. Been working with Visual Studio Test 2010 and this always been a problem, now with Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 I'm getting random crashes at the middle of my work, is becoming annoying and a wastes of time, every-time Visual Studio crashes or become unresponsive I have to rerun the whole regression ( > 1000 test, ~2 hours to complete)

                      24 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • SQL Server 2014 ClickOnce bootstrapper packages

                        Visual Studio 2013 comes with bootstrapper packages for 'SqlExpress2008R2', 'SqlExpress2012' and 'SqlLocalDB2012'. SQL Server 2014 was released earlier this year but bootstrapper packages are still unavailable. Please release the bootstrapper packages.
                        Although it would be possible to create a package by myself there are a few problems which make this difficult and undesirable:
                        - What are the fwlink links for download packages from Microsoft's website
                        - What are the public keys for the packages

                        LocalDB in particular is supposed to be used as a replacement for SSCE which is deprecated. How can we use it if there's no simple way…

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                          1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Improve C# IntelliSense to open the window after a backspace should it find matches and match on case insensitive.

                          Improve C# IntelliSense to open the IntelliSense window after a backspace. If you fat finger a key and lose the window the only way to get IntelliSense window back is to go back and retype the "." for those of us that heavily use IntelliSense in other languages this would go a long way.

                          3 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Shift+Tab should unindent the line no matter where the cursor is on the line

                            Since Shift+Tab has no meaning besides unindent, pressing this shortcut should trigger that behavior from anywhere on the line.

                            Examples (period is space, pipe is cursor location, tab width is two spaces):
                            ....|sometext -> shift+tab -> ..|sometext
                            |....sometext -> shift+tab ->|..sometext
                            ....some|text -> shift+tab -> ..some|text

                            Currently only the first example works and the second and third have no effect. (Shift+Tab only unindents the line if the cursor is placed before any characters except whitespace. If the cursor is at the beginning of the line and shift tab is placed, nothing happens even if there is whitespace before the first…

                            6 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Please add support for Azure Websites performance monitoring with Application Insights

                              Application Insights doesn't support server performance monitoring in Azure Websites (only Cloud Service and Virtual Machine) It would be nice if the tiles are also available in the new Azure Portal.

                              78 votes
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                                4 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Add System.Text.Encoder.Convert Method (String, Int32, Int32, Byte[], Int32, Int32, Boolean, Int32, Int32, Boolean)

                                System.Text.Encoder has two Convert methods which allow chunked encoding (UTF8 or other) into buffers. They are ideal for buffered I/O, where a long string gets encoded in chunks.

                                The only issue is that there's no overload that simply accepts... a String. We are forced to call String.ToCharArray() - producing a copy, allocating useless heap memory...

                                I'm aware of the unsafe overload that accepts a pointer, but that is frequently not an option. We need a fully safe and efficient way to do chunked encoding of a string.

                                6 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • VS IDE should support file patterns in project files

                                  Patterns should be preserved and unmodified when working with *proj files. If I specify a pattern with something like **/*.cs for my code files. If I add a new .cs file that fits that pattern the .csproj file should not be modified.

                                  MSBuild already respects this, but the IDE will always modify the project file.

                                  For numerous scenarios this could simplify the diff / merge process.

                                  3,066 votes
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                                    17 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Add support for desktop apps to Application Insights

                                    Currently Application Insights only supports Phone, Win Store, and Web/server applications. Please add support for WinForms/Console/WPF (desktop) applications as well.

                                    331 votes
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                                      13 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Add support for Unity Testing Tools

                                      Modify the solution generator to put files found in Editor -> Tests folder hierarchies in a separate project. This way the Visual Studio test explorer should pick up the Unit tests created for Unity Testing Tools (provided the NUnit Test Adapter extension is installed)

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                                        0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Tools for Unity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Semi-Transparent Floating Windows

                                        It would be nice to have an option to make the floating windows in visual studio semi-transport.

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                                          0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Lock XAML Visual Designer from editing

                                          When I am working on a XAML view, I prefer to edit through the text editor, not the visual designer. This causes some grief if I accidentally click and move and element in the designer and mess up all my hand-coded layouts. However, I still want to see the live updates in the visual designer.
                                          Please add a way for me to lock down the edit capability of the XAML visual designer so that accidental mouse clicks don't mess up hand-coded layouts. Continue to allow clicking in the visual designer to move to an element in the xaml text editor.

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                                            0 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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