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  1. Open Source SQL Server Compact (CE)

    Although it has not been officially announced Microsoft is deprecating SQL Server Compact (CE). SQL Server CE filled a crucial use case for a small in process embedded database engine for applications and even websites. This need has not changed, if anything it has only become more so with the move to isolated phone and tablet (Metro) type apps. Without SSCE Microsoft won't have a product which fills this use case. Jet DB, MSDE and now SSCE will all be dead.
    SQL Server Express LocalDB is not a replacement for SSCE, particularly due to the deployment constraints requiring admin privileges,…

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      0 comments  ·  Database Projects  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Warn when committing project file changes that don't include referenced files

      A common mistake on just about every project I've worked on is a developer has commit a change to a project file that references a new file, but has not included the file. It would be nice if TFS showed a warning before / when this occurs. There could be valid reasons for letting this still proceed regardless, so a soft fail might be better than a hard fail.

      Please Consider both Git and TFVC

      6 votes
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        0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Cordova for Windows 7

        Multi-Device Hybrid Apps for Visual Studio CTP1 are only available in Windows 8.1 at the moment.
        My customers in several major enterprises are evaluating this development possibilities, but reflect that only Win 8.1 can host this Cordova Add-in.
        their Enterpirse Dev team still use Win7 and ask when it will relase for Win7?

        25 votes
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          0 comments  ·  Multi-Device Hybrid Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Non-modal UI for Extensions and Updates download and install

          When downloading an extension (say VS Web Essentials), Visual Studio IDE is completely blocked. Why should I have to watch through the progress of the extension download progress bar? Please make this non-modal.

          44 votes
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            1 comment  ·  Extension  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Support Enterprise Library Logging for Application Insights Diagnostics Logging

            Application Insights currently has adapter support for Log4Net, NLog, and TraceListener logging. Please support Enterprise Library Logging!

            44 votes
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              3 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Allow Editor Style integration with Metadata

              Sample idea:

              "I want to tell VS that EF scalar and navigation properties in a linq query must be colored orange in my code."

              General Idea:

              Suppose you have a Data Layer generated by your own T4 templates for Entity Framework, and you add some properties to those Entity classes through partials. Then you make many linq queries.
              How many time you peek to the definition of some property in order to know if it is a custom property or an actual EF mapped property?

              It could be nice that we can match attributes (e.g. [NavigationProperty]) with some visual style…

              8 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Make it possible to clone the test plan but keeping the original test case area path

                When we are working with teams each team has its own area path. Also if we use the area path to organize the test cases by the software functionality we need to keep the original area path when cloning the test plan. Now we need to specify an default area path when we are cloning the test plan, and all cloned test cases are updated with this area path, overriding the ones we assign previously., making the cloning feature useless in this situation.

                18 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • add more options in VS search dialog

                  options like
                  * "search in strings only" / "not in strings"
                  * "search in comments only" / "not in comments

                  21 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Debug on process launch

                    Setup Visual Studio to automatically attach (and break at entry point) to any externally launched processes by process name. Similarly, setup Visual Studio to automatically attach (and break at entry point) to any processes spawned by the program currently being debugged (recursively).

                    10 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Make shortcut for "Refresh Linked Browsers" changeable

                      Currently the default keyboard shortcut for the Browser Link feature in Visual Studio 2013 is binded on "Ctrl+Alt+Enter" and there is no option in the keyboard list to change it.

                      186 votes
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                        8 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • support a tooltip to describe the area path

                        I suggest you support a tooltip to describe the area path. When you have multiple area paths, for other team members it is not clear what they all for. So a tooltip when mouse over could be nice.

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                          2 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Fix extremely slow intellisense for methods with many (thousands) overloads

                          Intellisense in VS2013 and probably older versions is extremely slow for cases when there are many overloads for the same method e.g. a class Foo has methods Do(...) with thousands of overloads.

                          This causes intellisense on edits anywhere in the entire file to be extremely sluggish. This is the case when referencing an assembly directly, but it is even worse in the case when the method is from a project in the solution. In this case inspecting devenv.exe with procmon reveals that devenv opens and reads the code-file with the method overloads for each overload, that is thousands of times!

                          12 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Fix Test Explorer output (monospace font and output not via link)

                            Arguably a great thing with VS2012/2013 was a new faster test executer. However, the new Test Explorer is in almost all ways a lot worse than the old version. One thing particular is that this UI completely disregard normal code fonts and uses a non-monospace font which causes output formatting to not follow normal trace output in the output window. Since every single developer in the world most likely at one point has depended on monospace font to get formatting right in traces this inconsistency is extremely annoying.

                            Not only the for the fact that to actually get to trace…

                            12 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Diagnostics logs should show the vstest.console command line

                              there are times we need to run the vstest.console manually so we can duplicate an issue on a Developer's machine ... but we cannot see the vstest.console command line in the diagnostics logs

                              8 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Re-add Font and Color options in TFS 2013 Web Access Work Item text formatting bar

                                Re-add Font and Color options in TFS 2013 Web Access Work Item text formatting bar.

                                This is a very useful tool for QA team to emphasize bug items that need attention.

                                8 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Anonymous type definition

                                  Allow c# to define types in inline way. For example I have a web api action that returns a Dto. I have to define action as:

                                  public class Dto
                                  {
                                  public int Key {get; set;}
                                  public Group Value {get; set;}
                                  }

                                  action:
                                  public Dto GetDto()
                                  {
                                  ...
                                  }

                                  I suggest to write action method as:

                                  public {int Key; Group Value;} GetDto()
                                  {
                                  ...
                                  return new {Key = key, Value = group};
                                  }

                                  Also C# can defer type from action method. So this code can be valid:

                                  public anonymous GetDto()
                                  {
                                  ...
                                  return new {Key = key, Value = group};
                                  }

                                  7 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Add new string literal that contains Razor code (for example between «»)

                                    Is time to move forward from String.Format() and inline conditionals, with the new Roslyn would be awesome if we can use some "kind" of Razor in any C# code

                                    var msg = String.Format("Hi {0} you have won {1} credits", name, creditsWon);

                                    How much better it will be:

                                    var msg = «Hi @name you have won @creditsWon credits»

                                    You can provice intellisense and also an HTML version:

                                    var msg = @«<div style="margin:10px;">Hi @name you have won <b>@creditsWon</b> credits</div>»

                                    That option must be multiline too.

                                    22 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Allow shared projects to be used outside of Universal Apps

                                      The new shared projects released in VS 2013 Update 2 are great for Universal Apps, but would be just as great if they could be created and added as references in other scenarios. This would make code sharing much easier since it currently requires linked files and/or keeping all project files in the same folder as the source.

                                      22 votes
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                                        1 comment  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Provide a localsts for development

                                        Provide a localsts for development

                                        3 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Export Application Insights Events

                                          A way to export events and other data in application insights for easier distribution to other affected teams.

                                          12 votes
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                                            1 comment  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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