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  1. Allow Lightswitch OData connection URI to be changed dynamically at runtime

    The following suggestion is a popular one and thankfully the LS Team provided support for changing database connection strings at runtime.

    http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/4406782-allow-lightswitch-data-source-connection-string-to

    _InitializingConnection is a great improvement, but as Xander's suggestion states, we need the same for OData...the new_SendingRequest method doesn't allow changing the RequestURI.

    Please also expose _BuildingRequest method so we can dynamically change Odata connection at runtime.

    The scenarios are all the same as the above mentioned suggestion, and several other duplicate suggestions exist.

    It would be great if votes could be combined or moved to this one.

    32 votes
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      0 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Kanban board: More customizations and usability features

      Kanban board should provide additional capabilities so that we can effectively move existing "physical" Kanban using team or from competitive products to TFS. Some important customization capabilities:
      Which field to display on the card
      Ability to choose number of card width for a specific state/column
      Ability to have horizontal swimlane with different states (for different class of services for example)
      Ability to access the PBI related tasks as a sub-board

      And also usability features:
      - functionalities for large display for team board: auto refresh, auto scroll, etc.
      - change the priority/positionning of the card directly on the board
      - Ability…

      95 votes
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        1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Static Interfaces

        I've been thinking about static interfaces, and I think they would be really useful for software which uses reflection to identify and assemble components. Currently I find myself having to design around this limitation with unnecessary factories or by enforcing conditions at runtime (like checking for methods and throwing exceptions if they aren't present).
        It would be great if the following was possible:

        foreach (var type in Assembly.GetExecutingAssembly().GetTypes().Where(t => t is IStaticInterfaceType))
        (type as IStaticInterfaceType).StaticMethod();
        This could be used for singleton patterns, initialization methods, registration methods, constructor contracts, or any number of other things.

        I don't know how much overhead…

        24 votes
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          2 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • find all actual references

          When I use "Find all references" for a class member that is implemented by multiple classes I get references for all of the implementations. If I go the other direction with "go to definition" it always takes me to the correct class member. I think it should work the same in both directions.

          Why do I want this? The biggest annoyance is trying to find a reference to a ToString method override which will give hundreds of results even if the specific ToString method I'm looking at is only used once.

          Here's the workaround recommended by the community: http://stackoverflow.com/a/6917399/576153

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            1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Fix scrollbar map proportion

            Map mode for vertical scroll bar is a great feature. But distortion of code and screen visible part looks awful. Please make it fixed like in sublime text (maybe split it with a scroll bar).

            3 votes
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              0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add web navigation <- -> Option in Administration tool for release Release Management Client for Visual Studio 2013

              Navigate in Release Management Client for Visual Studio 2013 is complicated you may add a navigation bar as team foundation panel in Visual Studio 2013

              6 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Global variables at release management

                At release management it would be great to use "globale" build varaibles. For example build path, build name, drop location. Also define variables at release template to use this for more custom tasks. Also fixed variables like, date, time and so on.

                240 votes
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                  7 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Compliable strings

                  If you're writing a tracing and logging component you may well want to pass the current method name to your logging component. Rather than hard code it (then forget to change it when you change the method name) you can use reflection and the MethodBase class to retrieve the name:
                  System.Reflection.MethodBase currentMethod = System.Reflection.MethodBase.GetCurrentMethod();
                  System.Diagnostics.Debug.WriteLine(currentMethod.Name);
                  System.Diagnostics.Debug.WriteLine(currentMethod.DeclaringType.Name);
                  System.Diagnostics.Debug.WriteLine(currentMethod.DeclaringType.Namespace);

                  In C # 4.5 you can use attributes System.Runtime.CompilerServices.CallerMemberNameAttribute, System.Runtime.CompilerServices.CallerFilePathAttribute and System.Runtime.CompilerServices.CallerLineNumberAttribute for such purposes.

                  Frequent use of reflection dramatically reduces performance. Using special attributes is a contentious issue. Because attributes inherently are declarative. They obviously do not provide full support for the…

                  271 votes
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                    7 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Fix Silverlight 5 auto target on PCL definition

                    When creating a PCL and choosing NET Framework 4.5, SilverLight 5 is automatically included as they both had the same compatibility, but SL 5 does not support IObservable, for instance.

                    This automatic targeting based on compatibility should be a warning only!!

                    6 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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++

                      40 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Provide more helpful and in-depth documentation

                        For example, what are all of the settings in the VSTU "Configuration" window for? I know most are self-explanatory, such as "Send console to Visual Studio", but what about "Extensions filter"? What is that used for? What does it do? Or what about the DotSettings file? Why might a user not want it to be generated?

                        Also, "Project File Generation" page in the Documentation is severely lacking. It would be really nice if there was more that covered how to use SyntaxTree.VisualStudio.Unity.Bridge. What kinds of things can this do? How should it be used? Provide some more real-world examples.

                        9 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Tools for Unity  ·  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.

                          367 votes
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                            15 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Entity Framework (EF) & Linq to use in JavaScript (NodeJS)

                            I have seen that exist an unofficial linq library for JS:
                            http://linqjs.codeplex.com
                            https://github.com/mihaifm/linq

                            NodeJS could be better if Microsoft create the official libraries. With NodeJS and EF We could connect with relational databases.

                            5 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add close button to Splash screen (like in MS Office 2013)

                              As a user I would like to have Close (and Minimize) button on the splash screen like in MS Office 2013 so that I can gracefully kill the application if needed.

                              With a few plugins e.g. ReSharper load time increases significantly and I wish I didn’t have to wait the app to load before I can close it – especially if I launched it accidentally.

                              4 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  User Interface  ·  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.

                                82 votes
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                                  4 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  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.

                                  6 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                      35 comments  ·  General  ·  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 →
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