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  1. 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".

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      2 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  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.

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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.

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          0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Provide 'Total Effort' on Backlog page

          On the Backlog page provide the 'Total Effort' for all PBIs. In our Sprint review and planning meetings we spend to much time manually adding the 'Total Effort'.

          3 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  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…

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                    0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  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.

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                      17 comments  ·  Project  ·  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.

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                        0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  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)

                        6 votes
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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.

                          6 votes
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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.

                            4 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Move user settings out of .fsproj file

                              Command line parameters for debugging are stored in the F# project file. This makes it hard to keep your commits clean.

                              My suggestion is to do the same as C#, where this information is stored in .csproj.user, which is not put in version control.

                              This doesn't really have anything to do with the language itself, but it *is* part of the package.

                              6 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • xaml on android

                                I know Microsoft launched means to write JavaScript/html for both windows store and android, called Córdoba. But why is Microsoft forgetting about the developers using xaml/c#???? It would be awesome to be able to use the same xaml on both windows phone and android.

                                Who wants to own a mac? Just to be able to write apps for osx?

                                7 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Multi-Device Hybrid Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Create method stub at cursor's position

                                  After you select the class/method from the dropdowns in the navigation bar, the method stub is appended at the end of the current file ( (A) in the attached picture).
                                  I wish this could be changed, e.g., the code will be placed at the current position of the cursor ( (B) in the attached picture).

                                  5 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Visual Studio Online - expand the Basic license with Tests

                                    Expand the Basic license with a part of the Testhub...
                                    We have a test team and one test leader. The test team run only manually tests, like excel spreed and mark the tests passed or not, and report bugs.
                                    The test leader creates and writes the test specifications.
                                    Create and write test cases should be in the Advanced license (existing feature).
                                    But running manually tests and create bugs should be in the Basic license as well. My suggestion is to expand the Basic license with running manually tests and create bugs when running these tests.

                                    12 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Add support for Git over ssh in Team Explorer

                                      Add support for ssh transport when syncing with Git repositories. libgit2 has ssh support now, so this should be fairly straightforward.

                                      10 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Mobile Natvie Apps for Windows 8, 8.1 , Phone , Store, iOS, Android

                                        Allow developed apps to work as Native apss in Mobile and to deploy into market place

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                                          0 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Add "Start URL" to WebRole properties to launch a specific URL on F5

                                          It would be really helpful if you extend the "Startup action" of a WebRole with a "Start URL" parameter. The two options "Launch browser for HTTP endpoint" and "Launch browser for HTTPS endpoint" are not enough. If you do not know what I mean look at the project properties of a Web Application project unter "web > Start Action > Start URL". Take a look at my attached image.

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                                            0 comments  ·  Windows Azure Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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