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  1. Allow side effecting expressions in expression evaluation in C++

    The VS debugger can't tell even remotely accurately whether or not an expression has side effects, so kindly just remove this broken feature and allow us to use any expression in conditional breakpoints and evaluations. The programmer knows whether or not an expression has a side effect.

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      0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Make SSDT project's setting (such as database settings and so on) be specific to build configuration

      Right now SSDT project's settings are same for all build configuration. It would be great to have specific settings for each configuration.

      For example, production sql server works in partial containment mode. Test server is not. It is impossible to publish to both server's without changing project's settings each time. So it's impossible to automate publishing process without workarounds.

      10 votes
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        0 comments  ·  Database Projects  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Allow C# expressions like basic boolean logic instead of requiring converters all the time

        Please, allow C# expressions like basic boolean logic instead of requiring converters all the time

        52 votes
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          4 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Prevent backlog priority changes in multiple work items in TFS

          Currently, each backlog change causes multiple (sometimes hundreds) work item changes which causes the TFS alerts to become useless in many cases.
          Please provide a way to reduce the number of changing items to minimum for every backlog change - perhaps by creating huge differences between the backlog numbers, which will leave a lot of room for those changes

          7 votes
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          • Add support for Google Play Services

            Split from: https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/7051864-add-support-for-google-play-services-opengl-2

            My app (and a few other devs that I know) have apps that use push notifications with Google Cloud Messaging and Google Maps (which needs Open GL 2). The emulator is currently miles ahead performance wise vs the regular Android emus, but these two limitations are preventing me from using it for certain development scenarios.

            Thanks,
            Tommy

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              0 comments  ·  VS Emulator for Android  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Having a feature to specify the Start and End times in "LoadTest Report Excel Addin" for each LoadTest Run

              Having a feature to specify the Start and End times in "LoadTest Report Excel Addin" for each LoadTest Run would be greatly beneficial for filtering Rampup and Rampdown time and the get the Average and 90th percetile response times during the steady state period of the test.
              Currently LoadTest Report addin in Excel 2013 is used to connect to Visual Studio WebTest Report database(LoadTest2010) and compare two tests for the full run duration. It may not be like to like comparison if the run times are diffrent.

              11 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • c# script for macros

                It would be amazing if it would be possible to replace the ageing VBA tools and language for macro development with something that would allow c# script. A lot of people operate on this periphery of program development are developing macros in office to help automate repetitive tasks. It would benefit them more, I believe, to utilise up-to-date tooling and use a more popular and better supported language like C#. This might also provide them with an in-road to software development.

                8 votes
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                  1 comment  ·  Office/SharePoint  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Make it possible to set time zone on TFS Online (build) server

                  TFS Online should provide a way to set a time zone for the TFS server (or per collection).

                  You could even just implement it when setting Time Zone on https://***.visualstudio.com/_admin/_home/settings.

                  Most of the people in the world is not living in a place where UTC is the correct timezone.

                  This affects:
                  * TFS cases timestamps
                  * Runtime timing issues if you have integration tests with other servers (with correct time zone).
                  * Probably more...

                  17 votes
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                  • Introduce static typing to html views for better integration with JavaScript/TypeScript/AngularJS

                    To help developers building and maintaining web applications that depend on JavaScript/TypeScript it would help immensely to be able to rely on intellisense to provide useful suggestions/completions for AngularJS based models and expressions.

                    E.g. It would be great if visual studio knew how to autocomplete the "model.property" in the following html snippet:
                    ng-model="model.property"

                    Also, even better would be if it could provide snippets for common expressions like those used by the ng-repeat directive.
                    item in arrayModel
                    (index, value) in arrayModel
                    etc

                    Where intellisense can provide arrayModel from the scope's known members.

                    3 votes
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                      3 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Allow triggering release from build server in different RM server

                      Today we may have continuous deployment, installing a RM client in the build machine. That RM Client will point to only one RM server. Would be good if we could not lock the RM server with the client, and allow the customer to decide what RM server to release in the build definition.

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                        1 comment  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Support .editorconfig

                        It would be awesome if Visual Studio supported .editorconfig files like so many other editors and IDEs.

                        "EditorConfig helps developers define and maintain consistent coding styles between different editors and IDEs. The EditorConfig project consists of a file format for defining coding styles and a collection of text editor plugins that enable editors to read the file format and adhere to defined styles. EditorConfig files are easily readable and they work nicely with version control systems."

                        You can read more about it at http://editorconfig.org/

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                          6 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Implement indexed full-text search of source code, config files, and project files

                          Visual Studio projects can contain hundreds and even thousands of documents. Searching through these documents using Find-In-Files is slow and error prone. About a decade of academic research strongly suggests that an information retrieval approach to searching source code would be faster and provide better results.

                          While the Visual Studio team has noticed the need for better search tools, as evidenced by their recent "Search Everywhere" blog (see http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudio/archive/2011/10/11/visual-studio-11-developer-preview-search-everywhere.aspx). Unfortunately, every recently introduced search tool still relies on regular-expressions or simple pattern-matching. To put this in context, the modern IDE uses search technology essentially identical to grep, which was…

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                            6 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Open "New Pull Request" page of VSO from Team Explorer

                            I want to open "New Pull Request" page of VSO from Team Explorer in Visual Studio.

                            I look forward to following such operations:
                            Step 1:
                            Select the source branch and the target branch on Team Explorer

                            Step 2:
                            Click the "New Pull Request" button on Team Explorer

                            Step 3:
                            Browser is launched, displayed "New Pull Request" page of VSO with source and target branch

                            9 votes
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                            • Great news for WPF. Time for it to make a comeback! Microsoft is always trying to get the number of apps in the app store increased. Why not

                              Great news for WPF. Time for it to make a comeback! Microsoft is always trying to get the number of apps in the app store increased. Why not help us WPF devs get our Desktop apps in the app store so that we can sell our Desktop apps through the store? Why not develop tools and API's that mean WPF apps can even run as WinRT apps? Dare I say it even run on iOs/Android in the Open Source .Net world. We like C#/Wpf/Visual Studio and we want to continue to work with these tools. Finally please also improve WPF…

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                                5 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Permit tagging of changed files in the Git Provider

                                Imagine this workflow:

                                * I start work on feature A.
                                * Halfway through I spot bug B and fix that.
                                * Further down the line I add an enhancement C.

                                After I complete the work I would like to make separate commits for each work item A, B, and C.

                                At present all the changed files are lumped together in the "Include Changes (n)".

                                It would be great if it's possible to tag changes as belonging to a specific commit as we go along.

                                The reason for this workflow is that it's not always possible to keep committing small changes…

                                10 votes
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                                • "Whats new 3015" takes me to 2013. Please fix.

                                  "Whats new 3015" takes me to 2013. Please fix.

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                                    3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • anonymous class or interface implementation c#

                                    Allow implementing of Interfaces or Classes within variables or fields or properties like that:

                                    interface IBar {

                                    void do();

                                    }

                                    expample:

                                    public void foo() {

                                    var demoBar = new IBar() {

                                    public void do() {
                                    Debug.PrintLine("Hello World");
                                    }
                                    }

                                    // usage as default
                                    demoBar.do();
                                    }

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                                      0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Provide more detailed documentation about how the Android Emulator works

                                      When I first installed the CTP, the VS Emulator for Android worked beautifully.

                                      However, after I experienced unrelated networking issues on my workstation (troubleshooting which required that I disable and reconfigure several of the virtual networking adapters), when I come back to work with the Android emulators, they aren't working correctly.

                                      In the Hyper-V Manager, I have been able to get the virtual machines actually working, fine, if I use the standard Hyper-V Connect interface, instead of the nice VS interface with all the cool Phone/Tablet tools hanging off it.

                                      I can't find, anywhere, documentation that explains how that VS…

                                      6 votes
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                                        1 comment  ·  VS Emulator for Android  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Allow Teams to work over multiple Projects (Teams at the Collection level in Visual Studio Online)

                                        I would like to see enhanced support for Teams that work across multiple Projects or Backlogs. My initial thought is to pull the Team concept up one level so that Visual Studio Teams are created at the Collection level rather than the Project.

                                        == Background Context ==

                                        One of my favourite features in Visual Studio is the concept of Teams. However, we want our real world development teams to be long lived entities rather than dismembering working teams after a project and treating people as fungible resources that we pull together from the bench players. Although I love the team…

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                                        • Allow Retain Indefinitely to not be set

                                          In some scenarios, such as continuous deployment to a development environment, it does not make sense that every build (which triggers a release) should be retained indefinitely. The easiest solution would be to add a configuration property for a release template right below "Can Trigger a Release from a Build?" title "Retain Build Indefinitely" that defaults to being checked.

                                          This would allow me to uncheck this option and therefore builds would delete as configured in the Build Definition Retention Policy. Currently, I have to manually go in and remove the "retain indefinitely" option on all the builds so they will…

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                                            6 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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