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Thanks – Deon Herbert
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  1. Allow people who are not team members to send bugs to Visual Studio Online

    As it is now, only team members have access to submit bugs to Visual Studio Online. This means that you have to use a license to allow your users to send you bugs or feedback.

    TFS has the possibility to create "Work-item only users" who don't need to have a CAL to access the TFS portal.

    You could even be more limiting than the TFS option, allowing people who are not team members to only send bugs or feedbacks and not be able to see them.

    15 votes
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      0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Allow precompiled headers to be shared between projects

      In Visual Studio 2008 and earlier, I believe you could (by an unsupported method) allow one project to generate a precompiled header which other projects could then use. But I understand this is not possible, or only works in limited ways in VS 2010 and later.

      Please add official support for allowing a precompiled header to be shared between projects.

      As a nice to have it would also be ideal if more than one precompiled header could be used by a project so that both a shared and project specific precompiled header could be used.

      See also:

      http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/665d4183-f85c-481d-bada-03283b310099/shared-precompiled-header?forum=vclanguage

      http://stackoverflow.com/questions/14048212/can-i-share-a-precompiled-header-between-projects-to-reduce-compile-time

      100 votes
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        3 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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          1 comment  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Please provide SQL monitoring

          Please provide SQL monitoring

          19 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Support System.ComponentModel.DataAnnotations in Portable Class Libraries

            Entity classes should be the linchpin of any application, no matter what platform your application is built on.

            Therefore, it would be nice if entity classes could be defined in a single portable class library and reused on multiple platforms. To that end, it's imperative to allow System.ComponentModel.DataAnnotations namespace to be used in PCLs since attributes contained therein are used for data validation in multiple frameworks.

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              0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Move CodeLense feedback above function attributes and/or code.

              Currently the display output of CodeLense feedback appears directly above the function body and causes a visual split between decorator attributes and/or function comments. Dense code blocks become visually harder to read.

              It would be nice if there were a few options in Visual Studio for users to request it be displayed in different locations such as:-

              - Above attribute definitions
              - Above comment blocks (can be combined with the above item)
              - At end of function definition (end of the line that the function declared on)
              - Inside opening brace (at the start of the function body)

              11 votes
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                2 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Support the Multilingual App Toolkit to Asp.Net Web applications

                The Multilingual App Toolkit is a powerful extension to Visual Studio for managing language strings with standards based xliff files in Windows 8 Apps. Web applications in ASP.Net desperately need this same toolkit. Please consider expanding Multilingual App Toolkit for other types of applications.

                This request is similar to 'Support the Multilingual App Toolkit to WPF or Windows applications'

                30 votes
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                  1 comment  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Allow custom auto-property implementations

                  This would allow us to write a form of extension method for auto property getters and setters. The idea behind this is that we would be able to encapsulate commonly repeated setter logic into a separate unit to make our code DRY. These methods should use generic typing to set the type of the property and the type of the class that this method could be applied in. These methods should also provide references to the backing field, the new value (if it is a setter), and the containing class (to provide class level access in the method)

                  I.E. -…

                  9 votes
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                    2 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Design pattern highlighting for Javascript editor

                    To create professional Javascript it is highly recommended to use design patterns. It would be great if the IDE could help in recognizing the MEANING of these patterns.

                    For example, it could highlight the public vs. private methods of the module pattern by a different background color.

                    Suggested patterns:
                    Constructor Pattern
                    Module Pattern
                    Revealing Module Pattern
                    Singleton Pattern
                    Observer Pattern
                    Mediator Pattern
                    Prototype Pattern
                    Command Pattern
                    Facade Pattern
                    Factory Pattern
                    Mixin Pattern
                    Decorator Pattern
                    Flyweight Pattern

                    6 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add Mixin support

                      Composition is always a pain when we have to bind all method from interface to object that really implement it

                      The code often looks like messy and complex for nothing.

                      Maybe this Jon Skeet's idea could solve this:
                      http://stackoverflow.com/a/255621

                      7 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Deployment Agents for non-MS platforms

                        Allow non-MS platforms to become a "deployment target" in TFS Release Management. TEE allows Eclipse users to connect to TFS from their IDE, there is the possibility to include non-MS platforms in the build process but there is currently no automated/managed deployment option.

                        24 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Add support for .config transformation

                          The applicationInsights.config file should support .config transformations.

                          We want to use different logging based on the selected build profile so our different staging environments can have different type of logging.
                          Right now there is no easy way to use AI with "Publish" in VS.

                          This way, you can remove the profile part from the .config file and it will work the same way as the rest of VS .config files works.
                          No need to invent the wheel again.

                          9 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Add support for calculated metrics to App Insights

                            I would like the ability to combine two metrics in a third, calculated metric. For example, I might want to create a "Custom Error Percentage" metric that divides custom errors per second by requests per second. I could then alert off an error metric that has been normalized for scale instead of one that's specifically tied to RPS.

                            11 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Indicate Bug cards on task board by using a different color.

                              It would be great if the task Board in Visual Studio Online could simply support a different color scheme for Bug "stories" so that we could tell at a glance which items on the board are Bugs and which are PBIs.

                              It wouldn't even require changing the task card colors, just make the text for the Bug "story" red or use a red background, etc.

                              8 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Support TypeScript like "extends" capability - Compiler Checked Duck Typing

                                In TypeScript one can define a method that takes a "generic" parameter and then specify that it extends a certain interface. This essentially allows passing in an instance of any type that has those properties and methods without having the instance explicitly implement the "interface" per se. So it is like compiler checked duck typing.

                                Because the instance being passed in doesn't need to explicitly implement the interface (but the compiler can ensure it does at compile time) it allows for a ****** coupling between a type that may not be owned by you and your code.

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                                  1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Add a Create New Feature Button on the KANBAN Board

                                  It would be great if I could create a new card/feature directly from the Board view. This would improve the experience greatly.

                                  2 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Compiler exports graph of possible exceptions for function

                                    As the compiler goes through code it should export the possible exceptions a particular function can throw. While this is somewhat like the Java feature, this can happen automatically and be displayed to downstream callers. Since all functions would have this information the graph should be fairly easy to generate for new functions.

                                    9 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Distinct Intellisense icon for read-only properties (get accessor only)

                                      It would be helpful to have a different icon in Intellisense to identify properties that only have a GET accessor (read-only properties). I've attached an image to illustrate the current situation and a concept icon for read-only properties.

                                      Currently, Visual Studio's Intellisense doesn't help us to rapidly see which property can be modified (i.e. those that have a SET accessor). It shows the same icon for properties regardless of their accessors (get, set, or both).

                                      For Microsoft assemblies, we have to look at each property's documentation comment for something like "Gets ___", but not "Gets or sets ____".

                                      For internal…

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                                        1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Allow Visual Studio IDE ability to display IL generated code for methods to discover unintended boxing or other performance insights.

                                        The only way to look at generated IL code is to compile the binary and run ILDASM. The problem with this strategy is it's not integrated. Moreoever, it locks the binary so you have to exit ILDASM, recompile your change, then there relocate the method you're inspecting (sometimes a good many steps).

                                        So many times, little things are hidden like unintended boxing and calls to the wrong implementation's function that would be revealed with this view. There are also times when you really do care to see how the optimizer behaves.

                                        With over 20,000 NuGet packages touching millions of developers…

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                                          0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Visual Studio 2013 with Microsoft Partner Network should be under perpetual license

                                          I'm running into an issue where VS 2013 keeps saying my license is expired even though it's not. On top it seems like there's no easy way out of this even for Microsoft support. It's been a week now. Today I learnt that VS 2013 comes with non-perpetual license with MPN and cannot get a key. I need to register VS2013 once every month. I'm wondering the reason for this change and why Microsoft is making it so hard to use. Joining MPN is not free and should get perpetual license.

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