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  1. Improve code analysis

    Improve code analysis
    - Detect when first line of if block and else block are identical (same for last line)
    - Detect methods used only one time - Method is a candidate for in-lining
    - Detect constant defined in class used only one time
    - Detect private property with backing variable having get { return backingVariable; } set {backingVariable=value;} - convert to autoproperty
    - Detect public property used only within the same class - make it protected/private
    - Detect public method used only within the same class - make it protected/private
    - Detect class used only by one other class…

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      11 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Restore the option to download and install the Windows Desktop App Development help file into VS 2013

      While I think it's a little silly to try to guide development by who votes for a suggestion (opposed to leadership and engineering things that MAKE SENSE), I'm following others' advice and posting here...

      Microsoft has removed the Windows Desktop App Development from the available online help!

      Do they think this will encourage us to develop for Metro instead?

      Win32 is not obsolete. It's still alive and well. And you will NOT be able to sell a version of your OS that drops support for it. You can barely sell Windows 8.

      One can still download the VS2012 help content…

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        0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • TPL Dataflow: Allow setting ExecutionDataflowBlockOptions after construction of dataflow blocks

        ExecutionDataflowBlockOptions (mainly) relate to the network/mesh semantics, not the individual block semantics, but can only be set when the block is created via its constructor (the constructor clones the options passed in).

        This means you can't structure your code so that the semantics of the dataflow blocks you're building is separate from the semantics of the network you're putting them into, which hampers reusability.

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          1 comment  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • tab group collapse

          I'm a huge fan of tab groups in Visual Studio and use them extensively. The scenario I encounter quite often, however, is that I'll have, say, half a dozen tabs open in each group while working on multiple files, but for some extended period I'll need to work on a single file. I don't want to close/combine my tab groups, but I do want to expand that file to take advantage of as much screen real estate as possible.

          Right now I can resize these tab groups by dragging the separator off to the side. This is fine and is…

          4 votes
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          • Support "unique" data source access in Visual Studio Online load tests.

            Right now attempting to launch a load test including a data source with the access mode set to 'Unique' results in the following error:

            'Unique' data access for a data source is not supported with load testing with Visual Studio Online. Kindly change this property to another appropriate value ( e.g. Random or Sequential)

            This renders useless the otherwise fantastic cloud load testing solution offered with Visual Studio Online.

            18 votes
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              2 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Allow multiple Git or TFVC repositories in a single Team Project

              When creating a new repo for a Team Project I would like to be able to select wither I would like to have a Git or TFVC repo. This would allow existing Team Projects to experiment with Git as well as removing the need for a non-refundable choice when creating a Team project.

              78 votes
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              • Allow opening a project file via drag-and-drop on empty Visual Studio

                When drag-and-dropping a vcxproj file on an already open Visual Studio (no project or solution opened in Visual Studio, Solution Explorer empty) then the project file should be opened.

                The current behavior is that the following error message is displayed:
                "Project files cannot be dropped onto the application. They must be opened via the File menu".

                Opening the project via the File menu should not be necessary. Obviously VS already recognized what I want to do!

                3 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Handle gitignore in the same way as the other tools

                  The Git Team explorer window shows changes in the window that do not show up in other git tools (sourcetree / command line).
                  I'm not sure what / why, but this seems out of sync with what I'd expect.

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                    0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Improved Code Analysis Sorting And Reporting

                    The addition of sorting Code Analysis Warnings in VS2013 is very welcome, but it needs some enhancements to be truly useful.

                    While it's possible to sort by "File Path", there's no way to see the file path in the output... so you have no idea which files are all in the same folder. This is also the nominal way to sort by project, but it would be really nice to be able to sort by project explicitly.

                    And finally, it would be VERY nice to be able to get the counts by sorting groups... most importantly, I want to be…

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                      0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Checkboxes in acceptance criteria

                      It would be great if I could insert checkboxes in acceptance criteria (or in any rich text editor) of the user store. Similar to github: https://github.com/blog/1375%0A-task-lists-in-gfm-issues-pulls-comments

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                        0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Fix Find and Replace > Replace in Files so finds all matches before re-searching skipped matches

                        In VS Find and Replace > Replace in Files seems to repeatedly search skipped matches before finding new matches.

                        I end up skipping through more and more previously searched files and skipped matches, just to find new matches. The Skip File option doesn't seem to help.

                        Fix the Replace in Files feature so that it cycles through all files before returning to skipped matches.

                        Bug Reports:
                        https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/888753/replace-in-files-searches-skipped-matches-after-replace
                        http://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/786695/bug-in-search-and-replace-in-entire-solution

                        Stack Overflow Question:
                        http://stackoverflow.com/questions/21711125/visual-studio-replace-in-files-searches-skipped-matches-after-each-replace

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                          0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Create an alternative to 'Generate method stub' that adds an argument to existing method

                          If a method doesn't exist yet, you can currently just write out your method call, press the Ctrl + Dot keyboard shortcut and hit "Generate method stub for 'MyMissingMethod'" to create a method with that name and arguments.

                          However, I frequently run into a situation where I want to add an argument to an existing method. If I modify the call to that method with the new argument, it suggests to generate a method stub, but what I would actually like is that it would suggest adding that argument to the existing method.

                          So you would have two options in…

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                          • Expose Project [/Team] Iterations through VSO REST API

                            We currently have a custom sprint dashboard that we use to run our projects. A big piece of that is being able to pull iteration schedules from VSO, which we currently do through the standard .NET API. This is primary issue preventing us from transitioning the dashboard to using the REST API to simplify deployment.

                            3 votes
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                            • Expose Work Item Field Mappings through the VSO REST API

                              We currently have a custom sprint dashboard that we use to run our projects. In order to determine remaining work and a number of other data points, we currently pull the Work Item field mapping data through the standard .NET API. Rather than hard-coding the field names, we'd like to be able to pull field mapping information from the REST API.

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                                • Make it possible to remove individual items or folders or whole projects from source control

                                  Say we have added a VS project to source control
                                  I cannot see any way to easily remove the project from source control (VS 2012). Also, say that project had a folder named "myfolder". And it is in source control. It would be nice to be able to remove that individual folder from source control etc.

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                                  • Show the repository name in team explorer

                                    We use multiple Git repositories in a single project.
                                    The top of the Team explorer window shows the name of the tab (e.g Home) and then the name of the project (e.g. Marketing). It would be handy to show the repository name as well. This would provide clues to newer users as to why they cannot see various things without switching repositories.

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                                    • Make VSO Project links clickable (UI Bug)

                                      In TFS / VSO, there is a projects menu just after the VSO logo.
                                      It's nice sometimes to be able to open a link in new window via middle / ctrl click / right click. The top level project link and underlying menu links are not however links. They should be.

                                      See attached screenshot

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                                      • Exception in object initializer should show line number of failing line

                                        In an object initializer that throws an exception it would be nice to show the line number of the failing line rather than the first line. This would assist in writing large object mapping code. We like to use the object initializer syntax for brevity, but this results in a material change over the less concise code.

                                        E.g. the stacktrace of the following code should show a NullReferenceException that occurs on line 3, not line 1.

                                        var x = new
                                        {
                                        a = ((object) null).ToString()
                                        };

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                                          0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • "Open" context menu in changes tab of Team Explorer should open file not diff view

                                          1. In a changes / pending changes window, I right click a file and then click open. The file is opened. This is expected behaviour. Close the file.
                                          2. In the changes window, right click a file and click compare. The diff view shows. Right click the same file and click open. The diff view stays shown. Expected view is the same as the scenario 1 - the actual file, not the diff view.

                                          This is an small papercut bug that means that in order to jump to continuing to make modifications to the particular file without the diff view…

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