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      1 comment  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Add a keyword that restricts calling a method only within specific other methods

      I want to have the option to allow private methods in a class to be called only from within some specific other methods, WITHOUT the use of nested delegates.
      The way I like to develop is creating many private helping methods to a general method, and I don't want to add them all as nested delegates.
      using #region helps grouping them, but I would like the compiler to restrict where I'm calling the methods.
      An example:

      public class Example
      {
      private void a() { b(); }
      private void b() onlyWithin: {this.a} { c(); }
      private void c() onlyWithin: {this.a,this.b} {…

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        0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • click once and proxy

        XBAP deployement is not allowed behind a proxy...means click once does not manage any proxy authentication...please change that miss-take that exist for years. WPF is not dead -:)

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          0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Include and use native thread names in minidumps

          As of today, setting native thread names involves raising an SEH exception with data that includes the name one wishes to give to the current thread.
          This only has an effect if Visual Studio is connected as debugger. If not, the thread name seems to be lost forever.

          One of our common debugging use cases is using minidumps. The thing is, our executables may run tens of threads with similar callstacks. Sorting out which threads are of interest without names is hard.

          Suggestion: setting a thread name should be a system feature that is connected to minidump capture; minidumps should…

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            0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • View file history from Changeset Details window

            Currently the changeset details window lists all files which were changed in that changeset. It would be nice if I could view the history of an individual file in the changeset from this window. Since it is a modal dialog, I have to either open a separate instance of visual studio, navigate through the source control explorer to find the file in the source tree, and then view the history.

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              0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add a linker/librarian option to delete .pdb files before each link

              When you repeatedly build a project (without doing a clean or rebuild all) then .pdb file is updated. Instead of starting from scratch each time with a new GUID the existing .pdb file is incrementally updated, and the 'age' is incremented.

              This seems like a good idea, and presumably gives some modest build-speed advantages, but it means that over time .pdb files grow. They get fragmented, or they temporarily increase in size due to test code, but they never shrink.

              They. Never. Shrink.

              If anything causes a .pdb file to grow then it will never shrink until you do a…

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                0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • When comparing files, make it easier to filter out changes that are just renames or formatting

                When I get a code review request from another developer, I would like to only see "real" changes that actually change the meaning of the code. In the review requests I get, most of the changes are just renames of variables or a different formatting (whitespace, moving braces, ...). It's really difficult to detect the "real" changes to the code that actually cahnge the behavior between all the noise that's caused by other changes like renames.

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                  0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Add support for expressing data parallel workloads to target HSAIL/HSA (Heterogeneous System Architecture)

                  HSAIL is HSA Intermediate Language which is the assembly language of HSA. LLVM compiler outputs to HSAIL binary object format which the HSA Finalizer ingests then translate to the native machine code of the Throughput computing unit( GPU, SPU)

                  This is already being implemented in Java 8. When will Microsoft add this to .Net?

                  Please see the Aparapi api AMD has released to see how they implemented it with Java:

                  http://developer.amd.com/tools-and-sdks/heterogeneous-computing/aparapi/

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                    0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Make the state diagram editor more like Visio

                    I was very glad to see the TFS power tools add in a state diagram editor and it has had a huge impact on how useful the TFS Process Templates are as it is possible to customize them. Now that the powertools have been out for a while, it would be great to see improvements to the Process Editor to make it easier to use -- it would be great to see you consider making it possible to edit the diagrams in Visio or make the edit experience more like working with Visio (ability to easily add new states, change…

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                      0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • insert new state in a an existing process template

                      Setting up a new process template is relatively easy, however as a project and a team grow it is very coming to be in a situation where a process state diagram needs to be updated and new states inserted, removed, or reordered. I find this happens mostly within the User Story/Backlog and the Test Case diagrams where we start in Agile and then migrate to Agile + Waterfall. Agile for development, waterfall for validation and release., When this happens, I find the need to insert a few states in between existing states. At the moment, this is very doable, it…

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                        0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Allow Team Foundation Server Dashboard customization in Process Template

                        Allow Team Foundation Server Dashboard customization in Process Template
                        - Adding Queries to Team Favorites in the Process Template
                        - Adding Team Project level custom fields

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                          0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Setting Code Change Notifications for Team Rooms by Path

                          When configuring notifications in team rooms,
                          currently I can only select an entire Teamproject for code change notifications.
                          It would be desireable to filter by Paths instead.
                          E.g.:
                          + "$/PROJECT/team1/source"
                          + "$/PROJECT/team1/docs"

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                            0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Stop replacing absolute file paths in csproj with relative ones

                            If I add a project reference or link to a file to compile then don't break the absolute path I manually put there with a relative one that breaks.

                            If the IDE adds it as a relative link then I'm ok with that as long as it respects my change if I choose to update the link. Or make it an option when the IDE generates the path.

                            VS2012. Please comment if it is fixed in vs 2013

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                              0 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Selective First Chance Exception Reporting Disable

                              This is actually a serious coding quality/reliability issue.

                              Add a statement/block-level [attribute] to signal the debugger that SPECIFIC "first chance exceptions" occurring at that statement/block have been examined by the programmer and are known to be acceptable and should not be reported.

                              Experienced programmers know you do not simply ignore compiler warnings because it leads to overlooking warnings that should not be ignored. Instead you fix the code so the warnings go away so any compiler warning/errors stands out as an anomaly that need addressing.

                              The same logic holds true for exception reporting. Flooding the output window with exception reports…

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                                0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Open Source the VSTO Libraries

                                Currently, the VSTO libraries are not open source. For open source add-ins to Microsoft Office, it's awkward to have to ship or require closed-source libraries. There's no business reason for keeping these closed as these libraries only have use for people who want to improve Office projects. Additionally, there's likely nothing secretive in the VSTO libraries.

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                                  0 comments  ·  Office/SharePoint  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • 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.

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                                    0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Support .NET Builds without requiring Visual Studio on the server

                                    To build certain PCL libraries and libraries for Windows 8 RT requires having Visual Studio on the server.

                                    Nick Berardi writes about a workaround that allows running a build server without VS, but it's really just a workaround for functionality that should be easy.

                                    Not to mention there's probably licensing considerations we're just ignoring by doing that.

                                    http://nickberardi.com/a-net-build-server-without-visual-studio/

                                    Please make it easy (and legal) to build .NET projects on a server without requiring a Visual Studio installation (or license) on that server.

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                                      4 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Auto collapse PBI on the agile task board when it is filtered to a single user and all of the tasks are closed for that user

                                      When using the Agile Task Board, if the PBI are prioritized, then the top PBI should have all closed tasks. It would be helpful, if the all the tasks are done to collapse the PBI and not show those tasks by default.

                                      This is especially useful when filtered to a single user and the user is looking for the next piece of work they currently have assigned to them. It already collpases those items if the user has no tasks assigned.

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                                        0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                          0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • need a way to remove old cloud service instance names from the Servers list in Application Insights that get left behind as we do new deploy

                                          a way to remove old cloud service instance names from the Servers list in Application Insights that get left behind as we do new deployments to our test Azure environments

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