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  1. Allow users to sort, classify, and group Screen Members in the left pane of the LightSwitch Screen Designer

    When designing a complex screen in LightSwitch, the left pane quickly becomes a jumbled mess as Queries, Objects and Variables are placed in order of their creation while Methods appear alphabetically at the bottom.

    While you can drag Screen Members up and down to position them, it takes a long time to move each item and there's still no obvious structure to help you find things.

    It would be good if the user could sort this list and possibly create some sort of classification or hierarchy in order to group members together by function - eg all the variables/objects/queries/methods used…

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      0 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Add value delegate parameter to MemoryCache.AddOrGetExisting

      Current implementation of MemoryCache AddOrGetExisting method is not useful if creation of cache value is an expensive operation.
      So it would be good if instead of value object parameter, object creation delegate will be added.

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        1 comment  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Ability to use T4 script as a Custom Tool

        It would be useful to use scripts written on T4 instead of Custom Tool.
        Implementation of custom tools is not simple process and they required installation into VS. Using of T4 would avoid these problems.

        E.g. for resource files.

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        • support test adapter in Test Agent as it is supported in Visual Studio 2013

          Visual Studio 2013 already supports implementing own test adapter with IDiscoverer and ITestExecutor so that exotic test type can be selected and executed in test window in Visual Studio. Unfortunately this feature is not available for Test Agent which executes the same tests remotely. It would be really nice to have it also in Test Agent in soon future.

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            0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Add a plugin model to MTM

            Give developers the ability to create plugins for MTM, such as custom commands via new menu items and custom reports and actions too.

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              0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Anonymous type definition

              Allow c# to define types in inline way. For example I have a web api action that returns a Dto. I have to define action as:

              public class Dto
              {
              public int Key {get; set;}
              public Group Value {get; set;}
              }

              action:
              public Dto GetDto()
              {
              ...
              }

              I suggest to write action method as:

              public {int Key; Group Value;} GetDto()
              {
              ...
              return new {Key = key, Value = group};
              }

              Also C# can defer type from action method. So this code can be valid:

              public anonymous GetDto()
              {
              ...
              return new {Key = key, Value = group};
              }

              7 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Force Rebuild File Option For --DATE-- --TIME-- Macros

                I timestamp my builds with a macro, but this only works if that binary file is rebuild. There should be a per file option to force the rebuild of a file, similar to how there exists an `Exclude From Build` option in VS2012.

                QString datetime;
                datetime.sprintf("Build date: %s @ %s\n",__DATE__, __TIME__);
                text.append(datetime);

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                  0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                  • Add support for expanded context menu items.

                    Context menus in Visual Studio are cluttered with a lot of unused items. I suggest that, similar to a lot of places in Windows, expanded context menu support be added to Visual Studio so that the context menu is simplified with most used items in the right click context menu. Then if you need to do an advanced command, shift+right click will give you the additional options. The ability to modify which items show up in the expanded menu and standard menu would be an added plus!

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                      1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Hide any dockable property boxes, explorers in code view

                      As shown in the attached screen shot, the docked windows/explorers not usable in the code editor and consuming screen space not contributing much. If they disappear automatically, the programmer gets more space to type and see the code. Excluding the ones that are required even in code editor (like solution explorer) others should automatically disappear when programmer switch to code view.

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                        0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Improve interactive loading syntax.

                        #r and #load are passed in a limited fashion, cannot provide things like #r __SOURCE_DIRECTORY__ + "some.dll"

                        I would like to see support at the language level for treating #load and #r a functions. This will make it much easier to implement modular functionality into FSI, which currently doesn't support such a feature (F# Compiler.Services cannot load an assembly into the current FSI session without serious messing around)

                        e.g.
                        ["/a.dll"; "/b.dll"]
                        |> Seq.map ( (+) __SOURCE_DIRECTORY__)
                        |> Seq.map ( (#r) )

                        or load on demand for scripts

                        let loadPlugin (name : string (* where name is .fsx *)) =
                        #load…

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                          0 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  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 →
                          • Half-height blank lines (and those of only brackets) and more: an advanced viewer and editor

                            yeah mainly visual things.
                            there are several features that i'd like to see.

                            start from details.
                            brackets that takes whole lines waste the height of the screen. also empty lines are for better view but one whole line is still too much.why not automatically display them with only half, or even smaller height?
                            just like the margin of <p>.

                            then more detailed global font & style settings.
                            like line spacing, character spacing (for example, i like Lucida Console 7pt, with 1 pixel extra character spacing, like how it looks in Dev-Cpp (because it keeps fixed-width while some highlight elements uses…

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                              0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Check for auto-complete by the abbreviation of identifiers

                              Readability vs Fingers
                              some guys like using long long long names. e.g. @java
                              aioobe → ArrayIndexOutOfBoundsException
                              or... wctmb → WideCharToMultiByte
                              such awesome, very abbreviate.

                              when parsing identifiers, just check if it's using capital letters or underscore to separate words.

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                                0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Add compiler error when custom Web[Test/Request]Plugin property is set on any webtests but the property has been removed from the class.

                                Let's say that you have a custom WebTestRequest class, called MyWebTestRequestPlugin

                                And MyWebTestRequestPlugin has property called Count

                                Let's say that you add a MyWebTestRequestPlugin to a request on your webtest. And you set Count to 1,000

                                You build your test and run
                                And then sometime later, it is decided that Count is no longer needed.

                                You remove it from the plugin class but not the calls on the webtest.

                                You run the webtest and everything is fine.

                                There's a loadTest which has a call to your WebTest.

                                You go and run this and it crashes now and you get no…

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                                  0 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Allow me to set a hot key to navigate to the navigation bar drop downs.

                                  I would like to be able to set hotkeys to take me to the class and method drop downs in the navigation bar. Ctrl+F2 is no fun.

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                                    0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  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…

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                                      0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Platform/Configuration setting for each Solution

                                      Hello,
                                      rather than specifying the Platform/Configuration once and have it apply to every SLN in my Build Definition, allow each SLN to have it;'s own setting.

                                      The current functionality is forcing us to have multiple Build Definitions per branch because we don't want each SLN to build with every Configuration.

                                      Thanks!
                                      Dave

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                                        0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • MULTIPLE CLIPBOARD option for easy copying and pasting

                                        User can copy multiple texts from any docments using CTRL+C+$Number.
                                        $Number can be any integer.
                                        For Example, User copies many phone numbers from document 1 using CTRL+C+1, CTRL+C+2,CTRL+C+3 ( copied three phone numbers ). Now he can paste it in different documents using CTRL+V+1 for number1 and vice versa. So this reduces the time for opening document 1 each time for copying phone numbers. User can copy any data at a single point and paste it simultaneously.

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                                          0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Have a big button MTM Test Runner to Pass or Fail the current step and move to the next

                                          The reason for the big button is that when testing a windows store app or a touch enabled application, it would be easier to avoid putting the device down or switching to the keyboard. We have a touch screen monitor with MTM running and it is great to be able to touch the device to perform the test and then simply touch the monitor to say that the test has passed or failed. Problem is, that the button to pass or fail is too small for touch.
                                          Also an auto drill down into shared steps would be good, that is…

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