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  1. Block code as value (another syntax for semicolon operator)

    I propose allow return value from {} block to reduce redundant method and variable declaration.

    if(
    {
    var x = Foo();
    var y = Bar();
    Write(x);
    return x * y > 0;
    }
    )
    {
    //
    }

    int a =
    lock(dataInstance)
    {
    return dataInstance.Member1;
    };

    var x =
    lock(_dict){
    return {
    foreach(var pair in _dict)
    {
    yield return new {A = pair.Key, B = pair.Value.Member1};
    }
    }.ToList();
    }; //List<Anonymous type>

    var y =
    using(var conn = new SqlConnection(...))
    {
    return (await conn.QueryAsync<LongLongLongClassName>(
    "sql query"
    )).GroupBy(/* .... */)
    .Select(/* ... */)
    .ToList(); // Long long long final typename
    };

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      0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Allow try/catch refinement

      It would be nice to be able to catch more "refined" versions of the same exception... A classic example of this is the InvalidOperationException, in which there are a multitude of different operations that might generate this exception.

      What i'm thinking is some way to catch based on a property of the exception... I don't know what the syntax would be, but perhaps Possibly something like this:

      try {} catch(InvalidOperationException(message = "Foo") ex) {}

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        1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • @user mention notification in workitems

        Example
        I got a workitem assigned to me but i would like to have input from another team user. Then i would like to be able to to use @user to mention he or she to look at some changes. When i do that a notification is sent to that user.

        This is widely used by Trello for example and i really missing that option in TFS.

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          0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Add a Configuration Type for "Separate Static and Dynamic Libraries"

          As a C++ developer, I want to be able to configure a Visual Studio project that automatically builds separate static (.lib) and dynamic (.dll) versions of a library, such that rebuilding the project updates both versions.

          Many of my projects import a common code base, which I have encapsulated in a library for convenience. It is useful for me to have certain projects link to the library statically while others use the DLL version (for hot reloading). However, since I can't build both versions simultaneously, they tend to get out-of-sync with each other easily. Adding a Configuration Type that builds…

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            0 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Make "All Configurations" the default option when editing Visual Studio property pages

            Nine times out of ten, the first thing I do when making changes to the property pages for a Visual Studio project is change the "Configuration" option to "All Configurations". There are very few cases where I want my changes to affect the current configuration (usually "Debug") and not others (like "Release").

            As a developer, I often forget to set this option to "All Configurations" before making changes, which usually leads to confusion later when the project builds properly in "Debug" but not "Release". I have found very few situations in which the opposite is true (i.e. where I accidentally…

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              0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Extract Formfield like extract Hiddenfield

              Public Function SetHiddenFieldsExtractionRule(paramName As String) As ExtractHiddenFields
              Dim HiddenFields As ExtractHiddenFields = New ExtractHiddenFields()
              HiddenFields.Required = True
              HiddenFields.HtmlDecode = True
              HiddenFields.ContextParameterName = paramName
              Return HiddenFields
              End Function

              this is the way of the HiddenFields being extracted, but I cant do so in the extraction of the FormFields.

              Please make VS to be able to do so as it could just make the web performance testing a much easier task.

              Thanks,

              Jason.

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                0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • enhance search to retain recent history

                I sometimes search on a phrase with the intent of changing something within the phrase of near by. On every change, the search engine starts over gain. I don't want to revisit all the places I just visited and want to search to continue on to other files with the same phrase. Here is a more detailed post. http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio

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                  0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Provide a simple way to analyze TFS build time, so we know where our time is spent.

                  The current "Activity Log" view for a TFS build is basically useless in it's current form for the task of finding out where all your time is spent during a TFS build, for any build with more than 5 lines of output in that log.

                  Sure, it's got the time of every action taken in there. But not in any way that's useful. There's no way to sort or collapse the view to quickly find the longest part of the build, so you're left with scrolling down the long list of actions, until an item that seems long catches your…

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                    0 comments  ·  Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • bring back work item field stack rank for user stories.

                    In July the stank rank field was removed. This field is still used and 'enhanced' by using drag and drop. This drag and drop is very neat, but it kills the ability to use Visual Studio client to create and modify stories.

                    I want the ability to specify stank rank manually.

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                      0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • references filter

                      In Visual Studio, when looking at the references; it would be handy sometimes to have the option of seeing only those in your solution, and/or non-Microsoft references, and/or only external references (non solution, non MS)

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                        0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Switch between Debug Device (Surface/PC) for entire solution

                        I would like to change the debug device for the entire solution, so that you can switch between different devices. Currently you have to change it for every project in the solution

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                          0 comments  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Make team alerts work regardless of team membership to contributors, project administrators and readers

                          We have this structure
                          TFS Project
                          - Project Administrators
                          -- AD Group for project administrators
                          - Contributors
                          -- AD Group for Contributors
                          - Readers
                          -- AD Group for Readers

                          Teams (is NOT part of role because i do not wanna add all team members of a specific role)
                          - Team 1
                          -- Member (maybe contributor)
                          -- Member (maybe contributor)
                          -- Member (maybe reader)
                          -- Member (maybe Project administrator)
                          -- Member (maybe Testers role)

                          Team 2
                          -- Member (maybe contributor)
                          -- Member (maybe contributor)
                          -- Member (maybe reader)
                          -- Member (maybe Project administrator)
                          -- Member (maybe Testers role)

                          The problem
                          When…

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                            0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Enable VS 2013 MVC Scaffolders for all project types

                            Enable the use of VS2013 MVC Scaffolder on project types different that web projects. It will be really usefull to have this scaffolding tool for other projects like library class project. With this we can easly automate code generation.

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                              0 comments  ·  Extension  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • T4 Template Editor

                              T4 is one of the most powerful tools in Visual Studio, and it's used extensively in MS's own products such as Entity Framework. Yet there is no T4 editor in Visual Studio- it treats it as a text file. With Roslyn you should be able to provide a much richer editing experience when creating T4 templates.

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                                0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                  0 comments  ·  Cloud  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Allow Visual Studio to modify its colors when running under Windows 8 High Contrast Themes

                                  When running windows in high contrast mode, visual studio changes the color theme to "High Contrast" and does not allow it to be changed. This should be allowed if someone wants to deviate from high contrast mode.

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                                    0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Remove IIS requirements from project loading

                                    Currently in VS2013, if you open a web project that uses IIS, and IIS is not setup correctly, it will fail to load with an error: "The Web Application Project XYZ is configured to use IIS. The Web server 'http://localhost:8080'; could not be found."

                                    It makes no sense to prevent loading a project because of this. Maybe I don't want to use IIS at all, maybe I just want to look at the code. VS shouldn't fail to load a project because of this.

                                    IIS settings should be checked only if I try to run the app.

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                                    • Allow cancelling WCF calls and HttpTaskAsyncHandler with cancellation token

                                      In the WCF service methods, allow optional cancellation token parmeter. In HttpTaskAsyncHandler allow optional cancellation token in the Task based worker method.

                                      This should help to abort a service call neatly and prevent exceptions on unexpected places

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                                          0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Can we get c++-style bitfield structures?

                                          It would at least help in interop situations where the native type has such a structure specified. A possible C# syntax is shown below. The new attributes would live in the System.Runtime.InteropServices namepsace. All fields in such a structure would be limited to primitive types. Only byte, sbyte, and bool would be allowed to be less than one byte. (Enum types would qualify if derived from byte or sbyte.) .NET would would pad theoverall structure according to the pack rules in effect, but not inside the listed fields. If a field needs to cross byte boundaries, .NET would make it…

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