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  1. Enable building and running of a single source code file

    I compete on algorithmic competitions website called TopCoder. I have a plugin that creates .cs file when I open a problem on TopCoder. It's a daunting task to load this .cs file in VS and start solving the problem. The real issue is that solving a problem is timed, so if I loose 2min creating a project and adding a single file to the project, I loose points.

    Not to mention that there are three problems (each with own Main function) and it's impossible in VS to test all three problems within a single project.

    Also, it would be great…

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      1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Create search field in uml model explorer.

      We have 1000 classes in a uml model. It's extremely hard to find class or something else by name. Please add search box like in solution explorer for example

      Also it search box is important when we wanna associate method parameter with a type. Scrolling during 5 minutes fore each method is slow.

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        0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Please provide a way to access methods of third-party controls (such as those of Infragistics) in Coded - UI.

        We are working on automating tests for testing a large and complex WPF application with Infragistics controls. We are unable to access the methods of Infragistics controls using Coded UI. However, this is possible in QTP. For example, in QTP, it is possible to get the Row Count and Column Count using the methods GetRowCount() and GetColumnCount() respectively. However, these methods don't seem to work with the Infragistics grid in Coded - UI. Also, there is no way to get the names of columns (which is important for validating them in our test cases) or navigate to a particular cell…

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          0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • WebML Diagram to visualize the html app architecture ,

          In Big Application Usally developers get lost in code base , it would be nice if there is an webML notation diagram , to visualize the app and connection between screens , .
          this make lightswitch more productive for enterprise development , so new developer can easily grasp the application architecture and work on codebase(brownfield app).

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            0 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • The idea: "Visual Basic".

            Summary: Bring back an Independent VB IDE, capable to create all kind of applications and solutions. Mobile, WinRT, WinForms, Web, Installers, images and other media files, help files, reports and charts. Capable to do it by using WebForms, Web MVC/Razor, Silverlight (not just Lightswitch but Silverlight really), and WPF of course. And if Microsoft can do it, OS multiplatform. This time, the IDE must be purely for the VB language.

            BASIC as a programming language is not "just for kids", as is often read in forums and sometimes hear from other programmers. This is a high-level language, easy understanding and…

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              2 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add NotifyPropertyChanged attribute (or keyword) to properties declared as auto-implemented properties

              I absolutely love using auto-implemented properties and the removal of the need to declare a backing variable.

              Public Property MyProperty As String

              However, for classes that implement INotifyPropertyChanged, I can't use auto-implemented properties, and instead have to write the more verbose:

              Private _myProperty As String
              Public Property MyProperty As String
              Get
              Return _myProperty
              End Get
              Set(value As String)
              _myProperty = value
              RaiseEvent PropertyChanged(Me, New PropertyChangedEventArgs("MyProperty"))
              End Set
              End Property

              Multiply this by a few dozen properties, and this gets a little tedious (even with code snippets), much too verbose to read, and increases the surface area for typo bugs.

              I…

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                1 comment  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Add search and save to file capability to XML Visualizer

                The debugger has a great feature with the string visualizers. I love the XML visualizer as we create a lot of exchange data as XML.

                Adding a search capability to the XML Visualizer dialog would be awesome. Right-click menu entry or another button where the "Close" and "Help" buttons would suit me just fine.

                And adding a "Save" to file capability to the XML Visualizer - priceless.

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                  0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                    0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Better support for marshalling Structs

                    Marshaling structures in VB.Net can be a real PITA because in VB a Structure can never be a true null. Using Nothing simply resets the values.

                    Take this scenario (One of many) You have a COM interface that you need to pass structures into and retrieve the same structures back in other methods.

                    <StructLayout(LayoutKind.Sequential)>
                    Friend Structure FooStruct
                    Public fooValue1 As Int32
                    Public fooValue2 As Int32
                    End Structure

                    <ComImport(), InterfaceType(ComInterfaceType.InterfaceIsIUnknown), Guid("15619f75-8372-456e-b31c-bfa34e44eda7")>
                    Friend Interface FooComInterface
                    'Lots of other methods
                    'then
                    Sub FooCreate(item1 As Int32, item2 As Int32, <[In]> ByRef optExtraInfo As FooStruct)
                    Function GetFooInfo() As FooStruct
                    End Interface

                    Now the Issue is…

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                      0 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Support structs in the VS2013 Debugger Return Value feature

                      The new "Return Value" feature in the VS2013 Debugger is awesome, but the limitation where it does not support structs is very problematic - there are a lot of important value types within the .NET framework itself (DateTime and TimeSpan, for instance) that I would really like to be able to see in the Autos window after stepping over a line.

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                        1 comment  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Extension Methods should be allowed to be defined in Classes

                        Why are we only allowed to add Extension Methods to modules and not classes?
                        1. Modules are a vb6 hangover and have no real place in vb.net
                        2. The compiler converts Modules to Classes anyway so why the restriction in the IDE? This is a pseudo restriction.
                        3. You cannot have a Partial Module.

                        The *Only* time I am forced to use a Module is for Extension methods. I *Never* ever use Modules (same as I never use the VisualBasic Namespace) in my code anywhere.

                        Example:
                        This is allowed.

                        <System.Runtime.CompilerServices.Extension()>
                        Module mFooExtensions

                        <System.Runtime.CompilerServices.Extension()>
                        Public Sub Append(this As System.Text.StringBuilder, ParamArray strings()…

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                          0 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • ID's in Kanban board

                          In the Kanban board,

                          Please add the "ID" of both PBI and Task. At least on a tooltip when MouseOver

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                          • Fix the Heads Up Display

                            I love the new heads up display within class objects, but have one issue with it. When you decorate a class or property with attributes, the heads up display inserts itself between the property/class declaration and the attributes which as you can see in the picture I attached causes an unnatural and hard to read grouping because now the attribute is grouped/closer to the property above it than the property that it actually belongs to… it seems to me like the heads up display information should be above the attributes so that the attributes would stay grouped with the property/class…

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                              0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Easy to use Currency Control

                              Currently it is not possible to format the currency. Like this:

                              American: 1,200.00 €

                              Germany: 1.200,00 €

                              The Formatting property on Server Side doesn't work. Using a selfmade Control works till you save your Data and the edmx File e.g. Server code doesn't know how to save the data.

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                                0 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Enable Visual Studio Comments to Link to TFS IDs

                                I just want to be able write the following comment in the code editor

                                //TFS:<ID> My custom comment

                                Then visual studio would format the <ID> as a link to the Visual Studio Online and on hover, show me a preview of the item.

                                So, when I find bad code which I just cannot fix right now, I could add an item to TFS and in code, I could make a linked comment like so:

                                //TFS: 1838 We should really find a better way of doing this
                                public void ConsumeAllCpu(){
                                ConsumeAllCpu();
                                }

                                9 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Display sum of story points in a sprint - agile template

                                  When planning sprints it would be very nice to see a total of the story points that have been added. The only way to do this right now is open a query in Excel and sum the column. Not very handy when planning a sprint using the web client.

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                                  • Automatically load project references

                                    If I open a Visual Studio project with project references that can be found, it would great if I could automatically add the project references into the solution instead of having to do it manually.

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                                      0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • WeakDelegate

                                      The title says it all.

                                      The oldest posts on the web concerning weak delegates are from as early as 2004 and in my opinion it’s quite embarrassing, that Microsoft hasn’t been able to implement a-easy-to-use solution for this problem in over a decade.
                                      Personally I’d really like to know where the big problem is. As far as I understand it, the target of the delegate needs to be stored as weak reference and the methods Combine and Remove have to remove the delegates with collected targets.

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                                        0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  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.

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                                          2 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Add IntegratedShell as a target SKU for the TFS Git Extension provider VSIX

                                          The TFS Git Provider for Visual Studio 2012 does not allow installation on the IntegratedShell SKU (notably, SSDTBI for SQL Server 2012 and 2014 are still the VS2012 IntegratedShell).

                                          The VSIX should be updated to support the installation scenario where only VS2012 IntegratedShell is installed on the machine, both for SSIS-only developers to integrate into a TFS 2012/Git shop and developers using VS2013 and SSDTBI.

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                                            0 comments  ·  Extension  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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