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  1. PLEASE allow for easy copy of VSTF work item number within a template!

    My area switched to an out-of-box template and one of the "features" is completely missing: ability to copy the work item ID number from the template.

    Since my area has switched to this new template, there has been at least a dozen or so occurrences where someone misread of fat-fingered the work item ID number when sending out an email.

    An easy solution would be to put the work item ID number within a template field so it can easily be cut/copied/pasted.

    See attached file for visual explanation.

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    • Remote debugging - Retain recent list of remote IP addresses

      Retain recent list of remote IP addresses

      With VS2010, the debugger remembers the last remote PC that I attached, even after closing the IDE. For example, I selected "Debug"->"Attach To Process", then selected remote debugging and typed in 192.168.0.10. After restarting the IDE, 192.168.0.10 still shows up and is selectable on this window. With VS2013, the debugger does not remember the IP address of the PC. I have to retype the IP address after restarting the IDE. Please make the debugger more user friendly by bringing back the recent IP address list that was available in VS2010.

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        0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Syntax Highlighting in Intellisense

        Intellisense should have an *option* (on by default) of having syntax highlighting. For long error messages it becomes nearly impossible to read what Intellisense says in the popup because there is no syntax highlighting or formatting. It seems like the IDE should be able to do a much better job here.

        Take a look at what the team building the TypeScript playground has done. Even though it's in a browser, the Intellisense there is far nicer to read than what Visual Studio has.

        http://www.typescriptlang.org/Playground/#src=function%20Greeter%28greeting%3A%20string%29%20{%0A%20%20%20%20this.greeting%20%3D%20greeting%3B%0A}%0A%0AGreeter.prototype.greet%20%3D%20function%28%29%20{%0A%20%20%20%20return%20%22Hello%2C%20%22%20%2B%20this.greeting%3B%0A}%0A%0Avar%20greeter%20%3D%20new%20Greeter%28%22world%22%29%3B%0A%0Avar%20button%20%3D%20document.createElement%28%27button%27%29%3B%0Abutton.textContent%20%3D%20%22Say%20Hello%22%3B%0Abutton.onclick%20%3D%20function%28%29%20{%0A%20%20%20%20alert%28greeter.greet%28%29%29%3B%0A}%3B%0A%0Adocument.body.appendChild%28button%29%3B%0Adocument.%0A

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          0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Navis Support for programmatic processing of data

          What I'd really like to see for the visualizers is

          Debugger passes a pointer to an object, to a pgm that I write for that type, and I return the string to be displayed.

          and

          Debugger passes a pointer to an object, to a pgm that I write for that type, and I return a bitmap to be displayed.

          This method is much easier to understand, and much more flexible than the rigid XML rules. There was something like this in the old autoexp.dat. I don't see why this couldn't be part of the natvis scheme.

          Related forum post: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/c6504a65-e501-4281-85fb-21b160bddfc6/visualizers-in-vs2013?forum=vsdebug

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            2 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Open Source the Web Platform Installer (or create an empty extensible shell)

            It would be great to (re)use the WebPI as an install configuration tool. Yes, it supports custom feeds, but how about if it were available empty and unbranded (or brandable)?

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              0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Validation for primary constructors

              Primary constructors were a great addition to the language but the fact is it's kinda ugly how validation is performed (so far I'm doing it with validation methods, one for property, scattered all over the class).

              I'd like to propose something similar to Java Initialization blocks. That block of code would be added to the constructor that is generated because of primary constructor feature. Something along these lines:

              public class SuperDuperClass(int a, string b)
              {
              //This block of code would be added to the primary constructor
              {
              if (a < 0) throw new Exception("...");
              if (b == null) throw new…

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                0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Allow bulk management of Releases through the MS RM console (add power tools)

                In order to deactivate a release template, I have to set any releases that use the template to "Released" or "Abandoned". This becomes very time consuming through the UI; a SQL Script could be executed but that requires me to have access to the DB (which I don't in prod) and to have knowledge of the data model.

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                  0 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Created the right kind of links between WIT

                  In backlog, links created between Product Backlog Item and Bug are Parent/Child , but "AffectedBy/Affects" should be the more suitable realtionship.

                  Project should allow to configure the relation type between two kind of WITs

                  In UI, user should be able to choose the kind of relationship when likning two WIT via Drag n Drop

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                  • Fix text editor

                    I've been using TFS for a month now for a scrum project and boy has it been a pain in the ***. TFS is okay but it would be great if they could fix the buggy text editor used for writing user stories and acceptance criteria. when viewing work items from the product backlog work item list, the user stories description displays HTML tags used to format the text where it should only be displaying the description only, this makes it hard to read the description from the list.

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                    • Remote user action recording for exporatory testing using MTM

                      we would like to record user actions perfomed on a remote system. For example: we have a window application running on a targer PC (Win8 Computer). we dont want to install MTM on the traget computer. Hence we have installed MTM on our desktop's.

                      We have installed test controllers on our desktop (win7) and test agents on target computer (win8).

                      It would be nice if we can start "exploratory session with options" on offline system (desktop) and select the target computer.

                      Idea would be like, perform actions on target PC and when we say generate test case on desktop system…

                      26 votes
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                        2 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Provide reassurance of strict security practices for users of Visual Studio Online

                        Before we can use Visual Studio online for our business, which builds software to protect Protected Health Information (PHI), we would want to see some stringent certifications, reassuring us of secure computing practices by Microsoft as a host of the Visual Studio Online. Microsoft already provides a number of certifications regarding Windows Azure. See the Microsoft compliance language for Azure as an example: http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/support/trust-center/compliance/
                        Please make it clear that Visual Studio Online is operated in a similarly strict manner.

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                          1 comment  ·  Cloud  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Open source the code that powers the .NET Reference Source browser

                          Filed on behalf of our customer:

                          Is it possible to get the source of "sourceof.net" so that we can use that for browsing & searching through large codebases?

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                            0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Windows 8.1 - Hey Microsoft -look down from the ivory tower and listen to your users -

                            When u click the WINDOWS BUTTON on WINDOWS 8.1 - it toggles between the DESKTOP and 8.1 PANEL VIEW (Nice) - Now PLEASE do what EVERY ONE of your users want you to and make the DESKTOP choice look and act like WINDOWS 7 -- PUT BACK THE START BUTTON, SCROLLING MENUS OF PROGRAMS and PUT BACK THE CLOSE BUTTON, MAXIMIZE and MINIMIZE BUTTONS on ALL WINDOWS -- THEN YOU WILL HAVE A GREAT BUSINESS PRODUCT, that's easy to use AND YOUR USERS WILL LOVE - I did a consulting project back in the 80's you based Windows on (with…

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                            • Add a SIMD matrix class to .NET

                              Most of my applications dealing with vectors also have a matrix class.

                              Now, RyuJIT CTP2 + NuGet package Microsoft.Bcl.Simd support SIMD versions of Vector3, Vector4 which is great (really). But Matrix3 and Matrix4 are missing!

                              I don't expect a full BLAS out of the box, but something like System.Windows.Media.Matrix would do nicely. Especially since the JIT is able to use architecture-optimized algorithms.

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                                2 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Don't load pdb files until I actually need them (i.e. when I break in code in that module)

                                I have to debug a large application that uses several dozens of modules, and whenever I debug it, if I have the option "Always load symbols located next to modules" set, I get half my system memory used up with symbols I don't need. If there were a way to delay loading those until I actually break in the debugger or step into a function in a particular dll, that would be very helpful.

                                Basically, the current scheme wastes memory and load time, and the only alternative is to load none of them by default and manually pick the ones…

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                                  0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Allow source control plugins to be autodetected on per-project basis

                                  Complex solutions often span multiple projects hosted in different types of source control.
                                  Switching between source control plugins is a pain in such cases. Same applies when Scc information is not available, and there are different solutions with different source control systems.

                                  It would be nice to have all plugins available all the time and let themselves decide if they are applicable to individual project, or, maybe even folders or files, and not switch setting each time manually in Visual Studio options.

                                  All other major IDEs like Eclipse and IDEA have that functionality for ages.

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                                    0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • i think it would be lovely if you could point me to where i can get ground up instruction for using this software.

                                    i think it would be lovely if you could point me to where i can get ground up instruction for using this software.

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                                      0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • pattern matching for c#

                                      I find myself often writing small functions that look like this:

                                      public int DoSomething(string userInput)
                                      {
                                      if (string.IsNullOrEmpty(userInput))
                                      {
                                      return -1;
                                      }

                                      if (userInput.ToUpper().Equals("SOME_VALUE"))
                                      {
                                      return -2;
                                      }

                                      // actual code goes here.
                                      //usually, this calls a different, well named function, which doesn't do assumes the above checking was already done
                                      this.DoSomethingInternal(userInput);
                                      }

                                      what would be preferable is to have pattern matching built in, which would make for significantly easier to read code:

                                      public int DoSomething(string userInput)
                                      match(string.IsNullOrEmpty(userInput)) => -1
                                      match(userInput.ToUpper().Equals("SOME_VALUE") => -2
                                      {
                                      //actual code
                                      }

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                                        0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Provide options for limiting AppDomain resource consumption

                                        When executing code in an AppDomain I would like to limit the CPU usage and amount of memory the AppDomain can comnume.

                                        This would make loading plugins or user defined business rules much safer. In it's current form I cringe at the thought of a business user creating a bad rule and killing the system.

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                                          0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Ability to get PropertyInfo dynamically passing the property itself (a delegate to the getter), rather than the property name.

                                          To get a PropertyInfo instance a property name should be specified. It'll be great to have a way of getting PropertyInfo given a delegate like Func<object>, which will return the property.

                                          Example:

                                          internal class Sample
                                          {
                                          public int PropA { get;set;}

                                          public void SomeMethod()
                                          {
                                          PropertyInfo info = GetPropertyInfo(()=>this.PropA);
                                          // Some other code, using the "info" variable
                                          }

                                          public static PropertyInfo GetPropertyInfo(Func<object> property)
                                          {
                                          // This is the method I'm asking about.
                                          }
                                          }

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