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  1. Allow functions to be defined outside of class scope

    Pretty self-explanatory. Sometimes I have a function I want to be able to call and creating a static class to host it in is an irritating piece of ceremony that I don't need except to satisfy the language constraint. It would be nice if I could simply declare a function as a member of a namespace and invoke it whenever.

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      0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Please insert a koding application add-in in visual studio.

      Please insert a koding application add-in in visual studio? Look at
      https://koding.com/ for more info.

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        0 comments  ·  Extension  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Open Source Behaviors SDK (XAML) for Visual Studio 2013

        In all XAML Based technologies we use Behaviors all the time, on of the most important behavior we use is the InvokeCommandAction behavior, so we can link an event to a command when working in MVVM for example, the fact that EventTriggerBehavior supports only specific events as shown here http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/dn469361.aspx , prevent us from using our own made events, open sourcing this SDK will help extending it to be used in better ways

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          1 comment  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Create a search utility in VS SQL Explorer (be able to search in procedures, functions etc)

          It would be great to be able to search in procedures, functions etc.

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            0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • FileSystem: Add Rename() and overload Move() for "overwrite if exists"

            1- Implement File.Rename(); which throw System.IO.IOException if file with new extension exists.

            2- In multithread applications, the following may fail as a result of race condition:

            If destinationFile Exists: Delete(destinationFile)
            Then oldFile.Move(destinationFile)

            Please implement overloaded Move(), like Copy(), with "overwrite if exists" Boolean flag.

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              0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • When creating variables, add "protected" instead of "private" keyword, if the class is not sealed.

              I often use the Ctrl+Dot quick menu to create variables and properties. It would be nice if variables were marked "protected" instead of "private" unless the class is sealed.

              It would also be nice if they were inserted directly above the current method, rather than after the last variable or property, as I group things together using #region

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                0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Allow GIT CI Builds to monitor changes only in a specific subdirectory of a Repo

                With TFSVC you could pick which source control folders in your tfs repository that you wanted to monitor in the source control mappings tab. Only when changes to those folders were made would the related CI builds kick off.

                Now with the new GIT support added in TFS 2013 - you can do GIT CI builds - but the CI build gets kicked off when ANYTHING on the repo or the tracked branches, changes!

                For a repository containing multiple solutions and projects, this is a show-stopper for us migrating our codebase to TFS' GIT. Why would you expect Project A…

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                  2 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Create a Visual Studio application for Windows RT (ARM) based tablets

                  I have recently started learning how to code c++ and I would like to be able to code at places like the library or on an airplane. I cannot use remote desktop connection because my PC is not windows 8.1 pro or enterprise. Most of the IDE's on the Windows Store are very bad.

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                    0 comments  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Remove unnecessary comment from propdp snipped

                    The comment ("// Using a DependencyProperty as the backing store for MyProperty. This enables animation, styling, binding, etc...") in propdp snipped it unnecessary and pointless.

                    Please remove it. Everytime I use the snipped, I'm removing and reformatting the code.

                    Please remove it and reformat snipped to something like:

                    public int MyProperty
                    {
                    get { return (int)GetValue(MyPropertyProperty); }
                    set { SetValue(MyPropertyProperty, value); }
                    }

                    public static readonly DependencyProperty MyPropertyProperty = DependencyProperty.Register("MyProperty", typeof(int), typeof(ownerclass), new PropertyMetadata(0));

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                      1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • snippets intellisense

                      We have intellisense. We have snippets. We know what we want, we just don't know which menu it is in or want to go up 4 menus to get it.

                      It would be nice to have snippets that expand out in a tree structure when you type in a tree structure, showing where matches are coming from (e.g. SharePoint, ADO.Net, Linq, Conditional flow, etc.). For example, typing "from" would open tree branches in SharePoint, EntityFramwork, and Linq. As you type, the tree will shrink. When things are close enough for your liking arrow keys or a mouse click allow you…

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                        0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Have Different Versions Of Visual Studio Share Help Content

                        When upgrading from Visual Studio 2012 to Visual Studio 2013, I retained my Visual Studio 2012 installation, which includes all the help files. Certain help files from 2012 are no longer available in 2013 (such as the old .NET files), but some ARE. I have 9GB of content and would prefer if all versions of Visual Studio could use the same folder for help content instead of
                        C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\HelpLibrary2\Catalogs\VisualStudio11 for 2012
                        C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\HelpLibrary2\Catalogs\VisualStudio12 for 2013
                        and so forth...
                        Why not just place ALL help content in
                        C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\HelpLibrary2\Catalogs\VisualStudio
                        instead of forcing us to double-download or duplicate the files into a different place? If…

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                          0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Please stop throwing "Cannot find the requested resource" exceptions

                          I develop Visual Studio extensions with Break on all Exceptions set.

                          Every time I do anything in Visual Studio (launch VS, open the Options dialog, use Solution Explorer), I got lots of first-chance ArgumentExceptions, "Cannot find the requested resource", from
                          Microsoft.VisualStudio.CommonIDE.dll!Microsoft.VisualStudio.CommonIDE.ResourceLoader.TryEachApplicableNamespace<string>(string resourceName, Microsoft.VisualStudio.CommonIDE.ResourceLoader.GetResourceDelegate<string> getResource) .

                          This severely interferes with my debugging workflow.

                          Please please stop throwing this exception.

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                            0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Add ItemDrag event to the ListBox Control

                            This will make ListBoxes consistent with the ListView control. Also, it will make drag-drop of multiple items easier. Currently it is difficult to handle drag-drop of multiple items using a ListBox.

                            Also, ItemDrag is currently listed under Action Events in the events for ListView. It should be under Drag Drop events.

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                              0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Create a link to parent WI when resolving a WI as a dupe

                              When resolving a work item as a duplicate of another the user is forced to enter the "parent" WI id. This should create a parent/child link between the two.

                              Not having this allows work items to slip through the cracks when the "parent" item is regressed and no link to the child is found.

                              Apparently this is possible in the API, so I don't see why it's not built into the templates for resolving work items as dups.

                              http://blogs.microsoft.co.il/shair/2010/02/27/tfs-api-part-22-create-link-between-work-item-parent-child-etc/

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

                                The out of the box templates don’t have a “duplicate Id” on the work items. The work item is customized by your organization.

                                However, having a real triage experience is on our backlog, and that would address your suggestion.

                                Ewald Hofman
                                TFS Program Manager

                              • View Assertions performed as part of Test Report/UITestActionLog.html

                                We run tests using MSTest from command-line. We use the UITestActionLog to show our QA the steps that were performed during the execution of a test. The missing component that QA would like to see is the actual assertion that is being performed, complete with an expected result and the actual result.
                                The UITestActionLog that is created is great and they are very happy with seeing the screenshot that shows the control that was used during a test in the test case. However, without being able to see the assertion that was performed, the only fall back we have is…

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                                  0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Web access - Queriable "Linked to" exisitng workitem window (same as it is in VS)

                                  Have queriable window in web access and not only by ID
                                  (same window as it is in VS)

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                                    0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • copy reference from project to another

                                    can i copy reference from project to another ??
                                    it's convenience for everyone.

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                                    • Please provide exporting the Code Analysis report to excel in Visual Studio

                                      Please provide feature to export the Code Analysis report to Excel in Visual Studio. This feature was available in Visual Studio 2010. The feature was very useful for managing, planning and reporting of code analysis issues.

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                                        0 comments  ·  Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Make Reference Manager's columns wider

                                        i.e. the Path column in Reference Manager could be wider, 100% by default. Instead of being narrow and leaving much space unused.
                                        Sure, one can manually make it wider, but the width isn't persisted.
                                        In COM part the Name column could be wider.
                                        The bottom line is to use the available space by default.

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                                          0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Fix navigate to for database projects

                                          This only seems to happen on database (TSQL stored procs + schema etc project/solution) not on C# projects: with the preview tab setting turned on if we (multiple people at my work) start typing a stored proc name it goes right to the document after a fraction of a second rather than allow us to chose which of a dozen "Get*" stored procs we want to open. Shutting off the preview makes the dialog wait for us to pick one again. We are freshly installed VS2013, Pro mostly only other plugin installed is Git Source Provider.

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