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  1. 3 votes
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    • Allow project settings to be stored in an XML file

      I have an ASP.NET MVC web project that is in Visual Studio 2013 Update 2, and I use GitHub as my central repository. I work at home, commit, go to the office, pull, do work, commit, go home, pull, do work, commit, etc.

      This is working fine. But something keeps irritating me..

      On my web project, I specifically have disabled [Edit and Continue] and told it, under the 'Web' options, for Start Action to be set to Specific Page, like seen in the picture below.

      But every single time I change computers and do a Pull of the latest version,…

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        0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Allow double-click to navigate to a project in the TFS Browse Servers window.

        I always find myself double-clicking the project name in the Browse Servers window, thinking it will open the project. (This is the window you get to when you are in a project, drop down the project list in the top banner, and select Browse All).

        Currently, a double-click only highlights the clicked word, and I need to select "Navigate" to open the selected project. It would be better to have it open the selected project.

        3 votes
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        • 2,905 votes
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            27 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            We think this is a fantastic suggestion and have already begun moving project related files into a “.vs” folder at the root of the solution. You can check it out in the latest CTP of Visual Studio 2015. So far, we have moved the .SUO file and the VB/C# compiler IntelliSense database files to the new location. All new project specific, machine local files will be added to the new location too. We plan on taking this even further in future releases and are investigating how to improve the directory structure of build output and other existing files that can clutter the source tree.

            If you are upgrading an existing solution you may need to clean up the old files at the root of the solution. We don’t delete them to ensure your settings are not lost if you round trip the project with earlier versions of Visual Studio.…

          • Implied backing field access on automatic properties with only get

            An automatic property with only a get method is pointless. since there is no way to set the backing field (other than maybe through reflection). The usual way to solve this problem is to create a private setter, however I find this somewhat annoying in that it generates a set method, plus it generates access protection errors rather than setter doesn't exist errors when accessing it externally.

            What I propose is that when an automatic property is declared as such:

            <type> MyProperty { get; }

            Then when that property is accessed within the private scope (ie, in the class itself)…

            4 votes
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              3 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Automatic opening of resource file

              I do a lot of localizing - in the codebehind file, if one double-clicked (or right clicked) on the bit of code referring to the resource file, i.e:

              string s = resources.foo.bar;

              vs would open the resource file 'foo' and focus on the string 'bar'

              At the moment I have to open the resource file manually and then find the appropriate string.

              This would save loads of time.

              Possibly same would go for double clicking on any custom class, etc.

              Just a thought !

              Cheers,
              Dan

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                0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Add folders for Visual F# Projects

                Realted to this post: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/5918534/why-cant-i-add-a-subfolder-in-a-f-project

                When using type providers, you ofen need to keep a static file to declare the type. Having a folder where I keep all of these files (versus scattered in my project's main folder) would be very helpful

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                  1 comment  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Change All Fonts at one setting

                  Every time I setup a new install of Visual Studio I have to change the Font of a total of 35 different font name and sizes.

                  I have read about how to export and import settings, and signing in (that I hate) will also solve it, but why can't there be a 'Apply To All' checkbox so you only have to set 1 font and be done?

                  3 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Make it easy to create a new c++ method

                    I'd like an easy way to add a new method to a class so that it is added to the header file and the implementation file automatically. I know class wizard will do it but that is a big hassle because it takes several clicks to open class wizard and then select the class being modified.

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                      0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                        0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Creating Queries - Token for Team

                        There ought to be a token, like @Team, to limit the domain of workitems in a query to only those that fall within the area path (or its substitute) associated with it. I want to write one query to share with all my Teams. @Project limits to team project which is too big. @Team would be just right. TFS already knows what those Team criteria are because it uses that limit when showing backlogs. And there is a Team concept because I can create a Team Query. This would avoid a TON of duplication of work. We have 15 teams.

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                        • File repository for project in VSO

                          Files can be attached to backlog items, but it would be nice for a general place to upload project documents in Visual Studio Online.

                          Things such as SOWs, general requirements, etc. that were generated before getting to a point where a VSO project needed to be created.

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                            0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Height of TextBox, MaskedTextBox and ComboBox controls

                            Could you change the properties of these controls for that we could change their height property without need change the size of fonts?
                            Sometimes, the things become complicated when we try to make a nice layout of components on the Form without these options.
                            For example, when we put a ComboBox control beside a TextBox control, they don't stay 100% aligned because their heights are differents. I still hope for this improvement since VB.NET 2005.
                            There are others options to solve this, but become a complicated work and not satisfactory.

                            Tankyou

                            2 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  Windows Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Script arguments should expand Team Build Properties

                              the pre/post-build and pre/post-test script arguments should be able to handle Team Build Properties. I should be able to pass $(RequestedBy), and other properties, directly to my PowerShell script.

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                              • License the FinalBuilder gui/actions to use for modifying workflow

                                The workflow editor and the tools provided are cumbersome and limited. Build Engineers can work 100X faster using the FinalBuilder IDE and the 600+ actions. Wish we could customize the TFS build process as quickly and easily.

                                2 votes
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                                • Diagnostics logs should show the vstest.console command line

                                  there are times we need to run the vstest.console manually so we can duplicate an issue on a Developer's machine ... but we cannot see the vstest.console command line in the diagnostics logs

                                  14 votes
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                                  • no-fastforward merge from pullrequest

                                    The `Merge` button in pull requests should be able to do a merge commit (--no-ff) instead of a fast-forward merge.

                                    68 votes
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                                      Thanks for the suggestion. We’re currently investigating how we might provide better options for managing git workflows. We’ll provide more details when we better understand our direction.

                                      Matt Mitrik
                                      TFS Program Manager

                                    • Alphabetized order of <Compile...> entries within <ItemGroup> in csproj

                                      Compile entries within <ItemGroup>s within the csproj file should be sorted in a consistent order.

                                      As described in http://stackoverflow.com/questions/20563017/sorted-order-of-files-in-csproj, maintaining a consistent sorted order of <Compile> entries would mainly benefit the resolution of merge conflicts.

                                      It would always be clear where a file belongs, and simply changing order (e.g. Remove a file from project, re-include the file) would not lead to visible changes in a diff.

                                      14 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Simple HTML WinForms browser component

                                        Include a simple UI component that can display basic HTML, supports basic CSS, and has a DOM that can be manipulated.

                                        No JavaScript support, no HTML5 support, just a very simple display of words, paragraphs, images, etc, in a document flow.

                                        The browsers of today (IE, Chrome, Firefox) have become too complex to understand. HTML is not a trivial markup language anymore. I want a simpler component that is easy to understand, and that has predicable behavior that does not change with future releases. I have some bad experience with the WebBrowser component in this regard (which of course is…

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                                          1 comment  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Allow methods to have multiple return values

                                          This is just syntactic sugar for the existing ref/out syntax. Example:

                                          // Instead of just only having:
                                          public bool MyMethod(int x, int y, out int a, out int b)

                                          // Also allow this, which is more elegant and easier to read:
                                          public int, int, bool MyMethod(int x, int y)
                                          {
                                          int a = x * y;
                                          int b = x + y;
                                          bool p = x > y;
                                          return a, b, p;
                                          }

                                          // To call the method:
                                          int a;
                                          int b;
                                          bool p;
                                          a, b, p = MyMethod(2, 4);

                                          // Or even better:
                                          int a, int b, bool p…

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                                            0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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