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  1. Extra Security keys to cloud computing Logins

    Adding New Security Key While Login

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      0 comments  ·  Cloud  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Postfix Code Completion Suggestions & Templates

      Postfix code completion helps reduce backward caret jumps as you write code. It lets you transform an already typed expression to another one based on the postfix you added, the type of expression and its context. For example, the “.if” postfix applied to a boolean expression wraps it with an if statement. Likewise the ”.notnull” triggers a surround template checking the expression for the null value

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

        Should pe possible to put images inside code, like you put comments. Most of the times, an image with a schema speaks more than 1000 words :)

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          0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Conditional exception handling

          Implement conditional exception handling. If an exception is caught how can we resume the thrower if the exception was handled. Normally we cannot communicated back to the thrower since the context is lost in the throwing process. Perhaps the following would be OK:

          try
          {
          DoSomething();
          }
          catch(MyException e)
          {
          if(e.Handled)
          resume; // Resume thrower (jump back), ignoring the exception since we handled it.
          else throw e; // Keep throwing.
          }

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            0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Directx Initialization and use on Xbox one with C++

            I believe we could make Directx initialization(Direct3d etc) easier, is not that much time is spent on Initialization but it would really speed things up if we could just create an instance of a Direct3d device and change its properties as desired afterwards and start rendering something on the screen. the simpler the better. Most of the properties whenever possible could be set through enums, this could be an additional set of classes that you could provide with each Directx version, so we always keep things simple from the very start.

            Also aside from all this, we should be given…

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              0 comments  ·  Games  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Allow Creation of Work Items w/o a Paid VS Online Subscription

              In order to have any shot of taking on the likes of JIRA for work item/issue management, you absolutely need to provide a way for the clients of companies (stakeholders) to create work items and give feedback without requiring them to have a paid Visual Studio Online subscription. This is a showstopper for my company and I'm sure many others (probably thousands).

              Please add this and add it quickly so that we can avoid having to use the likes of JIRA because it costs less (not my decision).

              Thanks for making a great product that I /want/ to use (if…

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              • Change Environment.TickCount to an unsigned long value

                When trying to determine how long the system has been running, Environment.TickCount looks like a pretty useful function.

                The problem is that it returns a 32-bit signed integer number of ticks. The result (which is indicated in the MSDN page) is that the number wraps to a negative number after 24.9 days, then takes another 24.9 days to reach 0 again.

                As a result, anyone wanting to find the system uptime from a .NET application is ultimately forced to use the Win32 call GetTickCount64 directly.

                It would be preferable if Environment.TickCount exposed its value as an unsigned long to match…

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                  0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • "release management"

                  Release management: The ability to call a release template from another template or the ability to have sub templates.

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                    0 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Add to the help information on how to change default font in MTM Test Manager

                    I cannot find anywhere online where to change the default font that appears in MTM - Plan. Is it set in a template on TFS? Please add this somewhere so that users can find this info easily. Thank you.

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                      1 comment  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Allow font change for multiple rows in Test Manager

                      Please add an enhancement that allows you to select the entire manual script (all rows) or by specific row selection and then modify the text format, Font, color, etc. It is ridiculous you have to click in each cell individually to change the format.

                      8 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • F5 hotkey should run the application, not refresh various views

                        The menu says that "Start Debugging" is F5. However, more and more of the views in VS grab F5 for their own evil ends.

                        While this is consistent with Explorer and Internet Explorer, it is wrong and annoying. F5 has for many years been defined in VS as "Start Debugging".

                        For F5 to work in VS2013 you have to have a source code file open and click in it to give it focus before pressing F5. I am now constantly finding myself refreshing Team Explorer, Pending Changes, etc etc instead of running the program I'm developing. If I make the…

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                          5 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Remove the predictive text for PBI tags which are no longer used in the backlog, or provide a tag management area.

                          When creating a PBI you can tag it for tracking and sorting. If the tagging standard changes and a user removes the tags which have fallen into disuse from all of the PBIs in the backlog, the dropdown tag suggestion box will still display that defunct tag.

                          Tags which aren't used anywhere in the backlog shouldn't appear in this suggestion/selection list, or there should be a tag management area where tags can be manually CRUD'd.

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                            0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Improvements to Testing Automation

                            Test automation needs to be changed to make it more flexible e.g

                            Project = Test Plan
                            TestClass = Test Case
                            TestMethod = Test Step

                            This way we should be able to create test method that represent the test case and its steps. each step could pass and failed with the exceptions being recrorded as comments against the step and a defect automatically created on failure with all the appropriate details.

                            This way using coded UI it would be possible to record each step in the plan and repeat consistently. Test classes can be called multiple time passing in releavnt paramters…

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                              0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add functionality to create "Code Views"

                              Well, even though it may seem a little strange, my suggestion is based on the following matter: We all know that writing code is an art itself and the better we get in this the better the quality and experience working with that code becomes. However, in my even though very little experience, no matter how well you build your files semantically, how good you organize, name and create your files, "working" logic will always make you work on a big number of different files at the same time. To be more clear, even though the methods in those files…

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                                0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Easy access to Log directory for custom TFS build flow activities logging

                                Since TFS 2013 the full ActivityLog can be found in the drop folder. It would be nice to make this location known in the WellKnownEnvironmentVariables so that it's possible to write custom log files from within custom build activities.

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                                • Global variables at release management

                                  At release management it would be great to use "globale" build varaibles. For example build path, build name, drop location. Also define variables at release template to use this for more custom tasks. Also fixed variables like, date, time and so on.

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                                    14 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Add more options for Syntax Coloring

                                    It would be helpful to have italics and underline as an option. (and perhaps strikethrough)
                                    I'd also like to be able to distinguish static items from non-static ones or globals from locals, etc.
                                    Resharper adds some options already, but you can only use color and boldness.
                                    Being able to underline static items but use he same color might be more clear than a bunch of different colors all over the place.

                                    19 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Allow people who are not team members to send bugs to Visual Studio Online

                                      As it is now, only team members have access to submit bugs to Visual Studio Online. This means that you have to use a license to allow your users to send you bugs or feedback.

                                      TFS has the possibility to create "Work-item only users" who don't need to have a CAL to access the TFS portal.

                                      You could even be more limiting than the TFS option, allowing people who are not team members to only send bugs or feedbacks and not be able to see them.

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                                      • Add an option to use pre/post deployment scripts in SQL Server Data Tools' Schema Compare Generate Scripts function.

                                        After a schema compare is performed, I would like to be able to click the generate script button and have the script to include the pre and post deploy scripts included in the output. (Much like how a full publish works.)

                                        6 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  Database Projects  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • The ternary operator ?? be usable against DBNull

                                          Populating a class with data when the data may be null can be a real pain.
                                          it would be nice if we could use the ternary operator like:
                                          var myInt = myDataReader["mycolumn"] ?? 0

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