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  1. Tag Groups and Tags management

    Currently, the Tags are listed in a never ending list. This causes Tag searching to be a tiresome task if you don't remember it (let's say a year passed).
    Moreover, anyone can create a tag by his or her own volition, which makes the list to fill up with 'garbage' tags.

    A good solution will be to create a Tag group that will answer a criteria and which its visibility could be defined as with projects and such.
    For instance - a Project manager Tag group, Current sprint tag, QA team A' tag, Due date tag etc...
    Preferably, the Tag…

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      0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Drag "code" from the Code Map into source code

      I just finally saw the neat code map feature in the latest VS update. I like being able to select code and make it show up in the code map (ctrl-`).

      However, I also want the reverse to work. Dragging (or perhaps ctrl-drag?) of code in the map should insert into the code I drag it to. Right now it weirdly drops some xml description of the code map instead. Copy paste would work in the same way too.

      This would change your demo video so that you drag Repaint from the code map into the Undo function's source code.…

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        0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Remember the last workspace for each team project in the pending changes window

        I work on a few team projects at the same time and I don't shelve my changes every time I switch between projects. The Pending Changes window shows all my changes for the selected workspace, which sometimes spans multiple projects. I have resorted to creating a workspace for each team project. This works fine but I want to assign a workspace to the team project so when I switch projects, the appropriate workspace is selected and the Pending Changes listed is what I expect. Currently, when I select a new team project, the selected workspace remains the same. I would…

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          2 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Be convenient when an assembly cannot be compiled because it is currently used by another process

          Let at least the user know the name of the process holding the assembly, and even better, proposes to the user 1) to see the process Window (set it as foreground) 2) to kill the process.

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            0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Allow sending a test email from Email Alert Settings

            In the Email Alert Settings dialog in the Team Foundation Server Administration Console have an option to send a test email to validate the settings.

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              0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Allow compression in Scheduled Backups

              The new Scheduled Backups option in the Team Foundation Server Administration Console is great but I would value an option that allows the backups to be compressed.

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                0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • i suggest you create a project template for XAML/Typescript and not just HTML/Typescript

                I suggest the following three items:
                A. You provide a project template for XAML/Typescript instead of HTML/Typescript. The XAML should be transpiled to HTML as the typescript is transpiled to javascript. Developers can either work with the XAML view window or the HTML view window depending on which one they are comfortable with. that way MS developers coming from wpf/Silverlight are happy and new open source developers coming from HTML are happy.
                B. You should create RIA services for XAML/Typescript just as you had in Silverlight/c#/vb. And you will be forgiven for leading developers to Silverlight and killing it.
                C.…

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                  0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Prior to downloading visual Studio 2012 inform customers that if they have Windows 7 - It may be better to have Visual Studio 2010

                  Well Having a windows 7 32 Laptop and a Windows 8 phone , if i wanted to develop it i'd have to have windows 8 upon my laptop first. In the interests of learning to program I thought Id develop an app for a windows 7 phone, however that is geared towards using vs 2010 and here i am !! I have no Msdn Subscription as i am a student - but only a standard subscriber to dreamspark. It is a wonderful idea to offer students this powerful development software for free, but inform them of what i mentioned above.…

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                    0 comments  ·  Compatibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • i I suggest you provide a project template for XAML/Typescript instead of HTML/Typscript.

                    I suggest the following three items:
                    A. You provide a project template for XAML/Typescript instead of HTML/Typescript. The XAML should be transpiled to HTML as the typescript is transpiled to javascript. Developers can either work with the XAML view window or the HTML view window depending on which one they are comfortable with. that way MS developers coming from wpf/Silverlight are happy and new open source developers coming from HTML are happy.
                    B. You should create RIA services for XAML/Typescript just as you had in Silverlight/c#/vb. And you will be forgiven for leading developers to Silverlight and killing it.
                    C.…

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                      1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Implement Automatic Reference Counting (ARC) for .NET

                      This would require major work, for sure, but Apple seems to have proven its worth doing.

                      For performance sensitive applications, the GC can be a difficult-to-predict performance problem. ARC seems to have solved much of problems with memory management in an elegant way. It would be nice to see this become an *option* in C#/.NET.

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                        0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Allow enums as an indexer for arrays

                        A great feature in Delphi was the ability to set up an array where the index/bounds was governed by an Enumerated Type.

                        This allows you to reduce the number of switch statements in many cases:

                        instead of this:

                        switch (value)
                        {
                        case 'a': { ... }
                        case 'b': { ... }
                        }

                        With enum-based arrays, you can do stuff like this:

                        enum Status
                        {
                        Active,
                        Accepted,
                        Rejected
                        }

                        var statusStrings = string[Status] =
                        { "This is Active right now", "This was accepted", "This was rejected" };

                        then:

                        var myStatus = statusStrings[Status.Active];
                        // myStatus = "This is Active right now";

                        Very…

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                          0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • nested functions in c#

                          Allow a function to be nested in C#. Example:

                          private string Test()
                          {
                          string Test2(string x)
                          {
                          return x + "something";
                          }

                          Console.WriteLine(Test2("a"));
                          Console.WriteLine(Test2("b"));
                          }

                          Could also add an inline keyword too like this:

                          inline string Test2(string x)
                          {
                          }

                          which replace the call with inline code. if the inline keyword not present, just call the code.

                          It's much more convenient than having to write nested classes. Great for decomposing a complex method in to sub-functions.

                          I really miss this ability in Delphi

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                            0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Add Caller Info Attribute for MethodBase of Caller

                            For tracing/logging API I think an additional caller info attribute would be beneficial in allowing the callee to request that the caller pass a MethodBase of the caller. The callee could then use reflection on the MethodBase to format the caller.

                            Upon seeing a method decorated with this attribute the C#/VB.NET compilers would emit a ldtoken opcode with the RuntimeMethodHandle of the calling method and call MethodBase.GetMethodFromHandle() to obtain the MethodBase reference.

                            e.g.
                            public void Foo(int x, [CallerMethod] MethodBase caller = null) {
                            // do stuff
                            }

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                              0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Build a bug reporting/feedback tool for TFS (cloud and on prem)

                              It would be great if TFS shipped with a basic bug reporting tool in the box. Sure, there are a lot of third party solutions out there, but we always find that they are expensive, designed for large teams, or overwrought for what we need.

                              At it's most basic such a tool would include:

                              -A quick way to deploy a bug report/feedback submission page with dropdowns for application modules, and other relevant data we need to capture

                              -A triage workflow that is used to accept or reject submissions, mark them as duplicates, merge with similar items and turn submissions into…

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                                0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Bring back "Collapse to Regions"

                                The first Visual Studio .NET had the following entry in it's outlining menu: "Collapse to regions".
                                This collapsed every region in a source code file, but not any other declarations or whatever, that "Collapse to definitions" does.

                                As I really like and heavily use regions to bring some additional structure into my code, I really wish to have "Collapse to regions" back!

                                Thanks in advance!
                                Max

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                                  0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Expand node in Test Explorer when grouping tests by class and test fails

                                  In Test Explorer, if I change the display to group my tests based on class, when I run all tests and one fails, it would be great to have the corresponding class node automatically open so I can quickly see the failing test. Right now, I just get the "red bar" indicating a failure and then I have to expand the class nodes to see which test failed.

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                                    0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Overload const or readonly keyword to make writing immutable structure a lot easier like Fantom language

                                    In Fantom language you can use const keyword to declare immutable class. I think C# should do it too.

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                                      0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Intellisense Undefined Group

                                      When a term is used which has not been defined (variable, function, sub, etc), collect those undefined terms into an intellisense group. Then, when typing a new variable declaration, method name, class name, etc... Use intellisense to select from the drop-down of undefined names.

                                      In the following, PersonName will end up with a Blue Underline and a "Not Defined" Error:
                                      Sub Main()
                                      PersonName = "Suamere"
                                      End Sub

                                      In the following, Intellisense would auto-suggest/complete PersonName:

                                      Sub Main
                                      Dim P(<---Cursor Here, Intellisense pops up)
                                      PersonName = "Suamere"
                                      End Sub

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                                        0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Native multi-editing (multiple cursors and selections) support

                                        Multiple selections/cursors in Sublime Text is by far the most useful editor feature I have in my toolbox. Using search and replace in Visual Studio is slow and unwieldy in comparison and I find myself frequently copying blocks of text into Sublime Text just to perform versatile edits using multiple cursors, after which I copy the result back into Visual Studio.

                                        A future version of Visual Studio would win huge points with this feature alone.

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                                          8 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Add a "Move to end" option to the right-click context menu on a backlog item

                                          When I add new items to the backlog they appear at the top. Sometimes this is OK - but sometimes I want them right at the bottom. Dragging them to the bottom is cumbersome, so a right-click "Send to bottom" would be really helpful.

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