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  1. Give us a setting that allows us to automatically update IIS paths or be prompted.

    In VS 2010 a prompt would show up when switching between branches that used the same IIS path. This prompt was: "The Web project '...' is currently configured to use the URL '...'. The Web server has this URL mapped to a different folder '...'. Would you like to remap this URL to point to this Web project's folder?". VS 2012 no longer asks this. It just remaps the paths without asking. I know some will prefer 2010's way and some 2012's way, so please give us a setting that allows us to choose whether we are prompted.

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      0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Allow conditional compile statements in XAML markup

      Allow the XAML markup editor to allow conditional compile statements so that a developer could have #ifdef statements in their markup

      173 votes
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        0 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Surface [Obsolete] APIs in the XAML designer

        When a type (or it's properties) are marked [obsolete] the designer should surface those as designer compile warnings as well.

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          under review  ·  4 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Enable configuration of a separate Feedback client URL

          Currently the URL used by the Feedback Client (mfbclient://servername:8080/tfs) depends on the Notification URL (http://servername:8080/tfs) configured in the TFS Administration Console. This works in our case only for internal users, but not for external users (our stakeholders!). Our internal notification URL doesn't use https whereas our external URL does.

          4 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Provide a inbuilt UI Automation tool which records all UI actions done on visual studio IDE and addins' UI

            'Coded UI test' option in Visual studio Ultimate or Premium doesn't record the UI actions done on the visual studio IDE or on visual studio addins. Provide a inbuilt UI Automation tool which records all UI actions done on visual studio IDE and addins' UI.

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              0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Team Foundation Server PowerTools to be usable via dialog windows

              Team Foundation Server PowerTools has a Windows Explorer extension which, in Windows XP, could also be accessed via the "File Open..." and "File Save As..." dialog windows.

              This functionality was very useful when accessing TFS-controlled files from outside of Visual Studio.

              This is NOT the case any more with Windows 7. It appears that the Windows 7 pop-up dialogs do not share all functionality with Windows Explorer any more.

              My suggestion is to extend TFS PowerTools to allow check-in and -out functionality via any file-list dialog windows.

              4 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Add wrap symbol indicating that Line Wrap option is enabled

                When Line Wrap option is enabled there should be some kind od symbol indicating that line is wrapped. This option is in, for example Notepad++ and is extremely useful.

                Also when Line Wrap is enabled and cursor is in wrapped line, pressing End key twice should move cursor to last part of wrapped line, not current line.

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                  0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Add IsNotNullAndEquals function

                  I would like to let you know that most of the time we have to check NULL before comparing a data type to a value (to avoid exception), and we are fine if it is NULL or Empty most of the time, but don't want the comparison to throw exception.

                  I would like to see a method IsNotNullAndEquals to data types as it will alone serve the purpose of comparing and giving results all the time (without throwing exception).

                  Thanks,
                  Imran Rizvi

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                    0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Open Ticket "workitem" through e-mail

                    Hability to create new work item sending an e-mail

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                      0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Override Recent Project/Solution Names on Start Page

                      The Recent section of the Start Page is a convenient way to quickly open your project. It would be nice to have the ability to change the display name to help differentiate it from one project/solution to another. As an example, if you're working in a branch, the same solution name will appear twice in the list. Presently, I wait for the tooltip to pop-up to insure it's the right one I want.

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                        1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Set Favorites in the Solution Context Menu

                        I think it would be super handy to be able to set favorites in the solution context menu. This would take the context menu item and put it to the top of the list.

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                          0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Allow non-primitive types for WCF Data Service service operations.

                          http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc668788.aspx states:
                          "If parameters are defined, the type of each parameter must be a primitive type. Any data of a non-primitive type must be serialized and passed into a string parameter."

                          It would be really useful to be able to pass through non-primitive types into service operations, manually deserializing non-primitive types as a workaround is quite messy as support has to be added for both JSON and XML formats (to keep it consistent with the rest of the API). Something similar to MVC model binding would make this painless.

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                            1 comment  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Prevent a TFService PBI from being marked as Done unless the child tasks are first marked as Done

                            Using Team Foundation Service, Scrum 2.0.

                            A Product Backlog Item (PBI) can be marked as Done, even when the child tasks it is linked to are In Progress.

                            I understand there could be a discussion around Definition of Done here, but I think it would be a better experience if an error message or warning was shown.

                            This would be more in line with what happens elsewhere in Team Foundation Service. For example, when a Task is moved from Done to In Progress ... an elegant message appears, a great experience!

                            7 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Improve continous integration support on the build server

                              Improve the build process to allow and assist in
                              1) Support for publishing multiple projects to multiple destinations in one solution. An example might is a solution that contains a website that needs needs to be published to a farm, web services that must be published to a farm, and a database that needs to be published to a SQL cluster.
                              2) Improve the method by which different builds can be setup for multiple regions. Dev/QA/STAGE/Prod.

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                                0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                  0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Allow declaration after "is" keyword in "if" statement

                                  The following statement has become frequent while coding, so much that being a two-liner is becoming an annoyance:

                                  var t = o as T;
                                  if (t != null) { ... }

                                  A convenient approach to inline this would be:

                                  if (o is T t) { ... }

                                  Instead of appalling alternative of an assignment-in-if (which would create a myriad of use-cases to cover):

                                  if ((var t = o as T) != null) { ... }

                                  For reference, a highly upvoted StackOverflow question which covers the matter and proves its frequent use:
                                  http://stackoverflow.com/questions/7113347/c-sharp-assignment-in-an-if-statement

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                                    0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Allow to automap local folder or at leat have a combo button to display the last paht.

                                    Allow to automap local folder or at leat have a combo button to display the last paht.

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                                    • The IEBHO.pdb for the visual studio 2012 are not loading on the internet explorer

                                      Just getting explorer error, when i click on the internet explorer.
                                      The IEBHO.pdb for the visual studio 2012 are not loading

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                                        1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                          0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Lightswitch format painter

                                          I think it would be a cool idea if you had a tool in Visual Studio LightSwitch that works like the Format painter in Office. If you are desiging Screens you often have to edit properties of controls to be similar. I dont mean things that come from the Theme or things that come from the datasource but layout on the Screen itself. So if you have for example different textfields in your Dataset and you would like to have them a height of 10 Lines and a Special alignment you should be able to set this to one of…

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