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  1. Add Table-Valued Function support to LightSwitch attached database data sources

    The ability to add database views to LightSwitch attached database data sources is very powerful in allowing you to "shape" the data that you send back to the client. Although you can create a query in the LightSwitch data source over such an imported database view and add additional parameters, the way that those parameters interact with the underlying view is auto generated by the Entity Framework and you do not have any control over that. Additionally, views might sometimes not be the optimum way to get the best performance when doing this.

    Table Valued Function (TVF) support has been…

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      0 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Named Parameters

      I would like a Visual Studio optional compiler warning/error (up to the user to turn it on) that allows for *required* named parameters for constant declarations in a function. For example

      CopyAllFiles(source, dest, true, false); What does this function do? What does true/false stand for?

      Because they are declared constants in the function I want to force named parameters. IE:

      CopyAllFiles(source, dest, createDestDirectory: true, overwrite: false);

      If however the user passes them as a variable then we assume the user has named his/her variables correctly and don't require naming.

      bool createDestDirectory = true;
      bool overwrite = false;
      CopyAllFiles(source, dest, createDestDirectory,…

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        0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Allow rename Servers Name in Configure Paths of Release Management

        Create a way to rename the Server Name in Configure Paths of Release Management

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          0 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Allow users to select multiple nodes from within a Visual Studio .webtest (e.g. so they can dragged into a Dependent Requests folder easily)

          We're currently trying to record a webpage that contains jpeg files which don't appear to be captured by Visual Studio's webtest tool.

          I've used a program called Fiddler2 which supports saving these requests into .webtest format, however upo doing so I would now like to make a number of these requests asynchronous, instead of syschronous as when they're Exported from Fiddler.

          Due to the large number of jpgs, I thought it would be nice to be able to select multiple requests and drag them to the Dependent Requests folder to speed up the test preparation process.

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            0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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              0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Improve performance from end to end

              Java does better job in performance than c#.

              I think "csharp" has every features we need, the bottleneck is to do more efficient than other language at least the same.

              We can say the .NET 5 release is just for performance from the assembly code generated to the jitter and the BCL classes. "(Poor assembly code generation)" :/

              Increase performance from the bottom to the top and provide us a performant language, so we can build highly scalable applications with more confidence and don't let us tweaking it to do so.

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                0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Allow acceptance testers to access TFS test hub

                We find it a little overkill to require UAT testers to have a VS Test Pro with MSDN subscription simply to be able to record the steps and findings of their tests.

                It would be a good and useful idea to create an exception for UAT testers to be allowed access to the test section of TWA to create test scripts and record their results. At the very least, they should have access to be able to record results against a test script that was created by an MSDN subscriber.

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                  0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Restore Test Suite State Icons

                  It seemed that up until TFS 2013 Update 3, there were icons next to test suites that indicated their state (in planning, in progress, completed). However, since the update those icons are gone (or at least, that's when we noticed they were gone).

                  We spent a goodly amount of time trying to restore them, thinking that their omission was due to the change in test suites becoming work items but we were unable to find any way to bring back that functionality and we would much like to have it back.

                  The two attachments show those icons as snagged from…

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                    0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Use xml config files in VNext instead of JSon

                    I just tried out the CTP 4 of Visual Studio 2014 and tried to create a VNext Web Application.

                    And instead of a web.config file it has a JSon file that cannot even read.

                    Xml is so much easier to read and collapse.

                    I won't use it because it is MVC also, but at least with a Config file I could read and edit I might use the product.

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                      0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                        0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Database project compiler should check conformance of indexes with table partitions

                        Unique indexes on partitioned tables have to contain the partition key. Currently the compiler does not detect non-conformance with this rule, and errors are only flagged when creating the objects on SQL Server.

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                          0 comments  ·  Database Projects  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Create more complete documentation for LightSwitch (especially for the HTML Client).

                          Firstly - I want to say that LightSwitch is a super-powerful framework, and I think that what it can do out of the box is nothing short of miraculous. However, we (LightSwitch Developers) could use much more complete documentation for the LightSwitch APIs and frameworks (particularly, but not limited to the HTML Client API).

                          While Beth Massi's videos are a useful starting point, and blog posts from Joe Binder and others in the team provide some useful samples for specific use cases, there is a dearth of explanatory/reference content that a 100-level developer can use to step their way up…

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                            2 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • value keyword, a readonly version of var

                            Would be illegal in a setter as there already is a value.

                            Or some other sort of local readonly option.

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                              0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Enhance TFS command line tool TFSSecurity

                              The TFSSecurity command line tool is not very flexible.

                              1) We have to retrieve the token for each Team Project.
                              Why can't we just specify a Team Project name ?
                              I ended up using this project to retrieve the tokens :
                              http://blogs.msdn.com/b/jmanning/archive/2005/10/14/481105.aspx

                              2) If we want to specify security on Build or Shared Queries, etc... we also have to struggle to retrieve the tokens
                              I ended up using this code :
                              http://roadtoalm.com/2014/07/28/add-permissions-with-tfssecuritythe-ultimate-reference/

                              3) We have to specify one row per Action
                              Ex : To grant ViewBuilds and ViewBuildDefinition I have to make the folowing call :

                              TFSSecurity /a+ "Build" "TPC…

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                                0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Allow Retain Indefinitely to not be set

                                In some scenarios, such as continuous deployment to a development environment, it does not make sense that every build (which triggers a release) should be retained indefinitely. The easiest solution would be to add a configuration property for a release template right below "Can Trigger a Release from a Build?" title "Retain Build Indefinitely" that defaults to being checked.

                                This would allow me to uncheck this option and therefore builds would delete as configured in the Build Definition Retention Policy. Currently, I have to manually go in and remove the "retain indefinitely" option on all the builds so they will…

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                                  • allow generic properties in a non-generic class

                                    The idea for create a generic property is there's no need for class be generic, it's a little annoying (for me).

                                    This is my suggestion:

                                    public class AnyClass{
                                    public T GenericProperty<T> { get; set; }
                                    }

                                    To restrict it is the same of functions:

                                    public class AnyClass{
                                    public T GenericProperty<T> { get; set; } where T : AnotherType
                                    }

                                    Maybe all restriction contexts should be evaluated. I hope that you feel familiar with this issue. Thanks in advance for see this post

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                                      0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Make it possible to merge two separate WinJS projects (WP and Windows)

                                      At the moment, you can either create a new universal project and you get a WP and Windows project with a shared project reference in both.

                                      Or you can create either and then right-click and do "Add Windows 8.1" or "Add Windows Phone" project.

                                      What I would like to do is be able to have two separately created projects in the same solution and be able to reference a shared project I've created myself. I tried this and it's not possible to do so. The Shared project I have in the solution, from a previous attempt at doing a "Add…

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                                      • Implement AD FS for TFS

                                        Our organisation policy does not allow us to use TFS Online / visualstudio.com. For on-premises TFS instances, ADFS is not supported at the moment. I'm hoping a future update will incorporate the ADFS bits for TFS Online in the on-prem version as well. That would open up some authentication schemes we'd like to use.

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                                          0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Enable search in "Current Block" when user selects an argument to a function.

                                          When I click on the name of an argument for a function/procedure/method, then use control-F the search dialog is opened. The option to search within the current block is not available. Please make it available.

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