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  1. Add ctrl-click go to definition from Productivity Power Tools

    The VS2010 Productivity Power Tools had a ctrl-click go to definition feature. This was great and could be an easy option to add (does not need to be on by default).

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      17 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Add TryRemove(TKey key, out TValue value) to Dictionary<TKey, TValue>

      Currently, to "pull" an item out of a Dictionary it is a two step process:

      SomeClass value = null;
      if (dictionary.TryGetValue(theKey, out value))
      {
      dictionary.Remove(theKey);
      // do something with the item...
      }

      This requires the hash code to be generated twice, which can be costly in high performance scenarios (which is why TryGetValue exists in the first place).

      It would be optimal to be able to do:

      SomeClass value = null;
      if (dictionary.TryRemove(theKey, out value))
      {
      // do something with the item...
      }

      Implementation would be trivial and provide significant benefit.

      299 votes
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        10 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Provide TF build activities like "deploy web app", "deploy database", or "copy file"

        Currently, to get these features into a CI build, we have to pass a lot of MS Build properties around. Having gone through the trouble of creating my own templates to handle these features, it would be nice to see them included out of the box.

        299 votes
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        • Make TFS more Audit Friendly

          We have outside auditors come in and they want to see stuff like who gave Jerry Project admin rights and when and how long did he have it? Items like that It would be nice to find info like that. It would also be nice to be able to export all of the users of a project in the groups that they are in.

          297 votes
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          • TFS The +Add Backlog item should not default to the current iteration

            On the HOME screen in TFS web access, if you click on "+Add Backlog Item" button, the new backlog item defaults to the current active iteration. This is an unfortunate decision as it means that the item (most likely) will automatically appear on the board without being approved by the product owner. We should have the ability to specify a "default iteration" used for creating new items similar to how we have a default area.

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            • Make it feasible to use Visual Studio as a programmers notepad replacement

              There are times when you just need to open a standalone code file written in something like C# for viewing or editing but don't want the burden of the whole IDE especially with it's slow load time. What I propose is make the Visual Studio Editor a separate invokable application on it's own or make it so that when Visual Studio is started up with a file path(s) feed in as run time arguments, then load the IDE in a minimal state tailored to working with a single file. Providing this functionality would allow some programmers who chose to manage…

              293 votes
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                8 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • add support for Windows Store apps written in F# ... show that F# can be superior to C# even when it comes to more common tasks like GUI dev

                add support for Windows Store apps written in F# (FSharp) ... to show that F# can be superior to C# even when it comes to more common tasks like GUI development.
                <a href="https://github.com/dmitry-a-morozov/fsharp-wpf-mvc-series/wiki/Intro"; > link </a>

                292 votes
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                  8 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • OOTB Rust programming langague support

                  The new Rust programming language is developed by Mozilla.

                  http://www.rust-lang.org/
                  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rust_(programming_language)

                  It gives a very solid infrastructure to write APIs (perhaps even with ABI style).

                  It has some advantages over C APIs, and the compiled code is as low-level as that of C/C++.

                  Please provide OOTB support for Rust in Visual Studio.

                  Thanks.

                  291 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Speedier F# compiling

                    Compilation in F# awfully slow. Please improve this!

                    289 votes
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                      2 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Bring PowerShell support to the editor

                      In 2005 there was VBScript support, and the general consensus is that PowerShell is the wave of the future for scripting. Why can't it be brought into VS as a supported language with IntelliSense? It seems like the wheel was reinvented when the PowerShell ISE was developed when it can also be done in VS.

                      288 votes
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                        19 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Versioning of Work Items

                        Work Items currently already have revisions saved and make them visible by looking at the history tab, however this should be a first class feature. Allow users to navigate back and forth in time, compare versions and most importantly, let work item template editors specify which attribute and state machine changes trigger a major (x.) or minor (.y) change. For example changes to the 'Description' field in our environment always causes a major change from e.g. 1.0 (or 1.1, 1.2 etc) to 2.0. Same goes for status state changes from 'In Review' to 'Released'.

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                        • support Spec Explorer in Visual Studio 2013

                          Spec Explorer 2010, a model-based testing tool extension is supported in Visual Studio 2010/2012, this suggestion is to make it work with Visual Studio 2013.

                          286 votes
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                            14 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Unmanaged generic type constraint + generic pointers

                            Add an "unmanaged"/"blittable" generic type constraint and use it to allow generic pointers and related features. Related post by Eric Lippert:
                            http://stackoverflow.com/questions/7551461/c-sharp-generic-constraint-where-is-not-class/7557040#7557040

                            The end result would allow this sort of code:

                            unsafe void DoSomeStuff<T>() where T : unmanaged
                            {
                            T t = new T();
                            T* tPointer = &t;
                            T* aBunchOfT = stackalloc T[100];
                            var tSize = sizeof(T);
                            byte* aBunchOfBytes = stackalloc byte[tSize * 100];
                            T* aBunchOfCastedT = (T*)bunchOfBytes;
                            }

                            Performance critical generic data structures, particularly those using preallocated pools of memory, would be a good example use case for this.

                            Currently, a data structure using pointers to represent data would…

                            282 votes
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                              2 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • 279 votes
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                                14 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Better code navigation in F#

                                Bring over the code navigation features found in the VB.NET/C# Visual Studio experience, such as Find All References and Call Hierarchy

                                278 votes
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                                  3 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  Update: The Visual F# Power Tools project (http://fsprojects.github.io/FSharpVSPowerTools) is a community-driven project based on the FSharp.Compiler.Service and Fantomas tools. It is available as a Visual Studio gallery entry in Visual Studio 2012 and 2013.

                                  While it is at an early stage, it contains useful navigation functionality, with active work going on to add more, as well as other functionality. The project is seeing significant contribution levels. We encourage community contributions to this project.

                                  This item is being left as “under review”. Possible future paths which could eventually be considered may include migrating functionality from the Visual F# Power Tools to the Visual F# Tools proper, depending on quality levels and other factors.

                                  Don Syme, answering on behalf of the Visual F# Tools Team

                                • Roll Behaviors and TriggerActions into the .NET framework proper

                                  Remove the dependency on the custom Blend assembly and add Visual Studio support

                                  277 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Improved validation

                                    Make validation accross entities easier. Something like Workflow rules engine, with dependencies between rules, dynamic loading of rules etc.

                                    276 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Make Design View available for x64 target platforms with custom elements

                                      Design view is unavailable for x64 and ARM target platforms when the document contains custom elements (XAML with a user control, for example).

                                      270 votes
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                                        4 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Compliable strings

                                        If you're writing a tracing and logging component you may well want to pass the current method name to your logging component. Rather than hard code it (then forget to change it when you change the method name) you can use reflection and the MethodBase class to retrieve the name:
                                        System.Reflection.MethodBase currentMethod = System.Reflection.MethodBase.GetCurrentMethod();
                                        System.Diagnostics.Debug.WriteLine(currentMethod.Name);
                                        System.Diagnostics.Debug.WriteLine(currentMethod.DeclaringType.Name);
                                        System.Diagnostics.Debug.WriteLine(currentMethod.DeclaringType.Namespace);

                                        In C # 4.5 you can use attributes System.Runtime.CompilerServices.CallerMemberNameAttribute, System.Runtime.CompilerServices.CallerFilePathAttribute and System.Runtime.CompilerServices.CallerLineNumberAttribute for such purposes.

                                        Frequent use of reflection dramatically reduces performance. Using special attributes is a contentious issue. Because attributes inherently are declarative. They obviously do not provide full support for the…

                                        269 votes
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                                          8 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Don't close all files when a project file is edited

                                          When a project file is edited on the file system (e.g. source control pull), you'll currently get a prompt: "The project '<name>' has been modified outside the environment"

                                          My options are to not reload, often not being able to compile, or reload the project closing everything I have open...even if it's completely unrelated to the project change (added image files for example). This causes a huge productivity loss on a rapidly iterating project (Stack Overflow in this case), I have to reload the project then spend time opening/searching for whatever I was working on before it happened. In most cases…

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                                            5 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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