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  1. 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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    • Allow developer to copy/paste layout hierarchy between screens.

      Often I'm finding screens may have similar custom layouts, but I need to build each one from scratch. I have to flip back and forth between screens (see my other sugg. "Allow developer to have multiple screen designers open simultaneously."), and manually tweak the hierarchy to get screens to be consistent with each other. I'd like to be able to select a node in one design screen, copy it, and paste it into another.

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        4 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  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.

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          10 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 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.

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            19 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Implement Deep Zoom / MultiScaleImage

            Would like this both for feature parity and to provide direct support for the creation of something like a native WPF Bing Maps control. Bridging in Silverlight apps or hosting a web page are not ideal solutions

            310 votes
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              1 comment  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Make change files faster

              When you open 10 files or more, change between thems or close all is slow, more if some of the files are designers (WinForms, xaml)

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

                Compilation in F# awfully slow. Please improve this!

                306 votes
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                  2 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  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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                  • Make visible the current working changeset at which the code is updated in TFS Source Control History

                    It could be useful to see which is the current working changeset at which the source code is updated like in SVN.
                    For example using a bold font for the changeset line in the History

                    303 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Support calculated fields in TFS

                      The ability to create work item fields which are based on a calculation of the value of fields in linked work items.

                      For example, if a Product Backlog work item has two children Task work items which each have remaining work, it would be incredibly beneficial to have a field on the Product Backlog work item that was able to roll-up the values of these fields. That is to say that if the remaining work on the two Tasks for that Product Backlog item were 5 and 10 respectively, the Product Backlog work item could show that the sum of…

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                      • XML format of solutions files (.sln)

                        Current format of solutions (.sln) files is very complex and is not XML. Current format prevents to make the merge operations and various automation actions. Visual Studio solutions files must be in recognized XML format (like MSBuild files).

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                          7 comments  ·  Project  ·  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.

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                          • Workflow Status Designer/Visualizer on the Web

                            The idea is to show the status of workflow graphically. Typically we can do it by re-hosting the designer in a Rich Client, but the web equivalent is rather painful. Need a new HTML5 implementation. I have been planning on starting an open source version for a LONG time now, need the right kick in the pants to get down in. In my lob app I am using a highly customized version that spits out ImageMaps (sooooo web 1.0)...

                            Once the visualizer is up, extend it to do small designer functionalities. Something akin to Nintex's workflow designer for Sharepoint. Something…

                            297 votes
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                              6 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  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…

                              297 votes
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                                5 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Make code review feature usable

                                The current philosophy seems to be that only active team members can participate in code reviews which are always made for one check-in. Here are a few suggestions on how to make it more usable.
                                1) Make it web-based so one doesn't need Visual Studio (and sources for entire solution). This way one could easily ask for consultancy from a remote expert
                                2) Make it possible to create review request afterwards and possibly spanning multiple check-ins. The current practise suggests people to do huge check-ins which is not a best practise.
                                3) Have the comments to make a discussion tree.…

                                291 votes
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                                  Thanks for the feedback on the code review features. We’re currently in the planning process for improving TFVC code reviews. We’ll come back and update this when we have a better idea of the release timeframe.

                                  Matt Mitrik
                                  TFS Program Manager

                                • 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…

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                                    9 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Please bring back the Illustrator import option in Blend 2015

                                    Please bring back the illustrator import in Blend 2015.

                                    I use it extensively in Blend 2013 and now I find it is missing.

                                    In addition, the ability to export to XAML on the Illustrator side is no longer maintained as well.

                                    Blend is a *long way* from being a decent graphics generation and line drawing tool.

                                    Breaking this tool chain is going to effect many people. It is very popular.

                                    290 votes
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                                      4 comments  ·  Blend for Visual Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Run unit tests in parallel

                                      As a developer I want to the Test Explorer to optionally run unit tests in parallel, regardless of the unit test framework so that my unit test runs finish faster on my multi-core machine.

                                      As a developer I want to mark specific tests as single threaded with an attribute so that those tests that specifically don't work in a multi-threaded environment will still work when I run tests in parallel.

                                      287 votes
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                                        10 comments  ·  General  ·  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

                                        286 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

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                                            14 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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