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  1. Improved validation

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

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      0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Separate WPF designer from xaml text editor

      Separating designer from xaml text editor will allow use them on multiple monitors. Also it takes times to open a xaml file because the designer loads. Even if only xaml text editor is visible. I prefer to edit xaml manualy and don't need the designer. If i need it some day, i will open it explicitly

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        3 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  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 →
        • 263 votes
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            14 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • WPF Bing Map Control

            WPF Bing Map Control like in Silverlight. Include multi-touch features.

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              0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation 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…

              259 votes
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                2 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Implement indexed full-text search of work items, check-in comments and source

                TFS stores a tremendous amount of text, but finding what you are looking for with the built-in tools is not very easy. The work item query editor follows the old structured approach - which is good for some things - but is clumsy for full-text, unstructured searches. Check-in comments are even more problematic.
                Imagine a search engine that crawls the full TFS content, with simple scoping (project/folder and item type) that instantly finds changesets, work items and source code. The web frontent should have a very familiar "web search engine" style, but it should also be possible to perform these…

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                  Thanks for the feedback. The web access site for TFS 2010 features a search box for work items. The work item search box has been added into the product for the next version of Visual Studio. As BertrandH notes, there’s a third party plug-in that adds a search box for work items to VS 2010. Our official powertools for VS 2010 also recently released with a work item search box added in: http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/c255a1e4-04ba-4f68-8f4e-cd473d6b971f.

                  We continue to look into a comprehensive search solution for all artifacts in TFS besides just work items.

                • 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.

                  256 votes
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                  • Implement TFS Build for linux (Create Linux build agent)

                    Allow to use fullfeatured TFS build agent on linux machines

                    255 votes
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                    • Do not eliminate the CLASSIC view of MSDN

                      Microsoft is apparently about to eliminate the classic view of MSDN in favor of the poor low-contrast, pale, washed out 'lightweight' view. When you visit MSDN now you will see the following if you are viewing the CLASSIC view:

                      "This view of the MSDN and TechNet Libraries will be replaced soon with the Lightweight view. Try it now by clicking the Lightweight link above."

                      This is more of the same from Microsoft in reducing the developer experience to a shred of what it once was, and makes using MSDN as unpleasant as the grey theme of VS2012.

                      247 votes
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                        20 comments  ·  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>

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                          5 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • 245 votes
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                            15 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Import/export data from Visual Studio Online

                            possibility to export a collection and import it in an on premises installation and the other way

                            245 votes
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                              We have included both import and export from Visual Studio Online on our product backlog. Brian has some more information about data export available here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/bharry/archive/2014/02/21/vs-online-early-adopter-program-extended-to-may-7-2014.aspx

                              Additionally, this week at TechEd North America we have announced that we have partnered with OpsHub to create a free migration utility to move the most requested data including history from TFS to VSO. You can find out more details on this migration utility that was released here: http://bit.ly/OpsHubBlogPost. We will also continue to include proper import support on our backlog for future investments.

                              Thanks!
                              Ed Blankenship, Ewald Hofman, and Andrea Scripa
                              Visual Studio Online Team

                            • 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…

                              241 votes
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                                5 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Add PlaneProjection

                                For ease of use and silverlight compatibility

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                                  0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Add support for ISupportInitialize on object initializers

                                  Quite often, it's necessary to validate an object state when it's initialized. With constructor arguments, this is easy to do as it can be done at the end or begining of ctor code. With object initializers, it's nearly impossible, as there's no way to know programatically when the object initialization is finished.

                                  There's a built-in mechamis for this that is being used in WinForms and WPF: the ISupportInitialize interface. The initialization code generated by both toolkits checks to determine if the object implements the interface. If it does, it will call BeginInit() before invoking all property setters, and EndInit() at…

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                                    5 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  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

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                                      1 comment  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Structure All Nullable Values

                                      .NET Framework already has Nullable<T> but it could also have ToNullable<T> as a struct.

                                      If you wanted to keep reference-types null and turn value-types to null you could make this:

                                      class someGenericClass<T>
                                      {
                                      T? value; /* = Nullable<T> value; but this gives error
                                      because T may already be null */

                                      T$ value; /* = ToNullable<T> value; this doesn't give error,
                                      what you wnat is keep what's null null,
                                      and turn non-null into null */
                                      }

                                      The only problem is that this does not exist!
                                      If you don't understand anything about this, contact jmcf125@gmail.com.

                                      239 votes
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                                        15 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Return Multiple values from functions effortlessly without creating new classes for everything

                                        When you think of it, its silly that methods by default can only return one value, but can take many arguments. Often times you want many return values, but it would be too painful to create classes/structs for each set, so often developers decide to then use ref or out parameters.

                                        Instead what if method/function calls could return many values without the need to define a class/struct.
                                        This example is a bit contrived but this shows the power of the fact that error information and values can easily be returned al at once.

                                        Syntaxt like:

                                        private {int index, bool IsError=false,…

                                        239 votes
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                                          43 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Ability to constrain linked work items based on rules/conditions

                                          For example, I want to prevent the creation of Sprint Tasks before a Product Backlog Item is ready for development, assigned to a Sprint, contains a description, and is prioritized.

                                          237 votes
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