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  1. 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 →
    • 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…

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        6 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  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

        • 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.…

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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

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              14 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Roll Behaviors and TriggerActions into the .NET framework proper

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

              282 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  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.

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                  9 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Create a new view in TFS Task Board to view backlog as a User Story Map

                  Using the new Features capability in TFS 2013, add a new view in Task Board to view backlog as a User Story Map, allowing teams to visualize their system and helping them to prioritize and plan their releases. (http://www.agileproductdesign.com/blog/the_new_backlog.html)

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                  • Enable IntelliTest to generate test code in XUnit, NUnit and other frameworks

                    Please extend IntelliTest to support generating tests in XUnit, NUNit, and other frameworks.

                    278 votes
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                      5 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  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.

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                        0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  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 →
                        • 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,…

                          275 votes
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                            50 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Add support for ALPN to System.Net.Security.SslStream

                            The proposal is to add TLS ALPN support to the System.Net.Security.SslStream API. One of the key applications of this would be to negotiate SPDY or HTTP/2 connection with a server.

                            "Microsoft drove into the TLS working group a new standard called ALPN: [IETFDRAFT-ALPN] Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), "Transport Layer Security (TLS) Application Layer Protocol Negotiation Extension", draft-ietf-tls-applayerprotoneg-00, April 2013, http://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-ietf-tls-applayerprotoneg-00 This standard uses a TLS extension during the handshake to communicate to the server/client what inner protocol will be spoken over the secure stream. For instance, this is how SPDY and HTTP/2.0 connections are negotiated between browsers and compatible…

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                              4 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Improve UI for 2015 Microsoft Test Manager Client User Experience

                              A significant portion of MTM has moved to the web, however the MTM client still has to be used for rich bug creation, rich action recordings, and rich test run data collection, however the User Experience of MTM is stuck in 2009 and is woefully out of date.

                              I'd like to have a complete UI overhaul of the MTM client with an improved Modern UI.

                              I'd like to be able to have excel embedded in the client so as to be able to bulk update test cases, test suites, and test plans.

                              Give testers a modern MTM client for 2015…

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                                2 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Stop polluting My Documents with Visual Studio folders

                                Visual Studio creates a new folder in My Documents with every version. Over time, if the user requires many different versions of Visual Studio installed, this pollutes the folder. My Documents is supposed to be where I keep, well, my documents.

                                This even goes again Microsoft's own software design guidelines, if I remember them right.

                                Most of the subfolders should be moved to the existing AppData Visual Studio folder. The Projects subfolder has no reason to exist, since you might as well default the My Documents folder when creating new projects (the user can obviouly change this at the time,…

                                269 votes
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                                  10 comments  ·  IDE  ·  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…

                                  268 votes
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                                    8 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.

                                    • Recover trx files for Unit Test

                                      I found in VS 11 Beta or VS 2012 RC, when I did some unit test, there is no trx file that stores test results any longer in the TestResults folder, so in this case, I have no way to check my previous test results, this is very inconvenience, especial when I want to save all my unit test results in somewhere, why did you remove this feature in the new version?

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

                                        Allow to use fullfeatured TFS build agent on linux machines

                                        266 votes
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                                        • WPF Bing Map Control

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

                                          261 votes
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                                            0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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