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  1. 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 →
      • 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.

        277 votes
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          13 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 275 votes
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            14 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 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.

            273 votes
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            • Improved validation

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

              270 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  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…

                  267 votes
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                    5 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Implement TFS Build for linux (Create Linux build agent)

                    Allow to use fullfeatured TFS build agent on linux machines

                    262 votes
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                    • 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…

                      261 votes
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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.

                      • 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 →
                        • 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…

                          258 votes
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                            5 comments  ·  Windows Workflow 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).

                            257 votes
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                              3 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  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,…

                              256 votes
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                                44 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Add PlaneProjection

                                For ease of use and silverlight compatibility

                                253 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • 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 →
                                  • 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?

                                    245 votes
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                                    • 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…

                                      243 votes
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                                        5 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • 242 votes
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                                          16 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • 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).

                                          242 votes
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                                            7 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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