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  1. Implement TFS Build for linux (Create Linux build agent)

    Allow to use fullfeatured TFS build agent on linux machines

    264 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 →
      • 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,…

        259 votes
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          47 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  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 →
          • 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…

            258 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.

            • 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 →
              • Only display real errors on "Error List" after compilation (option?)

                If you open a large XAML project, it's not uncommon to have a lot of false errors displayed in "Error List" tab, (mainly about XAML files)

                Is it possible to add a button to clear completely this list and display only real errors detected by the compiler (just a simple parsing of the compiler output) ?

                It would help a lot of developers cause the only solution right now is to copy-paste the output in Notepad and search "error"...

                See the attachment

                250 votes
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                  2 comments  ·  General  ·  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?

                  249 votes
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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).

                    248 votes
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                      7 comments  ·  Project  ·  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.…

                      248 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

                      • 247 votes
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                          16 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  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.

                          244 votes
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                            20 comments  ·  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…

                            243 votes
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                              5 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  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)

                              241 votes
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                              • Provide Stash support in visual studio tools for Git

                                There's no way i can stash my changes in Visual studio tools for git or any third party Git tools like mSysGit. Its great to support it.

                                239 votes
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                                • 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 →
                                  • 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.

                                    239 votes
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                                    • silverlight compile to html5 or Have XAML run in browser without plugin

                                      have Silverlight compile to html5 or Have XAML run in browser without plugin.

                                      238 votes
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                                        16 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Add "Ignore All" and "Reload All" buttons to Reload Project dialog

                                        When projects and solution is regenerated outside of Visual Studio, and Visual Studio picks detects the change and offers user to Reload or Ignore, it offers one or two dialogs per project. There's no way to "Ignore All" or "Reload All". This is low-cost high-impact feature for many developers who generate their solutions and projects using external tools.

                                        237 votes
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                                          6 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Add a better shortcut for commenting and uncommenting - "CTR+/"

                                          “CTR+K,C” for commenting “CTR+K,U” for uncommenting shortcuts are NOT useful, easier to click a button on a toolbar instead.

                                          Every developer comment / uncomment pieces of code quite often. Please add "CTR+/" shortcut for toggling comments.

                                          This tiny addition could save tones of working hours for developers. ReSharper has it; but it would be much better to have it as a build-in feature.

                                          233 votes
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